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Kitchen Countertops as a big part of your kitchen and an element that can visually shape your kitchen

img10Kitchen countertops are a necessary part of every kitchen. Their function is both practical and aesthetically. Your architect will introduce you to different types of kitchen counter tops and suggest you which might be the best choice for your kitchen.

Different types of kitchen countertops to consider

Kitchen countertops are made of different materials, so you basically have limitless options when deciding on your perfect countertop. It depends on your preference, as with everything. Let us name just few most popular kitchen countertop materials you can choose from:

-Soapstone Kitchen Counters

-Granite Kitchen Counters

-Copper Kitchen Counters

-Tile Kitchen Counters

-Ecofriendly Kitchen Counters (Bamboo, bio-glass, salvaged wood)

-Recycled Paper-Based Kitchen Counters

-Recycled Glass and Cement Kitchen Counters

-Zinc Kitchen Counters

-Plastic Laminate Kitchen Counters

-Marble Kitchen Counters

-Quartz Kitchen Counters

-Stainless Steel Kitchen Counters

-Wood Kitchen Counters

From those mentioned above, one of the most popular countertop materials is the granite. Granite is a versatile stone that allows for a unique touch to any kitchen area. There are marbled, speckled, and solid patterns available in almost any color. It is extremely durable and indestructible, if properly sealed. Making it even better, Granite is a surface that is easy to clean.

Another favorite is Quartz countertop. These kitchen countertops allow for another surface that is easy to clean but looks great. They are scratchand stain-resistant. How can it get better than that?Though not affordable (price per square foot ranges from $90 to $110), quartz is a simplistic and stylish countertop that can go with any type of décor.

One of the most readily available types of countertops that you can do yourself is a wood countertop. To begin with, you will need to decide on the right type of wood. There is Maple and Mahogany. Be sure to avoid woods that are soft and easy to break such as pine. Once you have decided on the type of wood you would like to use, you simply measure the area you are putting it in. After that, you drill a few nails in a few holes. If properly prepared and sealed, with applied waterproof varnish, wood counter top can be as durable as other mentioned materials, and it will look very warm and stylish.

The most affordable kitchen counter tops would definitely be the laminate. Because of its low price, it is also not one of the best kitchen tops out there. Laminate is hard to care for and it must be cared for. It can easily become scratched and stained. When you are on a tight budget, you get what you can pay for. While it is not the best countertop for a long period of time, it is still highly popular. This is due to the cheap pricing. For affordable but more durable kitchen countertops, a wood countertop would be best. You can grab it at a decent price and can even build upon it yourself without any extra worry of an expense.

Highlight in your housing plans if you would like a separate kitchen island. Kitchen Island is a counter top that sits alone in the kitchen area. Islands have become highly popular within the last few years.

The kitchen island can provide a warm and comfortable seating area for the family to gather as well as providing eating options, or it can provide you with an extended work space that every cook can use. Appliances such as sinks or stoves can be contained on the island as well as cooking utility racks being installed above. The kitchen island can be quite versatile.

Housing designs are known to be quite important, especially at what time it comes to the kitchen though. Kitchen tops may not seem like such a big deal in the long run but if you are a lover of cooking and find yourself in the kitchen often then the countertops are just as important as the living room coffee table. While the bath tub may be a relaxing place for some, the kitchen is for others. Those with a love of coming home and filling their home up with good smelling food always have a desire for a beautiful work place. Whether you decide to go with laminate countertops or more luxurious Granite kitchen tops, it can still be a kitchen that you can be proud of.

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