Kitchen

THE COUNTERTOP 411

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A few times a week, we get emails asking us questions about the house. Paint colors, furniture, light fixtures, budgets, dogs, etc. One thing we’ve been getting a lot of emails about recently are the new kitchen countertops. Therefore, we thought it was time to do a big ‘ole post and give you the 411 on them – from how they’re made to how we’re liking them now that we’ve been living with them for a few months.

Before we cover all of your FAQs about our countertops, let me fill you in on some details about quartz countertops. Silestone, Cambria,  Zodiaq, and other quartz brands are all made the same basic way: the factories take ground-up quartz and mix it with resin, which allows the material to harden into a flawless flat surface. The end product is nonporous, heat resistant, and low-maintenance. On the flip side of that same coin, because quartz is a generally inexpensive material, the final product is also inexpensive compared to some other stone-based countertops (like marble, for example). Around our part of the world anyway.

What made you pick quartz over other materials?
For us, we really felt that quartz was the best bang for our counter-buying buck. Laminate wasn’t an option, and though we liked the look of butcher block, it scratches and gouges too easily. We found granite and quartz to be neck-and-neck on pricing (depending on what you get), but granite is higher maintenance. Corian is a cool product, but when you go beyond the tiny sample and see a big slab of it in person, we thought it felt kind of like super hard plastic. Then there’s marble. Ash especially loved the look of marble, but being on the much higher end of the price spectrum, it wasn’t in our budget. We ultimately decided on quartz because it looks great, is relatively low-maintenance, and we really liked the color/style options. That brings me to the next question…

What brand/color did you get?
Cambria‘s Torquay (more on that here). Not only did we really like the color/style, but we also dug the fact that it’s US-made.

It looks really white in photos. Is it that white in person?
First of all, in our very unprofessional opinion, countertops are really hard to photograph! In the first round of photos we posted about the kitchen, it looked super white, and you couldn’t really see the veining. We finally got a pretty good  hang on how to photograph them better, so now you can see the veining and color variations. The base is a milky white and the veins are a mixture of cream and gray. So you can get a better idea, here’s a photo of a bright white ceramic creamer against the countertop…

Can you see the seams?
If you take a look at the right-hand side of the picture above, you can see a very thin line. That’s one of the four total seams in our kitchen, and two of those are hidden behind the stove. So yes, the seams are there, but they are so thin and nicely finished that they’re definitely not an eyesore.

Is it  really scratch and heat resistant? 
So far, I haven’t seen a single scratch. As a mater of fact, Ash dropped the rough side of a heavy piece of tile flat on the countertop (by accident) and it didn’t leave a mark. On the heat side, having lived with other materials in the past, I’m a little hesitant to put this claim to the test on my own counters. It’s said that you don’t have to worry too much about heat discoloring the material, but the thermal shock from setting something very hot on a room temperature counter can cause cracks. The moral of the story: we can probably get away with it, but we use a potholder just to be safe. We have a good-sized left over piece in the shed and I’m dying to do a MythBusters-style post on the durability! 

What kind of edge did you get?
We went with the standard “eased” edge. It’s the closest thing you can get to a squared edge, and we wanted clean, simple, and modern lines in our kitchen. This is also the least expensive edge option, so it was a win-win!

What do you clean it with?
On a day-to-day basis, we use Mrs. Meyer’s countertop spray (our go-to “flavor” these days is Basil). Their products are free of ammonia, chlorine, artificial colorants, phosphates and all that jazz. It contains a special vegetable protein extract that naturally cleans, degreases and removes odors.

What is the turnaround time for quartz?
Mileage may vary, but the turnaround time for us was about a week and a half. Luckily, our provider had exactly what we needed already in stock, so all they had to do was measure our cabinets, cut each piece to the appropriate size, and install them. It was probably one of the simplest processes in the whole kitchen.

Who did you buy your countertops from?
We purchased the countertops from Alpha Stone, a local company here in Richmond. From start to finish, they were really great to work with and we’d definitely use them again if we’re ever in need of more countertops.

I think that about sums up the most frequently asked questions we’ve been getting in our inbox. Overall, we’re really happy with the decision to go quartz. Bottom line: it’s good-looking, low-maintenance, and durable. I’m not sure we could ask for much more.

How about you guys… Do any of you have quartz countertops in your home? While we’re on the subject, anymore countertop-related questions for us?

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85 Comments

  • Reply
    Brian @ NotQuiteaTeardown
    March 21, 2012 at 12:01 pm

    It looks great. We were very close to picking the Torquay as well, but ended up going with honed Carrera marble. It was hard to give up the maintenance free with the quartz, but for us the marble ended up being a lot cheaper. All the quartz was at the top of the price list for some reason.

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    Cynthia
    March 21, 2012 at 12:46 pm

    Thank you for this post! My husband and I are getting ready to start our kitchen renovation and we’ve been trying to decide between granite or quartz. This helped! We’re going with quartz for sure!

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    Leah
    March 21, 2012 at 1:32 pm

    We just finished a kitchen reno and went with quartz as well (Silestone, Burnt Umber). We really love it. It’s very durable and there’s no maintenance at all!

    Love your blog!

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    kathy
    March 21, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    Great ideas and exactly what we are thinking of doing. Saw the torquay at an recent interior design show and it’s a perfect alternative to marble. We may also go dark (sandstone look) on the counters and use this on our island which is more of a long french country island table with baskets, wrought iron base.

    Can I ask if you went with a pure white subway tile or something off white? Handle colours??? Wall Paint colour? maybe this is in the blog.

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      Ashley
      March 21, 2012 at 6:32 pm

      Love the idea of mixing countertop colors! We went with classic white subway tile, gray grout, and the wall color is Martha Stewart’s Cobblestone. Hope that helps!

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    Shannon
    March 21, 2012 at 6:16 pm

    Thanks for posting this info! I’ve been tempted to send you an email asking about how you’re liking your countertops since I am seriously considering using torquay in our kitchen remodel. I’m curious, did Cambria give you the option to have it honed?

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      Ashley
      March 22, 2012 at 3:58 pm

      Yes, that was an option. Our quartz hall bathroom countertop is honed (though it’s Silestone). You’ll want to double check with your dealer because they’re the ones that cut/prep the stone. Hope that helps!

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    Paula
    March 22, 2012 at 5:22 am

    Great post Ashley!
    I am one of the ones that emailed you about the Torquay. They are coming to template for it today in our bathroom. Very excited and seeing your pictures confirms it’s the right choice for me!!
    Thanks,
    Paula

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    Janeabelle
    March 23, 2012 at 12:32 am

    Does quartz stain easily? {ie: Red wine or spaghetti sauce.}

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      Ashley
      March 23, 2012 at 10:44 am

      According to Cambria, yes! We haven’t had any major spills (yet), but we were told it will resist stains from everything from food coloring, coffee, tea, wine, to felt-tip markers.

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    Alison
    March 24, 2012 at 10:27 am

    I LOVE your kitchen!! In fact, I’m in the middle of a kitchen remodel myself that will turn out very close in style… I’ve even picked out the exact same counters. Sorry if someone has already asked this, but where did you get your subway tile?? It looks like a great match in terms of color to the Torquay.

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      Ashley
      March 24, 2012 at 12:29 pm

      The subway tile is from a local tile place here in Richmond, Morris Tile. But it’s just plain, classic white, satin finish subway tile – so pretty much any tile place probably carries it. Hope that helps! : )

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      Ashley
      March 25, 2012 at 11:13 pm

      We mentioned our budget for countertops in this post. Other than that, we haven’t gone into the overall, final cost of the kitchen yet because there are still a few to-do’s on our list before we can tally it all up. We’ll definitely be posting all about that in the future though!

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    Chris
    March 27, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I must say I just love your kitchen , it is beautiful. We are doing reno’s and adding finishing touches to our new builder kitchen. We went with carrara but what you chose is by far the best looking quartz out there , but too high in price for my budget. I can not wait for a completed beautiful kitchen like yours.

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    Markey
    May 22, 2012 at 10:01 am

    I have these countertops with white subway tile for backsplash. I am matching the cabinets and trim to the subway tile but need an off white (with grey understones to match the torquay)for the walls. Do you have any suggestions?

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      Ashley
      May 22, 2012 at 10:49 am

      I’d suggest Benjamin Moore’s White Dove (OC-17) or if you’re wanting something a tad darker, Martha Stewart’s Pebble (MSL004) or Heavy Goose (MSL261) would look nice as well. Hope that helps!

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    Courtney {a thoughtful place}
    July 18, 2012 at 11:08 am

    So excited to be on the I heart team with you. Came across this and it is so timely as I was just at a showroom yesterday and decided to go with this for our bathrooms. Still a little nervous but seeing it here I am speechless. It looks fantastic. Beautiful kitchen. Enjoy your day!

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    Courtney {a thoughtful place}
    July 31, 2012 at 5:46 pm

    Hi you guys! Is it okay if I show one of these photos on my blog tomorrow? Choosing countertops and love for people to see things in a home versus an example from a swatch. Let me know!

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      Ashley
      July 31, 2012 at 5:54 pm

      Sure! No problem 🙂

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    Mary Anne
    August 1, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    Looks beautiful! Did you go with the 2cm or 3cm thickness of Torquay?

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      Ashley
      August 1, 2012 at 12:16 pm

      Thanks! We went with the 3cm. Hope that helps!

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    Emily
    August 14, 2012 at 1:22 am

    Your kitchen is beautiful! Would you mind sharing what brand/color grout you used in the backsplash? Thanks!

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      Ashley
      November 1, 2012 at 11:19 am

      The grout is by Laticrete and the color is called Smoke Grey. Hope that helps!

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    Jana
    September 4, 2012 at 7:44 pm

    Looks amazing!! Would you mind sharing your cost per square foot on the countertops?

    • Reply
      Ashley
      February 7, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      We’ve found that it totally depends on your area. I guess due to availability, it can be higher or lower in specific areas of the country. For instance, we heard it costs a pretty penny in Washington state compared to Virginia. For us, we’re not completely sure what the cost was per sq ft (before taxes), but we have about 60 sq feet of countertop, and the total cost (including tax and instillation) was $3,985. So that brings it to about $66 and some change a square foot installed and ready to use. Hope that helps!

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    Jim
    November 20, 2012 at 11:13 am

    I just received a quote for Cambria Torquay for our kitchen remodel. 28 square feet, eased edge (standard) “D” sink cut out, and faucet cut out. Installed $3635. Is this too much, or is it in the Ballpark??

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      Ashley
      February 7, 2013 at 4:13 pm

      We’ve found that it totally depends on your area. I guess due to availability, it can be higher or lower in specific areas of the country. For instance, we heard it costs a pretty penny in Washington state compared to Virginia. For us, we’re not completely sure what the cost was per sq ft (before taxes), but we have about 60 sq feet of countertop, and the total cost (including tax and instillation) was $3,985. So that brings it to about $66 and some change a square foot installed and ready to use. Hope that helps!

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    colleen
    January 24, 2013 at 11:11 am

    Hey! I love your kitchen, can you kindly tell me the brand of you stove? Thank you so much!

    Colleen

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      Ashley
      January 24, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Thank you! We ended up buying the Electrolux range and hood (both from Lowe’s – they matched the lowest price we were able to find online). Hope that helps! : )

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    Karen
    January 29, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Hi Ashley…great kitchen!! Are the subway tiles 3×6’s? Thanks!

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      Ashley
      January 29, 2013 at 10:40 pm

      Thanks! Yep, 3×6.

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    Sionnan
    February 18, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    Hi Ashley…
    Quick question. How much of an overhang past your door fronts did you guys go with? They look pretty flush to me. ? Thanks!

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      Ashley
      February 19, 2013 at 10:02 am

      There’s about a half an inch overhang – we just went with what the countertop guy said was standard. Hope that helps!

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    Silvia Bell
    March 17, 2013 at 4:17 am

    Great, i am about to renovate my kitchen….your blog has Helped a lot specially with deciding if i should go with Ikea…..it is overwhelming …….a big decision ..to make but now I know what do ….THANKS (Australia )

    • Reply
      Ashley
      March 17, 2013 at 9:53 am

      So glad our ramblings have helped!

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    Alexa
    April 2, 2013 at 2:17 pm

    This is such a positive post! I am so happy to be able to feel confident in my choices now and to get some specifics on grout and wall colours, measurements etc. as well as to walk away with such happy vibes about it all. There’s quite a bit of fear online regarding choosing quartz instead of marble in terms of aesthetics so this is a very refreshing review.

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    Erin
    April 8, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    Oh my goodness – just came across this blog! LOVE IT! Gorgeous kitchen. I also have chosen Torquay for my counters – I need to colour match a Benjamin Moore White for my cabinets. Do you have any recommendations for which BM white would work well with the counters (for cabinets?). I see you recommended White Dove for the walls on a post above. I was thinking White Dove but am finding it hard to envision. I would hope I could find a white subway tile to match or coordinate with the White Dove….

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      Ashley
      April 10, 2013 at 12:36 am

      Thank you!!! White Dove is actually our KraftMaid cabinet color. For the walls, we used Martha Stewart’s Cobblestone. I’d check into BM’s Decorator’s White. It’s a good “solid” white without any odd undertones. Hope that helps!!

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    Chelsey
    April 10, 2013 at 3:13 pm

    I absolutely ADORE your kitchen, it’s amazing. & thank you for the counter post, we’re getting ready to redo our 1995 oak cabinet-kitchen & carrara just doesn’t seem to be in the budget! I just have a quick question, would I be able to find this counter at home depot or lowes or would i need to go to a counter top specialty store?

    Also would you have any other recommendations besides the Torquay?

    THANKS!!

    • Reply
      Ashley
      April 10, 2013 at 3:43 pm

      Thank you! As it turns out, neither Lowe’s or Home Depot carries Cambria. You can find a list of Cambria dealers in your area here. As far as other recommendations, we looked at a lot of options but none of them had the “Carrara look” like the Torquay. It was love at first sight, haha. Good luck with your reno!!

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    Amy
    April 18, 2013 at 11:07 pm

    I have decided to get the Torquay and have to give my cabinetmaker my final color for the cabs. I saw that you recommended BM Decorator’s White as well. I had planned on getting the white dove and seeing it in your photos look great. Today I picked up a sample of Decorator’s White as well and now I am completely torn. Did you consider that color when you were choosing? Any thoughts on which way to go? BTW, on my sample piece, the only thing I had a little bit of trouble getting out was pink gel food coloring that I let sit on the sample for 30 minutes. Everything else came off easily.

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      Ashley
      April 19, 2013 at 10:22 am

      Yay! You’ll looove the Torquay. BM Decorator’s White wasn’t our first choice since we were choosing from the KraftMaid cabinet color selections. BUT it’s a great alternative if you aren’t going with KraftMaid cabinets and need another “good white”. Since the “White Dove” we used is a cabinet color by KraftMaid, we had to have the color matched in order to have touch-up paint on hand just in case. That being said, if you really like the White Dove by KraftMaid, you could always take the sample door from the display and have it matched over in the paint section at your local Lowe’s.

      When picking out the paint color, all I can really suggest (since I can’t see it in person) is to look at the samples in all lighting possibilities – daylight, overhead lighting, at night, when it’s overcast, etc. – to make sure you’ll like the shade of white at all times. I hope that helps!!

      That’s so cool about the food coloring! We’re actually doing a post coming up soon about testing out the stain/heat resistance (on a sample piece of course! haha) and we’ll have to add food coloring to the list.

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    Amy
    April 19, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    Hi Ashley. Now I am a little bit confused. Is the Kraftmaid White Dove and Benjamin Moore’s White Dove the same? I am referring to the BM version since I am not getting the KM cabinets. I am having my cabinets custom made. I bake A LOT, so I had to squirt some concentrated food coloring on the counter top sample. I only did the pink though. I should try some black and purple and see how that fares.

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      Ashley
      April 19, 2013 at 3:07 pm

      As far as I know, the Benjamin Moore White Dove and the KraftMaid White Dove are not the same. I was suggesting that if you like our cabinet color, you can have the KraftMaid White Dove cabinet sample matched at Lowe’s (which is what we had to do for our touch up paint). Hope that helps!

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    Amy
    April 21, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    Thanks. I will look into it.

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    Rashna
    May 6, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    Hi Ashley,
    Love your kitchen. You have taken pains to help people who are just starting out. I need to demo my old kitchen and get a new one. We are not at all hands on…what do you suggest? Ikea, Home Depot or Loews!
    Waiting for your answer and help in advance.
    Thanks
    Rashna

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      Ashley
      May 6, 2013 at 1:46 pm

      Thanks so much! Well, in our experience, Lowe’s offered demo services for an additional fee (not sure what that fee was) but we opted to demo everything ourselves. Another option would be to check out contractors on Angie’s List. Hope that helps!

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    Janelle
    May 29, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Ashley, I love your kitchen. We are planning on kraftmaid dove white cabinets and the cambria countertops as well. Are you happy with your kraftmaid cabinets? Did you select the standard option or did you upgrade to all plywood construction? Thanks for sharing your pictures.

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      Ashley
      May 29, 2013 at 10:36 am

      Thank you! We love the KraftMaid cabinets and are still really happy with our decision. I’m not completely sure about the standard vs plywood construction but I want to say we upgraded to whatever they said would last longer. Have fun with your remodel!!

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    Cheryl
    June 8, 2013 at 11:06 pm

    Is your stone polished, semi-polished, or honed? Thank you!

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      Ashley
      June 9, 2013 at 9:33 am

      It is stone polished.

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    Michelle
    June 14, 2013 at 10:48 am

    Hi Ashley – We just put Quartz in our kitchen and I’m loving reading about what you guys think. Did you ever end up doing a post about what it could withstand (heat, stains, etc.) with your sample piece?

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      Ashley
      June 14, 2013 at 11:07 am

      No, but we were JUST talking about that this morning! Need to dig out that sample piece : )

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    Ann
    July 1, 2013 at 11:45 am

    I had picked out Cambria Torquay for my bathroom counter top (only 9 sq. ft) and I was just quoted $1455 which makes it $162/sq. ft. I cannot believe the different in price from what you paid for yours and what I’ve been quoted. Unfortunately, this is above my budget so I will begin the process again of picking out a counter top. Any suggestions? I considered marble initially (and trying to find a remnant so the cost would be lower). I may have to look for a remnant again. I guess I’ll consider granite if I can find something that will complement my white vanity, white subway tile and marble and glass accent tile. I had planned everything around the Torquay so I’m not sure what will look good together. Ahhhgggg!!!!

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      Ashley
      October 17, 2013 at 12:19 pm

      For us, we were looking for a more durable and less expensive alternative to marble. It was really hard to find and we didn’t come up with any other options that were as good as Cambria Torquay. We haven’t shopped for countertops in a while, so I’m afraid I don’t have any specific suggestions. Maybe check out Corian? I’ve heard great reviews about that product!

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    sharlotte
    August 14, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    Hi!
    Just wanted to let you know that after searching and researching counter-tops for my new home I turned to your blog for inspiration. And yes, we put in Torquay. I LOVE it. It is just beautiful and is wearing very well.
    Thank you, thank you, thank you for writing this lovely post loaded with information. It was truly invaluable for me.
    Just letting you know too that I have a little blog and my latest post (it’s almost finished) is on the kitchen. I gave you all the credit for the great advice!
    Thanks again for all you do!
    Sharlotte
    [email protected]

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      Ashley
      August 14, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      That makes us so, so happy! We’re so glad our info helped you out. That’s the whole purpose of this blog, so it makes my heart happy : )

    • Reply
      Ashley
      August 14, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      That makes us so, so happy! We’re so glad our info helped you out. That’s the whole purpose of this blog, so it makes my heart happy : )

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    sharlotte
    August 14, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    PS…Post will be up this Friday if you’re interested!

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    Ashley
    August 21, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    Hi Ashley,
    Your kitchen remodel is amazing! I love the floating shelves near the kitchen window – I was looking for a solution for my cabinets not being able to be equidistant from the window and this is a great solution!

    One question – how much overhang did you allow for your breakfast bar? It looks perfect and I’m really struggling with how far to go with the overhang as it will protrude somewhat into my eat in area.
    Thanks!

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      Ashley
      October 17, 2013 at 12:08 pm

      Thank you! Well, our overhang isn’t “standard” because we have the adjacent bookshelf. But, the total depth of the “leg room” is about 22″. Hope that helps!

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    gjmh
    September 20, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Do not leave a “concentrated heat source” directly on Cambria quartz! I always put a cutting board or two under my crockpot, but didn’t with my electric frying pan. The “POW” of a cracking quartz top sounds like a gunshot! Fortunately once it cooled, the crack became virtually invisable.

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    Heidi
    October 9, 2013 at 12:34 am

    Love your blog thanks for sharing your photos. We are getting ready to install our quartz. We are going with the Frosty Carrina which also looks like marble but the veins are more cream than grey. My question is about the edging. Our quote was $7000.00 for about 75 sq feet of countertop. By he way we live in the San Francisco Bay Area where everything is expensive. Anyway I received a call to day from our quartz company and they said the fabricator suggested a “”4cm mitre laminated eased edge” which is an added $1000. 00 My question is, is your edge a standard edge that was included in your price. I’m thinking this company is trying to upsale me on something I don’t necessarily need, which makes me angry. What was the thickness of your slab and did you have a plywood base installed? Thanks so much for ou help. I am very frustrated with all this happening in 2 days.

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      Ashley
      October 17, 2013 at 12:15 pm

      If I’m not mistaken, I think we have the standard straight edge (which was included in the price) – not a mitre laminated eased edge. If we had to do it over again, we would have done it! It gives the countertop a thicker, more substantial look – which, I would assume would be extra cost. So the added $1,000 doesn’t sound like a bad deal if you want the thicker look. Hope that helps!!

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    Shereen
    April 10, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Hello! I stumbled upon this post on Pinterest and it’s been really helpful. Our current kitchen has a cottage cream cabinet with the Caesarstone Misty Carrera countertop…white with grey blotches on it. 6 years ago, that was the best they had that wasn’t actual marble. Now, for our new home, the options seem endless! I absolutely LOVE the torquay, but am concerned about the brownish parts to the veining. I’m going all ‘cool’ colours, grey slate-like porcelain on the floor, satin nickel hardware and penants, white cabinets, white subway tile with a light grey grout (as you did, looks amazing by the way!)…I really didn’t want brown in there at all. Is it super noticeable? In the 12″ by 12″ sample I saw, there’s a few good brown veins, but mostly grey. The veining look on the Torquay is so much more beautiful and realistic than the Misty Carrera that Caesarstone carries, or any other ‘marble-like’ options for that matter. Thanks in advance!

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      Ashley
      April 10, 2014 at 8:26 am

      I’m normally not a fan if brown, but this has so much gray in it, that it doesn’t bother me at all. It really reads as gray unless you are standing there looking for the brown, then you notice the brown tones. I think once you get things on the counters (appliances, decor, etc) it would be even less noticeable.

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    Laurie
    July 21, 2014 at 1:01 am

    Hi- I love that I just stumbled upon your blog!!! We are currently updating our kitchen. I had my heart set on carrerra marble until I learned how risky it is in a kitchen that people actually use (we cook a lot). So far we have installed very light gray shaker style cabinets and plan to do a dark gray subway tile backsplash with white grout.

    Our contractor suggested DuPont’s Zodiaq coarse Carrara or DalTile luminescence. I thought the DalTile looked really manufactured and the coarse Carrara is ok. I just ordered a sample of the product you used now. I’m not sure if I’m struggling because I truly wanted real marble or these samples really aren’t great options??? Help!! Lol! Sadly, here in AZ, Quartz is NOT less expensive then marble, so I don’t want my expensive counters to look “fake”- make sense?

    Have you see these other products? Any insight on how they compare to yours?

    Thanks in advance!

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      Ashley
      July 31, 2014 at 10:31 am

      Unfortunately, I haven’t seen these other products in person. Maybe another blogger in “blogland” has them in their kitchen? Hoping you find some answers!

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    Colleen
    October 13, 2014 at 3:46 pm

    Loved all of your choices. You solidified my decision to go with the Cambria Quartz in Torquay for my Florida beach cottage. White cabinetry and then sea glass green subway tile for backsplash. Very “beachy”. Enjoyed your post very much!

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    Richelle
    August 8, 2015 at 6:04 pm

    Wow – great looking kitchen! My husband and I are pretty sold on the Cambria Torquay for our kitchen. Just curious – you show the stone above with some paint samples to the left of it… what colours are those?

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      Ashley
      August 25, 2015 at 10:42 am

      Those actually aren’t paint samples. They are just colors that are threaded throughout the countertop. However, I’d recommend the Slate paint collection at Restoration Hardware. Beautiful colors!

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    evelise
    November 12, 2015 at 12:15 pm

    BEAUTIFUL KITCHEN! Might you pass along the vendor of the hardware on your cabinets? I did not see any mention of the hardware previous threads.

    thanks

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      Ashley
      January 4, 2016 at 9:39 am

      They are KraftMaid and we purchased them from Lowe’s. You can find out more posts about the cabinets on the Projects page, under Kitchen Renovation. Hope that helps!

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    Caryn
    April 24, 2016 at 11:58 am

    Love your kitchen! Can you tell us the what brand your hardware is? Love the pulls.

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      Ashley
      June 26, 2016 at 10:18 pm

      Thank you!! They’re Kraftmaid as well.

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    April
    May 4, 2016 at 3:10 pm

    I love your white kitchen! I am working on a barn conversion and I would love to know your source for the white subway tile and shade of white.
    I’ve seen both Ice/Arctic white and standard white(a little creamier) and I love how yours go with the Quartz top. Thanks!

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      Ashley
      June 26, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      It’s just standard white subway tile. There wasn’t a name or anything for the color. We got it at a local tile shop. At the moment, I can’t remember the name – but it’s the same place where we got the tile for our bathroom renovation.

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    Chris
    May 31, 2016 at 2:48 pm

    Lovely kitchen! I have a paint question: We’re remodeling and doing a white kitchen with Quartz (marble-like) counters and a white subway backsplash. We are also repainting cabinets and walls a white color. Just not sure which one yet…and if both should be the same color? I can’t tell from the photo if your cabinets and walls are the same. Thanks for your help.

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      Ashley
      June 26, 2016 at 10:07 pm

      Hi, Chris! Well, 98% of the wall surface in our kitchen is white subway tile with dark gray grout. I’d suggest pulling out one of the putty grey colors in the veining of the countertop and roll with that as a paint color so you have a bit of contrast. Hope that helps! Have fun with the kitchen reno!

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    Chris
    June 13, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    I just wanted to thank you for this post about Cambria. I did a lot of research before I selected my countertops and it was hard to find good reviews and photos of kitchens with the Torquay. Your article was one of the reasons that I end up selecting Cambria Torquay over many other options. I am so pleased with it. My kitchen looks exactly how I wanted it to, and after living with the Cambria for almost a year, I’m very pleased with how it’s holding up. It’s easy to clean and the subtle veining hides spots well until I can wipe everything down. I just love it. It was expensive, but well worth the extra money. By the way, I also have white cabinets and a subway tile backsplash. I was considering an exposed brick look for the backsplash, but I liked your kitchen so much that I knew I would be happy with a similar look. I ended up with beveled matte white subway tile and pure white grout. I was afraid the whole kitchen might feel too cold, but I’ve warmed it up with other colors and wood tones through accessories. Thanks again!

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      Ashley
      June 26, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      Oh, that’s so good to hear! So happy it helped : )

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    Lynn
    July 8, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Chris and Ashley,
    So happy I found this blog. I am going to use Cambria Torquay to update my white kitchen. Now I just have to decide which dalite Rittenhouse square subway tile to use. Arctic white or white, semi-gloss or matte.
    Any opinions on which white goes better with the Quartz?

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      Ashley
      July 8, 2016 at 3:40 pm

      Thanks, Lynn! When Greg and I purchased our tile, it was just their “standard white” tile. I’d suggest getting a sample of the countertop from your supplier and compare it to your tile choices in your kitchen lighting. Hope that helps!

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    Lynn
    July 15, 2016 at 4:49 pm

    Going with white semi gloss. Looking forward to the update end of August

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