Clerkenwell FlatContemporary Kitchen, London

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Barbara Kanter wrote:Apr 23, 2015
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    Brian O'Tuama Architects

    I wouldn't say it's superior to hardwood, it's just different in several ways. It's slightly resilient, so more comfortable to stand on for extended periods of time than wood. It's good acoustically too, you don't get the 'click click' with heels walking on it that you get with wood, and it can be quite forgiving when china is dropped on the floor - it won't always break but sometimes bounces back! Cork is also a sustainable product as it comes from a renewable source that takes 9 years to regrow - hardwood can take considerably longer. And finally, it's cheaper - at least here in Europe!

  • Barbara Kanter

    What I like about cork are the colors. I've had echo problems with hardwood and needed to cover the floors with area rugs. If I wanted a bare, more cleanable look cork would be superior. The cracking china is valid too, ceramic tile is often the material of choice for kitchens. Would cork stand up to repeated scrubbing the way tile does? I cook a lot.

    It is possible that because our oak floors are grown here that it's less expensive. The budget alternative is "manufactured hardwood" for ease of installation.

    Did you varnish over the joints of the cork?

    My impression is that the labor intensive nature of sanded and stained hardwood is what makes hardwood expensive. I'll get back to you when I've resolved this issue.

    Thanks,

    Barbara



linae wrote:Sep 25, 2017
Wangkitects wrote:Jun 24, 2015
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    Brian O'Tuama Architects

    Hi - thanks, glad you like the kitchen. The peninsula is supported on an angle bracket fixed to the wall, as well as the hairpin leg (or wishbone as we've been calling it). The worktop is Corian, and it's been in place for 3 years now and is still going strong. But it's carefully looked after - not sure how it would stand up to people sitting on it!

Robin Rigby Fisher CMKBD/CAPS wrote:Mar 12, 2015
rsharker wrote:Sep 23, 2015

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