More Than Marble: Creative Options For Your Countertops
Marble countertops? Been there, done that. Now that a number of kitchens are taking on a more modern look, options outside of marble are in high demand. Kitchen countertop options can range from subtly chic to “Top Chef” worthy. From butcher’s block-inspired countertops to kitchen countertops made of glass, these are just a handful of the creative options available for the kitchen in your custom home.
For a cost-conscious option that still packs a punch in the looks department, there’s butcher block countertops. There are a variety of wood options to choose from, but do remember that butcher block countertops need to be well- maintained in order to keep their beauty. If the idea of replacing all your kitchen countertops with butcher block seems intimidating, start o small. If your island has a kitchen, you already have an ideal starting point.
While concrete might seem like a material that would be be er suited for your floors, this kitchen countertop option is both bold and breathtaking. Like most countertop options, concrete does come with its own list of pros and cons. On the plus side, your concrete kitchen countertops boast an unlimited set of options when it comes to color and staining. Additionally, concrete countertops can take on any shape or size, a feat that proves difficult for other materials. If concrete is your pick for your kitchen countertops, keep in mind that sealing is vital since concrete is porous, which makes it vulnerable to stains.
Kitchen countertops made from glass are downright gorgeous. At first thought, glass countertops might seem like the most fragile option for your kitchen, but in actuality, it’s quite the opposite. Not only are glass countertops quite hygienic, they’re also heat, stain, and scratch-resistant. Pair your glass kitchen countertops with sleek, stainless appliances, and you’re on the path to having one of the most chic kitchens around.
As extravagant as copper countertops might sound, this option can oddly enough be DIY. However, patience is key when installing this kitchen countertop option. To copper-ize your countertops, you have to laminate a sheet of copper to your countertops. While that may sound like a one-and-done job, a lot of prep work may be involved, depending on the condition of your current countertops. The worse o they are, the more time you’ll spend stripping and replacing them.
If your kitchen countertops are severely lacking in wow power, this option might just provide the added pizzazz that will take your kitchen to the next level. Custom embedded countertops give you the power to add a personal touch to your kitchen. With embedded countertops, you can place seashells, stones, family heirlooms, or even a fossil (for the archaeologist who’s also a budding chef) inside them. There are a few key things to consider when choosing an embedded countertop, though. Be sure the objects that you choose to embed are durable, and be sure to use a quality, clear sealer.
Remodeling your kitchen countertops might be the quickest way to bore your kids into oblivion. Throw glow-in-the-dark countertops into the conversation and watch how quickly your kids become countertop connoisseurs. Believe it or not, this quirky countertop option is possible. Among the options available for a glow-in-the- dark countertop is ThinkGlass. ThinkGlass uses LED lights that are embedded into countertops to create a brilliantly, blue glow. Another option for glowing countertops is Glow Stone, which can be added to concrete countertops. Stones comes in a variety of sizes and colors for ultimate creativity.
If you have a air for the old-fashioned, antique countertops may be a worthy option. Antique kitchen countertops are available in a number of materials, including antique wood and antique granite. Antique wood offers more of a charming, whimsical look while antique concrete boasts a lively, coastal charm. In addition to providing a unique option for your countertops, antique granite and wood also put recycled material to good use.
Engraved Wooden Countertops
Looking for a simple, personal touch for your kitchen countertops? Family initials or a short quote can be engraved into your wooden or butcher block countertops using laser engraving. Be sure not to ditch your cookbooks though; as tempting as it might sound, engraving your favorite casserole recipe into your kitchen countertop likely isn’t going to happen since laser engraving does come with some size limitations.
The professionals at Syler Custom Homes can help you decide which type of countertop will look best in your new custom home. Contact us today for more information!