He adds: “Granite and quartz countertops are among the longest-lasting components of a kitchen project and save natural resources because they are one of the last things that need to be replaced.”
By importing directly, Grothouse can supply a custom commissioned piece that is comparable to stock blanks sold through distribution. FS- and Smartwood-certified woods are available in most species.
“Our products contribute to projects achieving LEED certification, have been NSF International certified as safe for food preparation, and have achieved Greenguard for Children and Schools and Indoor Air Quality Certified,” says Stacia Smith, director of public relations and market development for Cambria USA.
Marquez says the launch of ECO by Cosentino has set a new standard of green countertops for his company. “Not only do we provide a surface that is made of 75 percent recycled content in volume, but we’re also making it available in a larger format, which helps eliminate waste and residuals once it’s cut into a countertop,” he reports.
Going forward, Kath sees more consumers educating themselves about the durability of products. “People want [products that are] durable and beautiful,” she says.
Grothouse sees an upward trend of wood surfaces in home bars, as clients are doing more entertaining and kitchen designers are expanding their services to other areas of the home. “Wood countertops will always remain a classic and timeless design element,” she says. “Custom designs are taking advantage of every inch of space with unusual shapes and custom knife slots placed to fall in between the base cabinets.”
Marquez says there will also be interest in bold surface colors that reflect client individuality.
Lastly, McGeehan sees a trend toward simpler edge treatments. “Whether thick or thin, these edges are in keeping with the trend toward more contemporary design and clean lines,” she says. “Ornate edge treatments seem to be on the decline for now, while edges with a clean, simple appearance are all the rage. It’s important to remember that edge treatments are often overlooked, but in reality can change the entire look of the kitchen.”
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