When it comes to designing your kitchen and bathroom one of the most important elements are the countertops. Countertops see a lot of action; in the kitchen they take some abuse from hot pans, chopping knives, and spilled liquids and in the bathroom they are the resting place for hot curling irons, hair dryers, spilled make-up and much more.
Countertops are functional but they also offer an aesthetic value to every space. They provide the perfect opportunity to enhance the visual appeal of your kitchen and bath. Other design opportunities include backsplashes in kitchens and baths and eye-catching materials for your shower walls and tub surrounds.
One general consideration for kitchen planning is to be sure to consider entry doors and what direction they swing. The clear opening of a doorway should be a minimum of 32” wide which requires a 2’10” door. Doors should not interfere with other doors or objects like cabinets or appliances. If space is an issue, consider using a bi-fold door or pocket doors. This is a simple item to plan for, but a costly item to replace if changed after the completion of the project!
There are a variety of materials available today for countertops and many times no one material is best for all surfaces. This is especially true from a design perspective; combining different materials in creative applications always makes for a show stopper space!
In this section on Countertops and Walls, you learn about the multitude of products available for these surfaces such as ceramic and porcelain tile, natural stone and slab, solid surfacing, Quartz and specialty products including soapstone and paperstone. We will cover everything you need to know before you make a purchase and how to maintain your new countertops to provide lasting durability and beauty.
Before you get started, consider the following:
Countertop and Walls Make a Kitchen, a Bathroom, and a Home
It's an open secret that kitchen countertops and kitchen cabinets make a kitchen shine, sparkle, and wow. We know, as we're known as not only one of the best kitchen showrooms throughout Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and upper Connecticut, but also because we stock nearly every type of kitchen countertop from granite to synthetics, from all the major brands such as Belanger, Wilsonart, or even Formica - the brand that really in a sense started the revolution in America's countertops so many years ago. The newer materials are polished granite, even wood countertops, marble or so-called honed or glass, and for the ecofriendly folks, there's recycled countertops made of ecofriendly materials.
But countertops - especially the popular granite countertops that grace many a home in Auburn, Massachusetts, or Providence, Rhode Island - shouldn't stop at the kitchen. Yes, you want your kitchen countertops to be top-notch and we have the selection to make them so. But you might also consider a kitchen island or even the so-called countertops in your master bath or other rooms of your house. Less likely to be sure, but our savvy customer service staff can advice on the use of granite or even synthetics in other rooms of the house.
Come into one of our physical stores. We're known as the best flooring store in Westborough, just for example, or the best carpet store in Whitman, Mass, but really we're also the best countertop store in Worcester, Massachusetts, even though technically we don't have a store in Worcester! It's our Auburn flooring and carpet store that's nearby, but don't let the flooring and carpets in the name fool you - we're the top kitchen showroom, the top bathroom showroom, and the best place to browse and buy countertops in Worcester, Mass, and Providence, Rhode Island. It takes a little ingenuity - that's all.