Entries tagged with: construction


Embracing a Crystalline Renaissance: The changing face of quartz

Written by Jessica McNaughton and Paul Max La Pera

This article originally appeared in ISFA's Countertops & Architectural Surfaces Vol. 13, Issue 3- Q3 2020. Countertops & Architectural Surfaces is the official publication of the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA). It contains the latest news and information relevant to the countertop and surfacing industry. Read the full issue here.  

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Want vs. Need: the new design minimalism

We own our own ecosystem right now. Companies have become virtual collections of their individual ecosystems.  We are the sum of our parts.  We are Damon’s kitchen, Kristine’s couch, Maddie’s office, and Rob’s homemade co-working space.  

So too are our customers. These spaces accommodate what we actually are working with.  Designers have room for the samples that WILL be used in their projects, not those they may have a use for someday.

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Modular Home Trends: The Push Towards Unique Designs

In recent times there has been a paradigm shift in home designs with an accelerated push towards uniqueness and sustainability. With more people inhabiting cities, the growing demand for energy and a concomitant rise in greenhouse gas emissions are fueling green and modular home trends. 

Sustainable, green homes using eco-friendly materials, solar power, energy-efficient layout, smart appliances, and sustainable furniture can help achieve the bold target of 100% zero carbon emissions by 2050.

In this guest post written by Westbuilt modular home builders, you'll learn about 5 trends in green modular building. 

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What does a circular building industry look like?

Over the years, green practices have evolved to better find a solution to our single-use, mass-waste society. It seems that the latest trend in the world of green solutions, circular economy, is the answer we’ve been looking for.

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The Ultimate Quartz Alternatives Product Guide


As the Quartz industry spirals indefinitely out of control, the design world looks for alternatives that are not commodities caught up in a war of trade and arrogance. Simultaneously, countertop fabricators and millworkers alike are looking for materials that are unfettered with cost uncertainty and impending penalties on already installed materials. Companies are scrambling to set up quartz manufacturing here in the US, but the reality is that there are already suitable alternatives here.
 

We have pulled together a list of some great alternatives to quartz that are beautiful, have exceptional performance and will get you ahead of the surfacing design curve and out of the quartz quandary.

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Why PaperStone is Your Domestic Quartz Alternative

Pardon our stars, but why the **** are you still using quartz for your countertops?! It's time to use PaperStone, and we'll tell you why. 

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Terrible Tariffs and What it Means for You

The latest on the quartz tariff saga. Grab some aspirin - you're about to have a serious headache. 

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