Published at Thursday, 31 January 2019. Kitchen Countertops. By Lise Kristensen.
In order for an L shaped modular kitchen to be incorporated, the kitchen area itself must be built in a corner where two walls form a 90 degree angle to each other. This allows for the countertops to be placed perpendicular to each other so that you get the full advantage of the working triangle. This layout allows easy movement between the sink, the refrigerator and the oven or gas stove and makes meal preps quite efficient.
You need to consider not only the countertop, but also the backsplash in generally, any protective material behind the sink and counter. As with sinks, any number of materials were used at any given time, but there are historical patterns in the use of metals, wood, ceramics and stone, and laminates.
While marble makes a smooth, cool surface for rolling out pastry dough, it stains too easily to be practical for general food preparation. It could serve handsomely, though, in the less rigorous role of a backsplash. Granite, probably today's most popular high-end counter material and one often used in "period-inspired" kitchens, would have been rare in early 20th-century houses. A process to cut granite slabs as thin as 1 wasn't discovered until the 1930s, and the material remained prohibitively expensive until the 1960s.
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