“People subconsciously associate stone with stability underfoot, so it’s a natural choice for flooring,” says New York City architect Leonard Kady. Engineered wood flooring, which has a veneer of real wood over a substrate, can be floated over the subfloor, saving on installation costs.The downside is that most can be refinished only once, whereas solid flooring can be refinished multiple times.Though it is metal, the finish has a glossy white sheen that mimics the elegance of frosted glass. Wood has warmth and elegance and can be used in adjacent rooms, creating a seamless flow between the spaces.“Plus if you drop a teacup on a wood floor, the cup has a fighting chance,” says Kelly Stewart, a National Kitchen & Bath Association-certified kitchen designer in Stamford, Conn.“It’s just a question what’s going to take stainless steel’s place.” Daring alternatives such as oil-rubbed bronze and cobalt blue haven’t caught on, suggesting that the next finish will be more neutral in nature.
For instant curb appeal, we design and import wood and iron doors and also stock fiberglass and steel doors.We carry unfinished and semi-custom kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities, glass and stone mosiac backsplash, faucets, bathtubs, cabinet hardware and other remodeling products.We have great selection of laminate and slab countertops, and our speciality is in-stock prefab slabs that are precut to counter-depth at lengths of 107" in both quartz and granite.Some models combine steam and convection cooking to lock in moisture while browning foods that require it. Though we recommend Kitchen Aid dual-fuel ranges, its electric and gas models have been repair-prone, as have Jenn-Air’s electric ranges, wall ovens, and cooktops.