Kitchen Renovations: Countertops & Backsplashes

The kitchen is often referred to as “the heart of a home,” serving as the epicenter of activity in many private residences. Most homeowners desire a welcoming and functional space, since it is where they cook and share meals with loved ones. Regardless of personal taste, it is possible to revamp your kitchen with a few stylish renovations; we recommend starting with your countertops and backsplashes.

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Countertops

Countertops are a focal point in the kitchen, so they can help set the tone of the entire space. Some homeowners like counters that blend with the floors and/or appliances, while others prefer ones that are distinct in style. When determining which material to use, find one that is practical for your specific kitchen usage and also reflective of your personal aesthetic.

Granite remains the most popular countertop choice for homeowners, thanks to its durability. It comes in a variety of colors and patterns, but its thickness generally drives its cost—the thicker the slab, the higher the price. Other natural stone materials include soapstone, limestone, or marble, which are not as low maintenance as granite. However, some homeowners like soapstone’s rich, dark hues and smooth texture, while others prefer the classic sheen of limestone and marble.

If you are interested in giving your kitchen a more modern look, then stainless steel or concrete may be the way to go. Both are gaining in popularity thanks to their sleek appearance and because they are easy to clean. However, stainless steel can scratch and dent over time.

For those remodeling with sustainability in mind, refurbished wood and recycled glass make for beautiful countertops. A light bamboo or colorful glass mixture can add a distinct and unique look to your kitchen. Other renewable resources include countertops made from a blend of post-consumer materials, like recycled paper and fiber, or post-industrial scarp waste, like aluminum, copper, and acrylic.

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Backsplashes

Another area in the kitchen that can use a sustainable design boost is the space behind the stove and/or sink, known as the backsplash. Tiled backsplashes are a stylish way to protect your walls and add some color and texture to your space.

You can mix and match different colored tiles for an eclectic look, go for a retro-style with checkered patterns, or even purchase refurbished ones to add an antique flair to your home.

Similar to countertops, materials like glass, stone, and metals can be used to create a certain ambiance in your kitchen. Mosaic tiles will add vibrant energy, while a white marble backsplash offers an elegant simplicity. Stone and tin tiles can provide a rustic feel to your space, but glass and stainless steel are more contemporary design features.

Renovating your backsplashes and countertops can help you change the entire atmosphere of your kitchen, which many consider to be the room that captures a home’s essence. Here in Boulder County, kitchen design is so important and popular with residents that there is an annual tour of the city’s most stylish ones. If you are interested in upgrading yours, contact us at TreeLine Homes for renovation guidance and help on where to find the best green materials and/or local resources.

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