When it comes to remodeling a kitchen, the “wow” factors happen to be the counter tops and the backsplash. So why cheapen the look of great looking granite by adding an extra four inches as a “backsplash” (especially if you’ve spent a ton of money on an exotic piece)? ….And, why does it look like the low cost option? Well for starters, in every “budget” build on new homes, remodels, and the like, many don’t want to spend the extra few bucks to put up a proper backsplash that extends from the counter to the upper cabinets. This means the solution is to just “slap” a spare piece of granite up on the vertical for the “…well, that should be good enough…” sort of deal. Your space should not be “good enough”; it should be “WOW”! It’s your house…don’t be ashamed to say that you love it!
Just as I have stated in a similar post about niches, we also need to say NO to the 4” backsplash! Why am I bringing up this topic? We were meeting with a client earlier this week who is updating a rental property. The cabinets are staying, but the counter tops needed some help…therefore new granite. In one area of the kitchen, there is a section of cabinets on a short wall by itself (sort of like a dry bar area), where it was mentioned to our client to put one of those “four inch deals” on that wall. As I am sure you can guess, we promptly responded “NO”! J In this case, running the backsplash tile up the wall didn’t really make sense (which is why it may have been suggested) because there were no upper cabinets and no natural stopping points for the tile. So…what I’m saying is…that even if you aren’t doing a backsplash, it’s ok to just have the drywall dead end into the top of the granite!
With or without tile on the backsplash is of no consequence, but please…please don’t put up the 4” toe kick on your new counters!
Joseph D. Clark
Chic On the Cheap