Counter-top Edge Styles

It’s a big decision choosing a counter-top, especially when there are so many different choices to choose from in regards to the material. After finally deciding the material the next big step is to choose the edge style. Easy right?  Picking an edge style can end up being just as overwhelming as choosing the material for your counter-top, but the main thing to remember is to pick one that you like and that will work well with the overall style of your space, whether a kitchen, bathroom, or bar.

One thing to remember with the edge styles is that it can change depending on the thickness of the material. Typically thickness for a counter-top is either 2cm or 3cm. The main difference between the two is with 2cm you have the option to stack the material so that you can create different edge detail, thus giving you more options to choose from. Since 3cm is slightly thicker you don’t have the option to stack the material. Lets review some of these edge styles:

Mitered Edge: Do you ever see a thick counter-top and wonder how they were able to get that thick of a material? Most likely what your seeing a mitered edge counter-top.  Typically done with 2cm thick material, you will see the mitered frame around the sides  giving the illusion of a thicker slab. The great thing with doing a mitered edge is you can pretty much make it look any thickness you want – from 2″ thick to 8″ and beyond.  A great focal point for areas like an island, and a bit more versatile. You can see this edge in both modern and traditional kitchens.

Mitered Edge

Beveled Edge: This style can be done stacked or left at it’s standard thickness. More typical for contemporary, this edge has an angle, typically a 45 degree one giving off a sleek look.  With its clipped flat corner it’s an easy edge for cleaning .

Beveled Edge

Ogee Square Step: There are many Ogee edge styles, but we like how the square step looks. The Ogee in general has a more intricate detail compared to other edge styles, and you normally will see 2 curves or in some cases 3 if looking at this particular style.  This is more commonly seen in traditional designs as it gives off an elegant look.  There is a bit more cleaning that has to be done due to the extra curves, but for this look we think it’s worth it.

Ogee Square

Now that you’ve seen some options, which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!


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Benefits of a Green Roof

Green Roofs are becoming more popular, especially in more urban settings where green space and parks are limited. There many great benefits that come with having a green space that not only make the building better, but also the environment. Lets take a look at some of the benefits:

Reduce Urban “Heat Island” Effect – More often than not, city areas tend to be much warmer compared to rural areas, especially during the summer. This is mostly due to cities having larger areas of paved surface and more buildings that tend to absorb solar radiation & then re-radiate it out as heat. The benefit of a green roof helps prevent this from happening.  A green roofs vegetation helps absorb that heat, in doing so it also uses the solar radiation to evaporate water from the plants thus lowering the temperature of the roof. By doing so this also naturally will keep the building cooler, serving as almost a form of insulation for the building thus reducing air-conditioning & heating costs for the building. 

Improves Air Quality & Reduces Greenhouse Gas Emissions: By adding these plants & trees to a roof in an urban setting it well help reduce greenhouse gas emissions that come from HVAC equipment. It also reduces carbon dioxide levels given off from cars & mechanical systems found throughout the city. Naturally having plants & trees around will produce more oxygen that the naturally give off.

Benefits for the Environment:  Aside from improving air quality, having a green roof also improves the environment in other ways. It provides a habitat for insects, butterflies, and birds who have lost their natural habitat from urban development and loss of green space. It also can neutralize acid rain effect and remove nitrogen pollution from rain as well as prevent combined sewer overflow.

While these are some of the bigger points to having a green roof there also more to list off, such as being a great sound dampener, providing a quieter environment inside and outside. It also extends the life span of your roof from any external influences, like weather & temperature. It’s great area for people to socialize and interact in a more calming setting, perfect for places like hospitals where patients are recovering.

The list is endless for all the great benefits, and we love ideas that not only benefit us as humans but also the environment & Earth. Now that you’ve learned some of these facts, let us know it the comments below what you think!


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The Many Different Edge Styles

Did you know that your floor can have multiple edge styles? What is an edge style exactly? An edge style refers to the detail at the end & edges of a floor board. The style you pick will affect how the overall floor will look once the planks are put together and installed.

The image above shows 3 very common edge styles. These are the typical styles you will see while shopping around for your flooring, but you may see some additional styles.  Lets review the 6 common styles you will see:

Beveled Edge: Showcases a groove that is more causal and rustic in appearance. More common with this edge is a urethane finish to allow sweeping & vacuuming to be done with ease. For install, typically  can be a bit more forgiving if installed on an irregular sub-floor.

Eased Edge: Also known as a micro- bevel, this style offers the same features as a beveled edge and the only difference is the bevel is smaller. You will see each board have this edge to help hide minor irregularities.

Square Edge: Traditional looking and offers a seamless edge. They blend well with other flooring pieces. Easiest of the styles to maintain as dirt will not fall between the boards.

Mirco Edge: A slightly more pronounced edge to give the board a more framed look when comparing it to the smoother square edge. It gives off a more causal feel as opposed to the more traditional style that is offered with a square edge.

Pillowed Edge: The main difference you will see with this edge detail is that its edges and ends have a more rounded look to them when comparing them to a beveled edge & eased edge.  This is more typical in an antiqued floor.

Scraped Edge: More commonly seen on a rustic looking floor, this edge emphasizes the individual planks. This bevel has a scraped texture that will coordinate with the scraped flooring.

Now that you know the basics on edge styles you’re ready to go out and find a floor for you!


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Products We Love

We love discovering Eco-friendly products and products that are useful in our everyday life. Check out these 3 products we’ve come across in our search and let us know your thoughts in the comments below.

SpeakaBoo:

Bamboo can be used for many things, and we love what SpeakaBoo has done with transforming it. Made out of 100% bamboo, SpeakaBoo is a bamboo speaker that amplifies the acoustics from your smartphone in a natural way. Each speaker is hand crafted and comes also with handmade carry bag made out of recycled newspaper.  It works for both iPhone and Android devices and also allows you to charge your phone while in use. To learn more click here. 

Cassava Bag:

Plastic in general has been a mainstream item ever since the early 1950-1960’s and since then have been becoming more and more of an issue. Plastic isn’t biodegradable, so while some of it does get recycled a lot of it will just end up in landfills and the ocean. That’s why we love what the company, Avani has created. A biodegradable “plastic” bag made out of  Cassava (Yucca), an edible root.  This bag is  100% bio-based, and will break down within a few months. The highlight of this bag is if it gets into water, they’re completely safe for animals to eat, unlike typical plastic bags and can also dissolve in hotter water. To learn more click here.

LifeStraw: 

While not necessarily a new product, we love what LifeStraw has to offer. The company started their research back in early 1999 trying to come up with a product that will filter out all the microbiological contaminants that would make water unsafe to drink.  With a little bit of time and research they were able to achieve that. The first LifeStraw was introduced in 2005 and since then have created everything from water bottles, purifiers for institutional settings, and high-volume collapsible bags for group settings like hikes, campsites, and expeditions. LifeStraw makes it more accessible to drink water practically anywhere and while the Earth is made of about 71% of water, only 2.5% is actually drinkable so LifeStraw will go a long way. Learn more here.


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Benefits of Cork Flooring

Most often than not you have seen cork in some shape or form throughout your day to day life style. Whether its preserving your wine bottle or holding photos and notes up on a memo board at home or in the office, cork is a product that not only benefits your home but also the planet. If you’re looking for an alternative option for flooring in your home, why not try installing cork? Let’s look at some of the benefits of a cork floor:

  • Self Healing – One of the great attributes of cork is the self healing aspect.  If something is dropped on a cork floor, not only will it absorb the shock it will also bounce back to its original shape. This is mainly due to cork consisting of more than 50% of it’s cells consist of air making it light weight as well.
  • Overall Healthy Option –  Great for people who have allergies, cork is a natural material that is naturally resistant to mold, mildew, and termites.  Cork is VOC free, preventing any compounds that would typically cause any irritation from your eyes, throat, and nose from releasing into the air. One last thing that make’s cork the overall healthy option is it is anti-microbial.
  • Sound Absorbent -Cork is a great natural sound dampener.  Aside from used as flooring, cork can also be installed on walls for places such as music studios or auditorium. You can install it on your second floor or bedroom to help limit the spread of noise throughout the house.
  • Soft & Cushioning – Cork is much softer than your typical standard floors like tile, hardwood, and bamboo. It also has better indoor air-quality compared to carpet.  Cork gives a comfortable cushion underfoot and comes in with a built-in underlayment making it easy to install on a sub-floor or concrete slab (a moisture barrier is still recommend on a slab).

Below are some photos of cork flooring from a company we love: USfloors:

Above: USfloors Traditional Plank Marmol 

Above:  USfloors Cork Deco  – Symmetry Gris 

Above: USfloors Wide Tile – Mistral

What are your thoughts on cork? Let us know in the comments below!


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The Pro’s & Con’s of Recycled Glass & Concrete Counter-Tops

Last week we spoke about solid surface material counter-tops and the multiple brands that are not only around but are also Eco friendly. This week is all about recycled glass & concrete counter tops and the pro’s and con’s of installing it in your home.

The look of recycled glass & concrete counter-tops is a truly unique one. Looking for a more subtle look, try going with smaller glass pieces. For a bolder more statement piece, you could go with larger pieces. Just take a look at the difference between an Icestone counter-top and a Vetrazzo counter-top.

Below: Icestone

Below: Vetrazzo 

So what are the pro’s and con’s of a recycle glass & concrete counter-top?

Pro’s :

1.  Color – The best thing about doing a glass & concrete counter-top is the endless color choices that are available. From clear glass to blue Skyy Volka bottles to a mixture, there is a lot of different options you can pick to fit your design preference. We recommend looking at Icestone & Vetrazzo’s websites to view more color options and get a sense of how big their glass pieces are.

2. Easy Cleaning  – Easy and simple to clean. Just take a damp cloth to wipe clean. Concerned about rings? Just take a damp cloth with mild liquid soap or detergent and it will come right off .

3. It’s Sustainable – The best part about recycled glass & concrete? It’s recyclable. Made with 100% recycled glass bottles from both pre and post consumer glass bottles right here in the USA.  Whether installing in a kitchen, bathroom, or fireplace you know that the material put in your home is bettering the environment.

As for the Con’s: 

1.  Porous – The one main con is how porous the material is. Concrete is known for being a porous material, so since this is a mixture between glass & concrete you will run into the same problem as if you you were just installing a concrete counter-top. It’s an easy fix, you will just have to seal the counter-top to protect not only the finish, but maintain it’s overall look. Not necessarily a con per say, it’s just something you typically will have to do annually to keep your counter-tops looking brand new.

2. Not for Outdoors – The only additional con we would add? We wouldn’t really recommend putting it outside due to weather. It could damage or break the material, especially in colder climates.

What’s your favorite thing about recycled glass tile?

Let us know in the comments below!


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A Wide Range of Solid Surface Material

When looking at counter top materials, what are some common materials people normally would list off? Granite? Quartz? Butcher Block? How about Corian? If you didn’t know Corian is actually a brand, not a material. Corian is actually a solid surface material, one of many in fact. Lets take a look a few other solid surface materials, specifically ones that are Eco-Friendly.

Avonite: Acrylic Solid Surface

NSF Certifed Food Zone Safe product with a broad palette of colors, patterns, and designs. Easy to clean, a durable nonporous material that not only is stain resistant, but bacteria and chemical resistant. Can be easily repairable as well.  They also have a variety of surfaces that are made with recycled content.

Alkemi: Recycled SurfaceMade with 88% to 97% recycled content. Alkemi is a beautiful and sustainable surface alternative. Typically made with pre consumer waste such as flake aluminum & copper, solid surface scrap and recycled acrylic.  Comes in a wide variety of colors, finishes, and styles. They even do a line of tables with four distinctive styles.

Durat: Sustainable Solid SurfaceContains recycled post industrial plastics and is 100% recyclable.  They use their pieces generated in production and re-use them to continue to create products. They also use 100% renewable electricity in their manufacturing facility. Comes in over 70 vibrant colors, and if you don’t see a color you like they will do a custom color for you. A wide range of design products such as tubs,sinks, and showers to stools and tables are offered aside from being used for counter tops in kitchens and bathrooms.

Take a look at these Solid Surface Materials and let us know in the comments which is your favorite!


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Why Recycled Glass Tile?

When it comes time to selecting tile for your remodel it can start to feel a bit overwhelming with all the different possibilities. How do you choose what material to use? One tile we love because of the wide range of versatility is recycled glass tile. Between the different patterns, colors, and sizes there is an endless assortment to choose from . Recycled glass tile is great for most applications, from kitchen back splashes, shower walls & niches, to fire places and pools.

Above: Collection – Tessera, 1″x1″ , Color – Peacock

Oceanside Glass & Tile offers great recycled glass tile, made with pre-consumer and post-consumer recycled glass bottles. For those that don’t know, pre-consumer materials are developed during the manufacturing process, consisting of scraps and trimmings that were never used for the end product. While post-consumer is when the end product has completed its life cycle and would have been disposed of, and instead are taken and recycled.

Oceanside’s recycled glass tiles are offered in a wide range. From mosaics for those customers that want a bit of color variation, to stone & tile for a mixture of texture. They also provide field tile in different sizes, glass tiles for pool installations, and even offer their customers the option to customize their own mosaic tile to get exactly what you like.

Below are a few different applications from Oceanside. Be sure to take a look at their website here to view the wide variety of tiles and the different installation photos.

Above: Collection – Devotion, Pattern – Scalloped, Color – Astral Antique Mirror & Bright White

 

Above: Collection – Muse, Pattern – 7/8″ x 1 3/8″ offset, Color – Moroccan Desert Blend
Above: Collection – Devotion, Pattern – Jali, Color- Rain Cloud

One great factor to recycled glass tile aside from being sustainable, is also the durability it has. It is a very strong build material and is impervious to water and is freeze/thaw resistant. A key when looking to install in outdoor applications as well.

What glass tile is your favorite? Let us know in the comments below!

 


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What is Energy Star?

The Energy Star logo is one  of most recognized symbols in America, but how much do you actually know about it? What it is and how does it help? 

A government backed symbol, the Energy Star symbol represents energy efficiency. Providing simple, credible and unbiased information that help businesses and consumers, not only make well informed decisions, but makes it easier for them to purchase products that will save them money as well as protect the environment.

The Energy Star program was established by the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1992, and since then with their partners continues to help save American families and their businesses on energy bills. (Close to $430 Billion). The EPA ensures that each product marked with the label is independently certified and each of those product is certified to delivery quality, performance and savings. Energy Star evolves with the market and as technology improves so aside from appliances like refrigerators, washing machines, and dishwashers, some additional products have been added to the list. The EPA updated performance requirements for four product categories as well as added five new product categories. Electric vehicle charges, lab grade refrigeration, smart thermostats, commercial coffee makers, and commercial boilers. So more and more items are now getting the stamp of approval to be Energy Star approved. 

Energy Star even had new criteria for LED bulbs. This all leading the EPA to collaborate with the likes of manufacturers and energy efficiency program implementers to help better understand the key cost drivers in LED and the impact on customers. This new criteria helps recognize high quality performance at lower prices.

There is so much more that Energy Star covers aside from products. Homes, buildings, and Industrial Plants are other areas of focus for them. You can check out their website here to learn more about energy efficiency and the benefits.


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Quartz Countertops-Why Caesarstone?

There are a lot of options when it comes to selecting a counter top material for your kitchen or bath remodel. It can be a bit overwhelming at times, but one option we always like is quartz.  Quartz is one of nature’s strongest minerals and when made into beautiful counter tops, you know they are sure to last. 

Photo: 5104 Tuscan Dawn

Quartz is a very durable material and non porous surface makes cleaning a very simple task to do.  Most of the time just take soap and water to the surface or a mild detergent will do to keep the counter top looking brand new.

One great company, Caesarstone composes their counter tops with 93% natural quartz with the remaining being pigments, resin, and glue.  Caesarstone is also sustainable in the way they manufacture their product. They recycle 97% of their water. On top of that they also collect dust from shipping, handling, and production process.

They have a wide variety of colors to fit any design style. Take a look at few options below and let us know which is your favorite.

Look at www.caesarstoneus.com for more options

Photo: 5043 Montblanc

Photo: 6270 Atlantic Salt 

Photo: 8551 Viola

Photo: 8540 Indigo


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