21 May 2008

Celebrating my new floor

When I started to think in remodeling my kitchen I had no, I confess, a pale idea what the real meaning of this and how hard could be it. It is taking more time that we planned and also much money. For other hand renovating a kitchen is a great way to increase your home's value. It is also one of the most complicated because there are many factors to consider. It needs to be well-planned and designed to maximize the functionality. So, I strongly recommend that you always contract a professional, like an architect and a good contractor. I started thinking in one thing and finished changing my opinion and ideas a lot.

My first idea for flooring was wood, which I think that became the environment more wormless as cold as the kitchen is. But I decide to use ceramic titles, because

this material adds a certain elegance to all spaces in which it graces, making porcelain tiles another exceptional material for any kitchen floor.

Today this product is being made to replicate the look of such materials as granite, slate, marble, and stone, not to mention even polished metals and wood finishes!!! Depending on what you are willing to spend, expect a fantastic look in you kitchen with porcelain tiles.

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My choice was based in these facts:

Scratch resistance - Extremely resistant to scratching and deeper abrasions. Glazed porcelain is also very stain resistant.

Strength - Porcelain is stronger than most stone product on the market and is unaffected by UV rays. It will not create static electricity and will stand up to almost any chemical agent.

Fire resistance - Porcelain tile will not burn and does not produce toxic fumes.

Water resistance - Porcelain is far more resistant to water than ceramic tile. The absorption rate for porcelain is 0.5% and even less.

Maintenance - Glazed porcelain is as simple as a quick sweep and a mop when necessary, however if your choice of tile is natural or polished porcelain, be sure that your floor is properly sealed otherwise cleaning could get more difficult!

This way I had safe flooring and looks like wood!!!! In fact the only way to discover that is not real wood; is touching

After installing the floor, we call a couple of good friends of us, how are building their new home, to show our brand new floor and how I optimized my kitchen space only changing a couple of walls and eliminating two doors. So, .I bought a bottle of wine and I made this simple, but delicious appetizers.

And I remember, meanwhile I prepare, that Jenn from the leftover queen adores figs. Now, as a newlywed she is restarting a tradition for her new family, the movie nights. How about this treat Jenn? I think that you must love it ;)

Figs, Parma ham and gorgonzola

figos com gorgonzola

6 fresh figs washed

100 g Parma ham, finely sliced

150 g Gorgonzola cheese

Olive oil

Balsamic vinegar

Slice each fig into four. Toss with the olive oil and balsamic vinegar, place the Parma in the middle of the plate and pour the fig over the top, sprinkle with gorgonzola cheese


Cynthia said...

I love these types of floors, really makes for quick installation.

Simply...Gluten-free said...

Enjoy your new floor. The figs look amazing - beautiful photo.

Dhanggit said...

hello sylvia, i wish i could do some improvements on my kitchen too. but for the moment i have to wait :-)

i love the photo (as always heheheh) it is so mouth watering..the fig, gorgonzola and touch of the olive oil and rosemary beautiful!!

JennDZ - The Leftover Queen said...

YES YES YES! I do love it! Want to come over for movie night, Sylvia???
It will be the funnest ever, I promise!

Nice floors too - Enjoy! Your kitchen is going to be THE BEST!

Lori Lynn said...

YAY for your new floor. My contractor always jokes with me about the projects, "In the end they will cost twice as much and take twice as long." By stating this up front, he says, you won't be mad. haha

Best of luck with the remainder of your remodel. Looking forward to hearing about it.

Anonymous said...

Your figs dish looks delicious! Congrats on your new floor. Looks lovely!


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Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) said...

I had a kitchen make over a few years back and I am still in therapy---ha-ha!
How did I miss this fig and gorgonzola post - my favorite cheese and the photo is simple but stunning, the light awesome!

Bellini Valli said...

How lucky are your to have a new kitchen space to prepare such marvelous dishes as this:D

Laurie said...

This looks wonderful!! I have a fig tree but it won't produce fruit for another few months..this recipe will be tagged on my refrigerator!