COUNTERTOPS – Choose the best countertop surface to suit your budget by considering each option’s looks, durability, maintenance requirements, and cost.
Cabinetry may dominate your kitchen dreams visually (as well as financially), but your countertops will bear the brunt of day-to-day kitchen activity. Whether it’s for fine cooking, crafting casual meals, doing homework, or paying bills, countertops are the hardworking surfaces beneath it all. Choosing the right materials for your kitchen means comparing costs, appearance, ease of installation, durability, maintenance, and the possibilities for repair.
Kitchen countertop offerings are a mix of old standbys and new technologies. Laminate, ceramic tile, and natural stone continue to be popular, but solid-surfacing — synthetics that mimic or even improve upon real stone — is expanding its role with the addition of new materials, colors, and textures. Meanwhile, surfaces with more specialized appeal and applications, such as concrete, butcher block, and stainless steel, are gaining popularity.
No matter what’s more important to you in planning your kitchen there’s a countertop surface that fits your needs.
BACKSPLASH – The Backsplash is considered the jewel of the kitchen. A distinctive tile backsplash has the ability to create a focal point in your kitchen or wet bar and really dress-up or jazz up your decor for a personal look. The area that a backsplash covers is really not so large, so your expense is small compared to the visual impact you achieve. Most kitchens look so very similar, and all kitchens that are really used get their share of splatters and drips, so a ceramic tile, mosaic glass tile, stainless steel or creative metal backsplash makes good sense too. At Downtown Lumber Home Building Centre you can get some great ideas for designing a backsplash.