I really wanted to show off this particular job to show what a simple change of countertop can do to transform the look of a kitchen. This home had hunter green Corian tops that dated the space and drew your attention to the back splash that could use updating as well. Considering most homeowners are on a budget, we help them weigh the options between a complete tear out or simply new tops. In this case, the backsplash can be integrated with the counter so it complements the space. Here are a few “before” photos to show what I mean:
|The homeowner replaced the existing island with this smaller version to facilitate easier traffic flow.|
|Here the cook-top has already been removed.|
|It’s a good idea to remove all drawers before installation to ensure dust, and debris don’t settle on your contents.|
|The homeowner added the cabinets to the left of the refrigerator just prior to installation of the new tops.|
The “after” photos really exemplify what I was referring to. The backsplash no longer stands out, but rather is complimented by the sandy, taupe color of the Royal Gold granite. It also contrasts enough with the cabinets that the two are clearly defined. The flecks of ash brown pick up the bronze tone of the fixtures and hardware and work well with the black appliances.
|The high-bar overhang was extended to allow for bar stools and more comfortable casual dining.|
|Matching granite window sills were installed to further pull the space together.|
|A matching quarter bevel edge was applied to the island.|
|A typical granite backsplash is four inches, but due to the existing tile we went a bit higher to ensure there were no gaps between the tile and granite.|
The homeowner was thrilled that they didn’t have to tear out the tile backsplash and ended up with a pulled together space that they will enjoy for years to come.