Kurth ResidenceModern Kitchen, Santa Barbara
Ciro Coelho Photography
What Houzz contributors are saying:
Con: It isn’t suitable for outdoor installations. This is one area where granite has the upper hand. While quartz is generally heat-resistant, it won’t perform well outdoors, whether it’s on an accent wall or in an uncovered outdoor kitchen. Its surface can fade and discolor after long-term exposure to sunlight. On the flip side, a natural stone countertop like granite was born to survive sunlight and other weather elements with ease.
Because details matter, the wood flooring is laid at a curve to reflect the overall shape of the house. Dave Mendros, the architect, notes that “doing a curved house meant reinventing the wheel with everything.” To achieve this curved wood floor, Mendros and his team had to figure out that the wood floor strips had to be narrow, so they could be bent during installation.Now that’s attention to detail!
What Houzzers are commenting on:
Quartz - stronger than natural stone. Quartz isn’t totally immune to scuffs and stains, but it’s about as scratch- and stain-resistant as countertops get. As an engineered product, it’s nonporous, so coffee, citrus juice, cooking oil and other common kitchen ingredients won’t stain it. The resins and polymers used during the manufacturing process form strong bonds that aren’t easy to break.