Among the most popular stone benchtop designs is the waterfall benchtop.
Conventional countertops usually consist of a slab resting on top of base cabinets or an island, and they can be made from any material.
A waterfall countertop edge creates an even more dramatic look than a simple edge. With this design, vertical sides extend from the countertop to the floor level.
The benchtop material extends beyond the top surface and falls to the floor. This design element creates an elegant countertop that enhances any modern kitchen design with a waterfall edge.
How do you choose the materials to use for Waterfall Benchtops?
With a waterfall countertop edge, you need to choose a material carefully. You want the countertops to be made from one continuous material so they look seamless. It’s challenging to achieve this look with a waterfall countertop made from wood, marble or any other material that has a natural vein pattern. Mismatched veins will ruin the cascading waterfalls effect.
Quartz countertops are used by most designers today to create the waterfall look. We use the natural beauty of quartz combined with resins and pigmentation to create a versatile material.
Waterfall granite countertops are expensive to install and maintain. On the other hand, quartz countertops don’t require any maintenance at all. Beyond installation, quartz benchtops benefit engineered stone by making it a much more practical option for everyday use.
What are the costs associated with installing waterfall benchtops?
Stone slabs (including quartz) for a waterfall counter costs from $40 to up to $100 per square foot. The installation will cost you as much as $1,000 per square foot. These costs are no more expensive than what you would pay for the materials and labour of installing a conventional countertop.
Fabrication costs are the main reason why waterfall counters are so expensive. A manufacturer will use a CNC laser cutting machine to cut the slab precisely. It creates mitred corners that fit together perfectly. Expect to pay between $1,500 and $3,000 for this process, depending on which service you use.
With waterfall granite countertops, your costs don’t end there. You also need to be concerned about resealing the surface once every year. These prices range from $200 to over $1,000.
While the upfront cost of a quartz waterfall countertop may not be cheap, you’ll save a lot of money in the long run if you buy one.
Design Tips for your Waterfall Benchtop
Colours & Patterns
Creating a waterfall kitchen benchtop with marble or granite is impractical and expensive, but it’s easy with quartz.
Keep It Simple
A waterfall benchtop’s beauty lies in its simplicity. A square edge almost always looks best on a countertop.
If you want to create a seamless look in the kitchen, consider matching your countertop island to other kitchen surfaces, such as the backsplash.
Are there waterfall benchtop considerations to keep in mind?
As with all benchtops styles and materials, there are a few things you need to consider before making this important decision for your kitchen space. Here are some pros and cons to think about.
A waterfall countertop is stunningly beautiful and it can be the centrepiece of any modern or contemporary kitchen.
Wood base cabinets can be scratched very easily. All belt buckles, utensils, and chair risks exist. On the other hand, quartz is a very resilient material. It’s unlikely that you’ll scratch a waterfall benchtop that’s made from quartz.
A good waterfall benchtop is going to be expensive. It’s unavoidable. Of course, you’ll spend more on materials for your waterfall countertop island. But you’re going to spend as much as $2k for the CNC fabrication process.
Waterfall countertops may be jaw-dropping, but they don’t necessarily suit every kitchen style. They’re mainly suited for modern and contemporary kitchen designs and may look out of tune in a traditional space.
Waterfall benchtops are incredibly popular – and for a good reason. They’re a unique approach to kitchen design, and they make for a beautiful space! Quartz is currently the best material for waterfall benchtops. Its versatility allows our teams to mould the stone into any shape or pattern.
Get in touch with our team and discuss your next stone benchtop and waterfall countertop options.