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Never Settle for a Home You Don't Love

When I was finally ready to purchase my first home after I graduated from college and found a stable job, I was on a tight budget. I settled for a house that was "good enough" for the time-being, but knew that in the future I would move to a larger one. Once I met my wife and she moved in, we thought about moving but loved the location of our home and had made great friends with the neighbors. For years, we thought we had "to settle" with the home we had since we didn't want to move, but recently, we decided to have several of our rooms remodeled. We are now in love with our home and think everyone should live in a home they love! We decided to start a blog to share what we learned about home construction and remodeling during the process!

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The Best Countertops For Cooking Enthusiasts

Many families gather in the kitchen to share meals and create memories. Having the right materials installed in your kitchen can make it easier to celebrate special moments with your loved ones.

Families who enjoy experimenting with new recipes and cooking elaborate dishes will find that having the right countertops can make a big difference. Consider these three important features when remodeling your kitchen to ensure your new countertops are capable of supporting your enthusiasm for cooking.

1. Resistance to Heat

While many people jokingly use the phrase, "If you can't take the heat, get out of the kitchen," the statement definitely applies to the countertops found in a cooking enthusiast's kitchen space.

Your countertops will need to be durable enough to withstand the heat of a stove top or the occasional hot pan being placed upon them. This means that wood, laminate, or solid surface countertops should be ruled out. Wood can chat when exposed to high heat, laminate will melt, and solid surfaces might crack. Opt for stainless steel or heat-resistant glass instead.

2. Resistance to Stains

Cooking is as much an art as it is a science. You don't want to worry about constantly cleaning up every little spill while you cook so that your countertops don't stain. This stress will impede your ability to enjoy the process of creating delicious and aesthetically pleasing dishes.

Look for countertop materials that are not porous so that stain-causing particles will not be able to penetrate the surface of your countertops while you cook. Stainless steel is a great option, as these industrial surfaces are impervious to stains.

3. Easy to Clean

If you have ever witnessed the aftermath of a large meal preparation, you know how important it is to be able to easily clean off your countertops when you cook. Raw vegetables, meats, and other food products can leave behind bacteria that will contaminate your countertops.

Stainless steel or glass will not harbor bacteria, allowing you to simply wipe down the surface of your countertops without having to worry about a lengthy disinfection process. A stainless steel or glass countertop will require little ongoing maintenance to maintain their beauty, unlike natural stone countertops that must be conditioned and sealed on a regular basis.

Serious cooks know the importance of the right materials for their countertops. Consider stainless steel or heat-resistant glass to help bolster your cooking hobby as you remodel your kitchen in the future.