Paperstone kitchen countertops and cork flooring...any info?
I'm moving towards (hooray!) having my kitchen remodeled. Researching different materials, I've been wondering about Paperstone countertops. Has anyone had experience with it? How thick should it be? Any tips? How does it compare in price to granite or quartz?
Also, what about cork flooring? Are there varying grades and thicknesses? Does it work for a kitchen/great room. Price compared to laminate?
Trying to do this on a pretty tight budget, but would like to use at least some natural materials that would be kitchen highlights.
When you're on a tight budget, less common materials like cork and paperstone can be budget buster because they are not "common" choices sold in large quantities by many suppliers so you miss out on the competitive prices. If you go to someplace like the Home Depot you will quickly see what are the top sellers/most competitively priced. Have read that cork flooring can be good but doesn't like sharp objects and can get scratched by chairs/dogs--but then so can laminate which I would think twice about in a busy kitchen.
We installed paperstone countertops and cork floors in our last home. SO did the sums so can't help with that, though remember that neither is a budget option. As the cook I can report that I liked the paperstone very much as a work surface, easy to keep clean, seemed very hard wearing, as in after two years there were no blemishes. If you are a pastry/bread by hand sort of CH you may also appreciate that it works for both, neither too cold for bread or too warm for crust, admittedly we were in the NW so very temperate climate.
Also loved the cork floor (we laid cork tiles), gentle on the feet and warm. But don't go dropping heavy/sharp stuff on it, it is vulnerable.