Con­crete

Real Homes - - Advice -

In­dus­trial-style con­crete worktops come in a va­ri­ety of colours and can be pol­ished or matt for dif­fer­ent fin­ishes. The worktops are of­ten made to mea­sure and poured in situ, so be pre­pared for your kitchen to be tem­po­rar­ily out of ac­tion. You’ll need to seal the sur­face to pro­tect it from stains and wa­ter ab­sorp­tion.

Pros

Durable and heat-re­sis­tant, so ideal for stove ar­eas

Can be re­paired and stripped back Comes in a wide range of colours and fin­ishes

Cons

Very heavy – units might need re­in­force­ment

Porous, so needs seal­ing

Can stain if food isn’t cleaned up quickly

Prone to scratch­ing

Costs

From around £300 per m

Max­imise your bud­get by re­search­ing your sup­plier. Be­spoke com­pa­nies offer great ser­vices if you can af­ford them, but DIY stores stock plenty of lam­i­nate designs, or you could try buy­ing tim­ber and stone direct from the man­u­fac­turer

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