February Vignette - Year Of The Dog

Clockwise, starting from from the upper left:

IceStone - Tuscan Sunset
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Eco Transparent Decorative Plywood, Red 3020
Kirei - EchoPanel, 258
Durat - 450
Koskisen - KoskiDecor Eco Transparent Decorative Plywood, Yellow 1018
Durat - 070
Kirei - EchoPanel, 108

PaperStone - Cladding, Slate

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We have a new YouTube channel to show you all the best tips and tricks when working with our materials. Subscribe to our channel here. Click on the pictures above to watch the best ways to get scratches out of Durat and/or how to get a wine stain out of Durat!


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Bringing Color to Colorado

We are excited to be setting up shop in Denver! We have added to our sales team as we expand further west to Colorado, an up and coming market starving for some sustainable attention. We’ve got you covered. With Koskisen, Durat, Wonderwall, and Bark House, we are sure to garner some attention with these beautiful materials. We will be setting up appointments starting March 1st, so please email rachael@caragreen.com if you want to get on the list.

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Berry Me In The Sand

Oooh…..summa summa…… we are ready for it to heat up and to get pool ready, but we know we have to wait a few more months, according to that snowblind groundhog. But, that doesn’t mean our color palette has to wait. Durat is beach-ready with two new hues: Berry and Sand. The vibrant Berry color (650) is a great new addition to Durat’s already extensive colorways, and Sand (644) really does look like it’s namesake.  

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Thinking Big by Building Small

We have always had big aspirations for our products, but in recent months we have learned to celebrate the little things. Working with several couples as they set off on adventures in buses or vans, we have provided them with healthy materials to keep them safe and cozy in their small space. UltraTouch insulation was a natural choice for Gary and Beth Hodges (follow their adventure @the198bus) as they didn’t want nasty, pink fiberglass in the walls of their upfit bus in which they plan to live and travel.

This got us thinking about tiny homes!  A lot of our products are suited to these small small spaces, especially considering the limited space. You want to make the right (healthy) choices, right? Durat is lightweight and adds a pop of color to counters, tables, or benches. PaperStone is super durable, has an organic natural look, and it’s warm, matte finish won’t come off glossy in a small intimate space. Lapitec with its natural palette and 7 textures would be a great surface to chop directly on AND integrate an induction burner underneath to get limited surfaces to do double duty.

For less mobile tiny homes, reSAWN cladding (especially charred Shou Sugi Ban) would create a beautiful, resilient exterior that would really distinguish the home from its now-behemoth looking neighbors. We have big expectations for our future but we also realize that it is the little things that matter.

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January Vignette - Winter Greys

Clockwise, starting from from the upper left:

Kirei - EchoPanel, 365
PaperStone - Graphite
Kirei - EchoPanel, 101
Lapitec - Satin, Arabescato Michelangelo
Durat - 054, 441, and 254
PaperStone - Pewter


Koskisen - KoskiDecor Eco Transparent Decorative Plywood, White 9003, White 9001, and Grey 7004

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Want Not. Waste Not.

When a wood product company rejected thousands of board feet of its Laminated Veneer Lumber because it was out of spec, the material was destined for the dumpster. Until the creative minds atPaperStone decided that the stability and strength of the PaperStone product could bring new life to the scrap material. Applying a thin layer of PaperStone to the LVL on both sides, reinforced and stabilized the material into sheets of incredibly durable, cost effective Plyboard. This material is ideally suited for shelving, benches and casework or any other application that needs the surface durability of PaperStone at a very competitive price point. For more information on Plyboard and samples, please email us at paperstone@caragreen.com.

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Don’t Buy Crappy Flooring. This Is The Best

Walking the aisles of Home Depot will not result in a high quality flooring. More likely you are looking at some design printed on top of a cheap fiberboard or a thin layer of hardwood atop a cheap wood core. If you want a high quality, well wearing hardwood that is sustainable and beautiful, reSAWN Timber has what you need. Wide plank walnuts, white oak, ash, cherry and red oak are available in a variety of trendy finishes and incredibly thick wear layers that ensure a long-lasting stunning flooring. Also used as wall cladding, reSAWN Timber's line of wood products is unmatched in the industry.  

For samples, color cards and pricing, please email resawn@caragreen.com.

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Marveling at Marble?

For the last three years the surfacing world has been showing us marble. White with gray veining, Calacatta, Carrara, and now gold veining has made its entree in the form of Calacatta Gold. The problem? It is not marble. Unfortunately we are back to the game of impostors, with quartz looking like marble, solid surface looking like marble and porcelain printed with marble veining. If you want marble, use marble. We don't get it. Maybe because our products are all true to their aesthetic, and look like what they are? We would like to see the countertop world lose its marbles. Another KBIS show with marble knock-offs is a non-starter.

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Porcelain Tiles As Countertops? Not So Fast

Are tile countertops making a comeback? No, but porcelain companies are trying to scale up their thin tiles into countertop worthy sizes, in order to capitalize on the ultracompact stone, or sintered stone category, which is the next big thing in the surfacing world.

Everyone at the Kitchen and Bath Show (KBIS) was clamoring to show their scaled up porcelain tiles and try to elbow in on true sintered stone materials, which are far superior to quartz and guaranteed to take quartz market share over the next decade. Don't get duped by these thin format tiles though, they are brittle, hard to handle and can chip easily. The true sintered stone category, which is the next generation of man made stone, is exclusive to brands like Lapitec, Dekton and Neolith. Lapitec was designed to include a 3cm thickness, a defacto standard in the countertop world. You can't scale up to that. The process has to be designed to support it. Be wary of the tile companies that are screaming "me too" in the porcelain world because the products are truly a different process and were designed for different applications. Stick to your walls and floors, tile guys.

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