Setting The Benchmark For Your Kitchen

Having a new kitchen designed is, without a doubt, one of the most exciting rooms to have redone. As the space that many hours are spent in, getting rid of a tired outdated kitchen that is no longer functioning at its best is a wonderful prospect.

The kitchen is often described as the heart of the home and it is usually one of the first things that stands out to visitors and something prospective home buyers will inspect the closest. Kitchens allow the opportunity for someone to display their own sense of style and add a whole new visual perspective to the home.

New kitchens add a great amount of value to the home, so it is important to think carefully about the selections that go into it. The benchtop in particular is extremely important. As the ‘face’ of the kitchen you want it to look good but as the most used part, you want it to be long lasting too. So let’s take a look at what’s available.

Choosing Your Perfect Benchtop

There are a few standard favourites for use in kitchen benchtops. You need to consider your budget, style of cooking and, of course, personal preferences and tastes.

Laminate benchtops have been around for many years and whilst some may conjure up ideas of the bold oranges and greens from the 1970s, the laminate benchtops you see today are very different.

Of course, you can still opt for that retro feel if you wish but there is a massive range of colours, finishes and patterns available now. This means if you prefer more modern than mod, you can still choose laminate. Laminate is affordable and durable, perfect for those on a tighter budget.

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If your budget allows for more and you want a benchtop that is prestigious, long lasting and easy to clean, then granite is for you. Granite is perfect for those who love a natural look. It is stylish and classic and will add class to any kitchen.

Caesar Stone is a man-made composite that is cheaper than granite but it offers the same look. Comprised of glass, adhesive and stone, it is durable and looks good. There is a broad range of finishes to choose from and is fantastic for a contemporary look.

Stainless steel benchtops have been making their way from professional kitchens to kitchens in everyday homes for some time. They offer a sleek and modern look and great hygiene. Stainless steel benchtops give a clean feel to a kitchen and are great for those who fancy themselves as culinary experts.

Caesarstone Bench Tops: The Durable Alternative

A beautiful kitchen is one of the most important factors in a home. Often termed ‘the heart of the home’. It’s where meals are made, from quick breakfasts on the run to tasty dinner creations that fill your home with tempting smells to lure its occupants with willing appetites. Whether you’re renovating your kitchen completely or just looking to give your kitchen bench tops a makeover, the perfect material for you no doubt needs to be functional, durable, look good and be within your budget. Everyone knows about granite and marble, but have you considered Caesarstone? Let’s take a look at what Caesarstone has to offer.

Durable and Good Looking – What More Could You Want?

Caesarstone is 93% natural quartz aggregate with the remaining 7% comprising of pigments and polymer resins and does not require sealing, it is polished and processed to attain a glossy shine. In the past, marble and granite have been the most popular choices for kitchens in Brisbane. However, Caesarstone is more consistent than either of these natural stones and is safe and more durable as well as opposed to granite, Caesarstone is approximately 17 times less porous allowing it to be virtually stain resistant and is easier to clean using any cleaning product suitable for kitchen bench tops. Kitchen sinks often attract mildew and mould due to being a damp area, as a result Caesarstone is an ideal solution for splashbacks, as it is resistant to both and resistant to heat and scratches.

Getting Caesarstone Into Your Kitchen

Caesarstone is versatile and it is available in quite a few different colours as well as designs, this means whatever look you are after, whether it is modern or traditional, you should find it easy to incorporate Caesarstone into your kitchen with the desired outcome. Your first step to a beautiful Caesarstone benchtop in your kitchen will be to discuss your needs with experienced consultants and take a look at the colours and design you prefer, following this a qualified designer who is adept at listening to what you wish to achieve will work together with you to create a look that is ideal for you by bringing together practicality, functionality and your vision.

When you’re thinking of updating your kitchen design in Brisbane to give your bench tops and splashbacks the lift they need, you should definitely consider making Caesarstone your choice of material, for a tougher more durable and cleaner bench top and splashback solution, it’s hard to go wrong with Caesarstone.


Take Care of Your Bench Tops

At Craftbuilt Kitchens we provide the highest quality products to each and every one of our clients. From the moment of production right down to the end of installation, the utmost care is taken to ensure the end result is something beautiful and unique.

This is why we have been in the business of making kitchens for so many years and why we will be here for many years to come. Our reputation for the best precedes us and customers who have been to us before will come again.

Our kitchens come with a 10-year guarantee because we undertake that our product will last. Once the kitchen is installed, however, it is up to you to take good care of your new pride and joy. Bench tops in particular are items that need to be treated with care.

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With all the work and activities that are carried out on kitchen bench tops it is easy for them to become the most worn items in the kitchen. But with the right treatment and care, you can ensure that your bench top will last as long as it should.


  • Heat – Many bench top materials are sensitive to heat and can be damaged if hot items such as pots are placed directly on to them. Laminate bench tops for example are one such material. To avoid mishaps, place a stand or mat underneath hot pots that will protect the bench top.


  • Stains  – Stains don’t ruin the effectiveness of your bench top but they are unsightly and could take away from the overall appeal of your beautiful new kitchen. Mop up spills straight away, especially items such as red wine or fruits like blueberries that can stain.


  • Scratches – It is easy enough to get scratches on your bench top. When using knives, scissors, moving cups or plates around, over time more and more scratches will appear. This kind of damage can happen easily but you can avoid most of it. Always make sure you use cutting boards, don’t prepare food directly on the bench and lift items instead of dragging them.

There are also specific care instructions for different bench top materials too, such as the type of cleaners and procedures to use. Our professional designers can discuss the materials available with you and explain in more detail about caring for each.

Contact us at Craftbuilt Kitchens today at (07) 3341 9166 to start organising your amazing new kitchen with bench tops worth looking after.