Stainless steel countertops
For those of you who have stainless steel countertops:
Did you go with ss only or did you mix it with another countertop material like granite/quartz?If you mixed it up, where did you put the ss - around the sink? cooking area? prep area?
If you have ss only throughout your kitchen, do you have ss appliances, too? If so, do you feel it is 'too much' or that your kitchen looks more commercial than residential?
What kind of stainless steel is best ( brushed, gauge etc) for countertops?
Woul you recommend an integrated ss sink with the ss countertop?
Where did you get the stainless steel from and how is it ( looking for the right word here) 'fabricated'? What about seams?
Is it easy to clean? Do you put your hot dishes/pots directly on it with no resulting problem? Do you have scratches or stains and how do you deal with them?
Would you have ss as a countertop in your next kitchen?
Thanks for putting up with all my questions. I've read *many* web articles and FAQ's on ss countertops but wanted to get *your* personal opinions as actual users and as kitchen experts :-).If you can post photos, I'd love to see them but I'll be just as happy to get your responses sans photos :-).