Three things top the list of any thought of installing new kitchen countertops.
The second and third are durability, which includes maintenance, and cost.
But first is what you want to achieve.
“I always ask clients first what their goal is. Are you doing it to sell, or is it your dream kitchen?” said Radka Sumberova, design consultant for Suran Built Inc., an award-winning remodeling design firm based in Crystal Lake.
The firm specializes in home custom projects with a team of designers and contractors whose mantra is “Making Memories Luxurious.”
Focusing on kitchen countertops, Sumberova said even someone selling should consider return-on-investment value, and if planning to stay, the role the kitchen plays in the home and family.
Some kitchens are the “heart of the home” for daily use by family and close friends, while others are an extension of other areas for casual and formal entertainment.
That folds into the other factors: uniqueness and durability, which also means maintenance.
Sumberova said quartz and granite are the top choices. Quartz countertops are made from crushed quartz rock blended with resins and colors to achieve a look, even marble. Granite is a chunk of stone sliced into a slab and polished to bring out natural color.
Quartz is hard and non-porous, so spills don’t seep in and heat doesn’t leave marks or “bubbles.”
Granite has similar qualities, but appears more unique since it is cut from natural stone, and imperfections give each piece its own character. A sealer is typically used to maintain the surface beauty.
But it comes back to Step One, your intention.
“You need to give it a lot of thought,” she said. “If it’s your dream kitchen, consider uniqueness. You want to express your own creativity.”
Suran Built Inc.
30 N. Williams St., Crystal Lake, IL 60014