As for interior spaces the kitchen I believe will forever be the most popular space in the home and we are always searching for the latest and greatest when our turn comes to update, renovate or build a brand new one.
Countertops are one of the major investment elements following your cabinet choice and while we hear so much about granite and how everyone wants it the latest trends also includes soapstone, quartz and solid surfaces and laminate countertops.
Granite is beautiful and pricey and should be an appropriate consideration. It offers a unique look to your kitchen since no two slabs are alike. Its durability and no scratch or stain qualities are a huge plus but it is also porous and can absorb water and oils, so sealing it once a year is required.
Soapstone, known for its durability is comparable in pricing to granite is generally available in dark gray coloring and may darken over time. It can stain if not polished and scratch so location of its use should be considered.
Quartz or solid surface countertops are a close second making it difficult to tell the difference at a distance from granite. These man-made surfaces from natural materials make for a durable, non-porous surface that can take a beating and even repairs when needed from scratches or stains.
Laminates are looking great these days and can provide the “look” of stone without the enormous expenditure. Although it comes in a myriad of colors and styles once damaged always damaged.
Ultimately, your final decision is shaped by your budget (really?), function, season of life and the appropriateness of your home value to you and your neighborhood.
Enjoy your decision!