The intricacies of a kitchen remodel can be daunting to the average homeowner. Besides choosing which areas to focus on, you also have to make critical decisions on which supplies to utilise if you want long-term service from the different elements you are incorporating. Benchtops can be overlooked easily due to their functional nature, but you will quickly find that if you do not select the right material, they will not blend in with the overall stylistic design of your remodelled kitchen. Fortunately, some benchtop materials will tie in with any design concept. Below is a brief outline of a few of the materials that could inspire you.
Although other materials may have overtaken soapstone in popularity in years past, it has steadily started to make a comeback in Australian homes. This material is sourced natural stone, so you can be assured your benchtops will have a unique design to them. In addition to this, the soapstone does not have to be sealed, so it is much easier to maintain than other types of natural stone. The main thing to bear in mind about soapstone is that the density varies, so if these surfaces are to be exposed to heavy usage, you should ensure that the benchtops you choose are hard enough for your needs.
You might have always associated concrete with the outdoors, but it has become a favourite supply for interior applications. However, instead of merely utilising this material for flooring, you can add some edge to your kitchen remodel with concrete benchtops. The inherent robustness of concrete makes it especially suitable for chopping and other forms of kitchen prep without the risk of damaging the surface of the countertops. Moreover, you can choose to have the benchtops stamped, stained or stencilled to your preferred aesthetic.
Granite is considered one of the luxe supplies that you could integrate into your kitchen. Although some homeowners may be concerned about the initial cost, you should note that you will get full value for your money, as these benchtops will serve you for a lifetime as long as they are cared for appropriately.
Laminate is another material that is steadily gaining popularity due to the limitless styles it affords homeowners. Thus, no matter what theme you have chosen for your kitchen remodel, you can be guaranteed that you will find laminate benchtops to match or complement it. While laminate may not have the same longevity as its granite counterparts, its affordability makes it convenient to replace if it does acquire some visible damage.