Have you ever considered glass for your kitchen?

Here is a fusion glass top. The process behind fusion glass is pretty interesting. Multiple layers of 1/4" glass are thermoformed in a kiln until the layers of glass reach a state where they are in between a liquid and solid...eventually, the glass fuses to get a finish product that looks like this...
q have you ever considered glass for your kitchen, countertops, home decor, kitchen design
  29 answers
  • Good looking stuff...unique look...any drawbacks to using it in a kitchen?

  • Brooks Custom Brooks Custom on Mar 27, 2012
    Well...people who choose glass for the kitchen have to remember....that it IS glass....Glass will scratch if you bang enough pots on it.

  • Miriam Illions Miriam Illions on Mar 27, 2012
    How does it measure up cost wise? What would be its advantage over something more traditional? Very curious.

  • Brooks Custom Brooks Custom on Mar 27, 2012
    Depending on what type of glass, it will run more than high-level granite or marble, but a little less than some of the high-end metals. People who go for glass are really going after a very different look. Sometimes, you'll even see some lighting added to these tops to make it pop even more.

  • What's a good cost per square budget for this?

  • Brooks Custom Brooks Custom on Mar 27, 2012
    Well, we do everything custom, on-spec, so it's hard to give a price range. It can go up to $250, or more, depending on how complicated the project is. Definitely an expensive material, but we do get quite a bit of calls about glass. People like having something different to show off...

  • Brooks Custom Brooks Custom on Mar 27, 2012
    I'll post a regular glass top that has some lighting to it...different look than fusion glass, but still very impressive...

  • Miriam Illions Miriam Illions on Mar 27, 2012
    Yes, I saw the lighting at a home show. Very showy, I'd love to see more pictures.

  • TileShowroom TileShowroom on Mar 27, 2012
    The white diamond tile colors on this page ... » http://www.tileshowroom.com/category.jhtm?cid=240&page=1&sort=0&size=100), as a backsplash will complement the beauty of this counter top.

  • Marcy Marcy on Mar 28, 2012
    Beautiful. Not sure of I would want it for my kitchen, but I still think it's beautiful.

  • Susan S Susan S on Mar 28, 2012
    That is really gorgeous but I think I'd be petrified something WOULD happen to damage it. You know how the more careful you try to be the more clutzy you become!!!

  • Brooks Custom Brooks Custom on Mar 28, 2012
    Yea, we try to educate our clients so they can make the best decisions when it comes time to choose a material for installation. Glass definitely has appeal and can be a focal point of a kitchen...Just depends on who exactly is buying it. You'd be surprised, though...we don't get many calls (if any) on problems with damage to glass tops.

  • PFG PFG on Mar 28, 2012
    Very lovely, elaborate & unique. My personal requirement is "function" in the kitchen. I love granite for this reasoning with it's uses for my own or with any due to the multitudes of color spectrums, uniqueness, smoothness, hot pots, minimizes bacteria, & can take heavy use without showing wear marks. I like your product & I also can also imagine it with colors being introduced underneath along with undercounter lighting applications that would illustrate this marvelous work further. Wow! That's a hefty costshare tho & not offering as much performance I'm thinking. For me, it would have to be applied for a particular approach in mind, but I'd lean more toward a bathroom space vs large kitchen spaces. Now can you mold and shape the edges in a customers personal preference or is it this one style as shown only?

  • Brooks Custom Brooks Custom on Mar 28, 2012
    We can have different shapes/edges with glass. A common application for a glass top that we see is an extended top for a bar or something similar....more of a show-top rather than a heavy use top. I'll dig up some pics of extended glass tops. Thanks for the question, PFG!

  • Ana M Ana M on Mar 28, 2012
    LOVE this!

  • Richard V Richard V on Mar 30, 2012
    interesting look

  • Barbara P Barbara P on Mar 31, 2012

  • Aubrey L Aubrey L on Mar 31, 2012
    I could see using the glass tops in a bath more than in a kitchen. Kitchen tops usually take heavy use. I wouldn't want the stress or worry that something would damage it in the kitchen.

  • Mary Lou C Mary Lou C on Mar 31, 2012
    Love it, but agree with Aubrey. I'd prefer it in a bathroom. If you really like to cook, it wouldn't be able to take the abuse a good cook would give it.

  • Kris S Kris S on Mar 31, 2012
    I think it's beautiful, but not practical...particularly for a family with children. It will break/crack if something heavy is dropped on it. For me, the cost-v-value is too high...also don't know how it would affect resale. Durability is always an issue.

  • V. M V. M on Mar 31, 2012
    beautiful but would be too afraid to put anything on it...

  • Angela G Angela G on Mar 31, 2012
    It's beautiful but for someone who never cooks.

  • Susan S Susan S on Mar 31, 2012
    Barbara P - I sure hope you check back to see my comment. If you just had new laminate installed AND it bubbled AND the installers told you this happened because of the heat from a coffee maker And you actually bought this load of______(your choice of adjectives) then they're really selling you a bill of goods and you're gullible enough to buy it!! I'd be marching myself right into their place of business and politely ask to speak to the Manager/owner or whomever, BUT I most certainly would not accept their lame excuse and outright accusation that this was somehow YOUR fault because heaven forbid, you actually put an appliance on it!!! Can you say "FAULTY PRODUCT, FAULTY INSTALLATION, INFERIOR WORKMANSHIP!!!!

  • Rhonda G Rhonda G on Mar 31, 2012
    I love it, but I don't think it's very practical. And it is very expensive.

  • Diana N Diana N on Mar 31, 2012
    Barbara P - Coffeemakers are common on counters and don't cause the bubbling. Moisture of some kind caused the bubbling up of the countertop or the countertop was defective to begin with. If it was a preformed countertop (if it has anything other than a square edge at the front, it's preformed), then they can just get another piece of the countertop and replace it. They're extremely inexpensive, so they should replace it as a part of their warranty to you. If it's a custom top (square edge), then they should make a new countertop for you because it was their fault it bubbled. Your use of the counter isn't the issue and they should replace it free of charge. If you want to get the most durable kind of countertop, get quartz. Just as hard as granite, but it's non-porous so you don't have to do any maintenance (IE: sealing). I've designed kitchens and been a part of installations for years, so I have enough knowledge to know that whoever did the installation should be taking care of it at their expense. Good Luck!

  • Mary Alice M Mary Alice M on Mar 31, 2012
    The look is undeniably awesome, but what about the upkeep?

  • Diane Diane on Apr 01, 2012
    Is it durable? And what about heat..can you set a hot pot on it?

  • Brooks Custom Brooks Custom on Apr 02, 2012
    Sorry for the delay, everyone... To try to answer all your questions: Glass is a simple, wipe-down surface. Windex is good for day-to-day cleaning. Light scratches WILL occur, and obviously, we suggest a cutting board for chopping/cutting. Glass CAN be spot polished to remove slight scratches, but might cause slight curvatures in the glass. For hot pots, trivets are recommended. Barbara P -- We don't deal with any of those materials, so I wouldn't be the best one to ask...We specialize in alternative materials (glass, wood, engineered-concrete, metals). Thanks for the questions, everyone!

  • WindingCreekCreations WindingCreekCreations on Nov 09, 2015
    It's very pretty. I love unique ideas. I suppose I'm behind the times, but every counter I've ever had required hot plates/pads and cutting boards. Is there such a thing as upkeep- free counter tops? Anyways, I would love this as a vanity top in the bathroom.