Worktops & Accessories

by MBK Design Studio, Maidstone, Kent

From Granite, Laminate and Quartz worktops to lighting and storage we have got you covered. Scroll down for to read more information, our recommendations and considerations.

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Granite Worktops

Granite is a natural igneous rock which is formed in the ground over millions of years. This is quarried out of the ground in blocks the size of a mini bus. It is then cut into large slabs approximately 3 meter by 1.9 meters. Finally it is polished using diamond tip polishing wheels and then shipped to the UK ready for the installation. Granite offers a more random veining and uneven colour patterns which is especially noticeable in light colours compared to a quartz worktop.

PROS

  • Second most durable worktop (after Quartz)
  • Natural look
  • Heat Resistant
  • Strong especially dark colours

CONS

  • Colour variations within the generic ranges (what you see in the shop may vary from what you receive as it is a natural product).
  • Porous especially in light colours but all colours must be treated by stain proof product.

Laminate Worktops

Laminate has long been considered the best budget option. Laminates are non-porous and offer easy maintenance and come in lots of designs and colour choices. Made by fusing multiple layers of impregnated paper under high pressure temperature, bonded to a substrate, they are resistant to impact, scratching and moisture.

They are resistant to most stains and chemicals, but not to heat or steam. They are not suitable as a cutting surface and for greater durability chose a thicker, high-pressure worktop. Flexibility and fitting Laminate is one of the few materials that can be cut and fitted by a DIY enthusiast rather than a kitchen professional.

PROS

  • Cost
  • Durability
  • Hygienic
  • Choice
  • Low Maintenance

CONS

  • Easy to damage (HEAT)
  • Does not give the WOW experience to your kitchen.

Quartz Worktops

Quartz Worktops are a natural crystal which is mined from the ground and is one of the hardest stones in the world. It is then crushed into a fine sand and mixed with 3 to 7% polymer resin and other components and set into slabs which are approximately 3 meters by 1.4meters. These engineered slabs are then polished using diamond tip polishing wheels.

The finished worktops are then shipped to the UK for installation. In recent years Quartz has become more and more popular due to the fact it comes in a vast range of colours. Many Quartz manufacturers have started producing Quartz that look like marble, but with the additional properties of Quartz.

PROS

  • Heat Resistant (excluding very high temperatures)
  • Non-porous (98%)
  • Most durable worktop
  • Wide range of colour choice
  • Stain Resistant after treating with stain proof
  • Antibacterial

CONS

  • No real disadvantage…

Kitchen Lighting

The main function of a kitchen may still be cooking, but it is increasingly becoming one of the main entertaining spaces in the home. The right lighting will make a small kitchen feel larger and it can change the mood and feel. You will need lighting that gives you the right lighting for performing kitchen tasks as well as creating the ideal ambience.

Kitchen lighting can often be the last consideration when it comes to designing your kitchen but for it to look and function well the area needs to be must be lit properly. Experts agree that the best time to decide on a new lighting scheme is at the planning stage, as you’re signing off your kitchen drawings. Leave it until later, and it could become an afterthought, with limited possibilities.

A good kitchen lighting system needs at least two elements: bright, shadow-free task lighting for safe cooking and preparation, and atmospheric illumination to create mood, highlight architectural features and make the room feel more inviting.

Kitchen Storage

Kitchen pull out units give you great flexibility when it comes to storing items in your kitchen. They are like a drawer with open sides that pull out from your units however it is designed vertically rather than horizontally. There is a large range of pull out larder units that are designed for storing bottles, spices, cleaning equipment plus you can choose ones which have different compartments for different types of food.

Perhaps the biggest plus point that this storage option has is that they are incredibly easy to access. Gone are the days when you put something in the back of your kitchen cupboard and forget about it only to find it months later and it has went out of date. With these storage units you can see everything that is stored there when you pull them out. Everything is on view with these units so you don’t need to rummage through a lot of stuff at the back of your cupboard to find what you need.

For kitchens that aren’t blessed with a whole lot of space these units are an excellent choice as they don’t take up a lot of room. The doors are slim and work vertically rather than horizontally. Even one pull out larder unit in your kitchen will give you far more extra space than any other option.

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