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Life happens in the kitchen. From whipping up scrambled eggs, Spiderman waffles, and protein shakes before you head out the door to hosting casual family dinners, serving up holiday extravaganzas, and making chocolate bark with friends, the kitchen is the activity hub of your home. It should look good and work hard. 

Inspired by the cover photo, let’s talk about kitchen hardware. Brushed gold and antiqued brass are a trend that keeps on giving. You can choose from single-handle, double-handle, or bridge faucets. Faucets equipped with pullout and pull-down sprays, side sprayers, and soap, lotion, or drinking water dispensers. Swan neck, standard, or pot filler spouts. Homeowners are surprised by all the decisions to be made during a remodel. 

Countertop selection is one of the big decisions. Consider how you use your kitchen to guide your countertop selection. What will it be? 

Marble is created from sedimentary dolomite or limestone rock. Each piece is unique. The wide range of hues and colors is determined by the stone’s origin and minerals in the limestone. The distinctive veining is the result of impurities trapped inside. Marble adds drama and depth to your kitchen. It is prone to etching, so choose it if living with nature over perfection suits your aesthetic.

Quartzite is a metamorphic stone that begins as a natural deposit of sandstone. Over millennia, it’s been exposed to high heat and pressure beneath the earth’s crust, fusing crystals into hard stone perfect for kitchen countertops. It does etch, but is more resistant to staining and heat.

Quartz countertops are manufactured using 95 percent ground natural quartz and 5 percent polymer resins. Quartz imitates natural stone – including quartzite. You be the judge. Quartz is harder than granite, less porous, durable, and easier to maintain. It can be damaged by excessive heat, so use trivets for hot dishes. And then, there’s granite, butcher block, and concrete too!

The kitchen is the center of any home. Even if the microwave is your go to. The functionality and quality of the space matters – perhaps more than any other room in the house.

Cover Photo: Connected Goods. This kitchen takes our breath away. Ready for a remodeled kitchen that takes your breath away?

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