Looking for a wow factor in your kitchen remodel? A waterfall countertops could be the perfect addition. Before you get your heart set on a waterfall edge, it’s important to weigh the pros and cons of waterfall kitchen countertops. Here are some considerations to keep in mind from the professional remodelers and O’Hanlon Kitchens.
What Is a Waterfall Edge Countertop?
A waterfall edge occurs when the material on top of the cabinets is carried over to the side of the cabinets. This creates the appearance of a ‘waterfall,’ as if the countertop is pouring down. Waterfall countertops are popular on kitchen islands because they act as a dramatic focal point in the room. They can also be used on exposed sides of cabinets that do not butt up against a wall.
Waterfall countertops can be made from stone, wood, and other materials. The point where the side and top meet is a crucial element of the illusion. Veins in the wood or stone must be closely matched to create the appearance of one seamless piece. If this is not done properly, it will look like the side was simply wrapped in the same material as the top – not the same piece of material.
Pros of Waterfall Kitchen Countertops
Waterfall kitchen countertops are showstoppers. If you want your kitchen to be unique and impressive, this is a great solution for you. The stone on the side of the cabinets also acts as a protective barrier, shielding the cabinets from normal wear-and-tear.
The waterfall design is incredibly versatile. You can use it in nearly every kitchen design you can imagine. A sleek white waterfall countertop would look perfect in a contemporary kitchen, but a sweeping butcherblock countertop would look great in a country kitchen. As long as you choose the right material, you can design a waterfall countertop that beautifully enhances your kitchen.
Cons of Waterfall Kitchen Countertops
Because of the craftsmanship required to match and fit waterfall countertops, they tend to cost more than standard kitchen counters. There is little room for error, especially when it comes to matching the veins along the connection. The counter material that runs along the side will require extra support to stay in place, thus adding to the cost of materials. Simply put, this is not a good fit for budget kitchen remodels.
If you want an outlet on the side of the cabinets, it will be difficult to install with a waterfall edge. The outlet may also take away from the effect of the waterfall. Think about the function of the kitchen first. Then you can decide if this design element is the right fit for your needs.
Is a Waterfall Kitchen Countertop Right for My Kitchen?
If you have a visible cabinet edge that you want to jazz up, look into waterfall kitchen countertops. If you can barely see the edge in question, it’s probably not worth the extra cost of a waterfall edge. Think about the overall design you have for the kitchen. Would a waterfall countertop add to the design or compete with other features? The experts here at O’Hanlon Kitchens will gladly support you every step of the way. Contact us online or give us a call at 443-285-0558 to schedule a consultation with a kitchen designer near you.