Kitchen Remodel: What kind of countertops should we get?
Before we move into the second floor of our duplex, we are planning to remodel the kitchen. This is happening for a number of reasons:
1. My husband is very nice and wants me to have a nice kitchen.
2. The current kitchen is quite small and not laid out very well.
3. We are hoping for this house to be the one we stay in for many years, so figure the investment is worth it.
Our remodel will begin with taking everything out of there, and finding out what’s beneath the current linoleum. We’re praying it’s hardwood, since that’s what’s in the rest of the place. That will make our flooring choice very easy!
Then we will knock out the wall between the current kitchen and the back bedroom of the apartment, making it one large room. This will give us a larger eating area in the kitchen and a place for people to mill around and talk to me while I’m in the kitchen. Or it might just end up being where the kids play while I cook.
Right now I’m really torn about what counter tops to get. Here are the contenders and my feelings on each:
- It’s very pretty.
- It will last a long time.
- It seems kind of fancy. I’m not very fancy. So it just doesn’t feel like me.
- It can chip.
- It’s not repairable.
- It’s porous, which can gather bacteria.
- Very expensive.
- It’s very pretty.
- It’s durable.
- It doesn’t seem as fancy as granite.
- Not porous, so good for keeping out bacteria.
- Not repairable.
- Can chip.
- A little more affordable than granite and quartz.
- Repairable. You just melt a new piece in there and it’s fixed.
- Can have the sink integrated right into the counter top! (This is my favorite feature!)
- Lots of colors, and the look is not too fancy.
- Still pretty expensive.
- Seems like it stains like crazy (from what I’ve read on the internet).
- It scratches (though I’m told you can buff out any scratches very easily).
- Don’t know if I’d like a Corian sink, and you have to have one if you want to do the integrated sink.
- Very affordable.
- If I hate it in 10 years, or if it gets badly damaged, I can replace it (because I didn’t spend as much the first time around).
- Lots of color choices.
- Not easily repairable.
- Not as cool as the other options. (Just being honest.)
So those are my thoughts. Any feedback?