Q: Can you walk me through a few basics on countertops and vanity options for kitchen and bathroom renovations?

A: Finding the perfect countertop for your kitchen and the perfect vanity for your bathroom are excellent ways to ensure renovation with style. Kitchens and bathrooms are perhaps the most used parts of the house, so you cannot fail with these updates.

Kitchen Countertops

A kitchen’s countertop can be the most important point of the room in your house. This is where you cook your foods and even used for socializing. In fact, the kitchen countertop in this light might be considered the heart of the house.  What should you look for?

  • Utility
  • Durability
  • Resistance to scratching
  • Color variety


One of the toughest materials that you can use in your kitchen countertop is granite. Some great features about granite include:

  • Hardness and scratch-resistance
  • Heat resistance. Hot pots can’t ruin your granite countertops
  • Color Options—There are also several colors to choose from like ruby red, jet black and verdant green. This stone has a pattern of stripes speckles or splotches.


A natural substance made of stone that is well known as a kitchen countertop. This material is very thick and hard.

  • Heat Resistant (not as heat resistant as granite due to resin components
  • Low Maintenance


 An also-attractive textile as a kitchen countertop. It’s benefits include:

  • Affordable
  • Growing popularity
  • Exclusive color selection: cement will be different in brands of pigments, stains, and aggregate colors, so concrete countertops will always be unique.

Wood/Butcher Block

These countertops are becoming popular as well for their countertops beauty and function. Benefits include:

  • Ultra durability as they are made of hard rock maple or oak
  • Natural hue that gives off a pleasant glow

Bathroom Vanities and Cabinets

Bathroom vanities and cabinets create a very specific style in your bathroom. You can transform an ordinary bathroom with these pieces. You can choose from many types of bathroom vanities, including:

  • Wood vanities
  • Glass vanities
  • Antique vanities
  • Double vanities

Wood vanities are available in different variations. Some are made of expensive and fine woods while some are just painted to appear more luxurious. If you are trying to save on your vanity/bathroom cabinet purchase, an option is to choose an mahogany or oak varnish and paint a plain plywood selection accordingly.

Glass vanities are usually made of durable glass and are finished with the combination of other materials like steel or wood. A wall-mounted vanity is the most popular style for glass vanity. It provides enough space for storage and other functions.

Antique vanities do not necessarily mean antique in age. This type of vanity is usually made of fine woods. Because of its unique style, these are often one of the most expensive vanities available on the market.

Double vanities are usually found in big bathrooms, such as the master bedroom. These contain two sinks, and are as many types as designs, so you’d easily be able to find a choice that matches your taste.

With these kitchen countertop and vanity ideas in mind, you should be in a great place to get your kitchen and bathroom renovations started.