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Is the granite/stainless steel kitchen a fad?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by TheD0n, Apr 24, 2010.

  1. NorCal

    NorCal Senior member

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    Everyone on HGTV needs the granite/SS kitchen. I agree with the aesthetics of the "updated" kitchen, but is the look any more timeless than a kitchen from the 1980s or 90s?

    There is some added utility to the granite counter, right? It's non-porous and scratch-resistant. Does that mean that granite will still be the go-to material in 10 years? However, stainless steel is merely a superficial facade that adds nothing to the operation of appliances.

    I wonder if the $30k top-of-the-line kitchen renovation will still look good in 10-15 years, or if there will be new materials to displace the granite/SS that is necessary today. What are your thoughts?


    Dude, it won't look good in 10-15 days, much less years.
     


  2. shoreman1782

    shoreman1782 Senior member

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    My wife wants concrete countertops and a "retro" fridge, like Smeg or Big Chill. Our current appliances are already old enough to be retro.
     


  3. kwilkinson

    kwilkinson Having a Ball

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    My wife wants concrete countertops and a "retro" fridge, like Smeg or Big Chill. Our current appliances are already old enough to be retro.
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  4. edmorel

    edmorel Quality Seller!! Dubiously Honored

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    My wife wants concrete countertops and a "retro" fridge, like Smeg or Big Chill. Our current appliances are already old enough to be retro.

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    I've got granite and stainless steel. I like it.
     


  5. Pezzaturra

    Pezzaturra Senior member

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    Granite appliances and stainless steal countertops.

    You heard it first here!
     


  6. shoreman1782

    shoreman1782 Senior member

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    Yeah kind of begging for a little graffiti

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    Think the counters can look pretty good, but unless you're a bigtime DIY type I don't think they're much cheaper than granite.

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  7. Trompe le Monde

    Trompe le Monde Senior member

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    granite is not non-porous. its rock. the applied coating on it makes it less permeable ...and it should be resealed as maintenance. stainless surface is nice because its hygienic and cleans up nicely. both items are highly functional.

    if you want to call it a fad thats fine. i just see it as an evolution from the plastic/synthetic or unpractical materials popular in times past.
     


  8. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Like tile to linoleum years ago?

    Polyester was the miracle fiber back in the day.
     


  9. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Goon member

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    Polyester was the miracle fiber back in the day.

    A deep pile shag kitchen counter would be delightful.

    At the very least, shag carpeting over the frig.


    - B
     


  10. Douglas

    Douglas Stupid ass member

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    granite is not non-porous. its rock. the applied coating on it makes it less permeable ...and it should be resealed as maintenance.

    This is only sort of true. When polished, granite becomes, for all intents and purposes, impermeable. Manufacturers still recommend you re-apply the coating so that they cover their asses, and generate additional revenue, but you're not going to stain polished granite unless you're really, really, really trying. Meaning leaving tomato sauce on it for days and days.

    If it's another finish, however, (e.g. honed), bets are off.
     


  11. Pundit

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    Wife and I have just started a kitchen re-do in a Victorian row house in the city and have just pondered many of the questions raised here. The good thing is that there are as many options as tastes, we found that with a vision of where you want to end up and a few initial critical decisions, the options start to shrink (a sense of style is assumed).

    We ended up with white paneled cabinets, Calcutta gold marble counter tops (white with gray streaking), and gray 2x4 glass tile backsplash. Going with: paneled DW and SubZ, stainless Wolf range top and built-in oven+Micro.

    We think we're getting a modern take on victorian kitchen -- we'd better like it because I don't intend to do it again.
     


  12. Artisan Fan

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    This is only sort of true. When polished, granite becomes, for all intents and purposes, impermeable. Manufacturers still recommend you re-apply the coating so that they cover their asses, and generate additional revenue, but you're not going to stain polished granite unless you're really, really, really trying. Meaning leaving tomato sauce on it for days and days.

    Very true. Our granite island has been bulletproof for 8 years and running despite major abuse.
     


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    I know this post is old, but there is no way stainless steel is a fad.. it is elemental and natural in its look. It works well with many different types of black or stainless appliances and its got a fresh appeal. People go around saying the same thing about glass tile, its because many of these individuals are buying from the bottom of the barrel; premade blends from Lowe's or Home Depot. Just make sure to look at real kitchen backsplash photos before you make your decision. So if you haven't purchased yet dont let people blah and blah you around.[​IMG]
     


  14. Artisan Fan

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    I think granite will be around for quite a while due to its durability and looks. The style in terms of design, color, matching appliances will change probably like anything that is part fashion.
     


  15. freshcutgrass

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    What materials fade in and out of popularity for kitchen surfaces is not the problem. It's the whole "lipstick on a pig" aspect of it that irritates me. Slapping a thin layer of stainless steel to what is essentially a cheaply made appliance is a "fad". This is just a cheap ploy by market-driven manufacturers/ developers.

    And the lifespan of those indestructible stone/steel countertops is about as long as the life of those cheap fitted cabinets they are attached to.

    The unfitted kitchen where all components are durable and classic is the best way to go....stone...steel...wood...terrazzo...doesn't really matter what material you choose. Nothing looks better than high quality, durable materials that have decades...even centuries of wear on them...and are still functional. This effect is not going to happen from Ikea.
     


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