10 Top Kitchen Countertops in 2020

In our last blog, we talked about how unique backsplashes can transform your kitchen.  Just as backsplashes are far from plain and simple, there are so many choices for countertops available now.  Many of them will give your kitchen the high-end look that you have always dreamed of. The only thing standing between you and your dream kitchen is that first step. Are you ready? Here are the 10 top kitchen countertops in 2020 that will help you choose your ideal countertop.

How to decide?

The kitchen countertop is one of the most crucial elements of most kitchens. It is where we plan meals, prepare food, and clean up and often eating meals on that countertop.  Having one that is stylish and upscale makes it enjoyable. When it comes to choosing the right kitchen countertop, there are many questions need to be answered:

  • What is the best countertop for your money?
  • How much does kitchen countertop cost?
  • What is the most durable countertop?
  • What is the best material as a kitchen countertop?

If you are looking for some budget material, laminate countertops may be a good deal for you. In this article, we’ll only focus on countertops made of natural stone.

How much does it cost?

If you are renovating your kitchen or just decide to replace your kitchen counter, you may want to check the price tag first. In general, the most expensive ones are the granite countertops. They range from $70 to $300 per square foot. The others such as quartz countertops have a price tag ranging from $60 to $175.

If you are looking for something high-end, elegant, stylish, and sophisticated which will add a positive spirit to your kitchen, you may consider buying a granite countertop. Of course, while you choose the countertop, kitchen cabinets play an important role because the color, the feel and look of the cabinets must be consistent with your material.

Replacing a countertop will cost around $4000 in material (the fabrication and installation depend on the fabricator, but will be, at least as much as the material itself). While an inexperienced person can install some type of countertops, materials like granite and marble will definitely require expert installation. Trying to save money can be more costly if you don’t know to handle such precious natural stones.  *Price costs edited by Homework Remodels

Durability of Countertops

There are many trendy kitchen designs nowadays. Fashion may influence our choices but durability is also very crucial. Granite is the most durable material among other countertop options. Quartz comes second in terms of durability. Other materials follow these two.

Granite Countertops

Because it is a natural stone that can absorb heat easily and resist scratching and staining. This stain-resistant stone is also easy to clean. Most granite countertops come in 1 ¼” or 3cm sizes up to 10‘x 6‘. These sizes make it quite functional to use as a seamless piece of material in kitchens for countertops and kitchen islands. This is one of the best solid surface countertops on earth.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz can be found on earth easily. It is very abundant material. There are different types of quartz. The usage of quartz as a surface covering material is after the technological advances in natural stone cutting and mixing technology. This artificially created countertop is a cheaper alternative to marble and granite. It consists of resin and raw quartz.

Marble Countertops

Marble is a timeless and classic natural stone. It was once a symbol of luxury and richness. It was used in ancient cities to build temples, houses, statues. It is still a beloved and very popular natural stone that will add value and character to your kitchen.

Travertine Countertops

Granite is by far the first material that comes to mind when speaking of countertops or kitchen islands. But if you want to try something different, we have a wide selection of different travertine slabs as an alternative to granite. Travertine resembles marble rather than granite and its installation requires a technique called precision edging. It has a more tiled look than granite. Its maintenance is easier and it gives a more historical look to countertops. Because this stone dates back to days of the Roman Empire. Many sections of the Colosseum in Italy were made out of travertine.

Limestone Countertops

Limestone slabs are quarried as limestone blocks. It is mostly used to make kitchen countertops, bathroom vanity tops, and other design elements. It is a sedimentary rock. It has been used widely throughout history in different buildings such as the Great Pyramid of Giza. It is elegant, beautiful, and tames bold colors. Of course, there are some disadvantages to this sensitive stone. It requires more care than granite or marble when it comes to care and maintenance of this natural beauty. You have to be careful when you put a hot pan on it or be careful not to scratch it.

Onyx Countertop

Onyx is a stone that has had many definitions applied to it over the centuries. Traditionally it will present as having distinctive bands… but not always. As a rule, it is somewhat exotic in appearance and therefore Onyx Slabs bring a level of desirable luxury into any modern space.

Exotic statements of nature… Onyx is a magnificent gift of nature. it is a gift of warmth that includes an incredible depth of color. The stone is formed by nature into translucent layers of marble. They provide a focal point wherever they are used. The onyx color palette goes from a rich neutral to exotic depths of color. Define your living space, your statement of design, and your appreciation of truly natural art. Enjoy entirely unique this gift of nature.

Soapstone Countertops

Soapstone is a sedimentary stone that has a talc-based component. Soapstone Slabs are easily worked into kitchen countertops and bathroom vanity tops. The material enjoys a depth of color and texture that allows for a highly stylized visual image inside the modern home.

Porcelain Countertops

For people who are looking for more alternatives, porcelain countertops may be the solution. Made from non-porous ceramic clay which contains minerals like kaolinite and silica, this material looks very elegant as a kitchen countertop. It is highly resistant to scratching, cracking, and heat. The only main downside of this elegant countertop is about its patterns. Patterns on porcelain countertops are only surface deep, meaning they lack the look of depth.

Slate Countertops

Slate is a metamorphic stone. It is usually quite fine-grained and can be found in basic grays, greens, and blacks. Also, more exotic color ranges exist that bring to space a uniqueness of spirit rarely found elsewhere. Slate slabs yield exquisitely interesting kitchen and bath tops.

Quartzite Countertops

Finally, we have reached the end of our list. Quartzite is one of the harder more durable building materials that you might choose. Quartzite Slabs contain very high quartz content and with that comes density, stain resistance, and minimal care requirements. A modern kitchen countertop is a perfect place for this material. The main difference between quartz and quartzite lies in its creation. While quartzite is 100% natural stone, quartz is a man-made material that is engineered with quartz crystals and strengthened by resin.

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Contact us at (480) 895-3442 if you are interested in remodeling your home and adding to the unique appeal you enjoy from your living spaces.

Peruse our portfolio for more ideas for creating spaces that will make you enjoy your home again!

Unique Backsplashes for the Upscale Kitchen Remodel

A backsplash can be defined as a panel behind a sink or stove that protects the wall from splashes. Although simply defined, here at Tri-Lite Builders, backsplashes are far from plain and simple. A creatively designed backsplash can transform your kitchen – leaving all of your dinner guests in amazement. Take a look at some of our all-time favorites!

WARM AND BOLD

Handmade Mosaic of Emperador Dark, Crema Marfil, and Rojo Alicante Marble come together to create this marvelous view. The warm colors of the backsplash, granite countertops, and Cherry Chocolate cabinets make a bold statement sure to leave guests in awe.

A POP OF COLOR TRANSITIONAL

This Multi-color glass mosaic backsplash made of 1×2 subway tile complements the deep espresso color of the cabinets and the orange highlights of the Quartz counters.

MID-CENTURY MODERN

Mid Modern Century Backsplash

Pure Wool Mix Glass Mosaic accents the look of this Mid-Century Modern Kitchen. The linear shape and long lines give this kitchen a bright, clean look.

A TOUCH OF SPARKLE

A Touch of Sparkle Backsplash

Silver Travertine with Amethyst and Silver glass jewels add just the right amount of sparkle to this Elegant Gray Transitional Kitchen.

WOW WORTHY QUARTZITE

Marble Backsplash

The vein in this quartz was our inspiration. Two book-matched slabs of Mardi Gras Quartzite create this breathtaking backsplash. We could stare at it for days!

WARM GREY NEVER LOOKED SO COOL!

Warm Grey Backsplash

The Fleur-Gray Arabesque glass tile immediately draws attention to the stovetop, inviting you to appreciate all the details. Mixed-Stone and Glass Linear Mosaic backsplash along with a Quartz countertop made to resemble marble add brightness against the Cherry Bordeaux cabinets.

MULTI-COLORED MARBLE BACKSPLASH

Marble Mosaic Backsplash

This multi-colored marble backsplash ties the kitchen together and the new pass-thru into the living area.  It contains both the white from the taller cabinets and white quartz countertops and a pale grey, resembling the stainless steel appliances.

 

INSPIRED ASIAN BEAUTY

Monochromatic Texture Backsplash

This kitchen was reinvented with all-white cabinets and integrated texture and color with a counter to ceiling backsplash in a matte white large-scale textural tile, and floating oak shelves. It is complemented with a high-end laminate that gave the counter a marble look.

Greater Phoenix Area Award-Winning Remodeler

A backsplash adds color and personality to your kitchen.  You can choose to use anything from traditional tile to rustic wood – the options are endless!  Do not let your remodeling ideas be limited by tradition; think bold and unique. Contact us at (480) 895-3442 if you are interested in remodeling your home and adding to the unique appeal you enjoy from your living spaces.

Peruse our portfolio for more ideas for creating spaces that will make you enjoy your home again!

How to Avoid 6 Kitchen Remodel Mistakes

Creating a Kitchen Space for Family Gathering

In today’s hectic and digital world, the kitchen creates space that families can gather, cook and spend time together.  Making it one of the most comfortable rooms in your home is almost a necessity since this is the one room that everyone ends up in! We spend time in the kitchen eating our meals, having snacks, enjoying gathering as a family, and entertaining friends. Thus, if the kitchen doesn’t flow with the rest of the house – or the room itself – it becomes a space to avoid.  Remodeling your kitchen can transform your space so that it is warm and inviting, but also functional.  When planning your kitchen remodel, here is how to avoid 6 kitchen remodel mistakes.

Solutions to How to Avoid 6 Kitchen Remodel Mistakes

1. Open Shelving

While Open Shelving is often approached as making your kitchen space seem more open, it can also create an atmosphere of too much busyness.  Open shelving is a wonderful way to add character to the room and display your prized pieces, be cautious, however, too many knick-knacks or stacked baking pans and skillets can interrupt the flow of your kitchen and certainly take away from the rest of your design for your kitchen.  We suggest keeping the open shelves neatly adorned and choose wall or base cabinetry for the less decorative items.

2. Stainless Steel

A little stainless steel goes a long way towards making a kitchen look modern. Too much can make it look like an operating room or an industrial kitchen (not to be confused with Industrial Design Style). Make sure to break up the stainless steel with some complementing colors and textures from other areas in your home. One way to do this is to choose stainless appliances with a colorful countertop, or a stainless steel island countertop with colorful appliances and wood open shelves.

3. Poorly Placed Appliances

Nothing breaks up the flow of a room like making it difficult to use. Not being able to open your refrigerator and walk by it or your dishwasher and stove, at the same time not only hampers the use of your kitchen, but it also appears cramped and unfunctional. Creating the right flow for your space can make all the difference.  This should be one of the first things you’ll want to talk with your Kitchen Remodeler about.

4. Making it too Bland

The white kitchen is in high demand, ‘safe’ colors like beige, tan, and white flow together, but they can also make a kitchen boring. A monochromatic design scheme is beautiful when done well, but can fall flat. Add some flavor to your kitchen to give it character. Bring some of the colors from the adjoining rooms into the kitchen to add depth and carry the flow of colors from room to room.  You can also add texture with wood, shapes, and fabrics. Since you are wanting to create a space for gathering family and friends, make sure your family’s personality is reflected in your newly remodeled kitchen!

5. Trash Cans/Recycle Bins

Absolutely necessary, but what to do with them?   To create a beautiful space without also interrupting the flow of your kitchen, trashcans and recycle containers should be planned into your new kitchen remodel. There are many ways to keep these items functional, whether in a pantry, base cabinet, or other built-in space. They will be accessible but hidden.

6. Installing in the Incorrect Lighting

Nothing makes your kitchen more functional than effective lighting. Kitchens need an overhead light for general lighting and a spotlight to perform specific tasks such as preparing food. Of course, you don’t want your kitchen only to be functional; you want it to look good too. In order to highlight the style of your kitchen, add in accent lighting with pendant lights over the island/peninsula or above cabinets and toe kick lighting. This is another great way to add in your personality.

Avoid these 6 kitchen remodeling mistakes, schedule your appointment today!  Tri-Lite Builders has the solutions that will create the space in your kitchen where your family and friends will want to gather.   We have designed some of the most unique and amazing kitchens in the greater Phoenix area. Our work has been featured in several magazines and online publications, and we’ve received the Contractor of the Year award multiple times. We love the entire kitchen remodeling process and would be honored to help you realize your kitchen’s full potential.

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Start your project by calling us at (480) 895-3442 or emailing steve@trilitebuilders.com to discuss remodeling your home, kitchen, or bathroom.  We offer no-obligation in-home consultation. Our award-winning designers and craftsman are eager to work with you to make your vision for your home a reality!

Unique Backsplashes for the Upscale Kitchen Remodel

A backsplash can be defined as a panel behind a sink or stove that protects the wall from splashes. Although simply defined, here at Tri-Lite Builders backsplashes are far from plain and simple. A creatively designed backsplash can transform your kitchen – leaving all of your dinner guests in amazement. Take a look at some of our all time favorites!

Warm and Bold

Gainey Ranch Warm BacksplashHandmade Mosaic of Emperador Dark, Crema Marfil, and Rojo Alicante Marble come together to create this marvelous view. The warm colors of the backsplash, granite countertops, and Cherry Chocolate cabinets make a bold statement sure to leave guests in awe.

 

A Pop of Color Transitional Unique Kitchen Backsplash

This Multi-color glass mosaic backsplash made of 1×2 subway tile complements the deep espresso color of the cabinets and the orange highlights of the Quartz counters.

Mid-Century Modern 

Mid-Century Modern Glass Linear Mosaic BacksplashPure Wool Mix Glass Mosaic accents the look of this Mid-Century Modern Kitchen. The linear shape and long lines give this kitchen a bright, clean look.

A Touch of Sparkle 

Silver Travertine with Amethyst and Silver Glass JewelsSilver Travertine with Amethyst and Silver glass jewels add just the right amount of sparkle to this Elegant Gray Transitional Kitchen.

Wow Worthy Quartzite

Quartzite Backsplash The vein was our inspiration. Two book matched slabs of Mardi Gras Quartzite create this breathtaking backsplash. We could stare at it for days!

Warm Gray Never Looked so Cool!

Arabesque Glass BacksplashThe Fleur-Gray Arabesque glass tile immediately draws attention to the stove top, inviting you to appreciate all of the details. Mixed-Stone and Glass Linear Mosaic backsplash along with a Quartz countertop made to resemble marble add brightness against the Cherry Bordeaux cabinets.

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A backsplash adds color and personality to your kitchen. You can choose to use anything from traditional tile to rustic wood – the options are endless! Are you ready to take the next step in creating your dream kitchen? Our NARI Certified Designers want to help!

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