A concrete worktop is easy to clean and maintain, almost impossible to damage and will last you for years. It also offers a reassuringly chunky and rough finish, perfect for those who love tactile materials in their homes and fans of industrial and brutalist looks. It also works well in minimalist spaces and pairs well with natural materials like wood.
Concrete is a wonder material when it comes to building, as it’s usually quite cheap and can be formed into any shape you like using a mould. However, it does have drawbacks from an environmental point of view, and not everyone is a fan of the concrete look.
You can make your own concrete worktop with a bit of research, DIY skills and the right tools, but it’s best to seek advice from an expert. The beauty of concrete is that you can create a worktop that fits your kitchen perfectly.
2. Reclaimed wood
Want a standout piece or a focal point in your kitchen? Use reclaimed wood as your countertop and your kitchen will be truly unique, especially if you use it to cover an island unit. There are lots of places to source wood, but it won’t be cheap and you will need pay for the work to transform a lump of wood into a usable worktop. Some people love the raw edges and non-linear lines, as well as the unique grain and flaws, of reclaimed wood – but it needs to be safe, hygienic and fit for purpose if used in the kitchen.
Glass worktops offer a stunning decorative effect, especially when paired with clever lighting. They’re also durable, easy to clean and maintain. However, watch out for noise as chopping or working directly on glass can create a great deal of alarming noise - not conducive to a relaxing evening of entertaining.
Glass worktops will usually have to be custom-made, which doesn’t come cheap. However, you will get something that is completely unique and a real talking point.
Stainless steel worktops have been a big trend in kitchen design for the last couple of years, for homeowners looking for that clean, minimalist ‘restaurant kitchen’ look. But have you considered zinc? It may be pricier than stainless steel, but it can look out of this world.
A thin layer of the metal is wrapped over a base, offering a futuristic finish that’s easy to keep clean and completely original. A zinc countertop will develop hairline scratches over time, but these form what many people consider a very attractive patina after a while.
You may need to get your zinc worktops custom made as they aren’t usually available off the shelf, and remember as always to use expert fitters to get a clean, professional finish. Contact the team at A&J Kitchen Fitters with your ideas and we’ll be happy to help.