Can you hear it in the distance – the happy, chaotic sound of the holidays approaching? I couldn’t be happier to share with you the stunning HGTV Holiday House 2013.
This year’s holiday home features a gorgeous Carrara marble countertop. New countertops can completely change the look for your kitchen, and it’s a perfect project to complete just before guests arrive for Thanksgiving, Hannukah and Christmas. While beautiful marble, quartz and granite countertops are wildly popular, there are some other options that might better suit your needs. Here are three alternate options to consider if you’re thinking of giving your kitchen a little gift this holiday season.
This natural stone can be an excellent choice for those homeowners who don’t want to worry about their countertops. Once sealed with mineral oil, this extremely hard material can take anything your throw at it or on it. It’s heat resistant, stain resistant and makes a great surface to knead dough, if you’re into baking. If you love organic materials, this is the counter for you. But, like the popular granite, no two soapstone blocks are the same. You want to be sure to buy all of your materials at the same time in order to keep the look consistent.
If you prefer a warmer, cozy kitchen or if you have an older home, a butcher block countertop might be ideal for you. These gorgeous surfaces are comprised of strips of hardwood glued together to make one solid block. Just like hardwood floors, these counters are available in many different colors and types of wood, but maple is the most common. Although they are perfect for cutting and chopping, they require a little elbow grease. Most butcher block counters need to be sanitized and treated with mineral oil on a regular basis.
Stainless steel countertops can give your kitchen an industrial, modern look at a fairly affordable cost. And for the OCD chefs among us, they can be kept clean very easily. Be careful because they can show scratches. Even better, they can be installed without seams – so you’ll never be scrubbing little cracks, trying to get the crumbs out. If you’ve already invested in professional grade, stainless steel appliances, these countertops might be the perfect finish for your modern space.
So there’s my argument in favor of these sometimes unsung and always hardworking materials. Any “counter” points?