Posted at 10:15h
By Sophie Overton
in Home & Design
Kitchen countertops are changing. Moving away from high-maintenance granite and marble, more designers are turning to composite materials made of crushed stone bonded with resin. Whenever she has a client who does a lot of cooking and entertaining, Elyse Parkhurst
, who with her business partner Caitlin Flynn
, forms the design team at North Fork Design Co.
, recommends doing the kitchen islands and countertops in engineered stone. “Granite and other quarried stones look gorgeous but they can be difficult to maintain. We find that a lot of clients with families are looking for more durable options,” she says. “Marble, in particular, is very porous and can etch if it comes in contact with acidic foods like vinegar. And if you spill a glass of wine on it, it can be very hard to remove.” Happily, advances in engineered stone mean that manufacturers are coming closer to replicating the look of the real thing. Instead of buying from a big box store, Parkhurst recommends visiting a stoneyard where you can see the various slabs--each one is unique--and ordering a custom-fabricated piece. “We still pick out every slab we use and we encourage our clients to take part in the selection process,” she says. “Even people who aren’t design fiends can become excited about kitchen countertops once they start looking at materials.”