Countertop materials and technology change rapidly. Just recently there was a new state of the art technology that is fast replacing countertop materials such as solid surface and composite solid insulating material, which are costly to produce. In addition to this there are many more attractive countertop materials available today. For instance, stone countertops have become very popular in Los Angeles since there is a great deal of emphasis on creating a natural feel to a home. Natural stone countertop materials such as marble, granite, and slate are becoming quite popular because of their durability, beauty, and heat retaining ability.
Kitchen countertops are usually installed by a licensed contractor who uses a competent sub-flooring glue, underlayment, and underfloor heating systems, and proper under-cabinet heating. Since Los Angeles has an abundant supply of limestone and dolomite slabs that are used in construction and building materials, there is an abundance of choices for natural stone countertops. Natural stone can be used for countertops in traditional or modern kitchen designs.
Kitchen islands are a type of custom countertop that is set up as an independent island in the center of a kitchen. A well-designed island will blend seamlessly into the rest of the room and provide needed working space while providing additional counter space. Islands have traditionally been used for extra work space or for grilling and eating. Today there is a wide variety of designs from which to choose including free standing and wall mounted islands, L-shaped islands, and island bars. Most islands are placed under the kitchen sink where they offer the most flexibility for creativity.
In Los Angeles there are many contractors that specialize in kitchen and bathroom remodels that incorporate islands, bar islands and other unique designing features. The best counters are made of a solid material like granite, limestone, or other natural stone. After choosing a countertop material it is necessary to determine the size, number of seating options and whether or not there will be a sink. The amount of seating will depend on the number of people who will be using the countertop, how many family members will be using the sink and the amount of space available for accommodating a sink and refrigerator.
One of the most popular trends in kitchen design is the working triangle. The working triangle is a design that provides three different work surfaces for counter tops by creating a transition area between two cooking areas. Cooks can prepare food on the countertop immediately before leaving the kitchen. A large family with several members can have their individual work surfaces without missing a beat. There are no more excuses for slouching and taking extra long to prepare a meal when using a kitchen island, bar, or other countertop in the Los Angeles area.
Countertop materials vary widely in price. The most expensive countertops are made of marble, granite, quartz, soapstone, and glass. Kitchen Island countertop costs vary widely as well. The most expensive countertop for the average kitchen design is granite countertop at approximately five hundred dollars per square foot. Kitchen islands do not have to be custom built and many do not require any special installation. A professional kitchen remodeling company can be hired to advise on the best countertop choice for the particular kitchen design and needs of the homeowner.