The countertop is the often-unappreciated centerpiece of many kitchens. It’s understandable why few people would consider kitchen countertops one of the most important aspects of any remodeling project; the nature of a kitchen counter is to be always available, sturdy, and unimposing. But excellent kitchens are not only made by fancy appliances, stove or decor. The countertop is the centerpiece that ties all those pieces together, and will get the most use out of anything else in the kitchen.

Tennessee Craftsmen understands the importance of a high-quality countertop. Find out how you can find the perfect countertop for your needs, budget, and taste, then watch us make that plan a reality.

Acrylic / Plastics

If you’re open to trading some style for affordability, acrylics, laminates, and other similar materials can be a reliable and durable option on a budget.

Laminate is easy to clean, but can suffer from poor heat resistance and is easy to scratch. It’s important to always use a cutting board on such a counter, and be wary of setting down any hot pots fresh from the stove!

Acrylic or solid surface countertops are sturdier with fewer drawbacks than laminate, making them a more appealing budget option just shy of the price of authentic stone materials. Ultimately, when it comes to countertop materials, you get what you pay for.

Laminate
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Price: $20 – $50

Solid Surface
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Price: $75 – $120

Recycled Materials

In many cases, using recycled materials can be an affordable, eco-friendly, and utilitarian choice for many kitchens. Just as every kitchen is different, your countertops can be customized to suit your needs and the materials available.

Recycled glass is heat resistant and stylish, but more expensive, whereas recycled paper, packed in resin, can be a very affordable and surprisingly durable option. Recycled wood has a broad price range, depending upon its quality and the type of wood itself. In many cases, the limit on what a recycled countertop can cost is your ingenuity and craftiness.

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Price: $50 – $125 /sq. ft

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Price: $30 – $80 /sq. ft

Recycled Wood
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Price: $65 – $125 /sq. ft

Industrial Materials

Whether you’re a professional chef, expert host, or simply passionate about having a kitchen that can withstand years of heavy use from a full family, these materials are functional, sharp, and sleek, and can be surprisingly affordable with proper planning and budget considerations.

Butcher block is a high-density wood which is tailor-built for tough use. No cutting board required here! To get the most out of the tough materials in this category, it could be an excellent idea to have a mostly concrete or metal working surface in addition to a portion of the counter in butcher’s block, for the purposes of meal preparation. Either way, these countertops are sure to give your kitchen a modern, professional look.

Stainless Steel
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Price: $75 – $150 /sq. ft

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Price: $35 – $200 /sq. ft

Concrete
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Price: $70 – $150 /sq. ft

Stone

Stone can be a surprisingly affordable addition to any kitchen, with a price per square foot ranging from as low as $50 all the way up to $300! For many however, the luxury and convenience of cooking in a kitchen fully outfitted in gleaming granite or marble can’t be beat. For the utility-minded homeowner, soapstone and quartz are tried and true materials used in hospitals, professional kitchens, and industrial spaces due to their natural heat resistance and toughness. For those looking for luxury and style, marble and granite make as bold a statement as any, while still remaining functional and tough.

The ultimate countertop material however, at a whopping $250+ /sq. ft, is lava. Gaining in popularity, lava countertops are slabs of igneous rock mined from areas with ancient volcanic activity. When sealed properly, this material is nearly unmatched in terms of strength, ease of cleaning, and, of course, heat resistance. Add a glaze of any polish and color, and you have a versatile, long-lasting, built-in conversation starter.

Soapstone
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Price: $70 – $120 /sq. ft

Quartz
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Price: $100 – $150 /sq. ft

Marble
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Price: $125 – $250 /sq. ft

Granite
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Price: $50 – $200 /sq. ft

Lava
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Price: $250 – $300 /sq. ft

Porcelain
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Price: $60 – $100 /sq. ft

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Why Choose Tennessee Craftsmen for Transforming Your Kitchen in Nashville, Franklin, and Beyond

Based in Franklin, TN, Tennessee Craftsmen is an experienced local home remodeler. We are proud to serve homeowners in the Brentwood, Franklin, Nolensville, and Nashville areas by providing quality craftsmanship. Moreover, we work with our clients to set up a realistic project schedule that fits your family’s activities and calendar. Tennessee Craftsmen would be happy to work with you on crafting your dream kitchen with the materials you choose! View our portfolio for examples of our kitchen remodeling and other work. Contact Tennessee Craftsmen for your FREE consultation.

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