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http://www.walkerzanger.com/catalog/indexh.php On page 176 I am looking at Amber Gold Granite. Plus I will probably revisit their greens. We have been looking at options for the counter tops sporadically since September and we are clearly running out of time.
This week has been problems week. We still do not have the environmentally friendly, non-VOC-off-gassing plywood for the kitchen cabinets which is delaying the kitchen cabinets. The contractor scheduled to install them is not happy about the delay. Stone problems. The recovered pine floor boards for patching the original floor arrived on site. They have too many dark boards and many are not usable. I am thinking about converting our new HVAC system into a hybrid geothermal system and that will cost an extra $12,000. Plus it will be challenge to run the water pipes with the walls finished up to the attic mechanical room. Problems, problems. Our list problems continually diminishes but new ones seem to arise. However we are in the home stretch and the restored Davenport House promises to be spectacular. We'll just continue to deal with the problems in a logical manner and it will all work out.
We are just starting on the restoration and addition to a mid-century modern architect designed house in north suburban Chicago. It is a prime candidate for quartz counter tops and walnut base cabinets.
There is a company in Tinley Park called Air-Ease that specializes in geothermal installations.
I assume that these products were initially made as substitutes for laboratory slate. . .?
Honed stone (which I would prefer to polished) used in kitchens are said by some to be more prone to irregular appearance over time. Does anyone have experience with this ?
The granite countertops at the Dobkins house look like they were made for the place, even though i know they were not.
Doug Kottum, Battle Lake
Yes please send me a photo or just post it here. I agree that color makes a big difference in how the counter tops "fit" with the house.dkottum wrote:Granite countertops can be quite an orphan in a carefully coordinated Prairie House, and I was facing a similar problem recently. The granite is "in" and the client wanted it, and it is an extremely durable surface. One of the most important things I have learned from FLLW is that the answer is always found in the problem itself. Although granite was a foreign material to the house, we decided that if we could find a golden-tan color to follow that used on the walls, all would be well. Surface color would be the coordinating element. We found the golden-tan granite, installed it, and it looks like it belongs there. It does have a polished surface, but that does not seem to be a problem. Paul, if interested, I could send a photo.
Honed granite has a slightly more porous service than polished granite. It is ever so slightly more susceptible to staining than polished granite. It is important to be vigilant about resealing honed granite as part of the maintenance cycle. In my opinion honed granite has a less modern feel than polished granite, although the polished finish does diminish with time. It has a softer appearance. What creates a challenge is that honing lightens the overall value of the stone and reduces the saturation or vibrancy of the color in the stone. Honing varies slightly from fabricator to fabricator. We had the exact same stone honed by two different fabricators and the finished stone was slightly different.
We are getting stone samples now from Walker Zanger in New York. Architects like Walker Zanger because of the exceptionally quality of their stone in general. They personally select all of the stone at the quarry that they sell and it is the highest grade possible. It is much more uniform without wild patterns and has fewer inclusions. The color of the quartz crystals tends to be slightly better. However there is a price to be paid. You pay a premium of roughly 15 to 20% on the material plus shipping from New York is approximately $1200 extra. Both together add approximately $1600 pushing the Davenport stone counter tops to $9,600. I did not intend to go this route and I still may not use their stone, but I am running out of options and time.
I appreciate the other suggestions and enjoyed researching them, but my options are limited on Davenport. I tried to talk my wife into wood counter tops tonight again. That did not get traction or even a verbal response.
The other counter top suggestions will be considered for a LEEDS certified dormitory project that we are doing for the Salvation Army Officer Cadet College here in Chicago.