How To Choose The Best Stone Countertop In The Kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home and this is something most people have come to accept. From breakfast to brunch to lunch to evening snacks through to dinner, it is a busy space. And when you have an island kitchen this is a place to converge, chat, share and interact with your loved ones. This space has memories and tons of stories tied to it. And it thus holds that it should look as unique as it feels. One way to enhance the look of kitchens in wooden houses is through the use of countertops. While wooden countertops are often great for use in wooden houses, there are tons of stone options that could catch your eye.

When choosing a countertop, the large variety of choices on offer can be unsettling. There are tons of materials available in varying colours. And when you are not working with an interior designer to help you with these choices, you can get confused. But this process does not have to be daunting. Here are some pointers you can use to keep yourself from becoming overwhelmed:

Budget

Having a price range helps a lot as you will know what you can consider and what you should leave out. Countertop prices vary a lot owing to size, the edge profile, the design, the material, and other factors. Even the contractor you hire to install the structure could significantly affect how much money you invest in the remodel.

Not working with a budget is not advisable unless you are willing to splurge on this purchase. It is quite easy to walk into a shop and see a design you have to take home with you. And when you are not working with a price range, you could end up spending a lot of money on the countertop or you could find that you cannot afford the option. Here are some things you should consider when looking at prices.

 

What Affects The Price?

Suppose you need a stock material, you can cut some corners by using some partial slabs in the design. However, if you have to get a special order, you will need to get the whole slab. It is only in this way that you can get your desired colour. In the latter case, your price range would need to be higher.

The Size

Here, you can go about the measurements in different ways. You could get a rough estimate from online sources by keying in what you think you will need. Alternatively, you could get a technician to take the measurements to give you an idea of what you need. Where you already have a fabricator in mind, you could get them to take accurate measurements of the space. Sizing will significantly affect how much money you spend on the countertop.

When deciding how big or small the size should be, you need to think about how often you will use the countertop. You also need to think about its functions and the number of people in the house. If you have kids, who sit around the table for meals, getting a big size would be ideal. The same goes for people who love to entertain. But where you will use the top for meal preps and not much else, you could save money by getting a small size.

 

The Resale Value

Here, your focus will be on the material. Note that changes made to your house will ultimately affect how much you get when you sell it years later. You might not think that a countertop is significant now, price-wise, but in a decade it will be. Materials such as granite and marble will add to the resale value of your home. But where you invest in a material such as laminate, you should be ready to lose some money in the end.

Aesthetic Value

A countertop should speak to your preferences in colour and design. When choosing what works for your kitchen, you will find that the choices are primarily two. Do you opt for natural stone or an engineered product?

With natural stone, you will get a variation in both hue and pattern. And with wooden houses, having variety adds to the oneness with nature. Plus, you have a ton of options to consider if you choose to go with natural stone.

You can also choose to have an engineered product, more so when you want consistency in the kitchen. These products have hue consistency, which would add to the flow of your kitchen décor. Also, you will have more colour options, including bright ones, than you would with natural stone.

 

Longevity

How long do you plan on using the countertop, and for what? In most cases, the countertop should last for years on end. However, this holds when maintenance and cleaning practices are in play. Here are examples of how different materials hold up in the long run:

Marble

Where you plan to engage in high-heat cooking activities such as baking, this would be a good choice. It has high heat resistance, and this makes it a popular choice in restaurants. However, you should note that contact with acidic substances leads to the dulling of the stone.

Quartzite

This material looks a lot like marble. The difference is in the hardness as quartzite is much harder and is thus more durable.

 

Engineered Quartz

If you plan on using high-heat items on the countertop, you need to take precautions as this material is not heat resistant.

Granite

Granite is quite popular because it retains its aesthetic value through the years. It is hard and will not scratch or chip under pressure from usual household activities.

Conclusion

Finding a stone countertop that works for you will come down to sticking to a budget, choosing a colour preference, and deciding on material. You also need to get a stone fabricator who is good at what they do and who can work with your budget. Have fun!

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