While rooms are renovated quite often and decisions are influenced by trends that change from year to year, there is one permanent element in homes that remains the same – it is a staircase.
While rooms are renovated quite often and decisions are influenced by trends that change from year to year, there is one permanent element in homes that remains the same – it is a staircase.
In 2021, Granitop will have it´s 10th anniversary. For 10 years we have been involved in many exciting projects, thousands of homes and business premises are decorated with worktops, window sills, coffee tables, shelves, stairs, fireplaces, etc. made by our stone masters….Read more
Lets start from the beginning…
In the old days, the kitchen was the heart of the home, right? Food was prepared for the whole family and everyone enjoyed it together behind a large table. However, due to the fast pace of life, the kitchens rather developed into room where something was grabbed after work, like a driveby and thats sad. Ofcourse we have to mention the year of 2020 what brought many changes. Corona isolation inevitably forced many of us to stay more at home and inspired us to think about the functionality of the kitchen. It could be said that a radical change in the way of life led back to the roots, in some way, to the time when the kitchen was the center of gathering. This can be seen from the kitchen trends of the beginning of the year, too.
In the beginning there was a vast void. There was Cold at one end and Hot at the other. There even was an eternal emptiness between them, called Ginnungagap. Cosmos. Indefinite and infinite empty space.
In this way, even quite acceptably to nowadays science, a thousand years ago the Viking book “Prose Edda” describes the birth of the world. The Fire and Ice met, came together and the world was born from this collision. The two opposites met, and it was perhaps the same Big Bang theory which is taught in the schools.
Like kitchens and bathrooms, household rooms are one of the most important spaces in every home, with keywords such as comfort, space, practicality and cleanliness. Although the auxiliary room is hidden from the eyes of the guests, the place can also be beautiful and tidy, so that the residents could enjoy spending time there….Read more
The process of designing a home is primarily based on the beauty and colour preferences of the people living there, although there are certainly universal solutions and principles that are worth considering when making repairs. Home furnishers with a more traditional sense of taste know that combinations of classic colours – such as white, black and grey – go well with stainless steel kitchen appliances and glossy black stoves and ovens.
Bright surfaces give the impression of a larger room; however, at the same time it must be remembered that a bright white kitchen places higher demands on maintaining cleanliness. Whether the furniture and the kitchen level are matte or shiny, modernly minimalist or romantic, traces of use are easier to see with a white surface, and therefore a person with a more practical mind-set may not prefer such a choice.
What material is right for you?
The choice of kitchen worktops is overwhelming. The most common materials used are cosy solid wood, affordable high-pressure laminate, strong engineered stone (quartz-stone or terrazzo) and natural stone, such as marble, granite and limestone. But which one to choose? It is worth thinking about what kind of cook you are and how durable you need a worktop….Read more
When it comes to renovation, the kitchen is inevitably one of the most expensive rooms in the home, and the prices of new kitchen furniture can reach into the realm of tens of thousands. But this does not mean that the kitchen should be neglected in the case of a small budget – repairs can also be done smartly and affordably….Read more
Bianco Carrara C white marble comes from Carrara, Italy, which is one of the oldest consistently developed industrial regions in the world. Marble has been quarried there for over 2000 years, and the popularity of the unique stone material doesn’t seem to be waning anywhere. Instead, demand is growing at an ever accelerating pace….Read more
Stone is known and loved as a worktop material. However, granite and marble, which have been used for centuries, have some specific properties that make these types of stone unsuitable for every purpose. So it is that the needs of homeowners, architects and interior designers have contributed to the adoption of different artificial stone production technologies. The process of natural stone formation is complex and uncontrollable, the material is not always flawless and may contain micro-cracks, non-fossilized sediments or air bubbles. However, in the case of man-made artificial stones, the aim is to keep production as uniform as possible; therefore, quartz stone and Terrazzo stone (also known as composite stone, artificial marble, cement marble and Terrazzo marble) are more uniform in terms of their quality….Read more
The kitchen is where the family reunites after a long day. As a space, the kitchen has always occupied a place of prominence; even during ancient times, people gathered around the fireplace to prepare food, enjoy the company of others, and talk. Therefore, when renovating and planning a kitchen, it is important to make sure that the most important space in the home meets the needs of all of the inhabitants, including the children….Read more
Kitchen renovations tend to be undertaken rather infrequently and the kitchen is chosen for many years. Therefore, it is important to carefully consider and plan out which solutions will also be important and convenient for your family after a period of several years. It is also worth choosing high-quality and long-lasting solutions that don’t immediately begin to show signs of wear….Read more
There was a time when the kitchen was considered to be more of an auxiliary room, where only one person could fit in between the furniture, usually a paid kitchen assistant or the woman of the house. In fact, there was not even enough room for her in the kitchen, let alone a dining table around which the whole family could eat at once. Small spaces such as these can often be found in houses built a century or more ago, mainly in the City Centre and the Old Town….Read more
Sinks are usually brimming with bacteria, and some studies have even shown that the sink is one of the dirtiest places in the kitchen. We don’t have to look very far for the reason – in the sink we prepare food, wash and clean meat, fish and vegetables. This tends to result in the accumulation of dirt around the drain hole and in the waste water drain.
The recent viral outbreak has made people think more about hygiene, and when it comes to the pursuit of cleanliness in the home it would definitely be worthwhile to start in the kitchen, where the food we eat is prepared. It would therefore make sense to make more hygienic choices and choose a kitchen worktop and sink that are easy to clean….
When it comes to planning your kitchen, you shouldn’t overlook the sink. What should a good sink be like? It should be pleasing to the eye, easy to maintain and clean, and keep its new appearance for many years to come. Made of granite, Silgranit’s sinks meet all of these conditions.
Water occupies a position of importance for every living organism, with nearly two-thirds of the human body being comprised of water. Water also plays an important role in the kitchen, used not only in foods and drinks, but also in food preparation, the cleaning of salads, fruit and vegetables, dishwashing, etc….Read more
Three of the brightest examples of deep black granite
There are many different kinds of dark, black, black-brown and black-grey types of granite, although the best known and most popular of these are Black Galaxy Star, Star Gate and Nero Assoluto. Perhaps they shouldn’t be compared to one another and, of course, every opinion and comparison is highly subjective, but let’s look at what is similar and different in these stones….Read more
While people love to make changes to living spaces, and frequently update wall colours, wallpaper and other interior design elements and furniture, the bathroom is a room that no one looks forward to renovating. The reason for this is simple – a bathroom renovation tends to be expensive, cumbersome and very dusty work, which disrupts the lives of residents. Therefore, it is important to renovate the bathroom using high quality materials that do not need to be replaced once the renovation is completed. Keeping up with rapidly changing trends is not suitable for the bathroom – one should instead choose timeless classics that will retain their value and not bore you….Read more
It is often said that the kitchen is the heart of the home. Those who have a fireplace in their home would beg to differ – the true heart of the home is the fireplace. There is nothing better than gathering around a fireplace with your family during a cold winter or even a dim summer evening, to enjoy its warmth and the crackling fire. Since the beginning of time it has been fire around which loved ones gathered in the evenings to warm themselves and tell stories….Read more
Many people view marble as a material that belongs in historic mansions, villas and luxurious five star hotels. They are home to marble floors, wide stairs and massive windowsills. In the home environment we instead see ordinary laminate and wood as the typical window sill material, which gets the job done, but certainly fails to catch the eye. But why not bring marble, that grand and beautiful material, into your own home?…Read more
The beginning of the year once again brought with it an expansion in the selection of worktop materials, and so we are pleased to present to you the stones being added to our product selection!…Read more
Your kitchen or living room has long been missing an important and colourful interior design element! Granitop has taken a step forward and introduced not only worktops, but also cutting boards in two different sizes, serving trays, snack trays, and tea and coffee cup saucers, to its product assortment….Read more
The world around us is changing quickly, seasonal trends are shifting and new, modern solutions are constantly being added. Should one rush along with the flow of fashion or remain true to classical interior design? We asked interior architects about the prevailing trends in home design for 2020….Read more
One of the advantages of ordering a worktop from Granitop is the ability to calculate the cost of materials and installation on our homepage. The price calculator helps the kitchen renovator during the planning process, allowing them to select the preferred worktop material, its colour and thickness, enter measurements, and determine how much the worktop will cost, all within a few minutes.
After the biggest construction fair in the Nordic Countries, the Granitop team is full of new life and enthusiasm. Participating in trade fairs is useful for a number of different reasons, and is a win-win for both parties – the party who orders the worktop as well as the manufacturer….Read more
No other stone is known as widely and loved as much as white Carrara marble. Throughout millennias Bianco Carrara has been a timeless and unique symbol of luxury. Besides the glorious past of this legendary stone it is remarkable how it has been able to withstand all the changes in fashion trends and styles over the course of timet. Durability of Bianco Carrara and it’s mesmerizing pearl-like glow will last forever….Read more
Granite, marble and quartz worktops have a beautiful appearance, they are easy to care for, and stone surfaces are suitable for use in modern designer kitchens as well as classical interiors. Being familiar with all of the possibilities offered by these unique materials is helpful when it comes to achieving the best result….Read more
Limestone has been used as a construction material since the time of the Egyptian pyramids and continues to be used in modern architecture. This rock is characterised by strength, resistance to external influences and a unique structure formed from fossils.
The simplest way to create a cosy and stylish home is to use natural materials in the interior design. Marble is a metamorphic rock that is durable and provides your residence with unique and practical added value. It can be used to make kitchen worktops as well as bookshelves, windowsills, and tiles laid in front of a fireplace or stove.
The stone work surfaces are both beautiful and durable and they do not require much care. However, if you want to be sure that the polished and reflective or silky smooth worktop remains good-looking for decades some general rules should be kept in mind….Read more
When choosing a kitchen worktop pay attention to the sink!
Natural stone (marble, granite) or quartz stone worktop is an investment for which you will get a beautiful kitchen for decades. Of course this is a decision that can not be made in a rush as following every seasonal trend can become a very costly hobby. What should be kept in mind – no matter how beautiful is the outcome it also takes time to keep it clean. So it’s very important to choose the right worktop material that matches your lifestyle and habits.
Bathroom renovation is a great challenge for every homeowner. Without the knowhow it might be complicated to achieve an excellent result. To make it easier start with some research and make an action plan, budget and schedule. It’s useful to know some basic rules, also the right materials and reliable contractors must be used….Read more
Every home doesn’t have a large kitchen that extends into a living or dining room. In some apartments, often in older houses in the heart of the city, the space to cook is quite limited.
Luckily, nowadays there are lots of solutions that our ancestors couldn’t even dream of. Therefore we got many more choices and inventions available to make our life and cooking easier. If you like to have order and coziness in your kitchen regardless of it´s size and if you want to keep it nice and user-friendly it’s useful to keep in mind some rules of thumb.
When renovating consider a kitchen island!
Every person who loves cooking knows how important is an organized kitchen and how easy and even enjoyable it can be preparing a gourmet dinner when using the right tools. High quality raw material is of course fundamental for delicious meals but almost as important is the method of preparation and used equipment. Unfortunately, all kinds of dishes and appliances have to be packed somewhere. A good way to get extra draw-cabinets and bigger worktop area is a carefully planned kitchen island.
Popular and timeless materials such as white Italian marble Bianco Carrara C, granites Viscount White and Nero Assoluto, also many durable quartz stones are always appreciated by everyone. However, a new trend can be noticed and interest in ordering exclusive stone materials is growing in the ascending line.
Tips for deciding for the prefect worktops
There are plenty of different stone materials and sometimes deciding is easier if you don’t focus on the type of material as the first thing. The best way to start is to think over what colour do you like and which patterns would you prefer as a worktop….Read more
Limestone, alike to other natural materials such as granite and marble has formed millions of years ago by a long geological process. Nature has really taken its time to design the pattern of limestone and you can often clearly see the remnants of life and sediments of the sea of the Jurassic era in these stones today.
These days designer kitchens mean good quality materials, they’re created bearing in mind the space in which they have to function and always keeping in mind the needs of the family using it. Choosing the ideal combination of door handles, drawer slides, front panels etc can take hours and thousands of pounds but after a few years it may seem that everything isn’t as perfect as it felt in the beginning or it’s simply time for a little upgrade. It’s not necessary to take on a full-scale renovation project or start searching for new kitchen furniture – often it’s enough to change the worktop for a new and unique feel!
Home renovation can be a time-consuming process and stone worktops are among the latest elements of home decoration. Despite this, one can not always see this brilliant end result, which we are working on with our customers – there are still details missing, places in need of paint or ceramic tile, silicone or something else entirely. Even if the countertop, backsplash, sink and mixer are in place, the picture is not complete.
Each stone worktop is tailor-made, completed while an eye is kept on your needs and preferences. When selecting a suitable stone surface it pays to keep in mind the interior design of your kitchen, your lifestyle and habits, your family members (especially the smallest members), the size of the kitchen, etc.
All of these choices also affect the price of the worktop – every little thing is important, and it is always reasonable to carefully weigh what is necessary and in what form.
Marble is considered to be well known and the most beautiful material in all of the worktop stones. Unfortunately, marble is accompanied by sensitivity to external influences and damages. Thus, we have to always emphasize the choices by pointing out the practical aspects of planning a kitchen. Also the fact that we have a stronger and more durable materials than marble to use as a kitchen worktop.
We offer a wide range of high-quality taps by Blanco to suit every taste – from traditional kitchen faucets to eye-catching design solutions. Most Blanco taps are designed with a series of Blanco kitchen sinks in mind, making them a perfect match for each other.
How to preserve the beautiful exterior of your granite, marble or quartz worktop
Taking into consideration their appearance and ease of use, granite and quartz worktops are the best choice; however, to ensure worry-free everyday use and the long-term preservation of their beautiful appearance, it is useful to know a bit about the characteristics of these materials and some maintenance tips. Maintaining the perfect condition of the worktop requires no more than 30 minutes each year.
Composite stone worktops offer the best set of physical properties. They are tough and resistant to scratching, but we still recommend using a cutting board in order to protect your knives. These worktops practically lack absorbency, which eliminates the possibility of staining and makes the worktops both low-maintenance and highly hygienic.
Granite worktops are physically tough, resistant to heat and have a low absorbency. It is difficult to scratch granite, however we still recommend that you always use cutting boards and table mats with your worktops – it is your knives that could easily become dull. Although granite is not a porous material, it may still absorb a certain amount of liquids. This is why we recommend that you wipe off any spilled liquids immediately in order to avoid dried stains that can be difficult or even impossible to remove from the worktop.
Marble is a natural stone that has formed from limestone under countless years of heat and pressure. As a construction material, marble has always been a symbol of luxury. Even today, marble worktops lend an air of elegance and refined taste to your home. Marble comes in a wide range of colours, but not all types are suitable for worktops, which is why you should always carefully consider which kind of marble to use. We will gladly offer our help with that!
Suppose You made plans for Your kitchen or maybe You got already suitable furniture, so You might want to get worktops placed or replace the old one. There are several materials to use as worktop material, one of them is durable, time-proof and beautiful stone. As follows, we recommend how to choose stone worktop perfect for You.
Marble is a natural stone, made from limestone that has been exposed to pressure and heat for countless years. When it comes to making kitchen worktops, world famous Carrara marble have been the most popular material in recent years.
Classic white marble from Italy has symbolised luxury since the time of the Roman Empire and is now available to everyone. Marble surfaces are always unique and no marble worktop kitchen is the same as another.
With the right care, a stone worktop, its pattern and its beauty, are nearly eternal. However, a lot depends on the surface finish and, from time to time, interested parties are faced with the question: what is the most suitable or practical solution for my kitchen or home?