Materials have been evolving to meet the growing demands of a savvy modern market, inspired by European aesthetics, and thin countertops have been making their mark. With some US homes downsizing, a ½” thick natural stone countertop can make a smaller kitchen appear larger.
Some physical benefits provide fabricators and installers more flexibility and creativity in the execution of their work (and give designers more possibilities). The lighter stone allows for installations in urban areas where freight elevators and stairs are often encountered, reducing fatigue in handling and avoiding potential damage to the tops or surrounding space. Built-up edges can be achieved to give the stone a thicker appearance, with the benefit of reduced weight, compared to 2 cm or 3 cm stone.