Published at Monday, 23 October 2017 by Beal Guerin in Countertops, with total 33 images.
You may be surprised to know that sustainable surfaces (think recycled glass, bamboo, concrete and even recycled paper) can also be attractive, high-quality and easy on the budget. Eco-friendly countertops will not only add one-of-a-kind character to the kitchen, they'll also ease your conscience. Bamboo, for instance, is a renewable resource and a great alternative to wood because of its fast growth.
Granite's a popular, durable option. It stands up well to the elements, doesn't absorb stains or odors as easily as other stones, and shouldn't fade in the sun. "Look for a style that doesn't have a lot of veining," says landscape architect Steve Chepurny of Beechwood Landscape Architecture. "The epoxies and fillers used in heavily veined granite can have a negative reaction to the UV rays." With granite, choose a mid-range color. Darker stones will absorb heat and you can burn your hand if you touch a really hot countertop.
Glass is another countertop surface that allows the opportunity to get creative, whether it's through LED illumination, or through a custom color palette (think the beach or Rothko).