Finishing a new kitchen has become ridiculously expensive lately. Many kitchens are now used for display purposes mostly and have $25,000 or more of cabinets, appliances and countertops in them - when a lot of of the time the microwave is used to heat up frozen pizza!
I received a quote today for granite countertops at $60 per square foot. I wouldn't even spend that much money on a grave marker for myself.
The current kitchen in the coach house on Gabriola has a butcher block countertop from Ikea. It cost less than $300, looks great, and can be sanded down when scratched. It only needs minimal maintenance with a food-grade sealer every few years.
Concrete countertops are showing up in many modern homes, and I've seen them with ground pieces of glass, shells, coins, etc. Below is a custom-made concrete countertop with glass.
In a house we owned in Saskatoon years ago we had countertops covered in copper sheeting. They looked great but were always tarnishing and were easy to scratch. Never again!
What kind of countertop do you recommend, and why?