Homeowners have many options when it comes to counter tops, including granite, quartz and other fine materials. If you are looking to keep the cost of a kitchen remodel down, take a look at alternative materials that still give your kitchen or bathroom a fresh new look without burning a hole in your checking account.
Homeowners traditionally use concrete on driveways, walkways and patios. The cheap material, however, is catching on as a cheap countertop option. A homeowner can buy concrete countertops in a variety of colors and textures. To save even more money, homeowners have made their own forms and poured the concrete themselves, staining and sealing them to complete the job.
Many homeowners choose laminate countertops for the low price. Laminate is not as durable as other materials such as granite or even concrete, but the acquisition and installation costs of laminate undercuts most other materials. Laminate comes in a variety of colors, patterns and finishes to give the widest variety of design options out of any countertop material, according to the website Counter top Specialty.
Granite, like any other naturally occurring element, can come with blemishes. Many customers will steer away from blemished granite, preferring pristine slabs for countertops. As HGTV has pointed out, consumers looking to save some money have turned to blemished granite. A customer can save as much as 80 percent by buying blemished granite versus a blemish free slab, according to HGTV's website.