Let's talk countertops!!

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  1. Jim_in_PA

    Jim_in_PA Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    Ok...
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    Honed Granite (not shiny...I don't like shiny granite. :) )
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    Ask and you shall receive. :D
    These are not great pictures, but give an idea. I have the same counter tops in my kitchen and laundry room. These pics are from when the house was still being built so everything is dusty and dirty.
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    In our bathrooms we have onyx and I love it. I don't know if that's really a material that people use in their kitchens, but why not? I'm sure it would work too?
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    Thought I had better pics, but apparently not. The onyx is a dark grey color with sparkly flecks in it. Super pretty.
     
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  3. AmyK

    AmyK Senior Member

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    Jim, I am drooling, your house is so nice! It could be on HGTV!

    @NBChoice- onyx is a cool idea! We did redo out bathroom, we used a higher end laminate, it's a faux marble. I'll grab a pic soon for this thread... however I don't think I want laminate is the kitchen if/when I ever redo it... something more durable.
     
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    bobo and horses Senior Member

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    Did you guys take a gander at Jim's kitchen range? I'm green with envy.
     
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    I may have ogled it a little too long for it to be considered appropriate. lol Mamma waaants
     
  6. Jim_in_PA

    Jim_in_PA Senior Moderator Staff Member

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    LOL. Expensive, but totally worth it if you truly like to cook and can fund the initial purchase. That's a Thermador. We had a DCS prior, but it developed a gas leak that would have been difficult to fix, so we replaced it two years ago with this unit. The Thermador is several times better in so many ways, including the star-shaped burners that give good coverage no matter what the size of the pan or pot, from very, very small to large. They are available in 30" wide, too, for folks who need to replace a typical home range/stove, but want to kick things up a notch. (36" and 60"is also available) These are gas ranges (either natural gas or propane) and can be had in dual-fuel where the oven is electric. I would have preferred that because electric oven is a bit better with consistent heating, but didn't have the power budget available with existing wiring and the crawl space under the kitchen requires a micro-midget to do anything useful.
     
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    My new house will have granite counter tops in the kitchen. They are mostly black with some brown and gray streaks supposedly "go" with any decor. The bathrooms are cultured marble. I didn't get a choice on my counter tops. Later I'll probably have the kitchen counters replaced with quartz.
     
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    Be sure to ask about what happens on some of the newer trendy materials when you use a crock pot or spill Koolaid.

    My aunt (who loves to cook and is always in the kitchen) put expensive quartz counter tops in her kitchen. They look gorgeous, but they're not at all great for a busy cook. They are easily stained. They don't like high heat. She is not happy with them; she has to put her crock pot on a wooden cutting board to use it. She can't use her big roaster in her kitchen.
     
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