Buying a countertop is one of the things our customers find most daunting about the kitchen remodel process. We understand, it really is a big task that has a lot of options and details involved. We want to make sure you have all your bases covered and understand all of your options as well.
We put together a (Countertop Guide) that you can reference. In addition, we thought it was important to note the following extra costs that aren't normally included in the cost of your slab and installation but might be things you'd like to add or consider.
With natural stone and laminates, or even wood, you'll need to choose an edging style. This will be the exposed part in the front of your countertop and can add a lot of character in a kitchen or bathroom if used properly.
Cost: $5-$20 per linear foot.
Sometimes it is impossible to take everything out of your home, or a specific space. Maybe your master bathroom is being remodeled, but it seems very labor intensive to move your entire bed and bed frame out. This isn't a problem, in this case, it is probably best to just cover it up! There are a few options, but the best would be a thin plastic sheeting or a drop cloth that can be taped in around and on top of large pieces of hard to move furniture.
Backsplashes are a necessary touch to finish off your countertops right. A backslash can really enhance the look and feel of your new kitchen, and it is important that you choose one that compliments the countertop you choose. You have a few options here:
Cost: $10-$60 per sq ft.
Decorative "mesh style" tile. This includes any smaller pieces of tile that are glued onto a mesh backing for easier install. These smaller tiles are endless in the number of choices you have. You will see terms like linear, 1x1, penny round or hex.
Larger square or brick pattern tile splash.
whether it is in quartz or granite you can melt your countertop up your wall into a backsplash piece.
The general rule is 4" but if you prefer, you could do 6" or even the entire space from your counter to the bottom of your upper cabinets.
The only issue here would be cost, considering the extra amount to factor in when purchasing a full slab of material.
This would be the most cost-effective option, and it would have to be suited to the space to be a viable option. This would be a good option in a doctors office or maybe a play room. Formica is a very durable material, but not necessarily the most glamorous or best for resale.
This is a detail not many people know is even an option, but stone can come one of two ways. It is possible to leave your solid surface with a matte finish, some call it honed, but there is also leathered with granite. These options give a more rustic feel, but also may require a little more upkeep and can cost a little more too. The standard option here is polished, and you'll find most solid surface material comes that way.
Cost: $5 per sq foot depending on the material.
This finish option leaves the customer with a surface that has no shine. It will not reflect light but can be the perfect solution in a bathroom or movie theater setting.
There are fewer practical applications for this option as sometimes it is tricky to set cups or other level things down on. I have seen it elegantly used as a media center top, as well as a bar top.
The most commonly used surface finish is polished. Most surfaces come standard this way and it provides for a beautiful, gleaming finish. It also helps seal and protect against spills and other stains.
At Bamboo, we take the time to make sure you know and consider all of the options for your remodel. We know it is super important that you know where every dollar you spend goes, and we want to make sure that each of those dollars are spent in ways that will only increase the value of your home and living space. If you have any other questions about counters or materials, please feel free to reach out to us and someone from our team would love to assist you.
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