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Product Showcase: Beyond Marble and Granite

Product showcase – new and noteworthy

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The ultimate matte black accent

Discover amazing new design opportunities with the ultimate matte-black accent for your kitchen. Introducing the Vintera 30, by Blanco – a contemporary farmhouse sink in the company’s latest Silgranit colour, coal black, featuring a slim 6.5-in. apron, generous nine-in. bowl depth, and flushmount installation option. The Vintera is both spacious and sleek. Its flat matte-black colour and smooth silk-matte feel is perfect for those who love bold, contemporary design.




The most successful automatic coffee machine in Jura’s history – now easier to use, with an even greater variety of specialities and a more sophisticated design. Buttons on the front of the machine and a modern TFT display make operation incredibly simple. And the integrated maintenance programs and new interchangeable milk spout ensure maximum hygiene.



Renovator’s dream shop

Beyond Marble and Granite is committed to finding the ideal kitchen or bath design to suit your budget and lifestyle. Offering a wide selection of quartz and granite countertops, BMG also has a wide selection of mosaics and backsplashes, porcelain tile, faucets, sinks, and more. The team at BMG believes that every project deserves to be a masterpiece, whether big or small. Installing quartz or granite countertops adds value and beauty to any room in your home, office or cottage. Visit the Vaughan showroom for all your renovation needs!



Custom cabinetry

JH Kitchen is a family-owned business that has been operating for almost 10 years. Their team of experts specialize in custom cabinetry and design, and work with you to meet your every need. From the initial stages of consultation to home visits, follow-ups, and installation, the company is dedicated to working with each and every client to achieve exactly what they envision to be their dream kitchen. JH Kitchen offers the highest quality, with a diverse selection of designs, at the best price. The primary goal is to ensure every customer’s complete satisfaction.




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How to care for quartz countertops

How to care for quartz countertops

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How to care for quartz countertops

Unlike other natural countertop materials, quartz is an engineered countertop, combined with resins, polymers and pigments to give it the great look and durability it is known for. This process improves the product, since you don’t have to seal it, it won’t stain or support propagation of microorganisms. Moreover, it is almost maintenance-free.

Does this mean you don’t have to care for quartz countertops? In a word, no.

Though the material only needs cleaning and disinfecting, you still have to maintain it at all times. Everyday maintenance involves wiping off fresh spills with a soft cloth. Read on to learn more.

Routine cleaning of quartz counters

Naturally, quartz doesn’t stain in cases of spills of wine, vinegar, water, tea, soda and lemon juice. However, it’s still essential to wipe off spills immediately, before they dry, using a soft dry cloth and a mild dishwashing detergent.

If stains do dry, use a glass or surface cleaner and a nonabrasive sponge – and a little elbow grease. If you ever have the unfortunate experience of gum, food, paint, nail polish or another substance that hardens after drying and it sticks to the surface, use a putty knife to gently scrape it off.

Cooking grease is a challenge, but can still be removed with a sponge and dishwashing detergent. In the case of grease, use a degreaser. Most degreaser products will show the instructions to follow.

In cases where permanent marker finds its way onto your quartz countertop, simple dishwashing detergent won’t cut it. Here, you’ll have to use alcohol or another product that removes marker stains. Run a little alcohol on the stain and then rinse off with clean water.

It’s also important to know how to disinfect quartz countertops. Spread a little disinfectant on the surface and wipe with clean water.

Take a look at the collection of countertops from Caesarstone to learn more what makes quartz easy to care for.

What to avoid with quartz countertop care

Quartz countertops are easy to care for, but you might make costly mistakes while you’re at it. To keep your countertop looking its best, there are a few things you need to avoid:

  • Acids, alkalines and abrasives: Harsh cleaners and scouring pads will dull the surface of your quartz countertop. You need only mild cleaning soap to get the job done. Products with nail polish remover and turpentine, among other products with strong acids or alkalis, are not ideal for cleaning purposes. However, quartz will tolerate weak acids and weak alkalis.
  • Heat: Do not place hot pots and pans on your countertop. Instead, use trivets and hot pads to protect the counter. While natural quartz does not scorch when exposed to heat, the resins and polymers used during to manufacture countertops can melt. However, most quartz countertops will withstand up to about 148 degrees Celsius – but prolonged exposure to heat will cause damage and scorch marks.
  • Dicing or slicing fruits and vegetables: Although quartz is a durable material, it doesn’t resist marks caused by sharp knives. When cutting fruits and vegetables, be sure to use a chopping board.
  • Throw away warranty certificate: When you buy a quartz countertop, you get a lifetime warranty for indoor use. Once you have read and reviewed your warranty certificate, store it away safely. You may never need it, especially if you take care of your quartz countertop, but sometimes manufacturer defects require the warranty certificate.
  • Sealing quartz counters: Quartz countertops do not require sealing like other counter materials. Let the shiny surface of your countertop be. Quartz countertops are nonporous, which means liquids will not seep in to stain or discolor your counter, so no sealing is required to keep the counter looking new.

Why use quartz countertops at home?

Quartz counters are ideal for all areas on your home, including the kitchen, fireplace, bathroom and any other space that you feel needs a countertop. Among other materials, quartz is easier to care for. For other materials such as granite and marble, you will need to seal and regularly reseal, at least twice a year. The fact that you don’t need any sealant on quartz makes the maintenance process very easy.

Besides ease of maintenance, quartz countertops are durable. The natural quartz stone ranks as the seventh hardest stone in the world. This makes it resistant to scratches, chipping and breaking. Although high heat might damage your counter, you will likely enjoy many decades of use. Again, during manufacture, different pigments are added to give quartz unique colours. You are not stuck with the natural look of stone with quartz; you can add any patterns or colours you need to make your counter great looking. For all these benefits, you will pay a little more than you would with other counter materials.

The bottom line

Clearly, quartz countertops are trending, and with good reason. Their strength and durability are among the most appealing features, but without proper care, they may be damaged or stained to the point the manufacturer’s warranty won’t apply.

When well cared for, quartz countertops will maintain their shine, and the pigments won’t fade. And once you learn proper care and disinfecting techniques, this will all help keep your kitchen or bathroom clean.


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How to find the best kitchen stone countertops in Toronto

How to find the best kitchen stone countertops in Toronto

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How to find the best kitchen stone countertops in Toronto

In 2020, stone countertops can make a wonderful addition to any kitchen renovation or remodel project. In fact, new stone countertops can easily turn even the dingiest, most outdated kitchens into breath-taking, stylish, executive-looking kitchens.

Whether you choose marble, granite, or quartz countertop, there’s just something about a stone countertop that you won’t find when installing wood or composite countertops.

Stone countertops are timeless, durable and considerably more eye-catching than other materials. And on top of that, kitchen stone countertops are almost guaranteed to add a significant amount of value to your home.

However, you might wonder where the best places are to find stone countertops in Toronto. Rest assured that you’ve come to the right place.

Let’s go over a few tips to help you find the best kitchen stone countertop retailers in Toronto.

How to choose the best place for your stone countertops

When searching for new countertops in the GTA, it’s important to understand that not every store is going to be the best place to purchase your materials.

For example, some stores might offer only the best, top-of-the-line materials, but their prices might be far outside of budget. Or on the other hand, some stores might offer significantly better prices, but they might not offer much in terms of selection. Also, there are some companies, such as stonewizards.ca, that can offer best countertops for your kitchen for a reasonable price. Your goal is to find such companies and deal with them.

Therefore, it’s vital that you shop around and do a bit of research before diving headfirst into your project.

Let’s take a look at the most important factors to consider when shopping around for the best stone countertops in Toronto.

Stay on budget

Obviously, there are dozens of countertop retailers in the GTA. This is exactly why it’s so important to understand that not every one of them is going to keep its customers’ best interests in mind at all times.

In fact, many stone countertop retailers charge significantly more for the same products that can be found at another store for a much cheaper price.

This illustrates why it’s so important to shop around and compare prices before purchasing your countertops from any store.

Before shopping around, make sure to identify your budget range. Then, make a list of a few stores in the area that you might be interested in purchasing from. Finally, contact these stores and get a rough estimate of the cost of your project.

Any companies that give you a quote outside of your budget range, you can automatically dismiss from your list.

Companies that fit within your budget can be shortlisted, and you can move on to researching them and learning about their experience and expertise in the industry.

Choose experience

While being a newer company doesn’t necessarily mean a business doesn’t have the skills or experience needed for the job, it does mean that dealing with them might be a little riskier.

However, it’s vital to ensure that the company you choose to deal with has the necessary experience and know-how when it comes to stone kitchen countertop installation.

When talking to potential retailers, make sure to ask them about their experience, how long they’ve been in business, and what they believe their customers like about their service.

In one way, this might put the salesman on the spot. But if they do indeed have experience and are knowledgeable about stone countertops and installation, they shouldn’t have any trouble answering any questions that you throw at them.

On the other hand, if you ask questions and the salesman stammers or has trouble directly answering your questions, it’s a good indication that you’re not dealing with a knowledgeable or experienced company. And it might be better to contact the next company on your list.

Read reviews

Finally, it’s important to read reviews and get to know what other people are saying about a company.

Think about it this way: When a person takes the time to write a review, they’re not going to lie about how they really feel. This is why it’s important to take some time and do a bit of research.

Before you make a decision, make sure to look up any prospective companies on Google or Facebook, and read through their reviews.

When a customer is satisfied with the services they’ve received, they’re going to be more than happy to share this information and recommend the company to others. On the other hand, when a person is dissatisfied or has had a bad experience, they’re going to be just as adamant about telling other customers.

Just keep in mind that it’s impossible for any company to keep every one of their customers happy all of the time. So, don’t automatically dismiss a company just because you see one or two bad reviews.

However, if you notice that a company has significantly more bad than good reviews, you might want to think twice before choosing them.

The best stone countertops in Toronto

When looking for stone countertops in Toronto, it’s best to take some time and do some research before diving headfirst into your renovation or remodel project.

Toronto is a large city and there are going to be tons of companies to choose from. That’s why you need to learn about your options first in order to find the best supplier for your countertop material.


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Design/Build Expert: Kitchens

What’s cookin’ good lookin’ ? Kitchens are changing. This is how and why

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What’s cookin’ good lookin’ ? Kitchens are changing. This is how and why

Photography by Peter Sellar

Kitchens are changing dramatically in Canada as housing forms continue to change, and the driver is the divide between larger, expansive sprawl or estate-style homes versus the shrinking units found in the newer, micro-sized condo suites. They are also evolving to represent the true goal of these spaces – and it may differ from what you may initially think.

Size matters

The larger the home, the more likely one can find an eat-in style, more closed concept, dedicated kitchen space. While this room may be somewhat open to either the dining room or the family room for a great-room style feel, it is now more expansive and opulent than ever.

The smaller the home, the more likely the kitchen is completely open-concept to the main living area, adjacent to either the dining or family rooms, or even integrated into the suite as a whole like in a bachelor-style suite. In these types of spaces, appliances are more often hidden behind panel-style fronts, blending seamlessly and completely out of sight when not in use. It provides more of a multi-functional and flexible space, eliminating the feel that one is always in the kitchen when eating, socializing or even sleeping in those tight urban abodes.

Paradigm shift

The trends as it relates to colours of the cabinets and counters themselves are changing too. While the most popular all-white kitchen has dominated the last decade, the mood and related colour palette is shifting in a big way. The intermixing of colour, be it stained or painted cabinets, have been dropped into the spaces by way of feature islands or lower versus upper cabinet colouring, for some time now. Designer Laura Thornton from Thornton Design confirms the fashion of this hub has taken a virtual 180. “Black,” she says, “as well as deep greys and hearty wood tones in a matte or high-gloss finish,” are setting the dramatic stage. Mixing in more offsetting style includes large industrial ranges and ventilation hood fan covers as popping focal points in larger kitchens. Paired with gold hardware, the strong statement is a paradigm shift from recent historical kitchen projects where hoods were hidden and white cabinets and brushed nickel adorned virtually every project, along with light, if not pure white counters.

Industry insider

Quartz countertop company Cambria further confirms this. Kirstin Kucy, Toronto market rep from Cambria, affirms that even though white and grey counters are still extremely popular in kitchens, consumers and designers are trending more to a darker, sophisticated, richer colour palette. This is most visible in the kitchen surfaces where consumers are gravitating towards darker hues and low-lustre (matte finish) materials. “We’ve seen an increased interest in Cambria’s Blackpool Matte design, a low-sheen, solid-black quartz surface material, as well as in designs from our new Black Marble collection for use in kitchens, and even in architectural elements such as backsplashes, shower walls and fireplace surrounds, in lieu of tile,” she says.

Design district privileges

When planning your own kitchen project, be sure to swing by Toronto’s design-decor district – specifically The Building Block – the new one-stop shopping solution at the corner of Caledonia and Lawrence, where you can retain the full suite of both architectural and interior design services for your space, experience a number of the newest kitchen designs in new vignettes, as well as more than 160 countertop styles in the Cambria Premier Dealership in the Distinctive by Design Fine Cabinetry showroom. You can even retain the service of full construction execution – all under one Green rooftop patio! While in the area, be sure to check out some of our designer and trade local favourites, such as the café inside Elte, or for some cured meats or an espresso at Speducci Mercatto, where you can feel like a trendsetting European as you sort out the selections you will use for your own amazing kitchen.

Buon appetito!

Brendan Charters is a Founding Partner at Design-Build Firm Eurodale Developments Inc., the GTA’s only four-time winner of the Renovator of the Year award.


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Caesarstone’s revolutionary new products unveiled at IDS19

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Caesarstone’s revolutionary new products unveiled at IDS19

This year, Caesarstone unveiled some of its new products for 2019 at the Interior Design show in Toronto. Check out the new outdoor friendly quartz countertops and nanotechnology surfaces in this interview with Caesarstone’s marketing manager, Liz Margles, and our host, designer Catherine-Lucie Horber, and learn more about Caesarstone’s latest products.

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