Archive for March, 2011
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→
Saturday is your last chance to get a peek at luxury Atlanta homes in the Brookwood Hills neighborhood, all to support Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. The first ever Brookwood Hills Tour of Homes lets visitors experience phenomenal design and architecture in this close-knit urban community of 300 homes. Five homes will open their doors for the curious to come and marvel at each home’s unique features and style.
From the Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta Website: Read More→
If you have been thinking about remodeling your kitchen, you will not want to miss the 14th annual Junior League Tour of Kitchens. The tour provides great eye candy and it takes place this weekend, Saturday, March 19 and Sunday, March 20. Sponsored by Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles, the self-guided tour showcases beautiful kitchens all around Atlanta. (Pictured is one of our beautiful kitchens from Atlanta Kitchens.)
Many of Atlanta’s finest culinary talents are also participating in the tour. After all great food is produced in fabulous kitchens! Live cooking demonstrations take place in each of the home’s kitchens. On Saturday, see the work of Scott Serpas of Serpas, Geoff Melkonian of Breadwinner Cafe & Bakery, Virginia Willis of My Southern Pantry, Jay Swift of 4th & Swift, Bobby Cresap for Big Green Egg, Hugh Acheson of Athens Five & Ten and Empire State South. Samplings from Yoforia and Moore Farms will also be up for 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→
Today I arrived in Minneapolis for the Cambria 2011 Lexus Partner marketing summit, and so far it has been a huge treat. My first stop on the tour was International Market Square where we visited the Cambria Showroom. The showroom is open to the public and truly demonstrates the many possibilities for using Cambria in design. From a fireplace fabricated by bending Cambria to entire slabs used on a shower wall, the this product has some creative uses. Cambria can form tile walls or even be used as slabs for sliding doors. Jaimie Hall did an excellent job of showing us the showroom and slab gallery.
The Cambria showroom specializes in demonstrating natural quartz surfaces for countertops, vanities, and many other surfacing applications. If you are looking for a beautiful, strong, carefree, food-safe and stain resistant surface for your kitchen or bath, make sure to consider Cambria. With an array of colors and an exceptional performance, Cambria is the safest surface for food preparation. With Cambria, you’ll add warmth and beauty plus the strength and durability that can only be found in natural quartz.
Come visit our Atlanta Kitchens showroom in Decatur, Ga to discover how to incorporate Cambria into your next masterpiece.
224 Rio Circle, Decatur, GA 30030
Construction Resources knows that the key to success is support from the community. As Atlanta’s leading supplier of kitchen and bath supplies, the support over the years has obviously been tremendous. For this reason, the company is always looking for ways to give back to the community that has been responsible for its success. Recently, Construction Resources and Atlanta Kitchen donated services to the Inspiration House, which is part of the Cathedral Antiques Show & Tour of Homes.
Atlanta Kitchen provided several services for concrete slabs that were donated by J. Aaron Cast Stone. The slabs were used as concrete countertops in the Inspiration House kitchen, serving as one of the room’s focal points.
The house was one of four on display at the 40th annual Cathedral Antiques Show & Tour of Homes from the Episcopal Church Women of the Cathedral of Read More→