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Fresh Ideas for Kitchen Countertops

The kitchen is often the centerpiece of any home. It’s a gathering area when you’re entertaining, and a space for families to meet-up after a long day of work or school. 

It should come as no surprise that kitchen countertops get a lot of wear and tear. They need to be durable and functional, but should also be stylish and beautiful in that they are often the focal point of the kitchen. Here are some fresh ideas for kitchen countertop materials! 


Tried and true, granite has been a popular choice for many years, and for good reason: it’s virtually indestructible. Granite comes in so many different colors and patterns now (more than 3,000), and it’s a very luxurious option that can stand the test of time. Also, the price has come down in recent years, so what was once a material reserved for those with deep pockets, is now something much more easily attainable. 


If you’re looking for something exclusive and unique, a marble slab will have you covered! No two slabs of marble are alike, but for that reason, it comes with a hefty price tag. It’s also prone to staining and watermarks, so it may not be the best for families with children. It will absolutely add value to your home, though, but because of the price tag, you might consider using it more sparingly like just on an island.


Quartz is an engineered stone product that is available in a plethora of colors. It’s incredibly durable and is notoriously easy to maintain, making it an excellent choice for families or kitchens that get a lot of use. Because quartz is manufactured, it can be made into any size slab and any shape too. Depending on your skill level, quartz can be DIY installed, whereas granite and marble need to be left to the pros. 

Butcher Block

Wood countertops can truly change the entire aesthetic of your kitchen! And butcher block material is long-lasting when cared for properly, and easier to clean than you might think. You can sand it and reseal it as necessary, which you may have to do often depending on whether or not you cut directly on the surface. Butcher block is a warm option that can be stained in a variety of colors. 

Stainless Steel

If you are going for a more industrial look, stainless steel is such a great option! It’s highly sanitary, heat resistant, and the easiest material of all to keep clean. Of course, stainless steel can easily get scratched, so that’s something to be mindful of. It’s also quite noisy, so it may not be the best option for a large, cavernous kitchen. 

Polished Concrete

Highly polished slabs of concrete are becoming more and more popular as kitchen countertop choices. They can be tinted with color to match your design, and they offer a unique look that is impervious to heat or scratching. Unsurprisingly, concrete countertops are extremely heavy, so they are cast in forms in your kitchen, and it’s not possible to DIY them yourself. They give off a really interesting industrial yet natural vibe. 

Solid Surface Materials

You may have heard of the brands Corian, Swanstone, or Avonite, and these are all human-made solid-surface materials that are a blend of acrylic particles and resin. They are a great mid-tier option, especially for large kitchens where the volume of natural stone needed might be cost prohibitive. They are stain-resistant, available in many colors and patterns, and any damage can be sanded out of them. 

If you are considering building a custom home in the Marion, Cedar Rapids or Iowa City area, please reach out! We are experts at custom home construction and would love to discuss your project in more detail. 

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