If you’re planning a kitchen remodel for your Tennessee home, then you’ve got a lot of choices to make. What kind of flooring? What style? Dark cabinets or light? It’s amazing how much goes into planning a kitchen remodel, and it’s normal to be overwhelmed. While we can’t fit tips on all of those items into one article, we can give you our top tips for choosing countertops. So read on and get our best advice on finding the right countertop for your new kitchen.
The first thing you need to consider when choosing countertops is what your style is. If you’re going for a modern, high-tech kitchen, then something like stainless steel or concrete countertops would work perfectly with the overall look. For a more rustic or traditional kitchen, butcher block or granite may be a better choice.
Your Use of the Room
If you hardly ever use your kitchen for cooking and live off take-out Chinese and barbecue most of the time, then splurging on top-of-the-line stone countertops might not be the best way to use your money. On the other hand, if you use your kitchen daily and prepare huge meals on a regular basis, then it makes sense to spend more on countertops that will look great and give you many years of trouble-free service.
Your Commitment to Maintenance
When it comes to maintenance of countertops, all options are certainly not created equal. Natural products such as stone will require regular sealing and maintenance (depending on which type of stone you choose), while butcherblock or manufactured quartz may require a little less. Concrete is usually easy to care for, as is steel, and there are many other materials that require very little care at all. Make sure you consider more than just appearance when you choose your countertops, because you will be living with them for a while.
Countertops are actually one of the easiest things to change after a kitchen remodel, so if you have a limited budget, we’d advise you to spend more on the cabinets; save on the countertops, and switch them out at a later stage. There are some beautiful, less expensive options out there if you choose this approach, so you can still get the look you want.
Your Future Plans
If you plan to spend the next 25 years in your home, then it doesn’t matter if you choose a countertop that is unique and different (purple glitter travertine, anyone?). However, if you plan to sell your home in the next 10 years or less, then you should choose a countertop with mass appeal.
If you’re considering a kitchen remodel and you work with us, we’ll usually offer advice on countertop selection and point you in the direction of products and finishes we think may be best suited to your needs. However, remember that kitchen countertops are a personal choice. If you really have your heart set on something, go for it! It’s your house, and it’sworth it to feel happy every time you walk into your newly remodeled kitchen!