Archive for Living Green
Consumer Reports, the trusted source for product knowledge and reviews, recently put out their special report for kitchens reviewing everything from appliances to counter surfaces. In their studies, Consumer Reports chose Quartz as the top surface for overall performance, as well as looks, with easy upkeep.
If you are ready to upgrade to the highest rated material, come to the Construction Resources Design Center at 224 Rio Circle in Decatur to explore samples of all over 100 color profiles. You can also explore our indoor slab gallery to see full-size slabs of Cambria, showing the best examples of the qualities offered in a complete slab. From designer colors such as powerful blues and reds, to options which emulate the appearance of natural stone like granite and marble, there are options for every home. And once it is installed by our award-winning teams, you don’t have to worry about upkeep or damaging it – quartz received high marks against stains, cutting, heat and abrasion, so it will look good for years without work or worry. Read More→
Construction Resources is proud to offer a wide variety of ecologically-friendly kitchen counter top options, including Cambria quartz and Piedrafina as full-size slabs, which will both be discounted during the upcoming Counters for a Cause sale on October 12 and 13. At our design studio and indoor slab gallery, you can also find other green building products, including PaperStone and Vetrazzo. Both of these materials are gorgeous countertops made of everyday materials.
- PaperStone is made of postconsumer wastepaper, nonpetroleum-based resins and pigments. This mix is heated and compressed into a dense, monolithic slab with a feel that’s often compared to a warm, soft stone like soapstone. PaperStone is offered in a variety of earth-tone colors with a matte finish. Read More→
As part of our initiative to expand offerings of ecologically and environmentally-friendly products to our slab gallery and showrooms, we are proud to announce that we are an authorized supplier of PaperStone. PaperStone joins Vetrazzo recycled glass countertops as counter surfaces we have available that are composed primarily of recycled post-consumer material. PaperStone excels in kitchens and baths as well as provides innovative solutions for conference tabletops, signs and plaques and more.
PaperStone is constructed of post-consumer paper and cardboard mixed and treated with PetroFree resins to create a tough and beautiful surface. The counter surfaces come in a range of nine earth tone colors and have a wide variety of edge profiles and finishes. Like all of Construction Resources’ materials, it is fabricated and customized at our in-house state-of-the-art fabrication facility, which allows for quick turnaround times. Our expert installers make the inclusion of this product seamless and easy. Read More→
Cambria quartz countertops are proud to announce their featured designer for Winter 2012, celebrated interior designer Ramsin Khachi. Khachi spearheads the Toronto-based Khachi Design Group, which he grew from a one-man construction company into a full service Design/Build firm. Khachi often appears on CTV’s Marilyn Denis Show and has also served as an expert for Benjamin Moore paints.
Khachi used Cambria as the unifying force in a recent design job that resurrected a 23-year-old split level in Oakville, a suburb west of Toronto. He chose Cambria because, in his own words, “I’m not interested in following trends. I like to use classical details with a contemporary twist, and materials like Cambria that will stand the test of time.” The home is fully upgraded for each room to function ideally as possible. Every room is also upgraded with state-of-the-art technology like biometric locks, sensors to automatically Read More→
Saratoga Soapstone is an all-natural surface, quarried naturally with no synthetics and composed primarily of talc, chlorite, dolomite and magnetite. The surface doesn’t need to be sealed with harsh chemicals, and can be waxed instead. Waxing the soapstone deepens the color and protects the surface for years to come.
Saratoga Soapstone is not only beautiful – it is durable. It is heat resistant, avoiding damage when hot pans are placed on the surface; it is stain resistant, or acids or alkalies will not hurt the surface; and it is nonporous. Read More→
If you don’t already receive each issue of Cambria Style magazine, be sure to sign up. The magazine is packed with home design and lifestyle tips as well as celebrity interviews. In the latest issue, Summer 2011, Cambria urges homeowners to think more Nicole Kidman (classic) and less Lady Gaga (extremely trendy) when designing their ideal kitchens.
What are some of the kitchen trends you are noticing? Cambria has noticed an emphasis on dark wood and steamlined design, more open spaces where family and friends can congregate, distinctive materials and a desire for environmentally sustainable products.
With 100 colors offered, some even mimicking other surfaces like marble or granite, Cambria quartz offers a terrific surface solution for any kitchen remodel. Not only is the product eco-friendly, it is 100 percent manufactured in the United States – the only quartz company that can boast that fact. Read More→
When you toss all of your glass recyclables together and leave them at the curb, do you ever wonder what that bottle of wine or salad dressing jar will become? Do you ever buy recycled items and wonder what their previous lives were?
If you are remodeling your kitchen or bathrooms, Vetrazzo offers unique countertops that each tell their own story. Vetrazzo is a unique surface comprised of glass and concrete. All glass is recycled and makes up about 83 percent of the final material by weight. Each shard of glass in the countertops tells a story. The largest proportion of glass comes from curbside recycling programs, but glass also comes from post industrial usage, dinnerware, stemware, automotive windshields, stained glass, laboratory glass and other unusual sources such as decommissioned traffic lights. Read More→
Today’s tour of the Cambria Plant reminded me of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. It was like winning a golden ticket to tour the plant. However, because the company’s “recipe” for quartz countertops is a closely guarded family secret, we weren’t allowed to take cameras into the plant. (The photos I’ve attached to this post are from the company’s equally amazing distribution center.) Construction Resources may have Georgia’s largest indoor slab gallery, but the Cambria distribution center certainly has us beat!
What I learned:
Made in America
Cambria is the only quartz surface made in America. This has huge positive implications for buyers and sellers in terms of distribution. Cambria provides super quick order fulfillment, and best of all it is a family owned company.
The Secret Mix
Cambria consists of 93% quartz. Only clear quartz is used and the quartz undergoes strict laboratory testing to ensure that it meets color, size and consistency standards. Resin and color pigment are added to the quartz and the formula is mixed in special proprietary mixers thus creating the beautiful colors and movement that Cambria has become famous for.
Strength in Numbers
Cambria is twice as strong as granite. This is because of the resin in the secret formula. Some other fun numbers from the plant tour that are impressive. Hundreds of Cambria slabs are manufactured a week, two production lines run 24/7, and with all of the plant’s automation only eight people are required to run each line. The favorite Read More→
There are many advantages to companies going “green”. Not only do they help the environment by using fewer resources, but if they offer eco-friendly products, then their customers can reap the benefits as well. That’s why Construction Resources, Atlanta’s leading supplier of kitchen and bath products for homeowners, remodelers and builders, is helping everyone with their earth-friendly initiatives:
- 100 percent of the water used in the fabrication plant is recycled
- Construction Resources uses clean-burning, natural gas fork lifts
- Over 85 percent of the company’s scrap granite and quartz is recycled
- Computer equipment, batteries and general office waste are recycled
- Diamond-metal tooling is retooled and reused
For the consumer, Construction Resources offer several eco-friendly products so that customers can go green as well. These products include: Read More→
Environmental sustainability is a huge deciding factor when it comes to materials in any remodel or build. Luckily, Construction Resources offers several eco-friendly countertop options that are beautiful as well.
Cambria quartz countertops are available in 100 colors. The non-porous material is not only beautiful, but high performance, as it resists staining, scratching and scorching. Homeowners or builders striving for LEED Certification can gain points by utilizing this material for countertops. The post-consumer or post-industrial materials dictate the colors. Cambria comes out with new colors frequently, and is a no-muss, no-fuss way to have the looks of granite and marble without extra maintenance while still helping the environment.
The IceStone line is another eco-friendly option, and versatile as well. The surface can be used for countertops, walls and floors alike. IceStone comes in 24 standard colors, but due to the ability to tint the background mix and select from different sizes and colors of glass, the palette is unbound. Combining the strength of granite and heat resistance of stone, the material is very durable. Also, due to the high recycled content, the material can be used for LEED points.
Keeping with the recycled glass theme, Construction Resources offer Vetrazzo glass surfaces. Made of 85 percent glass (all recycled). The colors continually evolve as difference sources of recycled glass are discovered. The surface is durable and easy to maintain on top of being heat and scratch resistant.
For more information on these eco-friendly options, visit the Construction Resources website, or stop by one of the three Atlanta-area showrooms.