Stainless Steel Appliances
For much of the 2000s, stainless steel was a sign that one had ‘made it’ — It has a sleek, clean finish that is associated with modernity and it seems like anyone and everyone is going stainless these days. But could that be changing? There is a small group of homeowners and designers who have turned their back on the current trend and declare that colored appliances is the new thing to follow. This doesn’t mean that the brown appliances from the 60s, or the gold and green appliances from the 70s, or even the black appliances from the 80’s are back in style, but some argue that stainless steel should be out and color should be in. Whirlpool has recently launched its Ice Collection in which all of its popular stainless steel appliances now come in white. 

So why did stainless steel even get popular in the first place? Well, stainless steel earned its reputation by being “stainless’ and resistant to corrosion and bacteria. These are obviously great traits to have in the kitchen but stainless steel also shows hand prints, as any parent will attest to. Not to mention, stainless steel appliances can come with a hefty price tag. So, when considering which appliances to buy for your home, contact Windsor Construction. We can help you when considering which options will work best with your space design.

Source:
http://home.howstuffworks.com/stainless-steel-on-way-out.htm

 
There are 3 main types of countertops used in homes. They range from natural stone, like granite, soapstone, and slate, to ceramic tiles, to wood. So how do you know which one you will like most? Windsor Construction is here to help you find out. 

Granite countertop
A very popular natural stone found in kitchens is granite. Though once found in mainly expensive and high-end homes, granite is becoming more and more common today. Granite has become so popular because it comes in a wide variety of colors and patterns. From deep reds to vibrant blues, granite is a great choice for your kitchen countertops. 


Ceramic tile
Ceramic tile is becoming less common because of the shift toward low-maintenance and seam-free counters, however it can add an artistic flair to your space. Ceramic tile is often added on top of existing plastic laminate. When picking out which tiles you want in your home, be sure to use tiles rated for your usage. For instance, you really don’t want to use wall tile on your countertop because it is too thin and can crack easily.

Wood countertop
The third and final countertop material is wood. Wood is also losing its prominence in the kitchen due to misconceptions about its cleanliness. In a University of Wisconsin study, microbiologists contaminated wood cutting boards and plastic cutting boards. They found that 99.9% of the bacteria on the wood board died within 3 minutes of exposure. Many people believe that plastic is a more sterile environment but the University of Wisconsin study shows evidence against that. Wood countertops are typically crafted from rock maple which is a dense, blond hardwood.

If you’d like to learn more about countertops and how a simple change can make a dramatic difference in your home, please contact us at Windsor Construction.

Sources:
http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/improvement/interior/how-to-choose-the-right-countertop
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