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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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Warm Walls Welcome Wood: the Biophilic Design Benefits of Wood

Accent walls are a common design element in spaces where you are using a lot of neutral colors or hard surfaces and you want an organic or eye-catching element to draw the occupant’s attention.  As more and more attention turns to biophilic design, these features wall have taken on a decidedly ‘nature-like’ appeal and can really accomplish the elusive feat of bringing the outdoors in.

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Biomimicry and Building Materials - What You Need to Know

Imagine spending four billion years in school.  That is a lot of education, and it forms the baseline for everything around us as we know it. For billions of years, nature has been adapting and evolving to changing temperatures, sea levels, climates, canopies and weather patterns, constantly learning and adjusting to survive.

 

Building has evolved for a few thousand years, starting with rocks, peaking with glass-clad high rises across the globe, and now settling back into an attempted harmony with nature.  

 

We are optimistic about the trend of bringing nature into the space through Biophilic Design, and we are eager to see more widespread adoption of Biomimicry on its heels.  

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Half-Full or Half-Empty?  Quartz Companies Looking at Glass to Fill their Coffers

While the latest quartz tariffs may be shutting down manufacturers worldwide, the manufacturers in China are savvy.  They are not going to shut their doors. Not going to toss up their hands and say “That was fun while it lasted.”  No, they are looking for a workaround. And the language in the anti-dumping ruling accommodates it.

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OUR TAKE: Pinterest’s Top Interior Design Trends for 2019

It's a new year, and you know what that means: Pinterest users are flocking to their boards to put together the perfect designs for their 2019 renovations, rebuilds, and beyond. What will users be pinning like mad in 2019? Pinterest released their top 100 trends for 2019, and we're excited about them. Here are a few of our favorites, with a special CaraGreen spin: 

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You Are Recycling Wrong

how-to-recycle-correctly

We don't mean to be a buzzkill, we're just being honest. Here's what you're getting wrong, and how you can fix it: 

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The Two Healthy Alternatives to Pink Insulation

The defacto, easy, unhealthy insulation option lurking in walls and attics, is invariably pink. When discerning clients question what is in the walls, it is inevitably gypsum and fiberglass, two energy intensive building bad-boys that get picked because they come with familiarity and a low price tag. But what is the cost of this low price tag? What are we sacrificing when it comes to the health of our homes and those that dwell within its walls? Beyond the pink, fluffy, and slightly noxious horizon lives a small handful of viable, healthy insulation options that promote the health of not just your home, but your family. 

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