Qualified Remodeler Magazine

JUL 2019

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Hartson-Kennedy Cabinet Top Co. is another laminate supplier focused on delivering the thin look in countertops, says Kristen De Uriarte Kennedy, a fourth-generation member of the ěĖĢĞġĮĩĝĖĩěĤĪģęĚęĩĝĚŽħĢăĖħĩĨĤģÇĆĚģģĚęĮ ĤŻĚħĨĖģĪĢėĚħĤěĚęĜĚĥħĤŽġĚĨĩĤĢĖĩĘĝĩĝĚġĖĩĚĨĩ thin stone and wood looks that are now trend- ĞģĜ Ğģ ĘĤĪģĩĚħĩĤĥĨ ďĝĚ þĖĨĥĞĖģ ĥħĤŽġĚ ĤŻĚħĨ Ė pencil-thin, tight radius edge. ĄĩĖġĨĤĝĖĨĨĤĢĚĢĤħĚĩħĖęĞĩĞĤģĖġĨĩĤģĚĥħĤŽġĚĨ including: Amore gives a classic edge to kitchen ĤħėĖĩĝďĝĚđĞęĖĥħĤŽġĚĤŻĚħĨĖĨĘĪġĥĩĚęĨĩĮġĚ ĬĝĞĘĝŽģĞĨĝĚĨĞģĖĪģĘĪħīĞģĜėĤĩĩĤĢĚęĜĚďĝĞĨ ĚŻĚĘĩ ĜĞīĚĨ ĩĝĚ đĞęĖ ĥħĤŽġĚ Ė ĢĤħĚ ĨĪėĨĩĖģĩĞĖġ appearance, further emulating the look of stone. The Aegean is a sleek, eased-edge without the black line common to many laminate countertops. The Dura-Top is a contemporary design featuring self-edge front and cove self-edge backsplash. The ĐġĩħĖÇďĤĥĒĖĩĚħěĖġġĤŻĚħĨĖ"&ÇĞģĘĝěħĤģĩģĤĨĚ along with the ¾-inch radius. "I think the biggest thing right now is that just in the last 10 years, but even a little bit before then, so many of the laminate companies were doing a great job to make so many realistic colors to achieve natural stone looks. It can be natural stone such as marble and granite and range to quartz. They are so similar that sometimes you can ĢĞĨĩĖĠĚĞĩěĤħĩĝĚħĚĖġĩĝĞģĜŤÿĚĐħĞĖħĩĚĆĚģģĚęĮ notes. "So we are doing our part to make edge ĥħĤŽġĚĨ ĩĝĖĩ Ėęę ĩĤ ĩĝĚ ġĤĤĠ Ĥě ħĚĖġ ĨĩĤģĚ ĬĞĩĝ ĩĝĤĨĚĥĚģĘĞġÇĩĝĞģĥħĤŽġĚĨĩĝĖĩĮĤĪĨĚĚĤģăĂďđ ĖģęĞģĤĩĝĚħĥġĖĘĚĨĩĤęĖĮŤ be able to toggle back and forth between some of the new color stories we're seeing and some of the other older color stories that are already existing ĞģĩĝĚĘĤģĨĪĢĚħšĨĝĤĢĚŤĂĚģĩĞġĚĨĖĮĨţĒĚħĚĖġġĮ wanted to be mindful with our new colors, whether you are using a '90s inspired cherry cabinet color or maple or something with light wood grain, that each of our designs are well balanced to make sure they can accomodate both warm and cool color tones. Lighter color marbles in particlar take on a blue tint when paired with some of the darker ĘĤġĤħĨĒĚĬĖģĩĚęĩĤĖīĤĞęĩĝĤĨĚĩĮĥĚĨĤěĞĨĨĪĚĨŤ Rounding Out the Edges ďĝĞģ ĥħĤŽġĚ ĘĤĪģĩĚħĩĤĥĨ ħĚġĮ ĝĚĖīĞġĮ Ĥģ ĚęĜĞģĜ with pencil-thin seams and tight turns. New ma- terials like Wilsonart's Thinscape, a product that features consistent color all the way through, can be routed with edges that mimic porcelain tops. Laminates, however, because they are mounted on either plywood, MDF or particle board, require ĩĞĜĝĩġĮħĤġġĚęĚęĜĚĥħĤŽġĚĨĖġĤģĜĬĞĩĝīĚħĮĩĞĜĝĩ seams to successfully achieve the thin style. VT Industries' Dimensions Collection of lam- inates comes with several very popular edge pro- ŽġĚĨďĝĚĊħĖĞĨĖīĚħĮĩĞĜĝĩĩĪħģĞģĜĥĚģĘĞġÇĬħĖĥ edge that is very similar in look to thin granite Ėģę ĥĤħĘĚġĖĞģ ĘĤĪģĩĚħĩĤĥĨ ďĝĚ üƁĤģ ĚęĜĚ ĞĨ Ė double-turn edge that is reminiscent of a classic ĜħĖģĞĩĚƀĪĩĚęĚęĜĚĄģĖġġĩĝĚĘĤĢĥĖģĮĤŻĚħĨ"# ĚęĜĚĥħĤŽġĚĨĩĝĖĩŽĩĖģĮģĪĢėĚħĤěĩĤęĖĮšĨĨġĚĚĠĚħ modern kitchen styles, says Angela George, VT's marketing communications manager. "It is an understatement to say that laminates ĝĖīĚĘĤĢĚĖġĤģĜĬĖĮĞģĩĝĚĥĖĨĩ"!ĩĤ"&ĮĚĖħĨŤ George notes. "Edge options are a critical part of elevating the countertop surface. Right now VT's ĊħĖĚęĜĚĥħĤŽġĚĞĨĢĤĨĩĥĤĥĪġĖħüġĨĤĠģĤĬģĖĨ a pencil edge, the tight radius on top and bottom ĝĚġĥĖĘĝĞĚīĚĖħĚĖġĞĨĩĞĘĨġĖėĖĥĥĚĖħĖģĘĚŤ HARTSONKENNEDY CABINET TOP CO. focuses on delivering thinner edge options to meet current trends. The above kitchen shows an on-trend mix of wood and stone. Left is a view of the company's Caspian edge, a pencil-thin, tight- radius roll. Circle 8 on inquiry card QualifiedRemodeler.com July 2019 55

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