Stone countertops are a lovely addition to any space, including kitchens, bathrooms, and multi-purpose rooms with a large amount of workspace. Before you pick out the stone for your new counters, ask yourself the following questions. Once you know what you want from your new counters, it will be easier to select stone that is a good match for your needs.
1. How Much Square Footage You Need
One of the most important details that you should know before you start looking at counters is how much square footage of stone you need for your space. Having an accurate idea of your required square footage ensures that you pick an option that fits your budget and that you order enough stone for the space.
You'll need to decide if you want every surface in the room to have stone counters or if you prefer a design that integrates stone with another material. For example, some homeowners like the look that a mix of stone and butcher block gives a room. Another item to think about is if you want to use the stone for the back splash, and if so, how high up you want the back splash to go.
2. Whether You're Comfortable with Seams
Sometimes, it's possible to keep a stone slab in one piece when installing it in your home. This gives the counter a seamless, continuous look. However, even if the slab is large enough for your space, you might need to cut it into portions to help it retain its strength and better fit your space.
When cutting the stone into portions, your contractor will use a seam to connect two different sections of the slab. If you have to cut a portion of the stone out for a sink, this can weaken the stone. It's usually better to use two portions of the stone slab rather than making a cutout in the material. Though you may prefer the look of seamless stone counters, an experienced contractor can offer placement suggestions that make the seams as inconspicuous as possible.
3. Your Preferred Edges for Your New Counters
There are multiple types of edges to choose from when using stone for your counters. The best edge for your space depends on your stylistic preferences and your budget. Intricate edges tend to cost more.
A straight edge is a fantastic, budget-friendly selection that complements a number of different interior design schemes. The straight edge counter has a timeless look that helps your counters blend with the rest of the room. If you want to draw attention to your counters or make them the focal point of the room, you may prefer a fancier edge, such as a double bevel or half bullnose.
For more information on stone countertops, contact a company like Artisan Granite & Marble.