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How to Approach Contractors With Knowledge: A Contracting Blog

Hi! My name is Pam, and I recently learnt how scary it can be to hire contractors. I have to admit that in many cases, I didn't even know which questions to ask first. After remodelling my entire home, including putting in a new foundation, I learnt a lot about working with contractors, and I am going to cover all of that in this blog. I am a nurse, and I love my job. I live with my sister Beth in our parents' old home with Beth's 16-year-old daughter. I love to write, but this is one of my first public projects. I hope you like it. Thank you for reading.

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Benefits of a Timber Benchtop for Your Kitchen

If you're renovating your kitchen and trying to decide on a benchtop material, why not consider timber? To discover its benefits, consider the following.

Has Multiple Colour Options

You may love the warmth of natural wood, which is why it's one of your countertop possibilities. All timbers invoke this warm quality, no matter what colour hues they exhibit. You can choose between many Australian hardwoods, such as creamy Tasmanian oak, reddish jarrah, or coffee-hued spotted gum. Within the available woods, you'll be able to choose the perfect shade benchtop to match the rest of the kitchen. Alternatively, you could consider bamboo — it's fast-growing, and it conveys the same organic look.

Can Be Re-Sanded

Once you install a timber benchtop, you can feel confident that it will last for many years. Wood is a unique material in that it can be re-sanded to remove the top layer and reveal virgin timber underneath. Other materials such as stone, concrete and laminate don't offer this chance for rejuvenation. Thus, if your timber benchtop does show scratches or dents, you can re-sand it back to its original state. In any case, you may love the patina of weathered timber that provides evidence of life in your kitchen.

Can Be Repurposed

Timber benchtops can use repurposed wood, helping to preserve natural resources and reduce waste. A re-used piece of wood will give your bench a unique and personalized look. Additionally, you can repurpose your own bench and use it in other ways in the future. After all, beautifully grained timber doesn't lose its appeal. You could use the wood slab for a kitchen island, as the top piece or as a side panel, for example.

Suits Diverse Kitchen Styles

Whether your kitchen is old-style or contemporary, you'll be able to find a benchtop that complements the design. Timber can be raw and rustic or polished and sleek to fit with industrial and traditional kitchens, for example. Additionally, because wood suits varied decors, you could refurbish around the benchtop even if you upgrade your kitchen in the future. Staining provides further possibilities as it imbues wood with different shades.

Thus, you have plenty of reasons to consider a timber benchtop. They offer a wide array of colours that harmonize with the diverse decors of custom kitchens. Additionally, timber counters offer practical advantages, being long-lasting and repurposable. Plus, you can sand the surface to make it look new without having to install a different counter.

Contact a custom kitchen contractor for more advice.