Engineered stone is created with a mixture of natural stone such as quartz aggregates together with colour pigments and polyester resins. Engineered stone has a “softer” feel than granite and is almost totally non-porous, so doesn't need to be sealed. Durable and difficult to scratch, Caesarstone is non-porous, waterproof, mould and mildew resistant making it perfect for use in kitchens and bathrooms.
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.
A rangehood needs to match the width of the cooktop below or larger, to pick up steam and odours from cooking. The most common sizes are 60cm and 90cm. Before selecting a hood you need to determine whether the exhaust will be vented to the outdoors. In this case, you will need a ducting kit. If you can’t vent the steam, you need a recirculating model. These filter and clean the air before recirculating it back into the kitchen.
Key considerations when purchasing a rangehood are the noise level and the extraction power. Fully concealed in-built hoods are known as power packs that are integrated as part of the décor for a modern streamlined look. Stainless steel is the most popular finish for rangehoods today.