Anyone can have a quartz or granite kitchen countertop, but ordinary isn’t right for every household. For those of you who like to do things a little bit different, there are some pretty unique kitchen countertop materials to choose from. We’ve rounded up four of our favourites that while unusual, can still be done tastefully. Read on to see which of these unique materials is right for your kitchen.
1. Reclaimed Wood
By no means is a wooden countertop a unique idea. We’ve seen butcher block countertops come and go in popularity. Reclaimed wood has steadily been gaining popularity over the past few years in the home. From coffee tables to shelves, reclaimed wood is becoming more common in the home but not seen in kitchens that often. If you’re looking for the perfect mix of natural rustic charm meets trendy, look no further than a reclaimed wood countertop.
When we say reclaimed, we mean that this would have once functioned as something else. Perhaps your wood will come from the side of an old barn or factory. No matter where the wood comes from, using reclaimed wood is the most sustainable choice you can make when it comes to eco-friendly countertop choices. It’s also one of the most expensive due to its rising popularity and the effort involved in finding the wood and reclaiming it. If the beauty is worth the price to you, speak to a countertop specialist about how to create this look in your kitchen.
Have you ever thought to yourself, “I really wish I could see through my countertops.” If so, then glass countertops are for you! While this might seem like a less than ideal material in the kitchen, glass countertops are surprisingly durable. While there aren’t too many companies out there that specialize in glass countertops, those that do take it seriously. Due to the techniques and labor involved in creating glass countertops, they come with a hefty price tag. You’re likely to end up spending roughly $300 per square foot for this unique kitchen countertop. If your heart is set on glass now, connect with a company that specializes in glass and see what they can do for you.
Concrete has been pouring its way into our homes over the past few years. While not uncommon to see it on coffee tables and floors, did you know it can also be used on your countertops? More and more homeowners are choosing concrete for their homes as it lasts for years if properly maintained. Similar to other natural countertop materials, concrete must be sealed in order to prevent staining and discolouration. Although not ideal for the particular perfectionist, a concrete countertop has a way of making a room look lived in and inviting. Thinking about adding some concrete to your kitchen? Connect with a countertop specialist who can make this dream a reality.
4. Stainless Steel
Whether you’re a foodie or just want to look like one, stainless steel is a good option for those who want to create an industrial kitchen look. If you’re serious about cooking, a stainless steel countertop is a life-long investment that will see you through many meals. Stainless steel is preferred in kitchens because it is non-porous and doesn’t stain. You don’t have to worry about spills or bacteria getting in. However, to achieve that chef ready look, it’s going to cost you. Due to the fact that stainless steel countertops are often custom made, they can start around $100 per square foot. If you’re committed to showing your neighbours that you’re the master chef on the block, be sure to connect with a pro who can create this custom look for you.
While these materials may be expensive and tricky to track down, it’s not impossible to get the look you’re after. Search HomeStars for companies who specialize in countertops (or your preferred unique material) and reach out to discuss your project. Who knows, you and your pro may be able to come up with something so unique that your home will be featured in our next article!