Upgrading your Kitchen Countertop

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The countertop is arguably one of the primary fixtures of any kitchen. Starting with this section is a great way to ensure effective results with any upgrade you initiate. There are multiple options you can choose from when it comes to remodeling these fixtures, and decisions will generally be based on the available budget, primary objectives, and personal preference. According to Bank Rate, an average countertop upgrade can cost between $15 and $70 per square foot. More expensive materials might cost up to $200 per square foot. Some crucial elements to keep in mind when considering a countertop upgrade with a Kitchen Remodel include: 

Identifying the Right Materials 

There are numerous options to choose from when it comes to countertop materials, with their price range varying according to aspects such as quality and accessibility. According to a consumer report published by the research website Statista, engineered quartz and granite were the two most popular countertops between 2020 and 2021, taking up 42% and 24% of the market share respectively. Engineered stone has allowed easier access to the exotic stone market leading to a growing demand for the product. Butcher block countertops are also a great option for individuals looking to maintain an orthodox approach to their design. Depending on the wood involved, a butcher block will cost between $50 to $100 per square foot. They’re easy to maintain and represent a sturdy surface for worktop needs. Composite countertops have also recently emerged as a popular option for individuals seeking a cost-effective but durable alternative in the market. These are materials that are generally made from a blend of crushed resin and minerals such as stone and acrylic materials combined via a bonding agent. It’s essential to identify an established supplier when looking to integrate engineered stone or composite countertops into a kitchen’s design. 

Installing an Extra Sink 

A great way to enhance a countertop is through the addition of another sink. This venture represents a significant investment and homeowners might need to acquire some permits from their building council before they can commence the work. Anything that affects the plumbing network of the house will require a plumbing permit before any changes can be made. However, if you’re simply replacing an existing sink with another one without affecting the undercarriage, you might not need to apply for a license. The kind of material involved with the Kitchen Remodel will determine the ease with which the installation will take place. The positioning of the sinks will depend on their purpose. Having the two basins side by side is recommended when looking for an additional washing area, or placing them on opposite ends can be a good way to integrate an extra workspace instead of expanding the current one. Placing the sinks at opposite ends also clears up potential traffic ways allowing for better movement. 

Attempting the project as a DIY is only advisable when replacing an existing basin. Anything that requires pipework should be left to the professionals. Hiring a contractor ensures you’re financially covered in case of any poor workmanship. For reliable sink upgrade solutions at affordable rates, call us today! Exponential Construction, your preferred contractor!

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