As an active Realtor, I show lots of homes to lots of buyers throughout the year, and although I’ve seen a lot of slab granite countertops, occasionally I also encounter many less common — and very attractive — alternative materials.
Despite granite’s near-universal appeal, I’m a big fan of Corian countertops, especially when they have integrated kitchen sinks with no seams to catch dirt. Another nice thing about Corian is that it is American made — including in Denver — and not shipped from distant continents. In addition, I find it easier to clean and maintain.
I’ve seen some other beautiful materials used, including quartz, glass & concrete. Combined with great interior design, backsplashes, accent walls and stainless steel appliances, the effect can be stunning. In researching this article, I did a web search for “sustainable countertop choices” to see what’s available that doesn’t consume as much energy to create, ship and install. There are many choices of “green” countertops, as described on the website http://www.HouseLogic.com. That article describes countertops made from recycled paper using low-VOC resins, reclaimed wood countertops, and recycled glass-and-concrete countertops. [Pictured above: Icestone, a product made from 100% recycled glass in a cement substrate.]
Search the web yourself, and you’ll discover there’s a world of alternatives to slab granite countertops, one of which might be right for you.