Published at Tuesday, 22 August 2017 by Rainier Roux in Countertops, with total 30 photographs.
If words like "durable," "long lasting" and "easy-to-clean" sound like music to your ears, then a solid-surface countertop is the kitchen surface for you. Available in a number of styles, solid-surface countertops are made to look like their more costly brothers, such as granite and marble. Typically made from acrylic and polyester materials—which are essentially plastics—solid-surface countertops are non-porous, making them resistant to harmful bacteria.
Granite that's rendered with a high-polish sheen reflects light, which can make a small kitchen feel larger. While granite is favored for its decorative veining and color choices, keep in mind that busy granite surfaces can make a small kitchen look smaller. To prevent this, opt for stones with simple veining or that offer a solid-looking appearance.
For example, extending the depth of your countertops from a traditional 24 inches to 30 inches will yield plenty of added space for food prep and appliances kept on the counter. If space allows, then obtain additional space by installing a peninsula on end one of the kitchen counter or below the built-in kitchen island. If your limited square footage won't allow for this expansion, then explore running the countertop stone or tile partially up the wall for a seamless look that will merge with the backsplash.