Here is the recent powder room we did for the Orange County Hill house. Different from super contemporary entry, we create more traditional vibes for this powder room to give that warmth and inviting feel. The crisp contrast between blue and white and touch of brass on the hardwares make the space so elegant, light and airy with a right dose of glamour.
Large format porcelain tiles are really hitting the countertop market with their versatile designs now thanks to the advanced digital print technologies. Composed of clays and minerals fired at very higher temperatures, porcelain is a durable surface and is on the rise for use in kitchens and bathrooms.
Slabs of porcelain can come in sizes as large as 10’ x 5’, though they can be custom ordered to be much bigger or smaller. One of the most notable qualities of these slabs that you might discover in person is how thin they are. Measuring just 6-12mm in thickness, they automatically become some of the easiest and most lightweight materials to work with.
Here are some features of porcelain countertops:
Moh’s scale: 7—9
2. Engineered material
3. The hardest, most heat, scratch and stain resistant materials of all materials used for countertops.
4. Mild soap and warm water to clean
5. Polished and textured finishes
6. Kitchen and bath applications
7. Indoor and outdoor application
8. Commercial application.
Companies such as Neolith and Florim have come out with stunning surfaces, with patterns that look almost identical to marble. Metropolitan has been fabricating full height backsplashes and full height fireplaces with large format porcelain, creating unique and beautiful spaces.
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There are some protection kits. cleaning kits and pain kits you may find useful for your quartz countertop.
Industrial style is still going pretty strong in Los Angeles–concrete, gray-white-black color palette, organic forms and casual vibes, …etc. A lot of objects and furnishings are mainly from local artists. So, they are very detail-oriented. This weekend, we were invited by a loft showroom opening. Please take a tour with me.
There are several big decisions if you are planning to renovate your kitchen. One of them is how to choose the proper materials for your kitchen countertops. Two categories of materials are very popular in today’s kitchen remodeling market—natural stones and engineered materials. Today, I am going to talk about the natural stone countertops.
50% of my clients really love the organic looks and elegant veins of natural stones.The popular natural stones in kitchen & bath applications include granite, marble, quartzite.
Granite still stays very strong in the market demand. Granite has following features:
Moh’s scale 6-7. Moh’s scale is used to measure the relative hardness of a mineral by its resistance to scratching. From softest to hardest, the ten minerals of the Mohs scale are talc (measuring 1 on the scale), gypsum, calcite, fluorite, apatite, orthoclase, quartz, topaz, corundum, and diamond (measuring 10 on the scale).
High heat, scratch, etch and stain resistance;
Minimal maintenance, mild soap and warm water to clean;
Polished and textured or honed finishes;
Excellent for kitchen and bath applications;
Outdoor applications. Be careful for the dark-color granite. They can become really hot if exposed in high heat for a very long time. We usually recommend clients to use covers.
Marble countertops, specially Carrara marble, are extremely popular in the west coast thanks to its natural and elegant veins.
Marble is a metamorphic stone found in mountainous regions of North America, South America, Asia, and Europe—from Colorado to Brazil and Italy. It’s created by the physical or chemical alteration of sediment into a denser form through heat and/or pressure. The resulting rock has a crystalline nature enabling it to take a polish. It also has veins of mineral deposits that pattern it, no two slabs are exactly alike. Marble has following features:
Moh’s scale 3-4;
Less Scratch, etch and stain resistance than Granite, quartzite and engineered quartz;
Quartzite is a very hard metamorphic rock that originated as sandstone. … Quartzite is ideal for any countertop surface due to its strength and long-lasting composition. some of quartzite features include:
When we are still embracing all of the shades of Pantone color of the year 2019 –Live Coral, PPG, the paint company with 135 years history just recently introduced its Color of the Year 2020—Chinese Porcelain. Just by the name, your mind starts to imagine those crisp Chinoiserie blue-and-white. Yes, it is kind of blueish color, combining rich cobal blue and moody ink blue. It’s calm, elegant, modern, chic.
Maybe because summer is here and I immediately fell in love with this color. I feel it is so ease on eyes and have a depth.
Glass tiles have high visual effect and often do a wander in any space by their beautiful colors and shimmers. I often used glass tiles for kitchen backsplashes, showers, wall treatment, spas and pool areas, etc… They are just like jewels for home while adding a touch of modernity to any kind of design. However, not all glass tiles come in same quality and their installation also more complicated than ceramic tiles or porcelain tiles. Before we talk about how to choose right glass tiles, let’s take a look at glass tile’s history.
Glass Tile History
Glass was used in mosaics as early as 2500 BC, but it took until the 3rd century BC before innovative artisans in Greece, Persia and India created glass tiles.
Whereas clay tiles are dated as early as 8000 BC, there were significant barriers to the development of glass tiles, included the high temperatures required to melt glass, and the complexities of mastering various annealing curves for glass.
In recent years, glass tiles have become popular for both field and accent tiles. This trend can be attributed to recent technological breakthroughs, as well as the tiles’ inherent properties, in particular their potential to impart intense color and reflect light, and their imperviousness to water. You can click here for more info
Types of Glass Tiles
Cast glass tiles are formed in a liquid state at temperatures of 1600°F or higher. Cast glass surfaces are usually wavy or slightly textured with inherent folds, bubbles, and creases. The casting process produces color throughout the piece, similarly to marble – not the natural stone product used for countertops, but the little round marbles we played with as kids!
Fused glass tiles are generally made from sheet glass that has been altered through heat. During the production process, multiple layers of glazes and similar materials are added in stages, which yields varying colors and patterns. Fused glass tile surfaces can be smooth, textured, uniform, or non-uniform.
Coated glass tiles are made from sheet glass that has been altered at lower temperatures. These tiles will have color coatings applied to the back of transparent glass, which allows the back-coated colors to transfer through clear glass.
How to choose right glass tile for your project
The above 3 types of glass tiles are formed in the different temperatures. Usually the higher of the temperatures, the more durable glass tiles are. But of course, the proper annealing is quite critical to avoid crack or breaking due to the sudden temperature change. Cast glass tiles can be used for pool, flooring and outdoor. Coated glass tiles are recommenced to be used for kitchen backsplash.
The most important thing to choose glass tile is actually to ask manufacturers’ data sheet. Here is an example of the data sheet of what good quality glass tiles look like:
” manufactured by casting molten glass at 2500oF, mixed with mineral oxide colorants into molds. The raw materials are entirely recycled high quality glass, primarily waste and scrap glass from the automotive industry as well as recycled glass from CRT’s and glass containers from the food and pharmaceutical industries. As part of the manufacturing process all mosaics are fully annealed to enhance durability.”
Our glass mosaics are made to meet or exceed the requirements of ANSI A137.2 American National
Standard Specifications for Glass Tile.
– Chemical Resistance ASTM C650-04; – No Effects Class A
– Thermal Shock Resistance ANSI A137.2-7.9; No Defects – Pass
Installation instructions are provided with every box of glass mosaics. All tile installers should be familiar with the installation methods shown in The Tile Council of North America’s Handbook for Ceramic, Glass, and Stone Tile Installation.
For detailed instructions related to specific installations contact your installation materials manufacturer for their most up-to-date recommendation of an installation system.
Custom gradation blends are offered in all sizes and layouts. Blends can include colors, finishes and textures. Dimensions of the finished installation should be provided when requesting a gradation blend.”
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We were invited by Elements Room last night to view the new collections of Caesarstone. It has been a while since last time we used Casarstone since nowadays most of my clients kind of really favor natural marble–specially Carrara marble. And I was pretty amazed by Castaron’s new collections after last night’s viewing—they are beautiful, look organic and natural, super durable and very low maintenance. I specially fell in love with their concrete collection.
Caesarstone , quartz surface combining nature and technology, is nonporous, scratch resistant and highly resistant to stains. Here are several my favorite ones from last night.
2. Rugged Concrete.
3. Raw concrete.
4. Besides concrete series, their newly releases is one of my favorites too with their elegant marble-like veins.
So, what do you think? You can get to know more about Caesarstone by clicking here
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I get you. It is going to be a really big mess if you decide to demolish the original tile flooring. And you might do some research work and find out that it is possible to install tile over tile. Well, based on the guideline of ANSI A108 — the Installation Standard Specification for Ceramic Tile, the general requirements for tile installations, A108.02 4.1.1 states:
“All surfaces shall be structurally sound, clean, dry and free of oily or waxy films and all foreign matter. Concrete surfaces shall be free of form oil, curing compound laitance, and cracks.”
That said, there are still conditions that you are able install tile over tile, but here are 5 questions you need to answer before you take this strategy:
Did the old installation fail?
If so, what was the cause of failure?
Was it an installation or structural problem?
If it was properly installed, is the membrane still well adhered and able to perform its job to support the new installation?
Hi guys, here is our series 2 take-aways from KBIS2019 —we are going to highlight 9 trends in bath from what we saw at KBIS2019. There are are tons of new colors, new finishes, new technologies, new designs…In order to illustrate how cool all of these new things are, we will incorporate a lot of visual effects here. So, we would apologize here first if you feel there are just too much of them. Anyway, it’s time to grab a cup of coffee or glass of wine, sit back and just enjoy.
Color, color, color. You may just see either white or beige for lavatory sink finish options in your local home improvement stores, but definitely not here in KBIS:These lavatory sinks are made out of fireclay and stain-resistant. We love these warm tones which give design more options, specially for making a statement in the powder rooms.
3. Heated bubble massage tub:
4. Creative LED lighting application
5. Product for small space design.
6. Intelligent technology
7. Digital shower
9. Minimum design with a classic touch.
In case you haven’t read our series-I take-aways from KBIS2019, here is the link
It has been 2 weeks since the closing of KBIS 2019. There are just so much information we got from the show and it does take time to digest everything. Meanwhile, I read some articles about trends from the KBIS show. Yes, there is a sea of info out there. I think that may be a good approach if I just share some cool technologies and ideas that really blew me away in a series and really go deep on each topic rather than writing kind of general for everything.
So, today , I will share one take-away— Series 1 from KBIS2019—Signature Kitchen suite‘s new feature for the residential range cooking—Sous Vide. First of all, from what I learned, this built-in Sous Vide feature might just be exclusive to Signature Kitchen suite Duo 48″ by now. And I am sure that other brands will catch up soon. Second, if you are just like me, never heard Sous Vide before, don’t worry. We are going to learn this new way of cooking together here.
Simply put, sous Vide is to cook your vacummed and sealed food in a water bath with a precisely controlled and lower than regular temperature(the lower temperature can retain nutrients better). You might already experience the evenly cooked and juicy steak from one of Michelin-rated restaurants and wander why ? Yes, this is the result of Sous Vide cooking —their secret weapon to guarantee that the food will NEVER be over-cooked. Of course, Sous Vide is not a new concept for commercial cooking and of course they have all sorts of gauges to make it happen. But now, Signature Kitchen suite just introduced this cool way of cooking to residential cooking .
So how does Signature Kitchen Suite built-in Sous vide work?
There are 4 steps:
Fill your water bin to the recommended level and set your temperature and time to your desired doneness.
Season according to the recipe and seal your food in a high-grade bag with the vacuum sealer we’ve provided as a gift-with-purchase with your product registration.
Place the bag into the water bath and cook according to your desired time and temperature. Don’t worry, it’s nearly impossible to overcook food with sous vide.
Remove from the bag and finish on both sides with a quick sear on a cast iron skillet on our Ultra-HighTMheat gas burners, or on your gift-with-purchase induction grill plate over the dual-zone induction burners.
Here is the video that you can learn the importance of Sous vide: