Planning a Kitchen Renovation: Part 2 – Countertops

pass thru, Kitchen Remodel SharonKitchen remodeling will increase the design, function and resale value of a home.

When shopping for a home, most people start in the kitchen. It’s the most important room from a functionality and design standpoint. If you plan to sell within 3 to 5 years, focus on a small kitchen renovation that updates a few main areas, such as the cabinets and the counter-top. If you plan to stay for 7 to 10 years, you may want to add in appliances and some new tile.

In part 1 we considered cabinet styles, here in part 2 we will discussed counter-top materials and in later posts we will discussed budget ranges for the Boston Area based on Remodeling Magazines 2015 Cost versus Value report.

When dealing with counter-tops precise measuring is key to on-budget, on-schedule counter-top installations. Also, be sure to clarify the back-splash height and materials in advance. You should look at your options including Laminate, Solid Surface (e.g. Dupont Corian and Silestone), Granite Other Stone and wood.



Inexpensive, durable, and with a huge range of patterns and color options (including faux stone types) and wood and other edge treatments. Laminate is stain-resistance and waterproof, but can be damaged by a hot or scratched, and there’s no effective way to repair it. Laminate is adhered to ¾” plywood or particle board, with a frame that keeps it rigid and attaches to the cabinets at the perimeter and at countertop seams.


Solid Surface (e.g. Dupont Corian and Silestone):

This material is durable and also heatproof and waterproof, with the advantages of integrated sinks and a variety of edge treatments. Solid surface counters are typically installed by the fabricators.


Granite and Other Stone: Stone counters are popular despite their expense for high-end look and as an investment in a home’s resale value. In addition to granite, there are limestones, soapstone, slate, travertine, engineered quartz, and concrete, among others. Most are durable, waterproof, and heat proof but can chip. Be sure the surface is sealed (unless it’s engineered stone) to prevent staining, and, as with all materials, make sure you get maintenance instructions.


Since granite counter-tops are prefabricated by the vendor and cannot be adjusted on-site, accurate measurements are crucial. Granite is usually available in slabs up to 4.6” X 9”. If two pieces will be joined, they should be matched for color and consistency in the grain pattern. Seams should be in the least noticeable locations like where cut-outs are made, but not around the sink (to prevent moisture penetration).


Wood: Often used on an island, wood is durable with proper care, but usually requires annual re-sealing. When choosing a finish, make sure that the product is nontoxic and approved for contact with food. Wood counter-tops are warm, durable, and easy to refinish, but can stain or burn easily and are susceptible to water damage if the homeowner is not careful.

 Remodeling is a rewarding and yes stressful process. Besides adding value to your home a good kitchen remodel will increase the functionality your house and make your home more enjoyable.

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Craig Guido

With 20 years of remodeling experience both in the field and working in collaboration with homeowners to develop remodeling projects designed to fit your lifestyle.