New Countertop can be daunting. Here are some tips from
http://www.homedepot.com on choosing
New countertops can work wonders for your kitchen or
bathroom, bringing fresh style and lasting value to your home.
At The Home Depot, we make countertops easy by offering a
complete selection of top-quality materials and an infinite variety of
custom configurations. Count on our friendly professionals to help you
choose corian, granite, laminate or cimstone in the colours and textures
that work best for you. In some stores, we also offer simplicity, soapstone,
butcher block and stainless steel.
Before you start shopping, take a good look at your
lifestyle, and consider your budget. What you discover will help you choose
the perfect countertop for your home.
First, ask yourself key lifestyle questions. Do you think of
your kitchen as a showplace or a workplace? Do you see yourself cooking a
little or a lot? Doing a little countertop maintenance or a fair amount of
it? Some countertops require virtually no upkeep while others need regular
care. Tradeoffs are a natural part of the selection process - and if you
seek a particular surface or style, sometimes a bit of maintenance is a
small price to pay.
Next, ask yourself if having a new countertop installed is
enough change for now - or not? Countertops are focal points in any kitchen
or bath, but they may not achieve the look you want on their own.
you like to change the mood of this room from dark to light, or from
traditional to contemporary?
you like new flooring, cabinets, appliances or fixtures? If anything is
worn, out of date or just not to your taste, consider replacing it. If
you're thinking about new cabinets in particular, now is the time to get
them. All countertop installations require that cabinets be installed
the kitchen layout easy and functional? For example, does the "work
triangle" of sink, cooktop and refrigerator work well for you? (No single
leg of the triangle should be less than four feet or greater than nine
feet.) If not, now is the time to consider moving the sink, cooktop or
the kitchen, would you like to add an extra work surface, such as an island
or peninsula? In the bathroom, would you like two sinks instead of one, or
one sink instead of two?
Finally, think about how much you want to spend on your
countertops. Countertop materials come in a range of prices, making it easy
to find a good match for your needs.
When setting your budget, consider your plans for the future.
If you own your home, a premium countertop is worth the investment,
especially if you're planning to stay in your home for a number of years. If
you plan to sell your home, a new countertop will enhance its beauty,
increase its value and make it easier to sell. If you rent, ask yourself how
long you plan to stay. If it's more than a year, then a new countertop can
make your kitchen more attractive and inviting