Kitchen Remodel: Tips for Selecting Kitchen Countertops with Pictures
When considering a kitchen remodel, most people rank countertops at the top of the list of importance, together with cabinets. When it comes to choosing what countertops would be best for you, evaluating your lifestyle is a good place to start. If you prefer to take extra care when prepping and cooking food, your options are wide open. If you tend to be a bit messier or if you’re a busy family that makes messes in the kitchen regularly, then you may want to consider durability as a priority, in addition to good looks.
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Granite Counters (slab)
When it comes to form and function, as well as popularity, a granite slab is what most people want. Prices range from affordable to very expensive with granite. More often than not these days, granite is what people chose.
You may think it is out of the question, but if you do your homework you might find that you can afford granite – it may not be the most “exotic” one, but it’s sure to be beautiful still. You can select a thinner cut and a simple edge design/profile to spend less – it likely can end up being even less than other solid surface materials, like quartz.
*What is important to remember is that each piece of natural stone is a piece of art from Mother Nature.*
Granite Tile Countertops
If you still feel like a slab of stone is too expensive for your budget, perhaps granite tiles are your solution. You can even get tiles that are preassembled with a decorative edge profile, but this would be a high-end granite tile option. There are mid-range options which are usually larger tiles, like 16”, 18” or even 24” squares. These usually include a strip of granite tile for the sink rail and edges. The most affordable option is the standard 12” x 12” tiles. Most people who use these for their countertops finish the countertop edges with a wood strip. To help give the illusion of a slab when using granite tiles, use the larger tiles in a solid color shade with minimal grout joints and a matching grout color.
Rustic Counter Tiles
If you prefer a countertop that has more of a rustic look with a matte finish, consider slate, limestone, honed marble or travertine tiles. These options, although as beautiful as granite in many cases, do have inherent drawbacks such as staining easily or not being as resistant to heat and scratches. You must do your research before committing.
Marble Slab Counter
White marble slabs, such as the beautiful Carrara, are gaining in popularity. It has a naturally sophisticated and modern look to it. Some marble can be very porous, though, when it comes in contact with certain foods, so you need to make sure you are familiar with the care and upkeep of a marble like this.
You can remodel your kitchen on a budget (although that seems like an oxymoron) if you do your research and focus where it counts – countertops and cabinets, then features like architectural finds, accessories, fabrics and lighting. Be willing to compromise – remember, inexpensive does not equate to cheap or ugly – it’s how it is used that’s important.
Also remember, you can save loads of money in your kitchen redo project by simply refacing or resurfacing your cabinets instead of replacing them; read more about this here.
It will take time and patience, but with an open mind you CAN do it!
Formica 180 FX Countertops
Formica has a new product that just might have you saying "I can't believe it's not granite!" Well, at least I did. I also never thought I would be excited about receiving my new Formica countertops to replace the old, ugly Formica countertops that came with my kitchen but I was very excited and I am LOVING them! Check out before, during, and after pictures of my kitchen redo, plus more here: Formica 180 FX
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