Picking the Perfect Countertop for the Empty-Nester

Comment by The AQK Team on March 27, 2017

Picking the Perfect Countertop for the Empty-Nester

Ditch the Linoleum. Picking the Perfect Countertop for the Empty-Nester


Your kids have finished college and finally moved out. It’s just you and your significant other in the house now, and you’re both ready for an elegant house for adults. And your first big change is your countertop. It makes a statement, and it certainly gets a lot of use! That old linoleum disgrace that you taught your kids to bake on has got to go. Sure, your kids are gone, but you’ll always have the memories.


So ditch the old counter and upgrade to stone.


Of course, there’s a lot to consider—durability, maintenance, cost, and, of course, appearance. There are lots of differences between the different materials available, and it’s important to think about your family’s lifestyle when choosing a type of stone. But no matter your kitchen lifestyle, there is a perfect countertop that will work with your needs and look beautiful to boot.


For Bistro De Empty Nester

If you consider yourself an amateur Emeril Lagasse or Betty Crocker, then consider quartz or marble for a countertop on which to create your culinary magic for two! You don’t have to please the palates of your ramen-loving teenagers anymore, so take the time and enjoy the cooking process. Quartz and marble are great choices for the home chef.

Quartz Countertop For Cooking

Quartz is a really amazing material for home chefs. One of the biggest pros for quartz is that it is naturally bacteria resistant. Bacteria from raw meat and fish can be harmful if it soaks into the counter. But that’s not an issue with quartz! Just wipe quartz down with some soap and water, and you’re good to go! Just remember that quartz isn’t heat resistant like granite is, so remember to use a potholder.

Marble Countertop For Baking

Marble is one of the most naturally gorgeous materials you can install in your home. And besides its aesthetic appeal, marble also makes a good surface for baking and less-intense cooking. Marble is definitely softer than granite and quartz so it may scratch more easily, but it is heat-proof and stays cool, making it great for rolling out doughs and pastries. And now that you don’t have to worry about kids roughhousing in the kitchen, you can opt for a more delicate  material like marble!


If you were never that into cooking for your family and now you have the chance to indulge in your favorite take-out more often, go for it! Plus, you can choose a softer, more delicate stone like marble because you don’t have to worry about kids scuffing it up!



Marble is beautiful and classic. There are so many unique colors and will take on a gorgeous patina over time. Usually recommended for bathrooms instead of kitchens, marble scratches easily and requires ongoing maintenance. But if you only use your kitchen as a place to eat your carry-out Pad Thai or pizza, then marble is a beautiful choice that adds a high-resale value to your home.


Are you eyeing a warm place in Florida to spend your golden years? Simply want to downsize now that you have all this extra room? The great thing about adding stone countertops is that no matter what you choose, it will add great value to your house. Though a lot of potential buyers will ask for granite from their Realtor, marble and quartz are also highly valued. So really, you can’t go wrong!


Whatever your lifestyle, there is the perfect stone counter for you, and we can help you find it. Stop on by our showroom today – or let us come out to see you – to discover the beautiful options and colors we have to choose from!


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