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After living in our first home for a few years, my wife and I could tell that something was wrong. It was exceptionally difficult to regulate our indoor climate, and we constantly found ourselves adjusting the thermostat. Our house was perpetually uncomfortable, and it was really frustrating. Fortunately, because we decided to hire a professional HVAC contractor to inspect our system, we were able to detect serious insulation problems early. We decided that it might be helpful to make a website dedicated to providing free information about heating, ventilation, and air conditioning, so that other people could recognize serious issues.

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Custom Countertop Upgrade Ideas For Your Kitchen Remodel

When it comes to remodeling your kitchen, a new counter can create a stunning new look. However, you don't have to stop at adding a new slab of laminate, quartz, or granite. There are lots of great custom ideas you can use to make your kitchen upgrade everything you want and then some. Here are just some of the many options to consider for your remodel.

Chopping Station

If you are considering the addition or renovation of a permanent kitchen island, consider making it your central chopping station. Have your contractor install a vegetable sink and drying board, and use butcher block for the counter. You can choose this counter material for a unique look while still choosing a more multipurpose option for the rest of the counters. Be sure to have your contractor add some vegetable storage bins in the base of the chopping station so you can easily access garlic, potatoes, onions, and other cooking essentials.

Multilevel Breakfast Bar

A breakfast bar can be a great place for the family to gather while you prep food. To create a separation from the dining and food prep areas, have your contractor create a two-tiered design. The top tier should face the area where your stools will be situated. The higher counter height offers an elevated dining area while also adding a bit of sophistication to the space. The lower tier will sit at the same height as the rest of your kitchen counters for a seamless food prep area. Pair your new breakfast bar with pendant lighting for a modern finishing touch.

Built-In Dining Table

If you prefer to have the whole family sit down and talk at mealtime, a built-in dining table might be a great option for you. These tables are crafted from the same materials as your kitchen counters, and they extend beyond the depth of the counter to create a unique dining space. They can be attached to a kitchen island, or they can be created by converting an existing breakfast bar. Your contractor can create a semi-circle or geometric shape for the table that allows your family members to face each other while eating, creating a space to hold a conversation while enjoying a meal cooked in your new kitchen.

Talk to your contractor about the different design options and counter materials available. Once you've decided on the features, materials, and designs you want for your custom countertops, your contractor can set to work creating your new space.