Great Corporate Rentals – Property Owners Guide to Amazing Kitchens

 One of the best benefits of choosing a great corporate rental vs a hotel is truly the comforts of home. I know it is cliche to say corporate housing is your home away from home but really the comment is true.  Did I mention it is ok to choose a great corporate rental that is also nicer and more fun than your home:)  Today, Kerrie Kelly, a professional interior designer gives property owners ideas and tips on how to design an amazing kitchen with counter tops that would WOW just about anyone.

Great Corporate Rentals: A User Guide to the Most Popular Countertops  By Kerrie Kelly, ASID

Executive RentalsCountertops are the workhorses of the kitchen, and they need to stand up to a lot of wear and tear. Since the color and material of your countertop often ends up influencing the design choices for other areas of your kitchen, it’s important to choose something that looks good, will hold up under day-to-day kitchen activities and has a price tag that fits your budget.

What Do You Want Out of Your Countertops?

Beyond each countertop’s Granite Kitchensesthetic appeal, you will also want to weigh its physical characteristics.

Kitchen surfaces should be water-resistant, durable and easy to maintain. Before you decide, consider how you will use the countertops:

Do you want surfaces for chopping or placing hot pans during preparation for a holiday dinner?

Do you mind sealing surfaces?

How often do you want to clean your countertops?

Do you cook often and need a surface that won’t show stains, fingerprints and water spots?

By answering some of these functionality questions, you can narrow down your search to a few reliable countertop choices, and then decide based on aesthetic and budget from there.

Countertop Materials 101

Quartz

Because it’s an engineered product, quartz is available in a wide variety of colors and
patterns. It’s sturdy and virtually maintenance-free. Though it’s susceptible to scratches and burns, it can easily be buffed or sanded to look as good as new.

Granite

A classic choice for countertops, granite naturally resists bacteria and will not by damaged by the heat of a hot pan. Although they’re a more expensive option, granite countertops last for many years and add value to your home.

Marble

Marble is one of the most elegant options to choose from. It’s mildly heat-resistant and stays cool in hot temperatures. This makes it perfect for a baking prep station, as it keeps your dough cool and has a very smooth surface.

Laminate

Laminate countertops are some of the most affordable options available on the market. They’re also low-maintenance, easy to clean and lightweight, so they don’t require the support of a thick cabinet base.

Butcher Block

This countertop has a warm, natural appearance, and like its name suggests, it’s perfect for preparing dinner and chopping meats and veggies. Though scratches are easily made, they patina beautifully and add a rustic, worn look to the countertop. If you prefer to keep it looking new, butcher block countertops can be maintained with sanding and staining.

Mix and Match for FunctionalityKitchens in corporate rentals

Consider mixing different surface choices to get the most out of your kitchen. Granite may be your choice for the perimeter countertops, while butcher block may be what you want on your prepping station. Or, install a marble countertop on your kitchen island to act as prep area for members of the family that love baking. Marble’s cool temperature keeps dough from sticking, so you can roll out your dough directly on the countertop with no need for messy flour.

Hardworking Quartz

CHBO Rental kitchensIf practicality is your main concern, we suggest opting for quartz countertops. They’re stain resistant, water resistant and heat resistant. Quartz is a fantastic option for busy families, those who love to throw dinner parties or anyone with an on-the-go lifestyle who doesn’t have the time to wipe down their counters or reapply sealant as often as they would like. Quartz countertops also come in a variety of finishes, so you can choose a look that reflects your personal style as well as that of your kitchen.

Great Corporate Rentals Consider Kitchen’s Style

Great Kitchens in rental apartmentsKeep in mind the other elements of your kitchen when making a countertop selection. What’s the overall look you’re going for? Will your countertop match your cabinets and appliances? What sorts of functions and accessibility are you looking for? When choosing countertop surfaces, remind yourself of your style and your budget to help stay on track during your kitchen renovation.

Whether you’re an avid chef, a design fanatic or simply want a low-maintenance option, choose a countertop that works for you, so you can fully enjoy being in your kitchen. To get more inspiration and advice for installing a new countertop, visit this kitchen hacks guide from Hometalk and The Home Depot.

As an interior designer and founder of Kerrie Kelly Design Labs, Kerrie Kelly  has created many functional and fabulous kitchens. The countertop is the second largest surface that you see in the kitchen, and Kerrie provides advice on choosing the materials that are best suited for you. To see some of the countertop options that Kerrie talks about in this article, visit The Home Depot.

Great, now you have an amazing rental – NEXT STEP is to take Great Professional Photos so your next tenant knows yours is the best property for them.

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About Kimberly Smith

Kimberly Smith is an accomplished entrepreneur and published author with more than 20 years experience as an entrepreneur in the areas of real estate, property management, corporate housing, website development and franchising. In 1999 Kimberly and her husband/ business partner, Eric, launched AvenueWest Corporate Housing, Inc., a multi-million dollar success story. AvenueWest provides real estate property management of furnished residential properties offering full service corporate housing services to upscale executive travelers in need of a monthly lodging solution. A recognized leader in the industry, they were awarded CHPA’s 2010 Provider Company of the Year Award and listed for 3 consecutive years on Inc Magazine’s Inc 5000 list of the countries fastest growing businesses. Inspired to help people find corporate housing and real estate solutions on a national basis, Kimberly and Eric came up with a business idea to create a national resource dedicated to connecting furnished rental properties with executive renters. In 2006 CorporateHousingbyOwner.com (CHBO) was launched, the first-of-its-kind online portal connecting furnished rentals and the traveling public. In 2013 CHBO was recognized by CHPA as the Associate Company of the Year. In 2009 AvenueWest Global Franchise was launched allowing for the national expansion of the AvenueWest Managed Corporate Housing product. Current offices are located in Phoenix, Atlanta, Fort Collins, San Francisco, Boston, Dallas, Denver and Colorado Springs.

4 thoughts on “Great Corporate Rentals – Property Owners Guide to Amazing Kitchens

  1. Thoughtful planning counter layout and functionality!
    If design, traffic, decor, and use of space works well–my next project will incorporate built-in counter marble for pastries and butcher block for prep.

  2. Very informative and detailed post on corporate housing. You listed lots of great things to consider when choosing the right corporate or short term housing to suite someones needs. Most people don’t even think this detailed when choosing something. This post should be very helpful to anyone looking for quality corporate housing

  3. Thank you for sharing this. There are very important factors that go into deciding on a countertop material, and I think you’ve done a great job covering them here. Because a kitchen’s countertop is so integral to the kitchen as a whole, a lot of consideration goes into the decision-making process, and knowing which materials work best in certain situations helps immensely.

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