If you are in the process of building a new home or remodeling, you’ve been faced with the decision on what to do with your countertops. Just yesterday I was at a slab yard with a client, and she was faced with the hard decision of choosing a material that worked for her and her busy lifestyle, rather than a look she loves. What makes that difficult? Well she’s been all over pinterest, where the photos are filled of white cabinets and marble counters. Unfortunately marble is not ideal for her kitchen. She needs to place items straight out of the oven on the counters, something stone experts don’t highly recommend. And while she was disappointed to sacrifice the look, ultimately she fell in love with a granite that was ideal for her space.
Choosing kitchen counters can seem difficult, but don’t feel like you’re limited on the beauty your tops can create, just because they aren’t the material you thought they should be. There are many awesome options available, and like my client, you’ll certainly be able to find something that meets both the beauty and functionality you need. Here’s how to choose the right kitchen countertops for the life you lead.
- What type of cooking do you do?
- Do you bake a lot?
- Do you deep clean your kitchen often?
- How much maintenance are you willing to care for?
- Do you want to think about your counters every time you cook?
- Are you OK with imperfections?
- Do you appreciate a patina, or prefer perfection?
Before a decision can be made on the surface you choose, first determine what your needs are. Figure out how you use your space and the rest will be easy to decide. It will also keep you focused so you aren’t tempted to look at materials that don’t fit the bill. Another word of advise, always go to the slab yard and hand pick your tops. Man made materials are uniform, but natural stone will have details that cannot be seen in a small sample.
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