Beyond Granite & Quartz Countertops: Other Luxury Stone Options

Dawn KruegerHome Construction

kitchen marble countertop by Rasevic Construction in Bethesda, MD

Did you know that you have multiple natural stone countertop options beyond the ever so popular granite and quartz countertops? Natural stone countertops are a huge luxury home design trend, and the more unique they are the better. So let’s look at some additional natural stone countertop options to consider:

Soapstone Countertops

Soapstone has a distinctive beauty that you won’t find in any other natural stone. In fact, no two pieces are alike, so you are guaranteed to have a unique look even if soapstone is popular with your neighbors. It comes in assorted shades of gray, with some having a slight mixture of blue and green in them as well.

Soapstone is completely non-porous, so it will never be damaged by heat or liquids, and it won’t need to be sealed. Also, because it is non-porous and so dense, germs and bacteria aren’t absorbed either. It will cost you somewhere between $70-$120 per square foot.

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Marble Countertops

Marble is a truly timeless choice for countertops, and it just keeps making its way back to the top. This classic natural stone might be a bit harder to maintain, but it offers you a look and an appreciation that is irresistible and irreplaceable. If any type of countertop screams luxury, it’s marble. It is one of the most expensive natural stones, ranging in price from $125-$250 per square foot, but it returns a substantial ROI on your investment. Ask us how!

Quartzite Countertops

Quartzite is commonly confused with quartz, which it is not. Quartzite is a naturally occurring stone that is cut from raw material and polished. Quartz looks somewhat similar, but it is an engineered stone made from quartz and other materials that are blended with a binder and pigment and formed into countertops. In it’s purest form, Quartzite is strong and tough like granite, but considered much more beautiful. However, it can be difficult to find 100% pure quartzite and lower quality versions are prone to etching. So if you go this route, be sure to use a trusted supplier. Quartzite can start at $60 per square foot, but it can significantly exceed $100 per square foot.

Limestone Countertops

Limestone is a sedimentary stone that is soft and somewhat porous. You may not even think of ever adding it to your kitchen, but it has a creamy eye-catching appearance that definitely makes it noteworthy. With the right sealing and maintenance, it will make a lovely addition to your home. The price for limestone ranges from $60-$100 per square foot.

If you live in the Maryland or Washington DC area and area considering a home building or remodeling project, please consider contacting us at Rasevic Construction. We can discuss different countertop pros, cons and costs as well as ROI on your project based on our experiences building luxury homes since 1990.

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