Published at Tuesday, August 22nd 2017. by Rainier Roux in Countertops.
Even though it's always been a popular surface material, marble seems to be having a moment as the luxury countertop of choice in kitchens. And I get it — it's a beautiful, natural material that never seems to go out of style and goes with just about everything. It's like the little black dress of stone.
But as someone who loves to cook (and tends to be especially messy when doing so) and hates to clean, I've always considered marble too impractical for the kitchen. It's incredibly porous, so if it's not sealed correctly and regularly it's going to absorb that red wine you've spilled on it. Plus, it scratches and chips easily. Don't even think about letting those knife blades come in contact with marble.
If you have an especially artistic side, then you may want to consider installing a mosaic or recycled glass countertop. These countertops can be installed with tile adhesive, a flat-end trowel, and broken pieces of glass and tile. Use your imagination to create designs and patterns that suit your kitchen design and color scheme.
There are a wide variety of options available when it comes to choosing your new kitchen countertop, including laminate, tiles, stainless steel and granite surfaces. It is important to consider your budget, time available and how you will be using your kitchen countertop. For example, if your budget is limited and you are seeking a DIY project, then you might want to install a laminate or tiled kitchen countertop. On the other hand, granite, stainless steel and marble countertops can all be installed with professional help ranging from minimal involvement to full installation.
Finally, the key task to making a small kitchen layout work is integrating multi-tasking elements, which includes your eye-catching countertops. With thoughtful design, you can maximize efficiency by installing a pullout cutting board just below the countertop to expand your workspace. Also, make sure there's appropriate drawer storage that can make up for lost countertop space in order to prevent surfaces from collecting clutter.
The only way granite ends up in your kitchen is if it’s quarried and that uses a lot of energy. If you opt for a high-end slab from Italy, for example, there will be considerable transportation involved. Try using indigenous stone when possible or visit salvage shops for pieces that can be cut to fit your needs.