I am replacing my kitchen, and I'm going to use bamboo for the kitchen top. Imagine the rough layout where T = Top, W = Wall, S = Sink, R = Refrigerator.
WWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWWW TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTWWWWWWW TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTWWWWWWW TTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTTSSSSSSW SSSSSSW SSSSSSW RRRRRRW RRRRRRW
Because of the extra wall in the corner, the sink area can't use the same continuous material as the kitchen top. And besides, since it's a wet area, wood is not the ideal material anyway.
I thought some stone like marble would be nice, but 80% of the material will be cut away to make the hole for the sink, so you're basically paying five times what you end up using.
Thus I'm wondering if there's a smart and cheaper way out of this predicament. Is there a nice-looking, water resistant material suitable that doesn't involve a lot of wasted investment?