A Brief Guide for Choosing your countertops—Quartz and Large-Format Porcelain

Today, I am going to continue the topic on how to choose right counter-tops for your kitchens. I talked about natural stones for countertops last week. If you haven’t read it, you can click here

Quartz

If you are the one who want modern look with less care but still want some natural elements, quartz countertops  are  the kind for you.

Quartz are engineered stone products  consisting of about 95-percent ground natural quartz and other materials with 5-percent binding resins. Here are the main features for quartz countertops:

1.Moh’s scale 6.5—7

2.Engineered from natural materials(Quartz) and added polymers, pigments and resins.

3. Engineered to be heat, scratch, pitch and stain resistant (but not bulletproof)

4. Mild soap and warm water to clean

5. Polished and textured finishes

6. Kitchen and bath applications

7. Not acceptable for outdoor applications.

Not all quartz countertops are created equal. The main players include: Silestone, Cambria, and Caesarstone.

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Caesarstone Countertop Kitchen
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Cambria Countertop Kitchen
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Large-Format Porcelain

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:

  1. 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.

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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.

I hope you find the above information helpful

There are some protection kits. cleaning kits and pain kits you may find useful for your quartz countertop.

Happy Thursday

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10 Top Tile Trends for 2018

It’s always fun to apply Italian tile design for our projects.  From large-format sizes, fashionable colors, to digital prints, graphics,  and even embroideries, they are always artsy, edgy, cool and romantic enough to play with.  Here are top 10 trends from CERSAIE 2017.

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Fun graphic design on tiles.
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Muted and romantic.
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Fashionable
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Quiet elegance

Enjoy!

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A Minimalism Powder Room

This Friday’s throwback is the powder room we did several years ago.  We did the client’s kitchen and came back to renovate their powder room the very next year. The client loves mid-century  minimalism style with a soft feminine touch. Here is what we did for the client:

  1. Use large-format tile on the floor and central wall to make the small space look bigger.
  2. Paint the side walls in a  light-gray stripe pattern to make the space feel classic yet playful.
  3. The black lacquered vanity floating on the floor is the truly focal point of this powder room.
  4. The beautiful streamline modern European style faucet is  a good match to the straight-line pulls on the vanity.
  5. The classic painting with a gilded frame adds a magical soft feminine feeling to the space.

Here is Before photo:

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Here are After photos:

 

Happy Friday!

 

A Kitchen Remodeling Job-Site

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#tbt Thursday!  This is a kitchen installation job-site 5 years ago. We did the whole cabinetry design, tile work and flooring. The ivory tiles on the wall came from Italy—12″x24″.  Those large-format tiles were kind of new back then, specially the way we applied them onto the wall. We actually used this 12″x24″ tiles covering the rest exposed walls. They looked really cool.  Then we had this fancy floral  black & gold insert to contrast with the ivory ones. The overall looking was very upscale.