By Zoey Patel. Kitchen Center. At Thursday, October 31st 2019, 10:00:51 AM.
Solid wood cabinets typically need a lot of care and regular polishing is needed to maintain the lustre. Any contact with water can cause solid wood to rot so you need to keep this in mind. You should also ensure that the materials used have been treated for termites and other pests.
When considering granite vs quartz, both are eco-friendly — and not. Granite is imported, which means the carbon footprint is larger, due to transport and shipping. Granite is a natural stone, but is porous and requires sealing with chemicals to minimize staining and etching. According to the EPA, granite may also off gas radioactive materials called radon. Levels are normally not harmful, but a radon home testing kit is inexpensive and can double check for you.
Devices such as coffee machines have the capability to be installed in the wall of a kitchen and tend to be extremely convenient, detracting from the clunkier option of using a freestanding device. The dishwasher drawers are small units that are capable of fitting under a counter and are quiet, efficient and take up less space than expected. Items such as blenders or food processors are now available to be installed directly into a counter-top; you simply need to attach the pitcher or the container to the drive in order to have an instant mixer at any time.