Find the best and right material to use for your home spaces in Part 2 of our Guide to Countertop Surfaces. If you missed Part I, you can view here.
Offering a wide range of looks for craftsman-styled homes to contemporary ones, tile is a versatile and attractive, inexpensive countertop material. Tiles come in a wide range of colors and styles to make unique countertops.
Price: $5-$30 per square foot
Pros: Tough, resists cuts, stains and heat. Easy to clean. Cracked tiles are easy to replace.
Cons: It cracks easily if you place a pot or skillet on tile surfaces. Uneven surface makes materials such as cutting boards, glasses or plates, placed on them unsteady. Rolling out dough on tile does not work well. Also annual sealing required or bacteria will grow in the grout lines.
Solid-surface countertops include the popular brand Corian and are made of acrylic, polyester resins, and even marble dust. This material can be molded to include a seamless backsplash or integrated sink bowl.
Price: $35-$100 per square foot
Pros: Non-porous, easy to clean. Scratches can be sanded out.
Cons: More expensive without the beauty of granite or quartz. Scratches and burns easily. Energy-intensive to manufacture and non-recyclable, this is not a green or environmentally friendly option.
There are numerous materials available today such as bamboo and post-consumer materials such as recycled glass, paper and wood that are eco-friendly and attractive to homeowners looking for attractive choices that are also sustainable.
Bamboo countertops consist of bamboo pieces glued together similar to the wood pieces in the butcher block countertop style. Recycled paper countertops are made of 100% post-consumer paper pressed into sheets and covered in a natural resin. Reclaimed wood countertops consist of wood recycled from previous buildings and have a natural look that works well with a wide range of styles from country to French, Mediterranean and more. Recycled HDPE countertops are made of HDPE, a common plastic found in many consumer and construction products that often ends up in landfills. Palm wood countertops are made of wood from palm trees, creating beautiful and affordable countertops. Price: $35-$50 per square foot (bamboo), $40-$80 per square foot (recycled paper), $50-$100 per square foot (reclaimed wood), $50-$80 per square foot (recycled HDPE), $40-$75 per square foot (palm wood)
Pros: Recyclable, easy to clean.
Cons: Not as tough as granite or quartz. They also cannot handle too much direct heat.
Reclaimed wood countertops can hold bacteria and viruses if not properly sealed initially.
Lava countertops have a distinct aesthetic and are attractive and functional. Made of lave stone quarried from the site of ancient volcano eruptions, lava stone countertops are mostly created today from craters in Auvergne, France. Custom-cut for each order after it is mined, lava stone is glazed with enamel at heat above 1000 Celsius to create a smooth, non-porous finish that is water-resistant. Small cracks appear in the countertop as it cools, creating distinct looks for each countertop. Lava countertops can be glazed in any color to match any kitchen cabinet and decor with a gloss or matte finish.
Price: $250-$300 per square foot (bamboo)
Pros: Strong, does not chip or crack. Withstands heat, staining, acids from cleaners or foods and it will not fade in the UV.
Cons: Expensive (mostly shipping), not easy to refinish.
Beautiful and durable with a seamless finish, resign countertops are made from cured epoxy, acrylic or polyester resin, a commonly used synthetic material. Acrylic resin is commonly used in laboratories. Each countertop is cut to order from blanks or customized for unique designs, tinted or colored to create specific looks. Many homeowners opt for a semi-translucent look that allows backlight to shine through for a very attractive look.
Price: $50-$125 per square foot (bamboo)
Pros: Attractive and durable. Resistant to impact, staining, UV rays, scratches and heat. Also resists damage from the types of acids found in wine, tomato products and other foods. Non-porous and resists bacteria. Cleans up easily.
Cons: Variation in quality depending upon the manufacturer and source.
Stainless Steel Countertops
Known for its distinctive and gorgeous clean look, stainless steel offers elegance and functionality and often matches existing kitchen appliances such as your refrigerator, range, dishwasher and more.
Stainless steel countertops complement retro and contemporary styles well. First introduced in the 1940s as sinks, they became very popular by the 1950s and a demand for new homes. Stainless steel is now in use for backsplashes and for countertops. Stainless steel complements wood cabinetry and natural stone flooring.
Stainless steel is ideal for gourmet cooks as it makes it easy to clean surfaces especially when working with raw meat and vegetables.
Price: $80 and up per square foot (bamboo)
Pros: Attractive and durable. Sanitary and non-porous so bacteria cannot enter easily. Easy to clean and maintain. Has a cool look.
Cons: Can cost more.
Popular for use in bathroom fixtures, porcelain is an excellent material for countertops as well. Growing demand in the United States and established popularity in Europe for porcelain countertops has led to growth in suppliers. Most porcelain countertops are imported from Spain and other European countries.
Porcelain is manufactured from a type of clay that is rich in kaolinite minerals, and may also contain other minerals such as feldspar, silica and mineral oxides that add color and strength. Porcelain is often called ‘china’ because of its popularity in China. Porcelain slabs are used in countertops and are created by shaping kaolinite-heavy clay into slabs, coating them with colored glaze and firing at high temperature to create the final desired look. A wide variety of pigments available today make it possible to create porcelain countertops that resemble natural stone.
Price: $60-$100 per square foot (bamboo)
Pros: Wide range of colors and patterns available, large slab sizes up to 10’ x 5’, stronger than granite, durable, lightweight, no sealing required, easy to clean up. Heat-resistant. Can be recycled.
Cons: Can cost more depending upon the desired look.
So, there you have it! With this information in hand, we hope you can find the best material to use for your kitchen and bathroom countertops that is perfect for your home!
Just Listed on Lake Simcoe: 968 Degrassi Cove Pl W, Innisfil
This custom home direct waterfront home was built in 2000 by the current owner and has served as a sanctuary for family and friends. Over their 22 years of ownership, they have enjoyed the property during every season.
Degrassi Cove is a small and exclusive waterfront community and share the private road. The forested lands on the opposite side of the street provide great privacy. There is no vehicle traffic other than the neighbours, so it is very safe for kids.
Built as a 4-season home and located on the west-side of Lake Simcoe. You will enjoy north-west facing views of the lake and sunsets. There are no stairs to the water’s edge. The water table is level to the lot, which offers a beautiful beach area along the shoreline. There is great swimming and boating. The portable dock is 65 ft long with a 12’ x 12’ patio area. Boating enthusiasts can store their boat in the dry boathouse. Entertaining on the lake is so easy!
The home offers 2,700 sf on the main and upper level. The principal rooms offer generous space including a large private family room, formal dining room, large great room combined with the eat-in kitchen. In addition, there is 1,535 sf of finished space on the walk-out level. There are four generous size bedrooms. The primary bedroom is situated on the main level and overlooks the lake, and includes a five-piece ensuite, a walk-in closet and a garden door to the lakeside patio area. The three other bedrooms are located on the second floor.
The lower level includes a large recreation room with wood-burning fireplace and a walk-out to the lake. A large office with a built-in desk and bookcases can serve as a large 5th bedroom. The 3-piece bathroom is also equipped with a partially finished cedar-lined sauna. There is plenty of storage space on this level too.
Photography by @ishutterphoto
Staging by @chateau_designandstaging
This professionally designed custom-built home embodies a comfortable, vintage cottage feel built with energy efficient maintenance-free materials. This home offers a private park-like setting, with in- town conveniences. It’s a nature lover’s lot…a sanctuary for birds and wildlife. This one in in a million home was showcased in a 16-page spread in Cottages & Bungalows Magazine.
Shiplap walls and wood slat ceilings throughout impart a cabin-like coziness. The primary bedroom is secluded on the main floor overlooking a wooded area that surrounds the property. The front office duals as an additional main floor bedroom adjacent to a 3-piece bathroom. The upper level includes two additional bedrooms that provide enhanced privacy for guests. One of the bedrooms functions as a seating area with a Murphy bed and small kitchenette. It has been designed as a secure space for future rental opportunity.
Located in the charming lakeside village of Bayfield, this property is a stone-throw away from Lake Huron, a short walk to town, the fishing pier and marina, Pioneer Park and the Community playground. This spectacular property backs on to a designated environmental area and surrounded by trees makes it an ideal retreat for entertaining family and friends.
It’s no secret that green has been trending in a major way lately. Not only does the leafy shade conjure the sensation of being outdoors after two years cooped up at home, it also is a versatile (and welcome) alternative to traditional colors like white and gray.
Sweet 3 bedroom home that has a light and airy feel to the interior. Vaulted ceiling with open concept design creates a welcoming feel with plenty of natural sunlight all afternoon. Hardwood floors in bedrooms. Updated interior ready to be moved in to. It is a special place to call home or cottage.
Large wrap-around deck features West-facing views of 2-acre park of which you would be a 1/10th owner. Private dock for all park owners. Deeded Lake Simcoe access is rare to find. Very private setting with mature trees.
Message us today for more information or to book private showing.
staging by @chateau_designandstaging
photography by @ishutterphoto
20 Quiet Heights Lane, Georgina provides views of the lake from all spaces on the west side of them home, including the great room, kitchen, dining area, and primary bedroom.
You will enjoy the morning sunrise from the front covered porch and of course, sunset views from the lakeside. The natural sunlight fills the home with warmth and light all day long. It’s tranquil, serene, and welcoming.
In the design stages, the current owner had some important “must-have’s” including a Muskoka like feel, spaciousness, sun-filled rooms, and an “understated elegance“ carried throughout the home.
Some of the interior features include:
– 3 bedrooms on main level and 2 additional bedrooms on the lower level
– 3 full bathrooms plus powder room
– 10.9 ft ceiling height on the main level and 9 ft ceiling height on the lower level
– Great room includes custom millwork and 13 ft vaulted coffered ceiling
– Gourmet kitchen with upgraded appliances
– Spectacular light fixtures including ceiling fans in each bedroom
– Custom drapery and blinds
– Radiant heated floors in kitchen, primary ensuite and the entire lower level
– Surround sound system both indoors and outdoors
A full list of room features, additional images, virtual tour, and more can be found on our website (link in bio).
This listing is also available on realtor.ca (MLS# N5657656)
When you combine the attention to detail of a quality builder with the owner’s vision to create a sanctuary home, the result is spectacular.
This home offers a “Zen” feel immediately upon your arrival.
The landscaping is wonderfully appointed with a collection of perennial gardens, shrubs, mature trees and privacy hedges on both sides, which is home to many birds. There are several seating areas promote great conversation with family and friends or a place to enjoy some quiet time when you want to be alone and enjoy nature all around you.
This is a wonderful home to entertain in both indoors and outdoors. The raised balcony includes a covered area where you can enjoy a summer rain shower. The open area provides lots of space for your chaise loungers to get some sun and watch an array of boats on the lake.
The lower deck is covered and a perfect location for the 7-seater plus lounger hot tub along with another separate seating area to enjoy the lake views.
Listing Price: $1,935,000
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The full listing can be found on our site & on realtor.ca (MLS# N5657656)