Not your mother’s countertop, fresh choices for counters are gaining popularity including quartz-based says Carbine’s Vice President of Operations Daryl Walny. He was recently interviewed for USA Today Home magazine and reflected younger homeowners are leaning toward the manmade products.
“We are finding in a variety of home price points where younger buyers and young professionals are stepping away from their parents’ granite and choosing the engineered products,” Walny said. “It is a more sleek, modern look.”
Caserstone and Silestone are typically over 90% quartz based. These man-made products are scratch and stain resistant and nonporous never needing to be sealed. Walny said the wide variety of colors is also attracting home owners. In a Facebook Live video on Carbine’s Facebook page, Walny said people are looking for variety.
“Granite is still being used 70 to 85% of the time and we are finding people are stepping out of the norm. They are turning granite over and using a honed or leathered finish,” Walny said. “Younger buyers like the options of quartz products.”
Carbine & Associates primarily uses Caesarstone. Walny likes the product consistency.
“We used Carrera marble for many years. Now the Caesarstone marble type product won’t grow microbes or stain. I like the uniformity of the manmade product material. There is more consistency, more interesting colors and a more modern feel,” Walny said.
Will they be using a quartz-based product in the House for Hope? The Carbine team are now marshaling vendors and subcontractors for the designer show house tour which promises to the top home event of the year resulting in over $100,000 being donated to children’s charities. Read more here about the stellar line-up of Southeastern design influencers and tastemakers who have signed on to help with the project and have over a half million followers on Facebook and Instagram. Follow along the build!