Natural stone, quartz head up favourites for kitchens and baths
QWe are selecting new countertops for our kitchen and bathroom. I definitely want granite in the kitchen, but I’m thinking of a less costly option for the bathrooms (our master bath, a powder room and an upstairs full bathroom for the kids). What are your thoughts on quartz versus granite, and what do you suggest for the bathrooms? Answer: You are wise to research your options for countertops as kitchens and bathrooms are typically the rooms that experience the most architectural advancements — when it comes to design and technology — than any other room in the house. Whether it is flooring, lighting, cabinetry, surfaces, or fixtures, these rooms continuously challenge designers and manufacturers to develop the next wave of functional style. There are several options to consider: Solid surfaces are durable man-made products that are composed of acrylic polymers. These homogeneous surfaces come in a variety of colours and patterns that can be machined to provide a great number of profile edges, making their design more unique. Corian is a major name in the industry. Although solid surfaces are extremely stain resistant, they can be damaged with extreme heat, and while this surface is practical, it isn’t terribly exciting to look at. quartz counters are comprised of quartz crystal combined with binding agents and colours. The results provide a beautiful product with increased durability. Quartz tends to be less costly than natural stone, while improving on some of its limitations such as acid etching and dark pigment staining. currently ribbon grain mahogany and look rather dull. Thanks. Answer: Congratulations on your new baby. This is an exciting time for you. You can definitely add some architectural detailing to the doors, but be prepared to remove them from their hinges first. Since it’s likely a hollow-core door, you shouldn’t nail the frame to it. You will instead need to adhere the frame moulding with glue, and that will require you to lay the door flat so that the pieces can set properly. If you get your frame cut and bevelled at a wood finishing store, you can adhere the pieces with heavy-duty, double-sided tape (look for it at your local hardware store). Rough up your surface so the tape can adhere well. Position your frame on the door and mark with a pencil. Place the tape on the frame and press onto your door. Add each section until complete. Apply paintable caulking to the edge to seal it to the door and fill in any gaps. Using your finger or a damp cloth, smooth out the caulking edge. Let dry and paint the door a colour that works with your nursery choice. This process can be applied to the bi-fold doors as well. Or consider removing the doors and replacing them with a curtain rod and draperies in a fun fabric. This adds personality to the room while eliminating pinched fingers later. Leanne Brownoff is an Edmonton business consultant with vast experience in interior design.