After five years as an RN and seven years of renting a home, I finally decided it was time to buy my own home. I wasn’t married at the time, but I wanted to make steps toward investing in my future. So, on the eve of my 31st birthday, I signed a piece of paper that would hereinafter make me a homeowner (at least for the foreseeable future). I had a great job and a great life, so I decided it was time to continue moving forward.
The home I bought was in the neighborhood I wanted and had just the right about of character for my taste. The presence of “character” also meant that it was a little older than I was. Most of everything was in great shape, but I knew the kitchen would need some work. It was certainly livable, but since cooking is one of my favorite activities, I wanted to treat myself to a nice kitchen. I knew just about everything about appliances and kitchen tools, but one area in which I knew nothing about was kitchen and bathroom countertops. With all of the options available, I became really overwhelmed. Finally, I decided to do some research on what types of countertops would best suit my needs stylistically and functionally.
Because I like the look of stone countertops, I immediately ruled out tile. My mother had tiled countertops and the last thing I wanted in my newfound symbol of independence was a replica of my mother’s kitchen. I also didn’t want to go with wood because the floors were hardwood and I didn’t want to mimic the look of a log cabin. Now I just had to choose between quartz, granite and synthetic. In all honesty, I didn’t know what any of those actually were. Luckily, I referred to trusty Google and figured out the pros and cons of each.
Upon conducting my fancy Google research, I found that while granite is made of pure stone (usually in full slab form), quartz is about 90 percent natural quartz and 10 percent synthetic materials. While I was originally in favor of natural stone, I was surprised to find out the advantages of quartz versus granite. For one, quartz is extremely durable and easy to maintain. It is hard and doesn’t require the frequent resurfacing that granite does. In addition, granite is porous, which means that bacteria and mildew and get into the pours. As a frequent cook, I much preferred having solid and sturdy surface, as my kitchen sees a lot of action on a daily basis. It seemed that quartz was my best bet.
After installing my new countertops and buying new and shiny appliances, I practically never left my kitchen. I had created a space where myself, as well as family and friends, could come and spend time together in an open and beautiful part of my home. I was truly proud of myself for my new home, but especially proud of my new kitchen.