One of the tensions in remodeling a "mid-century modest" house is wanting to create a jewel box without outbuilding the neighborhood. Our countertops and cabinets are late 1970s and we have no desire to replace them anytime soon. That means that the countertop we want to put in between the two rooms shouldn't be marble or granite.
Here's the spot we want to put it:
We decided that a 1970s split just calls out for Formica, so here's a preview of what we're thinking of installing: