Counter Culture

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A national survey confirms trends among homeowners in the Upper Valley that countertops are becoming a more important feature of new kitchens, serving both aesthetic and functional purposes.  A Kitchen & Bath Design News survey of more than 400 kitchen and bath design professionals found that countertops have increasingly become an integral part of the modern-day kitchen, being called up to serve multiple purposes ranging from traditional space for meal preparation, cooking, and cleanup to providing space for school work, hobbies, working from home, mobile device charging and other activities.

Real estate marketplace provider Zillow reports that multifunctional countertops on kitchen islands are one of the top five home design trends to watch in 2023.  The company noted that multifunctional kitchen islands generated 19% more mentions in listing descriptions in 2023 than in 2022.

Homeowners in the Upper Valley gravitate toward larger islands and countertops space permitting that they are maintenance-free and enabling them to make a personal and compelling design statement in their homes.  Factors to consider when selecting the perfect countertop for your new dream kitchen in addition to how they look include: durability, ease of maintenance and cleanliness, sustainability, and antimicrobial qualities.

The most requested countertops specified for homeowners in the Upper Valley include:

Engineered Quartz:  This is a top seller because quartz is not only extremely durable and easy to maintain, it comes in a variety of colors, patterns, and styles.

Quartzite:  Quartzite is an up-and-coming countertop material that is formed when quartz sandstone is exposed to high temperatures and pressure. The major reason why homeowners in the Upper Valley are attracted to quartzite is that it looks and feels like marble at a lower price point.  It also is durable and easy to maintain.

Natural Stone: Natural stone countertops, such as granite and marble, continue to be popular due to their unique veining and patterns. Natural stone countertops are highly durable and can last for many years with proper care.

Porcelain/Ceramic Countertops: Porcelain/ceramic countertops are highly resistant to heat, scratches, and stains, making them a popular choice for those who cook frequently. They are also available in a wide range of colors and patterns.

Butcher Block Countertops: Butcher block countertops are made of wood and are highly durable and heat-resistant. They provide a warm and inviting feel to the kitchen and can be a great choice for those who like to cook and bake.

What is the perfect countertop for your new dream kitchen? Give us a call at 603-448-9700 or make an appointment to visit our showroom at 105 Hanover Street, Lebanon, NH, and let us curate the options that will best suit your style and needs.

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