Warm and natural and absolutely earthy, butcher block countertops in the kitchen are a popular choice for serious chefs, historic/period homes, and really anyone who loves wood’s natural warmth and beauty in the kitchen.
Here’s how you can figure out the right height for each area: prep surfaces need to be 3”-4” below the elbow so you can easily and comfortably chop, slice and dice. The cooking surfaces need to be 5”-6” below the elbow to avoid splashing hot oil at face level. Then there are also the low-level surfaces such as the area you use for rolling dough or kneading bread. These should be 8” below the elbow.
Lava stone is non-porous (similar to stainless steel and glass countertops) and isn’t easily stained, scratched, or adversely affected by heat. These benefits come at a price, however; lava stone is one of the most expensive options for kitchen countertops today.
Also, as durable and resistant as they may be, tiles have their limits and sometimes they can crack or even get damaged by extreme heat. Scrubbing can also damage a high-gloss finish and this can ruin the look of your kitchen countertop.
One of the biggest advantages is that, in case one or more of the tiles get cracked, chipped or damaged in any other way, you can replace them without having to get a new countertop.
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