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Buying countertops

So I'm shopping around for a kitchen countertop surface and after going to a few granite stores I'm feeing underwhelmed by the choices available.

I'm wondering whether to expand the search to laminate countertops (which are somewhat more practical and cheaper to boot). Can anyone recommend a countertop store in the Basel area (including neighbouring countries).

Ideally, I'd like a surface with the practicality of stainless steel with the looks of granite, but I'm not sure it exists. I like the overall look of granite, but feel that I'm really putting looks over function. Laminate is practical, but I so far failed to find something that doesn't look crappy.
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So I'm shopping around for a kitchen countertop surface and after going to a few granite stores I'm feeing underwhelmed by the choices available.

I'm wondering whether to expand the search to laminate countertops (which are somewhat more practical and cheaper to boot). Can anyone recommend a countertop store in the Basel area (including neighbouring countries).

Ideally, I'd like a surface with the practicality of stainless steel with the looks of granite, but I'm not sure it exists. I like the overall look of granite, but feel that I'm really putting looks over function. Laminate is practical, but I so far failed to find something that doesn't look crappy.
Have you looked at solid wood worktops? Quite a decent choice in different widths and thicknesses at Hornbach and Jumbo, that I know of, and they'll cut them to size for you on the shop.

Next time I'll get them also to cut out the sink and hob holes, as this was much more difficult than I thought, with the thicker stuff that I went for.

When I say solid, of course they're a composite, but not laminate, not MDF, just wood, and a nice and durable surface. I've oiled the surface, so water marks are easy enough to clean off, and it seems very durable so far, after two weeks rental usage.
https://www.hornbach.ch/shop/Plan-de...VybFZlciI6Mn0=
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Re: Buying countertops

We used Kuhn design in Basel.

Not a huge range, but they're really helpful. My impression was that if they didn't have what we wanted, that we would leave knowing what to get and where.

They seem to have that professional viewpoint that if they can't help you, someone else will, that you get over here from time to time. (Which I really like by the way).

http://kuhndesign.ch/de/index.php
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Re: Buying countertops

I also like wooden worktops. They have a good range at Bauhaus (OK not Basel, but on the Basel side of ZH - I think there's also one not far from the Basel border in DE). The prices are good and they're easy to look after with oil, just don't put hot pans on them!
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I also like wooden worktops. They have a good range at Bauhaus (OK not Basel, but on the Basel side of ZH - I think there's also one not far from the Basel border in DE). The prices are good and they're easy to look after with oil, just don't put hot pans on them!
Yes, the German one is on the far side (from Basel direction) of Lörrach, not far from the Rheinfelden motorway exit. Didn't look at their worktops, but bought quite a lot of flooring and stuff from there.
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Re: Buying countertops

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Have you looked at solid wood worktops? Quite a decent choice in different widths and thicknesses at Hornbach and Jumbo, that I know of, and they'll cut them to size for you on the shop.

Next time I'll get them also to cut out the sink and hob holes, as this was much more difficult than I thought, with the thicker stuff that I went for.

When I say solid, of course they're a composite, but not laminate, not MDF, just wood, and a nice and durable surface. I've oiled the surface, so water marks are easy enough to clean off, and it seems very durable so far, after two weeks rental usage.
https://www.hornbach.ch/shop/Plan-de...VybFZlciI6Mn0=
I quite like wood countertops, but it wouldn't suit this kitchen.
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Re: Buying countertops

I just ordered a wooden countertop (for my basement bar/brewery) from these people. https://www.huesser-innenausbau.ch/kuechenabdeckung/

I've never heard of neolith before, but it sounds resilliant.
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Re: Buying countertops

They got these Brico stores in France. I once went to one close to the KFC in Mulhouse and I thought they had quite the selection back in the days.
https://www.bricodepot.fr/catalogue/...mulhouse/1765/

Just google "plan de travail cuisine" or something along those lines. They're pretty cheap compared to Swiss ones, so you could change your countertop every other week.
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Re: Buying countertops

If I could chose a countertop, I'd go for a concrete one for sure!
You can even make them yourself actually.

Here's the first link that came up but there are many pretty informative advice-videos as I actually researched them a few months ago.
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