C+C & Non-Granite CountertopsGranite countertops have long since been thought of as ‘the’ countertop to have. But the great minds of Cook + Cline Design & Build Co. beg to differ. Granite can be difficult to transport, without a lot of support, it can crack. As wonderful as granite is, sometimes it just isn’t the look you’re going for. Even worse, because granite is sort of the ‘gold standard’ of countertops, you might end up with a one-size-fits-all feel if you don’t find that perfect, unique piece of granite. Luckily, Cook + Cline have their own favorite countertop materials that are a breath of fresh air!
Kelly’s Pick: QuartzThe really amazing thing about quartz is that it can be made to look however you want! You can polish it to be super shiny, treat it to get a sparkly finish, or keep it simple and chic with a flat or honed sheen. It’s the perfect choice when you have a unique vibe going on, because you can choose from hundreds of looks. Even more impressive, quartz isn’t just a pretty face - this stuff is tough!
Steve: Quartz is so strong and durable it can be extended further before extra brackets or support will be needed. You don’t have to worry about transportation damage due to breakage of materials as much as you would with many other surfaces. It’s made up of about 90% quartz and 10% polymer, meaning no natural cracks or defects, so it’s stronger that a lot of natural stone countertops.Seriously, you can leave a hot curling iron sitting on this countertop without worrying about - so it’s a great choice for bathrooms as well as kitchens. With more than 600 colors and options, you can definitely find the countertop you’re looking for.
Steve’s Pick: ConcreteI love the natural texture concrete countertops have. You can add just about any detail you want to it - you can change the color and even stamp it. I’ve seen countertops that look like flagstone because of the treatments applied to the concrete. Concrete countertops have a reputation for being high maintenance, but as long as it’s sealed by a professional when you install it, it should be just like any other surface! Depending on the type of seal, your countertop might require a wax once or twice a year. Totally do-able.
Kelly: If you’re scared off by the idea of maintenance, remember there are other surfaces (like quartz, just as an example,) that can mimic the look of concrete. It’s important to be realistic about the kind of effort you’ll be willing to put in to keep your house looking great, but it doesn’t mean you can’t achieve the look you’re going for!One of my favorite features of a concrete countertop is the fact that you can make it as big as you want, and still keep it totally seamless (as long as we can lift the piece, or pour it in place). It’s a completely custom piece so you know it’ll fit perfectly. As you might expect, concrete is a lot less expensive than say, a large piece of granite.
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- Marble is a classic, who doesn’t love those signature veins?
- It’s another option that comes in a lot of colors, so you have plenty of options for your space.
- Also, marble is a timeless material that complements trendy surfaces, like concrete, well.
- Ok, so this is technically granite, but they’re very unique finishes. Other materials like soapstone & marble are too soft to use these finishes on.
- A great way to incorporate granite and keep your individualistic vibe.
- These finishes gives a very natural, authentic feel to a room, sort of elemental. (Check out our kitchen remodel with honed granite!)