HomeOpinion.com Recommends Kitchen Countertop Renovations to Fit Your Lifestyle

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Home improvement authority, HomeOpinion.com, recommends that home renovators choose their kitchen countertop based upon lifestyles and hobbies. The Web site offers an innovative renovation resource through the Community Forum which features the advice and expertise of fellow home improvement enthusiasts.

HomeOpinion.com -- an authoritative resource sharing home improvement expertise -- recommends choosing the kitchen countertop that best fits your lifestyle. Materials and designs associated with kitchen countertop renovation have recently generated high interest in HomeOpinion.com's Community Forum (http://www.homeopinion.com/kitchen/forum.php).

The countertop you choose during your kitchen remodel should reflect your lifestyle and hobbies. Canning, one hobby addressed in the Community Forum, is often messy and can easily stains countertops. A visitor to HomeOpinion.com posts, "What would be the ideal kitchen countertop for canning?"

"Have you considered wood or butcher block countertops?" HomeOpinion.com moderator, Chris M. writes. "Not only are they durable and easy to clean, but it sounds like they would go perfect with your natural hobby. If you’re worried about water damage (possible over an extended period of time), I’d consider dark ceramic tile. This is another inexpensive and durable countertop material."

Ceramic tile and butcher block countertops are only two of many countertop choices; Corian, concrete, marble and pre-formed laminates can also meet your specific needs. Style and aesthetic value are very important when matching your countertop with the rest of your home. Concrete and granite countertops offer a great variety of colors and feels.

"Perhaps the best part about selecting concrete countertops is that they’re not static materials," Chris M. posts. "Concrete countertops change over time. They develop a rich patina after years of use. They also develop veins, textures, and varying color tints over the years that give them a sophisticated look. Also, concrete countertops have a variety of possibilities for chemical treatments and coloring pigments that allow you to match your room template."

The "2005 Cost vs. Value Report" from Realtor Magazine Online reported $14,913 as the national average for a minor kitchen remodel, which included a countertop, flooring, wall covering, a stove, and a sink. Comparatively, the Community Forum visitors' average cost of a countertop renovation is $12,500. Prices often rise with the durability and ease of use of the countertop material. You should also note that some expensive materials are simply stylish and do not offer the durability and ease you may need. Any visitor can ask questions about kitchen remodeling projects and associated costs in the Community Forum to get first-hand feedback from home improvement enthusiasts.

HomeOpinion.com offers homeowners a place to connect with other homeowners and get new ideas and share experiences with home improvement online. Through the commonalities of their experiences, homeowners can more fully enjoy the home renovation process.

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