Unlike natural stone like granite and marble, which come in an infinite variety of sizes from small tiles to wall-size slabs, engineered quartz countertops are manufactured stone and come in standard sizes. The actual size of the quartz slab varies slightly by manufacturer, but the average size is around 50-55 square feet. To speak in linear terms, a standard quartz slab is approximately 60 inches wide by 120-126 inches long. Another way to visualize the size of a standard quartz slab is 5 feet wide by 10 feet long.
So the big question is: will one slab of quartz surface be sufficient for my kitchen countertop needs?
Well, this really depends on the size and layout of your kitchen; however, if we base our answer on the size of the average American kitchen, the short answer is YES. But let’s break this YES down in more detail for a clearer understanding of how a standard quartz slab could work for your kitchen countertop needs.
In 2020, the average American kitchen covers approximately 350 square feet with a countertop surface area of approximately 55 square feet. Again, looking at the average American kitchen, countertops are about 30 inches wide with 13 linear feet or 156 inches of total length. So if we do the math: 30 inches wide by 156 inches long = 4,680 square inches. Divide 4,680 square inches by 144 square inches (that’s 12 inches by 12 inches) and you get about 33 square feet.
So, you may ask: where did the other 22 square feet go? Today, the modern kitchen isn’t relegated to the back of the house. Just the opposite, it’s the heart and soul of the American household, and in many homes the kitchen is part of a larger great room where family and friends gather. Kitchen islands have exploded in popularity: primarily for food preparation but just as importantly for dining and socializing. The average kitchen island covers about 22 square feet with an average dimension of 80 inches by 40 inches.
This is where Lucciare proprietary surfaces and their standard dimension of 63 inches by 126 inches are perfectly suited for the modern American kitchen. Our countertops are designed specifically to maximize efficient use of the surface area for the modern American kitchen, thus minimizing waste. And speaking of minimization of waste, our countertops are made almost exclusively of recycled or repurposed materials. Lucciare proprietary surfaces are composed of majority recycled ground natural quartz. In addition to the sustainability aspect of the manufacturing process, the actual maintenance of quartz countertops is more environmentally sound, as it is not necessary to use chemical sealants twice annually for the life of the product in order to maintain its appearance and protect it from stains and discoloration as is required for natural stone like granite or marble.
Now that we have answered the question about the size of Lucciare surfaces and established their ability to meet the surface area needs of most modern American kitchens with an added bonus of environmental sustainability, let’s touch briefly on two other factors that are certainly top of mind for most consumers: aesthetics and cost.
Aesthetically, Lucciare surfaces are unparalleled in the market. The technological innovations of the last two decades have resulted in an almost infinite number of colors, patterns and visual textures that even surpasses natural stone. Today’s quartz countertops are virtually indistinguishable from natural stone countertops in both look and feel. An added benefit is that quartz countertops are virtually maintenance free — they do not require sealants to protect them. Wine, tomato sauce and other stain agents that wreck natural stone surfaces are not as harmful to quartz countertops. Of course, you still need to clean your quartz countertops, but you don’t have to panic if you spill red wine on them and forget to clean it for a couple of hours.
From a cost perspective, because of the many technological innovations in the market and the increased popularity of quartz countertops, the cost of quartz countertops has become much more competitive vs. natural stone’s, and delivers more cost value at the higher end of the price range for natural granite and marble.
Lucciare surfaces deliver on cost, value, aesthetics, durability and environmental sustainability. The choice seems clear, and we are sure you’ll make the right one.