By Janet Myers | February 20, 2016

Countertop Choices - Part I

The countertop is probably one of the most used and most touched items in your kitchen. If you cook a lot, your countertops have likely seen more than their fair share of action.

Sometimes you get tired of an old countertop and want to make a change for aesthetic purposes. Or, your family is growing and you want to have a countertop that is more durable and easy to maintain.

If you have limited experience doing research and selecting items to put into your home, you don’t have to take care of the kitchen countertop by yourself. It’s a good idea to work with interior design professionals, since they have spent much more time thinking about what makes a kitchen look great and function well than you do. With that in mind, here are some considerations for you as you make your countertop choice.

Budget and Cost

As is the case with any home improvement project or upgrade, it’s important to settle on your budget so you can evaluate whether an option will cost too much or not. Again, if you lack experience in selecting countertops, a professional designer can lead you through the process in terms of appearances and costs.

You might be tempted to go with a beautiful countertop from material that was mined halfway across the globe, but you should keep in mind that imported items will always be much more expensive than any of the popular domestic ones.


The type of lifestyle you lead will most certainly affect what kind of countertop you should purchase. For example, if you have a larger family and a lot of foot traffic going in and out of your kitchen, the countertop may require more maintenance than if you were living by yourself.

Singles and couples may therefore prefer a fancier and more expensive countertop, since they won’t have to work as hard to keep it in good shape. Also, the new countertop will change the look and feel of your kitchen for the better, which will be a major plus the next time you entertain guests.

Examples of countertop materials that require a high level of maintenance include travertine and marble. You would need to reseal such stones to keep them free of ordinary stains or heat damage caused by leaving hot cooking vessels on them.

Countertop materials that involve less maintenance include Silestone, MSI Quartz and Caesarstone. You just need to balance how much time you have for routine cleanup and maintenance as you determine which type of countertop material to get.

This is the first in a series of articles we will be publishing to help you choose which type of countertop will be the best for you and your family. Remember to keep coming back for the latest updates!

Many homeowners have come to realize that they don’t have to put up with the countertops that were installed by the previous residents. However, making a decision about what kind of new countertop to install can be a daunting prospect. This is why so many homeowners have come to rely on the experts at David Gray Design Studio to help them find great options and complete a purchase that will make their kitchen reflect their sense of style. For details on our services or to make an appointment for a consultation, please contact David Gray Design Studio today.

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