Stainless steel countertops are typically associated with large commercial kitchens, but they may be perfect for the small residential kitchen of your tiny home. There are a range of fun and functional reasons that you may want to consider stainless steel. Take a look at these benefits:
1. Long lasting
Stainless steel is one of the most long lasting materials of countertops, and if sustainability is your building goal, you should definitely think about embracing this material. It lasts longer than formica or other synthetic countertops. One of the only materials that stands up to stainless steel in terms of longevity is granite, but keep in mind that granite is much heavier than stainless steel.
As stainless steel is waterproof, you don't have to worry about water penetrating your kitchen countertops and ruining it. Additionally, as you are likely customising the countertops for your tiny home to ensure they fit perfectly with your design, you may even want to consider integrating the sink into the countertop. A fabricator can create a seamless design like that for you.
As they are waterproof, stainless steel countertops can also be placed outside. The opportunities are endless. You could have extra stainless countertops attached to the side of your tiny home with hinges. When you want to cook outside, just drop the panels and use them to hold food or cooking utensils while you grill to the side. Alternatively, you could have countertops that go right through your wall -- the inside half services your kitchen, while the outside half acts as shelves for plants, benches or anything else you like.
4. Matching Roofs and More
With a tiny home, it's fun to use repeating elements. As it's such a small space, you don't necessarily want a lot of different colours and materials competing with each other. If you want a lot of industrial accents, you should consider stainless steel kitchen countertops as well as a stainless steel roof, siding, window frames or other elements.
In addition being waterproof, stainless steel is also heatproof. That means that you can set a hot pan directly on top of the stainless steel without it burning, scorching, melting or otherwise damaging the countertop. As you may only have a tiny stovetop in your little house, these heatproof countertops give you more room to set hot pots and pans. Just keep in mind that although heat doesn't damage the countertops, the metal conducts heat. As a result, the rest of your countertop may get warm if you place a pan on it.