Hard Surface Options
Cynthia Lambert-Langdon, Allied Member ASID
CKL Designs, 619-992-9313
CKL Designs’ detailed knowledge and understanding of construction, combined with interior-design expertise and a professional team of contractors, subcontractors and trades people, has been of benefit to the company’s clients for more than 25 years.
Choose the hard surface product that suits your lifestyle needs, consider maintenance and sustainability and re-search product for price and availability.
Eco is made up of 75-percent recycled materials. Choices include glass, porcelain, stone and scrap. This user-friendly surface is non-porous and no sealing is required.
Composite slabs are comprised of natural quartz and resin. They are available in different surface textures and colors, and they are easy to maintain.
Stainless steel is increasingly popular. It is heat resistant and anti-bacterial hygienic for use in food preparation with minimum maintenance. It is completely recyclable, but is cold and it does scratch. Consider using it as a backsplash to reflect light in conjunction with other materials such as composite slabs.
Natural stones like granite and marble will always be consumer favorites. They are timeless and beautiful, but they all require ongoing maintenance. Marble can be honed (matte) or polished and though it stains and etches, I think this adds to the charm.
Travertine, limestone, slate, soapstone and onyx are fabulous natural-stone surfaces. Onyx can be back- or under-lit to highlight its translucent beauty. Natural stone is cold on the feet so consider radiant heat in the flooring, especially in bathrooms. You’ll be glad you did.
As a designer, I think it is more interesting to incorporate a mixture of materials in a kitchen or bathroom to add individuality to the space.