Post # 1
My husband and I are remodeling our home. The kitchen is a complete gut job. We know what we want for cabinets, appliances, etc. White cabinets, stainless steel appliances, pro style range, etc. For our counter tops we are likely going with a butcher block counter top stained darker.
It’s the island that we are unsure of what material to go with. We have a 3×8 island that we want a singular piece for. We know we can get a custom butcher block top for it but my husband wants something different.
This will be a work/prep surface, something we can roll dough on, make cookies, pizza, etc on.
So I come to you ladies for suggestions!
I’m not a fan of granite so that’s out. We do like the look of honed quartz but man it’s $$$$. Generally nothing too glossy is my preference. This is our forever home so we want something that will last. Maintenance/upkeep is not a huge concern but obviously plays into our decision.
Post # 3
We have a John Boos kitchen island, and we love it! I can’t imagine not having it in my kitchen. So, while your husband may not be into the butcher block, I can attest that it is amazingly handy to have.
But, if he really won’t go for it, the only other thing that I think would be awesome to have is a stainless steel top. It’s also cleans up the best and is great for things like rolling dough.
Post # 4
- Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast
Marble and stainless steel come to mind, or maybe quartzite.
Post # 5
My only suggestion is to not do corian. It’s another form of solid surface counter tops. We chose them when we built our home bc granite was pricey for our space size. While they are beautiful, they scratch super easy. Yes I can get them buffed out for about $100-150 but I use my kitchen way too much to have to do that upkeep every year. For such a small space I honestly would invest in something high quality like quartz.
Post # 6
Have you considered a concrete countertop?
I swoon over them everytime I see them
Post # 7
Concrete, I am going to do concrete. I just love the finishes that they can do with it and it is more durable than anything else with almost no upkeep.
Post # 8
Oh no, we ARE doing butcher block for the remaining coutnertops but he just wanted a different accent for the island. But it’s nice to hear you bring up John Boos because the kitchen guy we were talking to yesterday brought up that name.
Hm. Stainless steel is an interesting option we did not think of. I wonder how that would work with a built in island though?
Oh def no corian or formica, laminate anything of that like. We cook A LOT and want something durable. I do like the quartz but the quote we got yesterday just for the island was $2400! Everything is really starting to add up.
FYI this is a built in island so we’re not looking to purchase a island.
Post # 9
Corian is stone, not laminate like material just an FYI.
Post # 10
This is a really good post about a comparison of countertops used in a blogger’s kitchen. She goes over the pros and cons too. http://thepioneerwoman.com/homeandgarden/2010/03/countertops-a-comparison-redux/
I don’t have any real advice. We just built our home and went with cheap formica and put our money into things you can’t change. I think we’ll upgrade in a few years.
Post # 11
@regberadaisy: Based on what you have said, I would recommend stainless steel. It will scratch a bit, but is so durable and clean.
I would recommend not going with butcherblock. I think the contrast of a different material for the island would look nice and be more practical.
ETA: I love how quartz looks, but I can’t comment on the durability. Something else you might want to look into.
Post # 12
Yup, I know Corian is not a formica/laminate, I’m just not a fan of how it looks and the material. We specify it a lot at work. I’m an Architect.
Post # 13
@Crabbabs: Thank you so much for the link!!! I was wondering how the stainless steel would work and look with wood cabinets. I think I’m in love.
We know of a local fabricator too!
Wonder what the husband thinks….
We have thought briefly of concrete as well but I’m not so sure it will go with the look we are going for. I think it’s def something we would still consider.
Post # 14
I LOVE concrete counter tops!! They always look amazing! Plus, you can customize them to look however you want.
Post # 15
We have butcher block for our island and love it. My Fiance would love to have concrete counter tops though.
Post # 16
@regberadaisy: It doesn’t have to be shiny, they have and endless number of finishes they can do. I am actually leaning towards just leaving them grey and flat finished as we will have white cabinets.