Kitchen Countertop Replacements
Has the time come to replace your existing kitchen countertops? If so, there are lots of options available to you.
The Winner at Work
When Meg first scoped out this kitchen emergency, she found an out-of-order cooking space in desperate need of a remodel. Turns out the Chicago family of four had plans for an overhaul, but projects in other parts of the house demanded their attention—and their budget—so their reno dreams were put on hold. But then: Meg swooped in to the rescue!
After: Much Smarter Space Planning
Meg didn’t tear out a single wall, but it sure feels like she did! By lining everything up on two facing walls, the layout is a lot less cramped. Meg’s tip: “Countertops on opposite walls shouldn’t be more than eight feet apart,” she says. “Any wider and you’ll want an island in between them.”
Cushy Floors + Durable Pretty Furniture
Meg picked dark-stained cork for the floors. It’s warm and sound-absorbent. “It feels like you’re walking on gel!” she says. The dining benches can take a beating and keep on seating. Meg gave the floral fabric an iron-on vinyl coating so they can be cleaned with a Windex wipe-down after meals.
If you're like millions of homeowners, you could be living with worn, decades-old laminate or retro-colored tile countertops. If you dream of replacing it with a higher-end stone, a handsome, warm wood or seamless solid surface, then read on.
Before you settle on a kitchen countertop replacement that's right for your particular space, it's important to consider the range of materials and cost of installation as well as the ease of maintenance and repairs for that particular surface.
Homeowners looking to increase the resale value of their home, for instance, may be interested in upgrading their counters with granite, marble or stone. Homeowners interested in achieving the look of stone when replacing kitchen countertops, but without the hefty price tag, have a variety of options from which to choose including solid surfaces like Corian, engineered quartz, and even updated versions of laminate.
Others may opt to replace kitchen countertops with handsome woods like butcher block, bamboo or reclaimed woods, while metals like stainless steel offer a nice counterpoint to both contemporary and traditional styles of kitchens.
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