Since we’re on the topic of home improvement, has anyone gotten custom concrete countertops? Who’d you go with and how were they?

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Starting to look at countertop options tomorrow…but, in general, we are likely steering away from anything that requires a sealer.

Options like porcelain seem to us to be a better option because they are lower maintenance & you have more design flexibility than you do with stone (but probably less than concrete, where you can do more in the way of overhangs, etc - whereas with porcelain you need to make sure the design won’t expose the material’s one flaw: Chipping).

But, both your GC and your cabinet maker should have recommendations on where to go for countertop and backsplash options. There are tons of options out there. FWIW, all the super crazy expensive options hang out in the Merchandise Mart. WaterWorks does all sorts of surfaces, as does the shop right across from it (can’t remember the name though). However, be wary: Before you walk into WaterWorks, you will think Delta is a high-end faucet. After you walk into WaterWorks, you are going to realize that there’s this whole world out there of artisan faucets and bath tubs & there’s a good chance you will fall in love with a faucet that costs 2x what your pretty nice but age appropriate college car cost.

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