Prepare your kitchen for stress-free cooking while entertaining this Christmas.
Christmas cake, mince pies, roast turkey, pigs in blankets, gingerbread men, Brussels sprouts, and cranberry sauce. There’s no doubt that cooking and eating good food is a key part of gatherings and celebrations during the festive period.
Whether you’re cooking for one or hosting a huge feast for friends and family, a little advance preparation can go a long way to reduce stress and make time you spend in the kitchen this Christmas more enjoyable.
When it comes to increasing your property value, most homeowners are of the impression that only large extensions and complete room renovations can make a difference. However, in fact smaller and more cost-effective changes such as Granite worktop installations can make a huge difference.
Granite is one of the most popular worktop materials amongst potential buyers and it can boost your property value whilst recovering some, if not all the initial installation cost.
Here we will be exploring some of the key reasons why Granite worktops can increase the value of your home.
Granite has a Mohs hardness rating of 7 meaning it is extremely durable and resistant to being scratched or damaged. However, although it is extremely difficult to scratch the surface of a granite worktop, it is not impossible and when this does happen it can ruin the overall aesthetic of your counter.
It may be as a result of repeated exposure to cutting food on the surface with a knife or even setting down your keys in the same place, regardless of how it happened, you’ll want to remove it.
The word ‘quartz’ comes from the German word ‘quarz’ and in Ancient Greece it means ‘icy cold’ as some philosophers believed the mineral to be a form of super-cooled ice. These days the term ‘rock crystal’ is sometimes used as an alternative name for the purest form of quartz, most likely because it’s the second most abundant mineral in the earth’s continental crust behind feldspar.
Hard white or colourless, quartz is a mineral made up of silicon and oxygen and is widely found in igneous, metamorphic and sedimentary rocks.
There are numerous different kinds of quartz, many of which are semi-precious gemstones and traditionally dating back to ancient times, certain varieties of quartz have been popular minerals when making jewellery and hardstone carving.