Zodiaq has quartz in it, but it's still a solid surfacing material.
As you probably know, it's MUCH more expensive than Corian, but it has
some distinct advantages over traditional solid surfacing, especially
for a kitchen counter. It won't burn and it won't support food-based
bacteria growth, making it excellent for food preparation.
The traditional view is that Staron is not as "good" as real hinest to
I can't recall exactly what was priced what, but I remember we started
around the 40 some dollar price range and went all the way up to around 90
bucks a square foot. The granite being the most expensive and I want to say
quartz came in second to the top in pricing. All the other choices were
grouped between those two price ranges. They may advertise a certain
price, although I've never seen granite advertised at $49, but once you
start giving them measurements and deciding on the type of finished edge you
want, everything starts going up in price per square foot. Granted, the
salesman did say that the granite I chose was their most expensive style. I
believe it was called Blue Pearl. It also comes in a black pearl. Sales
guy said those two particular colors were the most expensive granite they
carried. Of course I didn't know that when I chose the color. They were
all just grouped there together, and that was my color choice out of all the
granite they had.
I was leaning towards a porcelan sink but everyone is trying to talk me out
of it because it might chip. I have stainless now, double sink, but I
really don't like the look of the stainless. My cabinets will be a bright
white, the countertop if I go with the granite I chose, would be very dark
shades of blue. We are putting hardwoods on the floor and I want white
appliances. I just don't care for the stainless look. Seems like with the
appliances especially, they would be harder to keep clean what with kids and
I understand about the stainless appliances (I'm going with black, myself), but
stainless steel for the sink goes quite well with both white and the blue
granite, and, well, it's the sink. Having an item like a sink in stainless,
even if it's the only thing, still "fits" because it's expected. If you know
what I mean.
I wish we had available your choices. We are in the southeast, and live in
an area where 'do it yourself-ing' isn't very widespread. When we first
moved here from the Midwest, there was only one hardware store. Since we've
been here things have improved 100 %, but it's still hard to find places,
other than the large stores like Home Depot or Lowes, that will deal with
customers who aren't contractors. Of course for the counter tops we will go
with professional installation. But my husband and I enjoy doing things
like tileing ourselves. We had a contractor do one of our bathrooms, and
then did the master bath ourselves a few years later. We really love the
bathroom we did. The contractor's is just so/so. My husband wants to do it
over himself. Another thing we've found here is that although someone comes
out and gives you an estimate, many times the crew he sends out to do the
job appear to be day-laborers.
I think it was originally attributed to Mae West speaking to WC Fields on the
set of one of their
movies (BTW, Mae apparently greatly disliked WCF ). "Is that a pickle in your
pocket, or are you
glad to see me?"
Nah! None of you are correct. The line comes from my girlfriend every time
she comes over. When she asks if I'm glad to see her or is that a pickle in
my pocket, I say I'm glad to see her and then she goes for the other lump in
my pocket ~ my wallet so we can order food.
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