When it comes to designing your kitchen, there are so many details to decide on that flooring can risk becoming an afterthought. Yet, it shouldn’t be because the kitchen floor bears a lot of responsibility for the overall functionality of the room:
- it must support your lifestyle, holding a heavy load of “traffic” in terms of furniture, people and possibly pets;
- it must be easy on your body, given that you are likely to spend a lot of time walking and standing around in the kitchen;
- it must be easy to maintain, so as not to drive you nuts;
- it should last at least 10 years (to be considered a good investment);
- it must resist natural agents, like the sun, heat, and humidity.
So, what are some of the best types of kitchen flooring available? In a recent workshop at the Chicago Center for Green Technology, LEED Accredited Professional Andrea Vollf talked about Cork and Bamboo as great sustainable types of kitchen flooring. Both materials are sustainable not just because of their natural properties but also because they are renewable resources and are highly durable.
Types of kitchen flooring: Cork floors
There are surely bigger and more important things each one of us can and should be grateful for on this Thanksgiving week. We are mindful of that. But, in the spirit of this holiday (and as we get ready to slave away in our kitchens to prepare a sumptuous meal), let’s pause to appreciate those little advancements in kitchen design that contribute to making our life in the kitchen much easier.
Here are some of our favorites (in no particular order):
#1: Low-maintenance countertop materials
If there was ever a place where beauty should never outweigh function, it’s the kitchen. Some materials might look like the perfect complement to your kitchen design but turn out to be an absolute nightmare to maintain. Countertops are heavy-duty areas that take an almost constant beating and could be frustrating to preserve in pristine condition.
That’s why we are thankful for materials like engineered quartz stones that: look great; don’t stain or scratch easily; are non-porous; are easy to clean; and don’t require sealing.
By Lois O’Malley, Kitchen Designer, Snaidero USA Los Angeles
A European kitchen installation is different from – and actually simpler than – installing American made cabinets.
The reason for the difference is that American made custom cabinets are typically “permanently installed”, i.e. built-in and nailed to the floor and walls. On the contrary, the cabinets of a European kitchen (like Snaidero’s kitchens) come fully assembled and are then secured instead of nailed in. This is because, traditionally, Europeans like to take their kitchens with them as they move from home to home, so the cabinets must be uninstalled easily.
Regardless of this technical difference, the entire installation process can still take several weeks to complete even for a European kitchen, so you should take that into consideration when planning your remodel.
During the kitchen installation phase, I’ve seen some clients set up temporary kitchens in a different area of the house, with just microwaves and hotplates. Others just plan to eat out for as long as it takes and others move out completely, until the remodel is finished. Every situation is unique, so think about what works best for you and plan ahead.
By Shawna Dillon, ASID, Kitchen Designer, Studio Snaidero Chicago
On this blog, we often talk about open kitchen design that extends to the living room and joins the two areas into a continuous functional dialogue. To say this topic is trending in our industry is perhaps an understatement because open kitchen design is just becoming more and more popular with every passing day. It’s popular across all age groups, from the West to the East Coast and anywhere in-between, regardless of the size of the home.
For us designers, it’s an opportunity to design a space that is dedicated to both function and showcase (taking pride in knowing that our creation will be enjoyed even when not in use). For the consumers, choosing – or simply talking about – an open kitchen design is a way to look cool, in-the-know, and design-savvy.
There just seems to be absolutely nothing wrong with the concept of an open floor plan kitchen. Well…not so fast. Here are a few reasons you might want to think twice before jumping on the open kitchen design bandwagon.