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Special Finishes of Kitchen Countertop

Updated:2013-05-20 11:30:20
If you want to walk on the wild side, there are lots of options for countertops you may not have considered. They aren't for everyone, and some of them can get pricy, but if you like to be on the leading edge of design and enjoy the idea of having your kitchen sport extraordinary elements you don't see just anywhere, consider:

Stainless steel - For a modern kitchen, stainless steel is easy to clean, stain resistant, and heat tolerant. It can also be fabricated without seams, which creates a slick, finished appearance. Expect to pay $100 to $150 a square foot for it, though.

Butcher block - You probably don't need to hear about the potential problems of wooden countertops, but in a small area, like on a baking prep counter, butcher block can be a convenient and charming countertop choice.

Specialty stone - With a protective top coat, many types of stone can be used in countertop design like lava rock, serpentine, and even turquoise. However, before you fall in love with a specialty stone product, determine its hardness and porosity -- that will give you a heads up about how durable it's likely to be.

San Francisco interior designer Kristi Witt says that you should also consider sustainably-made, eco-friendly products such as Vetrazzo. "Vetrazzo is 85% glass, it is highly durable and all the glass used is recycled, making it an excellent choice that is good for the environment." She also suggests another option: Bamboo. "End-grain bamboo, another great surface, utilizes the strength and durability of bamboo and adds to that by stacking bamboo pieces, adhering them and then cutting slices of the end-grain."

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