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Countertops?

Discussion in 'Fine Living, Home, Design & Auto' started by chorse123, May 6, 2008.

  1. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Well, Michaelangelo's David does look pretty shitty after all of these years [​IMG].

    Seriously. Does anyone here speaks from experience about all these catastrophic staining issues with marble? I've experienced marbe countertops at my parents place for more than a decade and there's nothing wrong with how they look now. And they cook at home nearly every night. Granted, I have no idea if the marble was treated or sealed...

    I wish I had marble countertops right now instead of those crappy fake stone things... [​IMG]
     
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    I believe Corian can be repaired though I'm sure Silestone can also be.
     
  4. Financier

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    We put Corian into our last home and really liked it. The seemless appearance, especially at the sink, looked great. We got something light colored to be a "cool" contrast with an otherwise very warm looking kitchen - dark wood caibnets and hardwood floors. We also had a trivet built into the counterop at the stove and a drying rack built in at the sink.

    Our current home came with cheap countertops, but the kitchen is updated enough that we probably won't worry about it unless we're here longer than expected.
     
  5. yachtie

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    Seriously. Does anyone here speaks from experience about all these catastrophic staining issues with marble? [​IMG]

    I've seen it myself often enough to not buy it. How's that.
     
  6. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    I've seen it myself often enough to not buy it. How's that.
    I'm not sure what that means so I guess that's not the most helpful answer... Did you see that in your own kitchen? Do you know how the staining you saw happened?
     
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    Another option is the pressed paper countertops, seems interesting.
    Also seems like another "going green" horseshit scam to over charge for recycling.
    Either way, interesting textures and very limited colors.
     
  8. briancl

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    We get to pick our counter tops for the new condo we just bought. Granite is included, and Caesar Stone is available as an upgrade. To us, granite looks boring and generic, and the performance of Caesar Stone, in addition to its looks make it worth the extra money.

    Here are examples of our kitchen in finished units in the building. Granite just looks out of place.

    With granite:
    [​IMG]

    With Caesar Stone:
    [​IMG]
     
  9. Parker

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    We get to pick our counter tops for the new condo we just bought. Granite is included, and Caesar Stone is available as an upgrade. To us, granite looks boring and generic, and the performance of Caesar Stone, in addition to its looks make it worth the extra money.

    Here are examples of our kitchen in finished units in the building. Granite just looks out of place.


    +1.

    The solid counter looks much nicer with that style cabinet than the patterned granite. Good choice.
     
  10. chorse123

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    +2, I think. Granite can often look so hectic, like fuzz on a television screen and it's too much in that image.

    I still prefer the random, dramatic veins in marble, although maybe not for your space
    http://www.stonesource.com/stone_slabs.php?id=969

    I've been keeping my eye on marble and the staining/etching I've seen doesn't seem all that terrible, probably worth aesthetic trade off. That is, of course, when I can manage to save enough for the kitchen which has ballooned in cost, i.e. contractor estimates at twice what we had expected.
     
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    +2, I think. Granite can often look so hectic, like fuzz on a television screen and it's too much in that image.

    I still prefer the random, dramatic veins in marble, although maybe not for your space
    http://www.stonesource.com/stone_slabs.php?id=969

    I've been keeping my eye on marble and the staining/etching I've seen doesn't seem all that terrible, probably worth aesthetic trade off. That is, of course, when I can manage to save enough for the kitchen which has ballooned in cost, i.e. contractor estimates at twice what we had expected.


    Get more quotes. Unless you're getting some really high end custom stuff, you shouldn't pay more than $250/linear foot.
     
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    Just remodeled the kitchen in Dec.
    We used Techna -stone, a quartz composite.??

    At any rate, very durable. No hasles with sealing and is safer with the food handling. Looks good.
    Not cheap, but we are very pleased with the product.
     
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    Get more quotes. Unless you're getting some really high end custom stuff, you shouldn't pay more than $250/linear foot.
    You mean for cabinets or total? For cabinets, we are using Ikea.
     
  14. briancl

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    We get to pick our counter tops for the new condo we just bought. Granite is included, and Caesar Stone is available as an upgrade. To us, granite looks boring and generic, and the performance of Caesar Stone, in addition to its looks make it worth the extra money.

    Here are examples of our kitchen in finished units in the building. Granite just looks out of place.

    With granite:
    [​IMG]

    With Caesar Stone:
    [​IMG]


    We are making our final decisions on Thursday.. anyone care to recommend anything besides Caesar Stone? We're open to anything near the CS price point that fits our aesthetic, but we need something very durable and easy to clean. We use our kitchen a lot; we prepare breakfast, lunch, and dinner every day in that kitchen since both of us work from home. We also entertain often, so something that will hold up well and look good for years to come.

    Thanks..
     
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    " Granite looks nice but does not perform well..."

    WTF does it mean? I have 300 y.o. cemetery next to my house and every granite stone frm early 19th century looks like it was installed yesterday(glossy and unoxidized).

    If I'd go for modern look I'd do something like this:
    http://picasaweb.google.it/robyana/C...38258538573138
     
  16. spertia

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    We are making our final decisions on Thursday.. anyone care to recommend anything besides Caesar Stone? We're open to anything near the CS price point that fits our aesthetic, but we need something very durable and easy to clean.

    Not to sound like the ultimate cheerleader (see my earlier posts above), but I really think you should look at Corian and the like. The aesthetic is very similar to the CaesarStone that you posted in the image above, and it is incredibly durable and easy to maintain. It sounds like you use your kitchen about as much as we do (I'm also working from home), and three years after installation, our solid-surface countertops -- in bright white, no less -- still look perfect.
     
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    Another alternate is glass. The guy laying my granite had a remainder of 1.5 inch glass that was incredibly beautiful. Clear with sunlight marbling (think Murano glass). It was a special order.
     
  18. EL72

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    You mean for cabinets or total? For cabinets, we are using Ikea.

    Not including applicances. It should cost even less with Ikea. They will install them for $35/l.f. I believe.
     
  19. Financier

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    That CaesarStone picture does nothing for me. Just boring.

    That said, if that's the look you like, what's the advantage of CS over Corian? You can certainly get that exact same look in Corian.
     
  20. briancl

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    That CaesarStone picture does nothing for me. Just boring.

    That said, if that's the look you like, what's the advantage of CS over Corian? You can certainly get that exact same look in Corian.


    Corian is quite a bit different than quartz composite countertops.. Corian is prone to scratching and denting and is less heat resistent.

    Also, the CS pictured above is not solid white as the low res picture may indicate, but instead has a definite pattern and look:

    http://www.caesarstone.com/Product.aspx?productId=1643
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/hbchicago/2340728059/
     

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