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Bimbrok Marble

Bimbrok Marble offers top quality marble and tile design

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Bimbrok Marble offers top quality marble and tile design

Photography: Angelo Distefano

Combine a family business with more than 30 years experience with quality craftsmanship, and top quality marble and tile design, and you get Bimbrok Marble & Granite, a Vaughan-based business that has been providing quality to personal and commercial clients since 1986. Bimbrok’s team of skilled craftsmen provides more than 100 years of combined experience, resulting in a professional, hassle-free installation.

Thirty years ago, this family-run business began with an idea of meeting and exceeding the demand for top quality marble and tile designs. It is now one of the industry leaders in manufacturing and installing any type of natural stone in the world. Marble, granite, quartz and exotics, thousands of custom and highrise jobs continue to be produced on location, each done with the very same skill, dedication and care designed to meet and exceed your expectations.

Bimbrok provides the knowledge, experience and quality to meet your needs. The confidence and trust when choosing Bimbrok as your natural stone provider and project manufacturer is a relationship that this family-owned business takes to heart. Quality materials, crafstmanship and installation means having your project perfectly delivered by Bimbrok on budget and on time.

Equality quartz/engineered stone provides some of the industry-leading materials, providing a beautiful white canvas with a gorgeous grey vein running through the slab to give it a natural look.

The featured photos show the beautiful characteristic of materials being book matched from a profile or even a waterfall, giving an eccentric look to the flowing pattern to the countertop. The featured photos show engineered quartz, natural granite stone and exotic natural quartzite.

Bimbrok Marble Importing Ltd.

965 Creditstone Rd., Vaughan

905.738.7222

bimbrok-marble.com


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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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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.

@eurodalehomes

(416) 782-5690


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Caesarstone announces new 2018 collection - The Metropolitan Collection

Caesarstone announces new 2018 collection – The Metropolitan Collection

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Caesarstone announces new 2018 collection – The Metropolitan Collection

Robust construction finishes have become a popular choice for urban consumers, inspired by factories and lofts. Premium quartz manufacturer Caesarstone has seamlessly revived this industrial look, with its new innovative and organic Metropolitan Collection.

The new collection offers surfaces with a rough, tough and unpolished feel that will add an industrial edge to your readers’ kitchens, bathrooms and more. Not just for downtown condos, the Metropolitan collection can give readers the same industrial feeling in their home outside the city.

Each sturdy surface in the Metropolitan Collection has been designed to reflect the authentic patinas of industrial materials. The variations in appearance capture real depth and movement, revealing different qualities that make each slab unique. By innovating cutting-edge technology exclusive to Caesarstone, weathered patinas have been achieved in quartz for the very first time.


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Design Expert: Kitchen Counterculture

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Design Expert: Kitchen Counterculture

From natural to man-made surfaces, a guide to choosing a stylish, hard-working countertop on every budget

The counter top is of premium concern for any homeowner working on a kitchen renovation. Even if you’re just “sprucing it up,” the counter makes a huge impact. Beyond the wow-factor lies the more practical use as your food preparation area. But with so many products on the market, how do you know which is best for you? Everyone wants the combination of beauty and performance that suits their budget, but that means a different thing to everyone. Let’s explore a few of those options so you can make the best choice that suits you.

NATURAL STONE

The most typical natural-stone choices are granite and marble. Granite is a slightly harder product, while marble is somewhat more porous, making it a little more vulnerable to stains. You do need to seal all natural-stone products but the process is simple. The product will age slightly over time, but that makes it unique. These stones are mined from the earth, cut into slabs and usually polished to give them a high-gloss shine. They’re as individual as fingerprints as no two pieces are exactly the same. You can find marble and granite in a variety of colours and patterns, and they’ve been the surface of choice for literally hundreds, if not thousands of years. Unpolished stone or a matte finish has been increasingly popular, which also solves the problem of marks from acidic foods. The costs vary depending on the uniqueness of the stone, but on average you want to budget $1,500 to $4,000 including installation.

LAMINATE

Laminate counters were the rage after the Second World War when the product first appeared on the market. The colours and patterns are endless, ranging from stone looks to polka dots in neon colours, and everything in between. Laminate is very durable and long-lasting, impervious to stains, easy to clean and is highly cost-effective. The laminate is usually adhered to a substrate of chipboard to keep it rigid. If the chipboard gets wet, it will swell and fall apart. It’s the preferred choice for cafeteria tables, cottages and university dorm rooms. Typically, you can get it installed for about $500 making it the overall budget-friendly choice.

QUARTZ

Quartz countertops are a manmade product that combines crushed quartzite (a very hard, natural stone) and a variety of polymers to produce a durable, non-porous surface. The colour possibilities are vast, however, most manufacturers produce a natural- stone look. It’s perfect for people that want the counter to look the same on the last day they owned it as it did the first day it was installed. These surfaces require no effort to maintain outside of soap and water to clean them. There are a bunch of manufacturers that create a very similar product, although some provide more selection in colour and pattern. Most man-made countertops are quartz, however, they are often recognized by their brand names.

“You can find MARBLE AND GRANITE IN A VARIETY OF COLOURS AND PATTERNS and they’ve been the surface of choice for literally hundreds if not thousands of years.”

WOOD

Wood has been the choice of butchers for as long as I can remember, although most homeowners are not looking for a butcher’s block in open-concept kitchens. If you combine with a cutting surface, a warm wooden work surface warms up a kitchen in a way that stone cannot. Walnut has naturally occurring anti-microbial properties, perfect for a kitchen. The surface is sealed and simple soap and water will clean this up perfectly. This kind of surface will typically be less expensive than stone but is mainly ideal for a kitchen island.

HIGH-TECH FORMULATIONS

One of the newest products on the market is Dekton by Cosentino. It’s a man-made product that seems to have taken the thousands of years’ process of natural stone, and squeezed it into 48 hours. The combination of extreme heat and pressure mimics the natural creation of stone, however, because it is man-made, the look can be predetermined and consistent. It becomes a decorated stone, which is also where it got its name. The distinctive element of Dekton is its ability to survive the outdoor elements, making it suitable on both sides of the front door, unlike other man-made products. It’s slightly less costly than natural stone but the fabrication process may be slightly more costly until fabricators are more familiar with the product.

Ultimately, there are no wrong choices, but it is valuable to understand how one product compares to another, so that you can make an informed choice.

Extensive experience in residential, commercial and hospitality design. Principal of design firm Grafus Design Build, Glen Peloso is frequently in the media as design expert on the Marilyn Denis Show, and CHCH Morning Live, a contributor to Global Morning News, Breakfast Television Toronto, past series with HGTV and the Food Network, along with Radio and Blogs. Reporting on design trends from around the world, his work has been featured in various print publications throughout North America. Twitter: glenpeloso Instagram: glenpelosodesigner

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Cambria introduces seven new designs

Cambria introduces seven new designs

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Cambria introduces seven new designs

Cambria, the first and only family-owned, American-made natural quartz producer in North America, maintains its international lead in design, beauty and innovation with the introduction of seven new designs across three distinct and beautiful collections. With the addition of these seven designs, Cambria now offers an unparalleled 133 designs across nine collections. The new designs are available for order immediately through Cambria’s exclusive network of premium independent specialty retail and trade partners.

“As the industry leader in quartz, we pair emerging trends with inspiration from the penetrating natural landscape of Wales – Cambria’s unique heritage — to consistently deliver exquisite and imaginative designs,” said Peter Martin, executive vice president sales, marketing and business partner services at Cambria. “We continually improve our advanced proprietary technologies to create the most wide-ranging natural stone surfaces.

“Our seven new designs translate the beauty of nature into timeless and luxurious design palettes our partners and homeowners crave.”

In the Marble Collection, Swanbridge, Carrick and Weybourne expand Cambria’s elegant marble palette, offering the classic, sought-after sophistication of marble, but none of the maintenance.

From the Coastal Collection, Helmsley, Harlech, and Princetown are three distinctive, rich, and exceptional designs that make an impressive statement in any space. Hadley adds more depth with a bold navy design and unlimited versatility in the Desert Collection.

MARBLE COLLECTION

Swanbridge
Complex and flowing, Swanbridge features a pillowy marble foundation, with medium-tone gray veins, dabs of creamy white accents, and pinpoint charcoal speckles scattered throughout.

Carrick

Presenting a modern spin on smooth concrete, Carrick flourishes swirling shades of gray and soft charcoal specks to create an intriguing pattern in this stylish and contemporary composition.

Weybourne

Soft and airy, Weybourne is a timeless blend of classic pillowy marble tones grounded with subtle gray veins for added character and intrigue.

COASTAL COLLECTION

Helmsley

Offering a generous measure of sophistication, Helmsley is a stunning merger of rich coppers, golds and tans pirouetting among pewter veins and ebony confetti.

Harlech

Rich and aristocratic, Harlech is an elegant union of noble coppers, golds and tans infused around and within boldly dramatic gray-sparkled veins of black, gray, and white.

Princetown

Calling to mind the ceremony and splendor of life at court, Princetown cloaks itself in regal shades of deep purple and gold that swirl behind dramatic black and white veins.

DESERT COLLECTION

Hadley

Modern and sophisticated, Hadley is a solid blue as crisp, clean and classy as the spotless uniforms of Her Majesty’s Royal Navy.

To view Cambria’s latest offerings and entire design palette, visit cambriacanada.com.


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