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Design Ideas for Cook-Friendly Countertops
Many people covet concrete countertops for their custom-crafted beauty and durability. But for the serious cook, concrete countertops offer another distinct advantage: They can be customized to incorporate a variety of cook-friendly features, ranging from built-in sinks and cutting boards to easy-to-clean seamless surfaces. See these seven design ideas for making countertops functional enough for any top chef.
Put in some curves.
Concrete countertops with curved edges can improve traffic flow in a small kitchen while accommodating seating for onlookers as they gather to watch the cook whip up a feast. Read more about how this kitchen was created.
Add grooves for easy drainage.
Cutting grooves into the countertop that channel into an undermount sink helps to keep spills in check and simplify cleanup.
Make it seamless.
This concrete countertop was precast as one single piece, sink and all. The no-seam construction won't trap food crumbs, grease or grime, improving sanitation and making cleanup a breeze.
Install a drop-in cooktop.
Concrete countertops can be cast to accommodate almost any cooktop style or size. Cooking islands are especially convenient and can serve as a supplemental cooking station.
Give it a trivet
Even concrete countertops are vulnerable to hot pans right off the stove, which can degrade the sealer. Cast-in-place trivets are a handy solution, and they also add decorative interest. Learn more about built-in trivets and drainboards.
Integrate a trough-style sink
When creating a big feast, a cook needs a super-sized sink to accommodate all the pots, pans and cooking utensils. This large trough-style sink is cast integrally with the concrete countertop. See more concrete sink styles.
Add a snazzy towel hanger
What dish washer wouldn't love this nifty feature? This towel hanger, cast right into the countertop, is functional as well as stylish.