Kitchens Show Their Metal

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Buyers see metal surfaces as the new kitchen neutral, able to fit any décor, and they want them everywhere: range hoods, countertops, backsplashes, wall tiles, wainscoting, ceilings and floors.

March 01, 2004

 

Frigo Design offers seamless integrated sink countertops, which have a manufacturer's undermount sink welded to the countertop. Fabrication prices start at $300 plus the cost of the sink. The stainless countertop costs $139 per linear foot, or $60 to $65 per square foot. Metal tiles range from $3.99 for 2-inch stainless to $9.99 for 6-inch copper or brass.

Buyers see metal surfaces as the new kitchen neutral, able to fit any décor, and they want them everywhere: range hoods, countertops, backsplashes, wall tiles, wainscoting, ceilings and floors.

Stainless appears expensive and impressive to buyers, says Alan Isaacs, vice president of marketing for Frigo Design, which manufactures appliance panel sets and other stainless and copper products. There are a lot of middle-of-the-road products in stainless, he says. "So high-end buyers are looking for more: hammered, stripes, copper."

Dave Hunt, manager/ architectural services at Revere Copper, says copper's use in architectural applications has more than doubled during the past 10 years, with interiors having the biggest percentage increase. He says copper is used most often in range hoods, followed closely by countertops. High-use areas such as countertops work well with a textured or embossed copper that hides scratches. Most copper has a protective coating.

 

A small percentage of buyers - 5-10%, says Isaacs - want stainless and copper for their anti-microbial properties.

 

Tin ceilings have sold well lately, too. Glenn Eldridge, owner of Chelsea Decorative Metal, attributes that to a surge in nostalgia. Victorian and Americana are Chelsea's most popular patterns.

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