Monthly Archives: January 2016

Kitchen Countertop Surfaces Comparison Chart

Counter Surfaces

Selecting a kitchen countertop surface can be overwhelming, so we’ve put together a quick comparison guide to help you with the process. If you’d like to learn about what kitchen countertop surface is best for your needs, call us to arrange a consultation. We have a wide range of samples that can help ease your decision.

SURFACE PROS CONS
Granite 100% natural stone; every piece is unique, extremely resistant to heat and very scratch resistant Requires seams and may need periodic sealing
Marble No two slabs are alike and handles heat More porous than granite so it can scratch and stain (nail polish, liquid make-up etc.)
Soapstone Extremely durable natural surface; no staining, heat, resistant and nonporous. Considered the most environmentally safe countertop with no chemicals used for finishing. Available in matte or polished To keep the finish and darkness consistent, you do have to oil it quite often. Limited color selection.
Solid Surface Man-made of acrylic or polyester plastics; nonporous and highly resistant to bacteria-growth. Seams are almost undetectable and scratches or chips can be repaired. Can discolor or become damaged when exposed to extreme heat; also can scratch and chip
Quartz Made with 85-95% crushed quartz with a resin binder. Nonporous and highly resistant to bacteria growth. More durable than solid surface and won’t scratch or chip. Heat-resistant (up to 400F). Seams can divide to trap dirt and bacteria

Ideas for Contemporary Bathroom Fixtures

 

If your design style is minimalist and modern, we’ve rounded up some of our favorite contemporary bathroom fixtures for inspiration:

We love when form meets function! The freestanding design of Kohler’s Archer tub creates a striking focal point and features a molded lumbar support offers extra comfort while bathing. The slotted overflow allows for deep soaking. It also is available with these “Calgon-take-me-away” features:

  • Enjoy a relaxing soak with your favorite music streamed right into the bath.
  • Bask heated surface creates spa-like relaxation with soothing warmth on your back and neck.
  • Airjets release thousands of bubbles that surround, support, and massage the body.

 

VOLA’s new sleek, therapeutic products include the Kneipp Hose and the Waterfall Shower that are designed for use as part of a holistic sauna experience. The hose’s Kneipp hydrotherapy regulates blood pressure and enhances circulation while the shower provides a smooth ribbon of fresh cold water. According to VOLA, this gentle but steady cascade helps the bather to cool off rapidly. It invigorates the system and contracts the dilated blood vessels to create a sense of calm and wellbeing.

 

 

 


 

Toto’s Upton Showerhead features a slimline design and 9 x 9″ Plated Spray Face for a spa-like experience in your own contemporary bathroom oasis.


 

The geometric angles and edges of Delta’s Ara Bath Collection caught our eye for a streamlined look. The faucets are available in a variety of finishes and configurations from wall mount to channel spout.


Who knew that a toilet could be sculptural? St. George’s one-piece toilet is stately with turn-of-the-century details.  Bonus: the PowerWash rim scrubs the bowl with each flush!


Kohler DTV Custom Showering Experience

Kohler DTV Custom Showering Experience

The DTV+ digital showering platform from Kohler brings water, music, light and steam together for a true multi-sensory showering experience — all controlled and customized with a touch screen. Each is based on existing hydrotherapies inspired by one of three themes: Relaxation, Well-Being, and Energy. Need to see it to believe it? Check out Kohler’s video…

Need more ideas? Contact us today for a complimentary consultation!