Are new countertops worth the investment?

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich (WOTV) – Yes, we’re going to talk about your kitchen AGAIN because it’s probably the hardest working room in your home.  So you can’t afford to or prefer not to replace your cabinets. New counter tops can be one solution that could create a big bang for your time, money and effort.  With most things in life, there are good, better, and best options. It all depends on the outcome you’re looking for.

Quite honestly, your budget will probably determine the actual countertop material.  So here are some tips and tricks to make an inexpensive material stand out.

  1. HOW the countertop needs to function. Do you slice and dice or are you more like a Julia Child pastry chef?  And if you’re both, then you may need two different surfaces.  In fact, today’s designers and home owners are using two different materials which can make more of an impact and design statement.
  1. Consider a new sink. If your sink is older than 10 years old, it’s probably time for a change. There are many different and new options today for sinks and faucets. The sink itself can be enameled cast iron, brass or copper, stainless steel, an engineered material or even stone.  And certainly don’t forget about color!  The right sink can make an impact and design statement all its own!  And how will your sink be installed?  A drop-in sink works with any material.  An integrated sink only works with stainless steel or solid-surface materials and allows for the easiest cleaning.  An under mount sink can now work with any counter top material, even laminate.  And don’t forget new faucets too!
  1. Consider the edge style and the thickness of your countertop. Different thicknesses are available for each type of material. A creative edge profile can make an inexpensive material look more expensive. Always avoid sharp corners in such a busy work space and traffic areas.
  1. consider changing the lay-out of your countertop. Ask your counter top professional if that’s an option. Sometimes it’s possible to bump it out or raise it up so you have a bar area or make a sleek curve around a corner.  If your space is especially small, providing more counter top space adds perceived value to your kitchen.


Watch this space next week for information on products choices and some quick pros and cons about each.



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