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I absolutely adore flower gardens. Whenever I want to relax and view nature in one of its most beautiful forms, I sit in or near a flower garden. Smelling the aromatic fragrances of roses always instantly improves my mood. Do you have a flower garden on your property? If you don’t currently have a flower garden, consider starting one this summer. If your knowledge about flowers is limited, visiting a local home and garden center is a great idea. An expert at this kind of business establishment can help you pick the varieties of flowers that grow best in your part of the country. On this blog, I hope you will discover the easiest types of flowers to grow in a backyard flower garden. Enjoy!


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Is A Raw-Edge Granite Countertop Right For Your Kitchen?

by Amelia Sutton

You are in the middle of a kitchen remodel, and things are really getting down to the finer details that will really pull the room together. The countertop edge is one of those finer details. If you have chosen granite as your countertop solution, you will have a range of edge types to choose from.

Beveled, bullnose, and even straight edges are possible, but one of the more common choices these days is the raw edge, which can also be referred to as a natural or chiseled edge. This edge gives a unique look to the finished implement. The granite slab will appear to be chiseled right out of a larger piece of stone. Here is a look at a few things to help you decide whether this type of raw edge is right for your granite countertops. 

Do you consider your kitchen rustic or natural?

Are you trying to go for a more rustic look? Are you intending to go with a lot of natural elements? If so, the raw edges of a granite countertop will probably work well for the kitchen. A rustic kitchen tends to have a lot of clean lines and more traditional furnishings, such as open shelves in place of cabinetry, so the extra addition of a raw-edge countertop can really pull things together. 

Will there be any other "raw" features in your kitchen?

Maybe you have a trim around your windows that looks a bit like rough-cut timber. Maybe you will have a natural floor in your kitchen that looks like untreated timber. While these traits can look really nice, you can also have too much of a good thing. It is best if those raw and natural attributes are kept to a minimum. The edge of the countertop does not take up a lot of visual space, but it can naturally attract focus. 

Are you okay with a little extra cleaning effort?

Raw edges are really attractive, but they are also really textured. You won't have the same smooth finish that you would have with other types of edges. Therefore, keeping these edges clean can be a little bit more time-consuming because debris and dirt can kind of get caught in the little grooves and indentions. For most homeowners, this is not that big of a deal. However, if you don't like anything that will require a little extra time or attention, you may find the raw edging to be a bit bothersome. 

Reach out to granite countertop suppliers to learn more.