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KITCHEN DESIGN TIPS: Choosing Your Countertop & Backsplash Materials

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Follow our eight-part Kitchen Design Video Series as H&H’s Reiko Caron and contractor Dave Depencier create a dream open-concept kitchen. In this sixth episode, Reiko picks the countertop material and backsplash tile, and reveals a stylish and colourful kitchen island. Reiko shares the differences between durable granite, quartz and laminate surfaces, all available at Home Hardware Building Centres. Discover which materials offer a low-maintenance finish, and which come in marble-look styles. Plus, get DIY tile installation tips and see how textured tile and a furniture-like kitchen island adds personality to a kitchen. Presented by Home Hardware Building Centre.
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Karla Dreyer Design (2 years ago)
Great tips!
ellen buttner (8 months ago)
Karla Dreyer Design so you just need to do everything white?.......
Lyricallynn (29 days ago)
Am I the only one who does not like subway tile at all! It's everywhere but I think it belongs in a subway!
Spooky Action (2 months ago)
Kitchen is pretty but to white.
TheDannyAdventures (3 months ago)
What color are you thinking for the grouting? white.
mend555 (4 months ago)
White countertops, white backsplash, white cabinets too? Boring.
marylender (7 months ago)
There's only a handful of granites that stain. People are finding out that quartz does stain and it's hard to remove them, also you cannot put hot pots on it or it will stain/burn and that is very hard to remove. They are coming up with new sealers for quartz. Laminate is economical but will only last for about 5-10 years. The more pattern the quartz has the pricier it's going to be. Even more expensive than an exotic granite.
Eva Pellerin (4 months ago)
I got sold on quartz hate them!!! They are dull and scuff. Prefer granit, putting granite in new house I use bleach mine bang it up and never caused any damage.
alynko18 (10 months ago)
which is better black or white countertop?
Kenzie Power (1 month ago)
Depends on your cabnets
Jeanette Kniebusch (11 months ago)
Good thing you have your hard hat's om! Lol! Falling cabinets!
Jeanette Kniebusch (11 months ago)
EVERYONE uses subway tile I'm sick of it and hate grout.Ise the granite or quarts slab on the backsplash as well. Less likely to get sick of it cleaner no grout. Timeless.
meg (1 year ago)
Video ended rather abruptly.
Froggy Frog 9000 (1 year ago)
Splashback or backsplash?
Howard Quan (2 years ago)
Does no one use Corian/ Solid Surface as countertops anymore?
Howard Quan (2 years ago)
Yeah, I am all for quartz. Not so much butchertop or soapstone though, probably choose Corian over those 2 for sure.
Kate Lim (2 years ago)
it's quartz nowadays, i see folks using butchertop or soapstone too but yes solid surface is out (for kitchens).
rneustel (2 years ago)
Can you please, please, please tell me the brand of the laminate countertop in the matte white marble look?
Random Musings (1 year ago)
rneustel Hi, I know I'm a little late, but, the laminate with the marble pattern looks like Formica 180x calacatta marble. It it can be purchased at Home Depot or Lowes. A friend of mine has it in her house and it is really nice.
rneustel (2 years ago)
+House and Home Thank you. I live in the U.S., but I should be able to find it here in Pennsylvania, I would think.
House & Home (2 years ago)
We used Wilsonart Quartz in Haida Q4008. You can order it at your local Home Hardware Building Centre and learn more by checking out Home Hardware's video series: homehardware.ca/kitchendesign.
chomihai (2 years ago)
Quartz
Anila Khattak (2 years ago)
marble
MaineMama101 (2 years ago)
Wilson arts hydra quartz

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