When you walk into Ottawa’s Deslaurier Custom Cabinets, you get an edgy sense of design when feasting your eyes on a spectacular Europeaninspired kitchen of customized bamboo cabinetry and a slick winter-white quartz counter.
Engineered stone is composed of crushed quartz particles that have been combined with polymer resins and pigment. It’s uniform in colour and pattern, which is great for those looking for a clean finish. It’s also available in a wide range of colours.
The look is different. It’s more of a solid, speckled finish, versus some of the stones that have a grain, says coowner Jim Deslaurier, adding it’s easy to maintain, without the annual sealing required by natural stone. Some brands on the market include Cambria, Silestone and Caesarstone.
It is stain-and scratch-resistant, easy to care for, and manufacturers usually include a warranty.
Expensive to fix if chipped or cracked.
$50 to $100 per square foot, installed.