MAKING THE RIGHT KITCHEN COUNTER CHOICE

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Taking on a high-end kitchen renovation as part of a remodel or addition, or if you’re building a new home, can be a challenging undertaking. Seeing it all come together, however, can be extremely satisfying. Before you start any home renovation project, it’s important to plan ahead. Your contractor will provide guidance, but it’s good to know the essential components in an effort to remain on schedule and budget.

Kitchen

Budget
High-end renovations typically have ample budgets for kitchens. You’ll be surprised, however, just how much can be spent in this space. Ultra-high-end appliances, custom lighting fixtures, lighting design, and elaborate cabinetry can quickly escalate the budget. Countertops should be budgeted, along with these other expenditures, to provide guidelines when it comes time to shop.

Coordinating Elements
When considering kitchen countertops, you’ll of course want to factor in the style and colors of the surrounding elements. Shaker cabinets and subway tile, for example, are classic, timeless design choices that would pair well with a more traditional countertop such as Carrera marble. Concrete and stainless steel will work better with more modern, flat-panel cabinetry. You’ll also want to consider the wall color, the backsplash style and color, the flooring, and the fixture style.

Kitchen Countertop Selection
As you move through your kitchen renovation, you’ll discover that the range of appliance, backsplash, cabinet, flooring, and design configurations is vast. The same is true for kitchen countertops. Some of the more popular countertops include soapstone, marble, granite, butcher block, quartz, and poured concrete. Other, more exotic countertop materials include cork, lava stone, slate, pewter, and glass. Natural stone counters typically require yearly sealing. Manmade options, such as quartz, require less maintenance and are extremely durable. Although marble is one of the most attractive options, it does have the potential to stain. Soapstone is a less durable option and has the potential to crack. Concrete and stainless steel are extremely durable and heat resistant; however, stainless can show fingerprints and dents, and concrete can crack and stain if not regularly maintained with sealant.

Mixing and Matching
Combining two or more countertop types can be functional and stylish. Having a different countertop on the kitchen island, for example, can break up the space and create visual interest. Marble counters and a butcher-block island make a great combination. Consider building in more durable countertops around the workspaces for cooking and baking.

Building your dream kitchen starts with a well-laid plan. Once you’ve considered the variety of options available, things tend to fall into place. The end result will be a dream kitchen with the perfect countertops.