Usually I would give you the “pros” and “cons” of various counter surfaces….but you can read those in just about every kitchen magazine and many of you have already Googled your favorites. Here are my favorites and my reasons.
1. Honed Granite
The process for your local fabricator to take the shine away on granite might cost more, but the look is softer. There are now satin type slabs that are already honed. A great place to see those in northeast or central Ohio is Mont Granite.
It’s pretty much the hardest surface you can get right now. Ceasarstone offers the best selection. The color choices are amazing and no sealing needs to take place. Love it!
But let me qualify what I mean. Each species of wood has it’s own qualities. I love to lean on wood simply because it is a softer material than stone …. and you’ll need to embrace this surface as it ages. Why not get a 2-inch thick end-grain material for chopping….or an edge grain with full length boards. Check out The Grothouse Lumber Company (www.glumber.com)
There are a few other countertops to enjoy at modest budget levels including the HD Laminates by Wilsonart. (www.wilsonart.com) Many of these mimic granite, and as long as you wipe dry every day and avoid chopping, they’re really nice.
Happy countertop hunting.