Beautiful Mountain RetreatContemporary Kitchen, Manchester
The fabulous 'thick cut rough edged' granite work top of the Gagganau Kitchen.
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Contemplate a multi-functional worktopStill on the subject of worktops, choose your material according to how you’ll use the surface.For example, with quartz worktops, you can chop food or put warm items directly onto the surface without damaging it, which can help in a small kitchen where there’s minimal space to work or to store chopping boards. This kind of surface is also lower maintenance.Different worktop materials can also be beneficial depending on the type of cooking you like to do. For example, quartz, marble and granite are great for rolling out pastry due to their cool surface; they’re also more hygienic for this compared with other materials, such as wood.
GraniteGranite is the most popular stone for worktops and gives a quality feel to kitchens. The vast range of shades and patterns available means each surface feels unique, and there are choices perfect for modern and traditional kitchens alike. If a bit of sparkle and shine pleases your eye, granite is a good choice. ‘As it’s natural stone, each worktop is individual,’ says Tim Wood.Both polished and honed surfaces are available – or a polished top with a honed edge, for instance. ‘For those who love slate, which is too soft for a worktop, it’s possible to hone dark granite to look just like it, but with a much hardier result,’ says Tim.Pros It’s very tough, and resistant to heat and mould. ‘It’s often cheaper than engineered stone and composites,’ adds Tim.Cons It’s porous, so needs to be sealed – ideally every six months. It’s heavy, so needs to be sitting on good cabinets. If it’s damaged, it can’t be repaired.If you’re going for granite, take a look at all of these granite kitchen worktop photos.