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Countertop Ideas & Inspiration

Explore inspiring countertop ideas that will drastically make your home more efficient & appealing.


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All About High-End Concrete Countertops

Considering concrete countertops for your next kitchen remodel, but not sure where to begin? Read this guide to learn everything you need to know about introducing this strong and stylish material as part of your kitchen renovation.

Marble Accent Trends to Try in Your Home

Love the look of marble? Read this guide to gain some stylish ideas for adding a touch of the luxe stone with fewer worries.

15 Beautiful Kitchen Countertop Ideas and Designs

Find inspiration in these stunning surfaces—some timeless, some trendy, many DIY-able!

How To Build a DIY Breakfast Bar

Read our guide to learn how to add more counter space to your kitchen with a breakfast bar.

Buying Guide for Butcher-Block Kitchen Islands

No time to build it before Thanksgiving? Pick a readymade model that works for you

How to Choose a Countertop

This Old House plumbing and heating expert Richard Trethewey helps a homeowner select a new countertop

All About Wood Countertops

From types of wood to maintenance, our experts help you decide what’s best for your wood kitchen countertop.
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How to Build a Butcher-Block Island

Combine iron threaded pipe and butcher block to create a kitchen centerpiece.

Quartz Countertops: Buying Guide, Costs, and Care

With the look of natural stone, minus the maintenance, quartz countertops give granite a run for its money.

All About Stone Countertops

The experts at This Old House explain how to find a quarried countertop that suits your home, your budget, and your cooking style

All About Kitchen Islands

Kitchen islands are multipurpose units that can enhance a kitchen's utility and appearance. Find our best kitchen island ideas here.

All About Laminate

The stuff of retro 1950s kitchens is looking cool again, thanks to new patterns and vibrant colors.

How to Build a Laminate Counter

This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares his secrets for fabricating a stylish new plastic-laminate kitchen countertop.

11 Ways to Save While You Splurge

Easy ways to cut costs, not corners, on some of the most high-end home-improvement projects