Grumpy Nation! I need your help!
So… we want to have countertops made out of quartz (or granite) that look like marble.
There are… options.
Home Depot has two companies that make quartz. One is Silestone and the other is Viatera. Here’s the pictures we took at Home Depot and then the one on the right is the two Viatera samples we picked up (they didn’t have any other samples — that third picture shows minuet, a quarter, then rococo, and they’re on top of our current terrible countertop).
The main difference between the different kinds of marble-ish quartz seems to be density and darkness of the grey lines. Rococo is busier than Minuet. White Arabesque is busier than Snow Ibiza and so on.
Also there’s two different types of marble that the quartz is trying to imitate. Calacatta marble is the one with the fat long marbling– it reminds me of bathrooms more than kitchens, and the quartz example counter at Home Depot looked like formica to me (though oddly, there was a great looking formica knockoff– if only you couldn’t see the seams). I like Carerra style marble instead– that’s the one with the shorter lines. (I guess there’s also statuary marble, but I haven’t seen any quartz knock-offs for that– probably some of what I think is Calacatta is actually imitating statuary, but without any additional color.)
One problem that I have is that I cannot extrapolate those small samples to an entire counter. Are the busy ones too busy? The sparse ones too sparse?
Viatera has a great webpage with lots of pictures of their different options. When you click on a stone, it shows you a slab and pictures of completed counters. The Silestone page is a nightmare to navigate. (I am also really irritated with a half-dressed Cindy Crawford [only wearing a top, for tops on tops, get it?] sitting on a kitchen counter on their first page and if you accidentally click it, you see a guy WEARING SHOES standing on top of another counter. I MAKE FOOD ON THAT COUNTER. GET OFF. Also, WTF, aren’t women making most of these design decisions? Supermodels are not doing it for me.)
I found a fantastic discussion on a houzz forum with pictures talking about quartz alternatives for marble.
The prices in the first picture are mostly the “non-sale” prices because apparently there’s some kind of sale going on, but it isn’t an easy to explain one, so I don’t actually know how much they cost or even their prices compared to each other.
What should I be thinking about as we decide on a countertop design? How are we going to decide among all of these different kinds?
The internet thinks I should be choosing between 2 cm with 3 cm edging or just straight up 3cm. But home depot only seems to have 2 cm and 4 cm? I’m not really sure that’s true though… How should we decide on thickness?
Almost all the kitchen countertops we’ve seen online have either sharp rectangular corners or softer “eased” rectangular corners. But there’s a huge wealth of different edging options. Should we just do what everyone else is doing or are there benefits to other forms of edging?
We have no idea what we’re doing. Any suggestions on counterops would be highly welcome?
Grumpy nation! Help a grumpeteer out!
p.s. Several of my colleagues have built their houses from scratch and that sounds like a nightmare. I get anxious just imagining it!