Laminate is the most popular choice of benchtops in New Zealand and is one of the most cost-effective options, available in a large range of colours and patterns. Formica 180fx acieves an unprecedented large scale design, replicating the beauty and magnitude of natural stone at a fraction of the cost. It captures every little nuance and detail of a stone slab, giving it a truly authentic look.
It's no surprise that stone was a feature at the international kitchen design shows this year. What was noticeable was the emergence of coloured marbles and other stones such breccia and graphite. But stone can be expensive and cool to touch as well as heavy and difficult to work with. Luckily there are other surfaces which have the look of natural stone but with all the benefits of man-made materials and at a price that won't break the bank.
Adding an island is the most common way to achieve multiple work centres in a kitchen. An island suits many modern house styles where there is enough space and can provide several small work stations along its perimeter. It is also a great place to present a buffet when entertaining.
The provision of an extra sink in the kitchen is a great way to create an extra work station and greater versatility for two or more people working in the kitchen.