Over the years there has been a lot of bickering back and forth between the makers of “engineered stone” and “natural stone” suppliers. Lot’s of arguments and misinformation about stains, heat resistance, and what looks natural. So let’s get one thing clear. They are different products with different advantages. Both are pretty easy to keep clean and sanitary. Both are very hard and resist scratching. Both cost about the same to install as a kitchen countertop. But in the interest of acquiring market share both industries have engaged in a winner take all approach. That was unfortunate. But designers and home owners have been turning the tables on both industries by coming up with “Two Tone” kitchen countertop designs that incorporates natural stone with engineered stone. From an aesthetic standpoint the reasoning is quite simple. The island get’s to be the wild or elegant show piece while the surrounding counters offer a complementary consistent color. The effect can be quite stunning. From a functional standpoint, it means you can take advantage of the engineered stone as a food prep surface while having marble as your centerpiece.
Contemporary Kitchen design by San Francisco Interior Designer Artistic Designs for Living, Tineke Triggs
Which brings us to our announcement. EleMar is very proud to announce we have become an authorized distributor of CaesarStone Quartz Surfaces. Of the many brands of engineered quartz there are, CaesarStone is the leader in quality and reputation. Fabricators clearly prefer CaesarStone for it’s ease of fabrication and warranty service. Designers and Architects like it because it is versatile and functional with endless design capabilities and is available in a large palette, rich in color and texture – including a collection that emulates limestone and marble. Most importanatly to us, CaesarStone stands behind their product with great customer service. That’s why we feel this is a great fit for us at EleMar Oregon. So now you can see the best selection in natural stone and the best known name in engineered quartz surfaces, all in one place.