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Marble Mishaps: Don’t Make These 3 Mistakes When Purchasing New Countertops

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It’s no secret that even small kitchen renovation projects can be time consuming and involve difficult decisions. But for larger projects that require specific choices like countertops, the possibilities can seem endless. That’s why, according to the 2016 HOUZZ Kitchen Trends Study, 87% of homeowners enlisted the help of a professional during their kitchen renovation project. But regardless of how you’re completing your kitchen renovation, it’s important to be aware of some common countertop mistakes that can cost you time and money. Here are just a few mistakes to avoid when choosing new countertops for your kitchen renovation.

Wrong Material
There is such a wide range of materials available for kitchen countertops. That being said, many people underestimate the luxury, appeal, and durability that come with natural and architectural stone countertops. Of the 93% of homeowners who are updating countertops during a kitchen renovation, the majority are choosing natural stone materials. Plus, according to the National Association of Home Builders, marble flooring can last up to 100 years with proper maintenance; marble countertops can last a lifetime. So before deciding on a material, it’s worthwhile to consider all of your natural and architectural stone options.

Inefficient Layout
If you’ve ever cooked a meal in a poorly designed kitchen, you probably know just how frustrating it can be. That’s why it helps to make sure your kitchen countertops are designed in a way that’s efficient and navigate when cooking. The refrigerator should generally be close to the stove, and with the sink, they should form a triangle. In the same realm, make sure you have enough counter space, especially if you have a large kitchen.

Neglecting Lighting
Finally, it’s important to make sure that your countertop layout and design has sufficient lighting. Nothing is more frustrating than trying to cook a meal in a kitchen that’s too dark. Typically, there should be a balanced mix of both ambient lighting and spot lighting.

Ultimately, understanding how to design your kitchen renovation properly and with efficient materials is the key to making the most of its new features. For more information about engineered stone or natural stone slabs for sale, contact Ceramic Matrix.