Countertop Considerations: 10 Things That Make Buyers Bite
You've probably heard that granite is the secret to a contemporary
kitchen, but that's not necessarily what buyers are after. "It's really
about the slab," says designer Linda Applewhite. Buyers don't want to see grout lines on their counters, she explains.
when it comes to slab countertops, granite is the top pick because it's
hard, nonporous and easy to care for. But then again, so is Corian, so
are composite stone surfaces such as Silestone and, she notes, with the
help of today's sophisticated sealants, so are concrete, limestone,
soapstone and marble.
Even butcher-block, which is much less
expensive than stone, can be a more appealing alternative to tile or
laminate countertops. "When it gets funky, you can sand it and oil it
and it looks good again," she says.
Already have granite? Make
it cutting edge. "A lot of people are honing their granite now," adds
Applewhite. "What that does is knock it down and make it more matte, so
it looks warmer and more inviting. Shiny surfaces can look very cold."