Published at Wednesday, 16 January 2019. Kitchen Floors. By Gerda Andersen.
If the first floor can be exited without having to go through the kitchen and open plan area, then this should not present a problem. In any case, it is sensible to look into fire suppression systems – such as sprinklers and smoke curtains – to limit the spread of fire and smoke throughout the home.
Homeowners were at first content to varnish their beadboard or other wooden walls, but as concerns with sanitation grew at the turn of the century they covered kitchen walls with glazed white tiles, usually 3" x 6" subway tiles. White tile was frequently used behind coal-burning ranges, where it made the wall easier to clean, so it was logical to extend the tile to the sink area. Painted or sculpted tiles played an important decorative role early in the 20th century, primarily around the fireplace, but weren't common in the kitchen until the late 1920s.
Natural Stone Tiles have been used since and are very strong and sturdy materials. Once fixed they need not be replaced for a lifetime. Several natural stones have been converted into floor tiles for interiors and exterior use because of their aesthetics, strength and durability. The natural stones that have been converted into tiles are
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