Quartz vs Soapstone

Quartz vs. Soapstone countertops As we stated in ‘Quartz Counter’ (Mar 9, 2016), Quartz leads the race in countertop materials. As kitchen designs evolve, brands like Silestone, Caesarstone, and Cambria, open options to clients seeking their personal imprint.  Alternatively, Soapstone provides an option for natural material. Granite and marble may be receding, but they aren’t dead.  But Quartz and Soapstone have distinct characteristics and advantages that suit our clients’ changing needs. The best fit is determined by what’s most important to them. Quartz and soapstone enhance ease of use The term ‘sealant’ evokes the idea of chemicals. The non-porous surfaces of both Quartz and Soapstone appeal to clients as less work and environmentally friendly. Other advantages to non-porous surfaces are: Stain resistance. Scratch resistance. Heat resistance. Resistant to bacteria. Bacterial resistance can be a huge selling point for clients with kids and grandkids. Capturing the right kitchen design and usage When color is critical, Quartz offers more options to blend or contrast with the neutral paint shades that are currently so popular. Manufactured materials have the added advantage of uniform appearance that allows pieces to butt up to each other to make seams almost invisible. On the other hand, soapstone appeals to those who value the natural look. It can be quarried in the US, but Brazilian soapstone has the same type of veining as marble. Coming from nature limits the color choices and it’s best for those desiring gray to black surfaces. Although not required, rubbing soapstone with mineral oil darkens the color. This is definitely not the choice for a colorful kitchen and requires working with one...

Kitchen Storage Ideas

Cornerstone Cabinet Company can help you plan storage for your own kitchen utilizing ideas like these. Every inch of space becomes prime real estate!  Our Favorite Kitchen Storage Ideas Now   Photo by Main Street Kitchens at Botellos - More farmhouse kitchen...

The Home Office Trend Is To Customize Space

The Home Office Trend Is To Customize Space For The Entire Family There was a time when the ‘home office’ applied solely to corporate executives.  Traditionally defined by wood-paneled walls, large oak desks and leather-bound chairs; this space was dedicated to the head of the household as his “office away from the office.”  With the explosion of remote employees and work-from-home businesses, this once ‘exclusive’ room is now used by any family member. More than employment, it’s the family place to do everything from paying monthly bills to homework assignments.  Custom cabinetry is the best option to increase both safety and efficiency. Let me explain… Safe and Secure, or Open to All? The business office: How cabinets are placed for security is more important than ever. They may need to be high enough to stay of children’s reach, or come equipped with locks for sensitive documents and files. To maximize efficiency, office cabinets can be customized with built-in file dividers and holders…and have as many drawers as needed for whatever ‘tools’ the work requires. The family office: Where the home office is multi-functional; parents and kids may share the same space. Here’s where cabinets with open shelves, glass-paned doors and bins keep the kids items separate and away from what parents need in order to take care of business.   Questions To Ask When It’s Time To Re-Model “What’s the objective?” “Who needs it and how will they use it?”  “Why do it now?” Just as we convert laundry rooms to multi-purpose space; the same holds true for the home office.  From traditional to modern, professional to casual - check...