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Materials for Your New Kitchen Extension Worktops

Thinking about having an open plan kitchen extension in London added to your existing home? Certainly, it can add an impressive amount of space, as well as light to a currently overcast and rather cramped kitchen.

Your Designer will be able to advise on the size, structure and proportions of your home extension. If you are fortunate, she or he will also have a special interest in interior design and be able to advise on the most attractive – as well as practical – kitchen worktop surfaces. The choice also depends on your budget, of course...

Meanwhile, here is a run-down of some of the most popular materials used for worktop surfaces in home extensions in London:

· Marble. A kitchen worktop surface beloved of Italian and Spanish kitchens, as well as UK kitchens of old. But it has certainly gone out of fashion today. The reason for this is that marble does not retain its good looks. It is easy to stain and etch – and difficult to maintain. For this reason, it has been surpassed in popularity by other ‘more practical’ materials.

· Ceramic. Available in a large selection of different colours and textures, ceramic tile worktops are certainly one of the modern choices for London kitchen conservatories or refurbishments. That is because it is easy to match the worktop with the rest of your kitchen décor. Like stainless steel, ceramic is also heat and water resistant. Another nice touch is the fact that it offers a modern thin and clean-cut surface. The downside is that the grout can stain, and, like marble, the tiles can be easily scratched.

· Wood. A wooden worktop looks fabulous in a rustic and country style kitchen extension. But whether it is truly practical or not is another matter. For, like marble, wood needs a lot of upkeep to remain looking good; they require regular oiling, for instance. They are not heat or water resistant either. They do however, age well, and can give your kitchen extension real character. Good woods to use are oak, beech, maple, wenge and bamboo.

· Glass. Providing a stylish look for your kitchen worktops in London, glass looks sleek and contemporary. It is also both heat and water resistant, as well as being extremely hygienic. On the downside, acidic food can ruin the surface of the glass and it can, of course, crack if a pot is laid down too heavily on it.

· Steel. Great for kitchens that handle lots of cooking (ie commercial outlets), stainless steel worktops are heat, water and stain resistant. They can also be easily wiped clean. The only real problem with this type of worktop is that it can scratch and, over time, may even acquire the odd dent.

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