Whether you are remodeling a kitchen, a bathroom, or another room that includes countertop, you can save big money by choosing more affordable countertop surface materials. Many home improvement and home decorating magazines are showing solid stone countertops. But a tour of some new homes will quickly reveal that the expense of those solid surface countertops is just prohibitive for most people. A laminate countertop will cost 1/3 or less of the cost of a solid surface countertop. There are a number of types, colors and styles of laminates that give the initial appearance of solid stone. If you want to control the cost of your remodeling project, this is a decision that can really save you a lot of money.

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