12:52PM | 12/31/04
Member Since: 05/12/03
67 lifetime posts
I'm specing a kitchen remodel - new cabinets and counter tops.

The number of cabinets seems to dictate a "good quality" prefab, but I'm a little more confused on the counter top.

I used Swanstone in the master bath, but the sinks turned out to be very expensive.

Someone suggested Hi-Mac acrylic, which is reasonably priced, but I don't think acrylics are that heat resistant. Engineered stone (same thing as "Quartz"?) looks tougher but is more expensive.

Don't even suggest laminate. I'll be selling this place in 3-4 years. The kitchen needs to sell, too...

we're talking about 26 linear feet (~52 sq. ft.) of counter top.

Any suggestions?


08:42AM | 01/26/05
Member Since: 03/16/03
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We put Silestone (engineered quartz product) in our kitchen and we love it. I like the look of granite, but I didn't want to deal with sealing the tops all the time. The Silestone was about the same price as granite or Corian. I wouldn't hesitate to install it again.
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