3 Kitchen Countertops Becoming Common

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The kitchen is one of the most used rooms in a home.  From meal prep, to dining to homework – kitchens tend to become the social hub of the house.  While the fridge may seem like the most popular item in the room, it’s the countertops that face the majority of the wear and tear.  Picking a countertop material that best fits your lifestyle is crucial to keeping your kitchen clean and beautiful for years to come.There are tons of choices home owners can pick from when it comes to choosing new counters.  Marble, quartz, laminate and granite to name a few, are all popular, familiar options.

Specializing in new construction homes, we’re always keeping an eye out for the newest trends in design.  Below, we discuss three countertop materials that are quickly becoming popular alternatives to the traditional.


Concrete

One of the most intriguing characteristics of concrete is the ability to customize.  The basic composition of concrete for countertops is water, a binder and a filler.  Fillers can include recyclable materials making it a nice green option.  Additional custom options include colors, shapes, materials and textures.  Traditionally a heavy material, new formulas are making concrete countertops lighter and thinner without compromising it’s strength.  While the ability to customize is a huge perk, concrete countertops can be very pricey – as high as $150 per square foot for a standard 1.5” thick slab not including installation.  If the price tag doesn’t deter buyers, home owners must take maintenance into account. Concrete countertops must be resealed regularly as the material is susceptible to cracks and stains.

Reclaimed Wood & Butcher Block

Similar in style, reclaimed wood and butcher block both include a mix of materials with the only main difference being the source.  Reclaimed wood countertops tend to have a more original look as the materials are sourced from old barns, torn down buildings, etc.  Whereas butcher block countertops are generally simpler in style and composed of wood pieces of different colors that are formed together, sanded and sealed.  Similar to a cutting board or traditional butcher block, the surface of these countertops are great for food preparation and easy to clean.  While periodic resealing is required, if you enjoy cooking, butcher block counters are a great option.  Reclaimed wood brings tons of character to your kitchen and comes in a wide variety of colors and styles.  Warm and durable, reclaimed wood is a the best choice for those who are looking for a more rustic feel.  Both reclaimed wood and butcher block counters come in a wide range of prices depending on the materials used.

Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is the most sanitary kitchen countertop.  It is non-staining and not effected by heat. Resistant to corrosion and lasting for 15-25 years, it’s easy to see why stainless steel is great for the long term.  Finishes can range from brushed, to satin (smooth) to antique matte in addition to custom patterns.  When paired with stainless steel appliances, your kitchen will look polished and sleek.  Stainless steel mixes well with other materials as well. So if all that metallic isn’t your style, try pairing with reclaimed wood as shown above for a more balanced look.  However, at about $90 per square foot, stainless steel can be pricey.  It also tends to be vulnerable to dents, scratches, fingerprints and watermarks.