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QuestionI have oak units, can you suggest a suitable material for the worktops?
I have a dark kitchen, with good quality oak units.
I need to change the worktops and rather than have a laminate worktop I would like to use limestone or similar. Granite is too dark and expensive and tiles are not an option.
Does anyone have any views on this, or advice or ideas?
There are a few options. A different colour of wood to contrast the oak but keep it natural. Maple at the lighter end or walnut or wenga at the darker end. There are companies out there who do a granite veneer worktop which has around 5-10 mm of granite on a mdf or chipboard base making them cheaper than 40mm granite. There are also solid surface worktops which have a thinner layer of solid surface material than corian e.g. bushboard. They should work out cheaper than corian.
There are also some companies that do granite worktops cheaper than the usual rates which can be found with a bit of internet searching. They may also do some alternate stone types
Graham Higgs Home Improvements 22nd Feb, 2011
you could also use corian worktops.. its around 12mm thick backed with mdf..
i know mdf may worry you but take a look at these links and you will see for yourself
remember this is 1 site of many, but just for an example
really hope this was helpful
Multitradez Services 17th Feb, 2011
hello, have you thought of solid oak worktops, they may need a bit of maintenance, but they look fantastic and are a lot cheaper than granite, thanks Dave
dave pierce carpentry 17th Feb, 2011
I would suggest solid oak as granite is expensive. Regards Mark
Mark Pratten Carpentry & Joinery 17th Feb, 2011
hardwood worktops look exceptional and cosy, however, considering the colour of the oak, i would advise either a dark hardwood worktop or a granite worktop.
The reason i say this is that, you would need a trim, something of a darker tone, to kind of break the colours, and give it a sense of unity all across. If you go with oak hardwood worktops or lighter tones, it will look simple and relaxed, or .... shall i say , faded...?
Depending on amount you want to invest in the worktops, ...
the hardwood worktops are warm, they have a natural look and a bit harder to mantain. (you have to treat them once in a while)
i would say the hardwood worktops definitely deserve a try, but if you like the idea, try something dark, very dark, or if the units you have are very dark, try a very light colour.
hope this helped.
DanHandyman 17th Feb, 2011
i know granite is expensive in this country but i worked for a lady a while ago who had it imported from rumania. the company sent over an engineer who measured up and two weeks later her granite arrived and was fitted for a THIRD of the UK price. She found it on the net.
AEB Bathroom Installations 17th Feb, 2011
Solid surface worktops are an option. Quite a few colours available now and are very low maintenance. Seamless joins so can look like one piece. Edges and corners can be machined on site to suit requirements.
KKB Building Services 17th Feb, 2011
have you looked at smartstone, or earthstone,both can be repaired onsite if ever damage,and are low maintance compared to wood.
stephen services 24th Feb, 2011
Not ny field but my mother in law has just had a black corian type work top fitted over oak units not good.I believe you can get a thin covering of granite/corian that fits over exising work top and made to look like one solid piece for a lot less money but I have not seen or used it .
Chapman Fencing & Landscaping 25th Feb, 2011
If you were looking for a contrast I would suggest a Caesarstone or a solid surface such as Maia
AY Installations 27th Mar, 2011