Kitchen counters are the star of the show and can set the style for the rest of your kitchen. With so many options to choose from, it can be a bit overwhelming to choose the right material and style. Here are some tips for narrowing down the choices to find the right fit for you and your home.
Before you shop
Determine your budget.
This is a pretty obvious statement. However, it is important to set some realistic expectations on the total cost of kitchen counters. Not just for material, but for the fabrication and installation as well. It will help save a lot of heartache to do your homework before setting out to purchase those counters. If you like a marble look but can’t afford the marble price, consider a product like Calcutta Quartz or Carrara Quartz which provides the look of marble, without the price. Quartz is less expensive than marble, ranging in price from $40-100 per square foot, while marble can range in price from $50-150 per square foot. So it pays to do your research before you ever set foot in a showroom.
Find your style
A good rule of thumb for determining your style is to take a quick survey around your home? What do you see mostly in your space? Bold colors and clean lines? Then a more modern approach to your kitchen with a solid countertop surface like Dekton would be a good choice. Have a more traditional style, with muted tones and cozy furnishings, then perhaps a warm granite might work well in your space. It is important to keep with what you like when choosing such a long term investment like kitchen counters. Not really sure what your style is? Here is a fun style quiz to help you find out!
Define your lifestyle and family needs.
If you have small children or are a really busy person, it will be worth it to consider the durability and maintenance of the materials being used. For busy households or for the home chef, a material like granite will help resist staining and withstand high heat. There are some man made countertops that are less expensive than granite that also are great at resisting stains from acidic foods, but are not at great at withstanding high temperatures from a pot or pan. Knowing your needs beforehand can save you a lot of time and money in the long run in terms of countertop upkeep or replacement.
As you shop
Once you narrow down your budget, style and lifestyle needs, it is important to take a look at the whole picture. When looking at slabs of stone it is a good idea to bring along samples of the kitchen finishes. Try to have a cabinet door, tile backsplash piece, paint swatch and a sample of the kitchen flooring. Having these elements with you when making final decisions will provide an idea of what elements are complementary to one another. By bringing samples along, there will be a much greater boost in your confidence that you are making the right purchasing decision.
Have a detailed layout of your kitchen measurements
Be prepared with counter measurements and cabinet layouts when visiting a showroom. A professional on hand might be able to help you narrow down your best choices based on budget. It is also handy to have a layout available to be able to determine where seams in the countertops might go to help in the overall design aesthetic.
Choose a reputable installer
It takes skill and professionalism to install heavy countertops. It is important to do the homework on the professionals hired to install your countertops to ensure that the counters are being installed properly, and with no damage or mishaps. In some cases you will buy your countertops from the same people who will install them. Always ask for references from them as well as look over their online reviews. It is important before starting to get some sort of written estimate as well.
Ready to begin shopping?
For more professional help on choosing the right kitchen countertops, check out our website at RockTopsKC.com, or come into our showroom and get inspired. RockTops creates granite, marble, limestone for kitchens, bathroom, patios and fireplaces. We are your Kansas City stone resource for countertops! Contact us at 913-782-0802 or email.