Kitchen Countertops

A Bright & Beachy Isle of Palms Home with Contemporary Appeal

When supermom/style maven Hannah Webster designed the interior of her Isle of Palms home (That’s right! This busy Mom of two styled the whole thing with husband Aaron and no professional assistance.), she knew she wanted something bright, beachy, contemporary and full of character…

We really wanted a clean, coastal feel… so we went with a lot of white and explored subtle ways to add color and character.

Neutral colors, stainless appliances and brushed nickel hardware are used throughout the interior to create a modern feel. The home has everything you’d expect in a new construction, but the shiplap walls, industrial fixtures and unique finishes add some unexpected interest.

Surfaces manufactured by GlassEco and installed by World Granite, LLC

And as you can see, Hannah’s careful attention to finishes didn’t end with appliances, fixtures, doorknobs and cabinet pulls. The Websters were seeking some serious countertop eye candy for their kitchen, wet bar and bathrooms, and no ordinary surface would do…

We considered quartz but ultimately chose recycled glass countertops from GlassEco because it offered a more unique look and satisfied our desire to be eco-friendly. I was able to customize the look... We went with white base colors [like Eider White] and added oyster shells to create a coastal feel. We used shades of blue and green glass to balance the white cabinetry in one of our bathrooms and in the wet bar.

Quartz is an engineered stone, and it is rapidly gaining popularity among homeowners seeking a stylish alternative to granite. But which is better… quartz or recycled glass? We’re pretty partial to the sustainable and customizable nature of recycled glass surfaces, but preference is ultimately a matter of personal taste. Hannah’s countertops were installed in 2016, and she has yet to feel any buyer’s remorse. Two years in, it sounds like she’s still in love… 

We have been very pleased with [our GlassEco countertops]. I appreciate that they are handmade and contain natural variations… I think [these variations] are what make the countertops so special. They have unique character that can’t be reproduced.

Learn More about Recycled Glass Countertops

GlassEco manufactures recycled glass countertops that can be customized to suit virtually any design aesthetic, and our surfaces can be used in a variety of interior and exterior applications (bars, table tops, pool surrounds, shower walls and more).  A visit to our North Charleston shop is the best way to fully explore design options, but GlassEco Surfaces can be delivered anywhere in the contiguous United States. Visit our gallery page for more design inspiration, or contact us to schedule a complementary design consultation.

Coastal Kitchen by Charleston Crafted

When newlywed bloggers Morgan and Sean went shopping for their first house in 2016 they had DIY dreams of a completely custom (and very coastal) kitchen. The couple already had some home improvement experience (you can read all about Morgan’s condo transformation on the Charleston Crafted blog), but a kitchen would be their most ambitious project yet.  

Morgan and Sean settled on an adorable James Island home with good bones, lots of curb appeal and this kitchen…

Before images from CharlestonCrafted.com.

The good news is that the kitchen was completely functional. Morgan and Sean wanted to live in the space long enough to fully understand their needs and tweak their design plans accordingly…

“We were able to live with [the original kitchen] for 6 months, and I am glad that we waited,” says Morgan, creator of CharlestonCrafted.com. “Living with the kitchen for a while showed us where we were going to have problems, like needing a built-in trash can because of our naughty dog.”

That 6 month period also gave Morgan time to pick out the perfect finishes for her new coastal kitchen. Sea glass was Morgan’s primary design inspiration, and GlassEco countertops fit the bill…

“The starting point of our kitchen was honestly the countertops. Our dentist has [a reception desk by GlassEco], and I was obsessed… I had seen the oyster shell version [online] and thought that they were lovely and beachy. When I spotted them with blue and green glass, I knew that it was exactly the beachy look that I wanted in our kitchen. I did some research and determined that they were durable and sustainable and knew that they would be a great decision.”

Morgan met with GlassEco Owner and Design Consultant, Elizabeth Fisher to arrive at just the right mix of recycled glass and shells for Morgan’s custom countertops. Checkout Charleston Crafted’s countertop post for an in depth description of that process, and visit the GlassEco Process page to learn more about the design possibilities of recycled glass.

In addition to installing custom recycled glass countertops, Morgan and Sean scraped ceilings, removed wallpaper, took down a wall, painted cabinets, installed a tile back splash and renovated a pantry. You can get all of the kitchen renovation details in their Coastal Kitchen Reveal post.

Learn More about Recycled Glass Countertops

GlassEco manufactures recycled glass countertops for interior and exterior use. These surfaces can be customized to suit virtually any design aesthetic. A visit to our North Charleston shop is the best way to fully explore design options, but GlassEco Surfaces can be delivered anywhere in the contiguous United States. Visit our gallery page for more design inspiration, or contact us to schedule a complementary design consultation.