Kitchen Countertop Styles and Trends

granite-island-and-marble-countertop-kitchenA kitchen countertop can establish the overall look of your kitchen remodel and design, so it is important to choose one that will best work with both your stylistic taste and the level of activity within your space.

Granite, Quartz, Marble and Recycled Glass are all top choices for a kitchen countertop that is meant to stand out and get attention. There is no need to settle for a boring countertop, if you can have one that is beautiful and can last for years to come with proper maintenance.

If you want to get creative with your kitchen countertop, you have options such as stainless steel, concrete, and butcher block, however,  one thing to keep in mind is the upkeep and maintenance.

When deciding on your countertop, first consider what will be your theme you are looking for in your kitchen.  Is it traditional, contemporary, modern, or transitional.

Next consider the colors you have to work with and want to bring out in the kitchen countertop. Are you looking for beige, white, black, gray, green, blue, etc… All of these colors can be accomplished with the right kitchen countertop selection.

Kitchen-Island-Contemporary-KitchenOne thing important to note is that your overall look depends upon you and your taste preferences.  There are several new kitchen countertop trends every year, but you have to make the decision what is ultimately important to you in your kitchen.

Quartz Countertops

Quartz countertops are almost maintenance free. Isn’t that wonderful? The engineered quartz countertops can resist stain, acid, scratches, and are heat and impact resistant. Since the surface of the quartz countertops are not porous surface, there is no need to seal them like natural stone countertops.

 

Granite Countertops

If you are looking for the all time favorite kitchen countertop, look no further than a granite kitchen countertop. The granite countertop remains one of the top choices for most homeowners, since they provide that high end look for a kitchen remodel and also are great surfaces for prepping food. Since granite  is a natural stone, there is a variation in the stone’s pattern, which adds to the appeal for most homeowners and granite lovers.

 

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Marble Countertops

Marble countertops are considered as a luxury look and finish in the stone family. Two of the most popular marble choices are the gray-toned Carrara or Calacatta marble. This stone provides a nice high end look for a kitchen, but requires a lot of upkeep and maintenance.

 Stainless Steel Countertops

Stainless steel kitchen countertops provide a more industrial look and feel to a kitchen.  The stainless steel surface coordinates with any color and is super easy kitchen countertop to keep clean.

 

 

Glass Countertops

Glass countertops are super sleek and sexy for a kitchen countertop. Since glass is versatile and can be cut into various shapes and sizes, with varying textures the options are limitless. One thing to keep in mind, is that a glass kitchen countertop is more expensive than other kitchen countertop options, however, the modern look is streamlined and also easy to maintain.

Click on the following links to read more on kitchen countertops:

Kitchen Countertops – Remodeling Basics – Donco Designs

Kitchen Remodel Design Tips – Donco Designs

How to Create Your Gourmet Kitchen: Bring out your Inner Chef

Gourmet Kitchen Designs

When you think of a gourmet kitchen, you visualize one that has the style and layout a professional chef would use. This would include state of the art “professional” grade appliances and easy to clean exteriors that would resemble a kitchen in a restaurant.

If you are like most “foodies”, you enjoy watching famous cooking shows like Hell’s Kitchen or cooking shows on HGTV or the Food Network like “Chopped”,”The Barefoot Contessa”, “Iron Chef America”, “Everyday Italian”, or “30-Minute Minute Meals”.  Maybe you are a fan of one of the famous TV Chefs such as Chef’s like, Bobby Flay, Giada De Laurentiis, Gordon Ramsey, Ina Garten, Guy Fieri, Anthony Bourdain, Rachel Ray or Nigella Lawson. It is not uncommon for someone to want a kitchen that has the flair of a TV Chef’s kitchen.

When planning a gourmet kitchen remodel one should look at the overall space first and map out where the best angles are for “zones”, such as:

  • Preparation Zone – How food will be prepared
  • Cooking Zone – Where meals will be cooked
  • Clean Up Zone – How clean up will be accomplished
  • Serving Zone – How food will be served

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Before and After – Pompano Beach Condo Remodel

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Check out this new before and after Pompano Beach Condo Remodel video from Donco Designs….

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I hope you enjoy the video.

Palm Aire – Granite Install using a Crane

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On a daily basis we have the wonderful opportunity to create beautiful before and after renovation projects for our customers. There are times when we have to create an out of the box solution for a Pompano Beach remodel project. Check out this video of a granite install that we had in Palm Aire – Pompano Beach, Florida that involved the use of a crane to bring the granite countertop upstairs to the condo.

Thanks to the wonderful guys at Ability Cranes we managed to get this done without a hitch. Our super talented granite fabricators at Alpha Marble and Granite were up to the task and delivered another fantastic granite countertop that was perfectly installed and fabricated.

I can’t thank the clients enough for allowing us to really work outside the box on this Palm Aire project to deliver a granite countertop with no seam in the peninsula. I loved this project and smile every time I look at pics from of the custom Pompano Beach granite countertop. [Read more...]

Vintage Kitchen Ideas for Inspiration

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Photo by Better Homes and Gardens

When I think of a vintage kitchen I think of something that is very old, yet something that is worthy of preserving. In kitchen design, the term vintage kitchens can mean a lot of things.

First lets look at the definition of vintage from the dictionary.  Merriam Webster, states that vintage relates primarily to wine and is an altered form of the French word vendage, meaning “the grapes picked during a season.” It also has a second definition for vintage which states: a period in which something was made or was begun. (Interesting new tidbit). [Read more...]

How to Make Your Small Kitchen Feel Cozy but Not Crowded

Kitchen Table - Made.com
A small kitchen can definitely present a design challenge, but you can still manage to make your kitchen the hub of your home even if there is not a lot of square footage to work with. By carefully choosing your furniture and getting creating with storage, your kitchen will feel comfortable and not crowded. Here are some simple tips for assembling your small kitchen and dining area in such a way that it will feel larger than it actually is and be as functional as it is well designed.

High Dining Room Tables

A high dining room table leaves you more floor space for additional furniture, or just room to walk around in the space. Rather than getting a low sitting round table, consider a high-legged rectangular table that can be pushed up against one wall when it’s just family, or moved into the center of the room when you need to seat a few more guests. A table with a leaf is another good opportunity to conserve space with your table on a daily basis – you can add the leaves on holidays or other events, and remove them when it’s just a family dinner. Vendors like www.made.com offer a variety of high tables.

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Kitchen Countertops 101: How to Choose a Countertop for Your Kitchen

Pompano Beach Kitchen Remodel
Selecting a kitchen countertop is one of my favorite parts of a kitchen remodel project.  The kitchen countertop helps to set the look and overall feel of the kitchen area.  In a Pompano Beach Kitchen Remodel, you will find that you have such an overwhelming amount of choices to select from.  Don’t let this frighten you off from making the best decision for your kitchen area.

I enjoyed reading the Post on Remodelista – Remodeling 101: Five Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Kitchen Countertops. The author, Christine Chang Hanway, did a fabulous job in coming up with five critical questions.

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Pompano Beach: Palm Aire Kitchen Remodel – The Oaks Course

 

Palm Aire Kitchen Remodel
It is always fun to start a new kitchen remodel project.  Recently we started a Pompano Beach Kitchen Remodel in the beautiful Golf Course-Country Club Community of Palm Aire.  This particular kitchen remodel is located  on the Oaks Golf Course.  This corner unit has magnificent views of the fairway, our clients, have fun watching sunsets overlooking the golf course on their patio. I love working in South Florida…

In this kitchen remodel, we are tiling the floor,  installing new base molding and opening the wall from the kitchen through the living area to create a pass-thru opening, creating a custom soffit with recessed lights, installing new electric panel box, installing granite countertop and installing new kitchen cabinets.  This new pass thru opening will have  a granite counter top made from the exotic Kashmir White from India and seating area on the dining room side, so that the homeowner can have seated guests at the counter, while cooking in the new gourmet kitchen.  This open concept is really a must have in South Florida, especially if you live in a condo in Pompano Beach in the Palm Aire Community.

I am especially excited about this Palm Aire kitchen Remodel, because this is the first real update for this unit after the homeowner purchased it about a year ago.  It is not uncommon for a snowbird/seasonal resident to purchase a home in Pompano Beach and wait to remodel.  I have found that a kitchen remodel, is right up there after painting and flooring, especially for the seasonal homeowner.  Making their Florida home, a tropical get-away is really top on the list, something to look forward to when getting away from up north, from places like Canada, New York and New Jersey.

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Make Your Home Remodel Ideas a Reality with Kohler

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I am always impressed with Kohler creative and how they are able to just capture the essence of why their products are great for a kitchen or bathroom remodel. They just launched a new commercial series on how Kohler products work for a kitchen and a bathroom without selling. I love, love it…. Check out the new commercial How Bold Makes your Dreams a Reality….

Luxury Cooking: Electrolux $100K – Kitchen Range

Luxury Cooking: Electrolux Grand Cuisine $100,000 Kitchen Range

If you really enjoy cooking and want the ultimate Kitchen Range, you can check out the new Electrolux Kitchen Range for $100,000. Yes, you read it correctly, that is $100,000.  This luxury item is not for the faint at heart, it is for the person that wants that ultimate cooking experience.

According to the Electrolux Chief Executive Officer Keith McLoughlin,

“This brings a halo effect from a brand standpoint to Electrolux. We’re talking very high net worth people with two or three homes. It’s clearly intended to build and reinforce the brand.”

This luxury kitchen range is obviously for the ultra rich that really just wants to be different. If you have the funds and want to be cutting edge, I say go for it. This Electrolux kitchen range will definitely take your kitchen remodel to another level.

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