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Choosing a Kitchen Countertop

If you are planning a kitchen remodel or renovation this year you will want to read my last two posts:  Planning a Kitchen Remodel and Kitchen Remodel:  Cabinets. This week, I want to focus on choosing your kitchen countertop. After cabinets and labor, the cost of replacing your countertops is the next big bite out of your renovation budget, at 10%. There are several countertop material options, and Consumer Reports offers their review:

  • Granite
  • Solid Surface (e.g., Corian)
  • Marble
  • Wood (Butcher Block)
  • Stainless steel
  • Laminate
  • Concrete
  • Engineered stone (e.g., Silestone primarily quartz)
  • Soapstone
  • Glass

How you choose your countertop depends on the following:

  1. What kitchen style you prefer.
  2. What is your lifestyle; for example, do you have kids? You may wish to look at durable surfaces that do not need to be treated and don’t chip or scratch easily.
  3. What is your budget?

Interesting fact, of the homeowners who renovated their kitchen, those surveyed in the 2019 U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study, chose engineered quartz as most popular at 48%, and natural stone (e.g., granite, quartzite, marble, and soapstone) came in at 43%. Of those countertops, white continued to grow in popularity, one in three upgrades were done in a shade of white. However, at the KBIS 2019 show, Cambria (quartz) showcased a new collection, Clairidge™ Woodstone Collection, part of their Luxury Series, that has a wood grain design. They also offer an app where you can visualize a new countertop in your kitchen, click here to learn more. Also at the KBIS 2019 show, Consentino showcased new colors of Silestone (engineered quartz) that are beautiful.

Additional Features

Once you have chosen your countertop material, you will want to consider how the finished edges will look. There are many options available, and you will want to consult with your supplier to discuss options and the cost. If you have an island in your kitchen, a lovely new look is the waterfall countertop where you visually see one continuous type of material such as this product from Consentino:

Would you like to incorporate a pop-up power source? Add power where you need it and install a flush-mounted power supply in your countertop! You can choose the finish of the item, click here to learn more from Doug Mockett & Company:

Photo from Doug Mockett & Company

Regardless of the countertop material you choose, you want the installation to be handled by a professional installer and a reputable business for sourcing the materials. If you need help picking the color palette for your kitchen remodel, give me a call 610-955-8202 or email, to ensure that you are happy with the finished look.

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