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Bijjo 10-19-2008 08:04 AM

Quartz for my worktop & for kitchen
 
I have been checking for Corian, Quartz and Granite for my kitchen countertop and for a worktop - which I am planning to building (DIY all of it includes kitchen cupboards, and the worktop bottom base).
I will have to build strong kitchen cupboards - so the slabs won't break it.

Now my question is: how heavy quartz slabs are? I want to buy all quartz from the same company so they will make me a good price. I've searched around the internet, and asked some friends and it seems like "Caesarstone" is a senior company for quartz.

I found out their website got plenty of models for quartz countertop but also Concetto worktops. Concetto seems too expensive, and I've been looking for Quartz anyway. Anyone got any opinion about Caesarstone?

And also is IKEA could help me with cupboards / bases for the quartz slabs?

I will be glad to get any tips :whistling2:

Thanks.

Iris313 10-22-2008 12:46 AM

Countertops
 
We are also looking to remodel and do new counters. Cesarstone seems to be the choice of many who opt for quartz. Regarding weight, this was on one of the websites I was reading about quartz.

When it comes to installing a quartz countertop, it's important to note that as an engineered product, these counters weigh more than granite. It is best to hire a professional to install them unless you have experience working with them.
If you do choose to install it yourself, quartz makes a better choice than most natural stone counters because it is easier to cut and handle without causing damage. However, hiring a professional for the installation process may cost less in the long run because you will experience less waste or broken slabs. Most of the time, if you buy your quartz countertop from a reputable dealer they will provide installation as part of the purchase.


As far as IKEA, I can't say I know this for certain, but I've read on several blogs that IKEA is a great option for many things (incredible storage options and inexpensive decorator items and fabric) but many people seem to think you can do better than IKEA for the same price in the areas of flooring, appliances and countertops.

I just went to a very large home show over the weekend and after making a few phone calls, I find there is a great difference in price - even for an identical product such as Cesarstone. I would suggest you call around and even check online sources. Also, many sites recommend that if you prefer a natural stone, like granite or marble, but want to save on the cost, you can check tile outlets and purchase 12x12 tiles and lay them with almost negligible grout lines and have a really vibrant counter laid over a base of plywood & concrete backer board.

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Allison1888 10-25-2008 02:20 PM

countertop weight
 
I know our contractor always has another guy help him with granite or similar countertops because they are so heavy, so if you DIY, make sure a friend is around to help. I think quartz is a good surface -- not as many maintenance issues as granite, but a nice look.

Bijjo 10-26-2008 04:03 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Allison1888 (Post 176689)
I know our contractor always has another guy help him with granite or similar countertops because they are so heavy, so if you DIY, make sure a friend is around to help. I think quartz is a good surface -- not as many maintenance issues as granite, but a nice look.


Thanks, but I didn't talked about carrying it - I talked about the stability of the cupboards (it should be the base for the quartz surface)

Iris313 10-26-2008 06:16 PM

did you buy your cabinets?
 
I'm just wondering. We designed our kitchen with IKEA, and I liked what we put together. My husband, however, wanted all-wood construction, but our budget is limited. Since we're doing it ourselves, we went with RTA (ready to assemble) wood cabinets, and they're quite sturdy. The style we got also has the matching molding.

There are many places you can get them, but you might look at Kitchen Cabinet Depot for ideas and photos. The cost turned out to be only $275 more than IKEA.
http://www.kitchencabinetdepot.com/M...2/merchant.mvc
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Bijjo 10-27-2008 04:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Iris313 (Post 177114)
I'm just wondering. We designed our kitchen with IKEA, and I liked what we put together. My husband, however, wanted all-wood construction, but our budget is limited. Since we're doing it ourselves, we went with RTA (ready to assemble) wood cabinets, and they're quite sturdy. The style we got also has the matching molding.

There are many places you can get them, but you might look at Kitchen Cabinet Depot for ideas and photos. The cost turned out to be only $275 more than IKEA.
:thumbsup:

I don't like the "Kitchen Cabinet" , IKEA is nice, although the slabs are pretty heavy, and in the Ceaserstone website it seems like the quartz worktops shows how heavy are the slabs, and those "Cabinet" might be cheap and not strong enough. :no:

Iris313 10-27-2008 02:52 PM

Wellborn
 
I also got a really good bid from Wellborn. I looked at about a dozen sample kitchen with Wellborn cabinets - they have 4 grades (and four price points). All the kitchens had either quartz, granite or concrete counters.

Mike Finley 11-16-2008 07:52 PM

Stone and quartz is heavy. How heavy? Freak'n heavy. Does it require anything unusual in regard to your cabinets? No.

However.... that's no is assuming you have normal cabinets. Anything normal is not going to have a problem with the weight.


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