If you’re remodeling your home, you’re in for a number of big decisions. Each change adds up, and they add up quickly. Deciding where to splurge and where to save is hugely important and will determine whether you finish right at, under, or over your budget. Your kitchen is one of the most important parts of any remodel. Kitchen’s are referred to as the “heart” of the home. They should reflect you and your family’s personality and lifestyle. It’s important to follow your heart when designing your ideal kitchen. However, this is often the most expensive room to remodel, and it’s equally important to follow your budget. Countertops are a hefty investment, and you might be tempted to try to find something cheaper to save a chunk of your budget. However, your kitchen counters see more wear and tear than almost any other feature of your home, and are often used as the main focal point of the room. So our advice to you is to splurge when it comes to countertops. Your countertops should be one of the first investments you make when it comes to your kitchen, and be the baseline for your other purchases. Cabinets, furniture, and paint colors can all be based on your decision. Because they are such a big budget item, you should choose a countertop that is going to last. Granite, marble and quartz are the most popular and luxurious options. They are strong, durable, scratch and heat resistant and have a timeless elegance that cannot be matched. However they are quite pricey. Laminate countertops come in at a much lower cost than granite or quartz, but are not quite as durable. You will not be able to put a hot pan on these countertops. However, modern laminate has come a long way. They look almost indistinguishable from quartz or granite, and also can be purchased in a number of different colors and patterns. If you do need to try and stay budget friendly when it comes to countertops, go for a high end laminate option. Naffco Floors and Interiors is here to answer any other questions you might have about countertops, cabinetry and flooring if you’re looking to remodel your kitchen. Call us at (813) 254-4066 or stop into one of our 3 locations to talk with one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members.