5/30/2014 7:50:00 AM Ask the contractor: Recycled glass countertops are both eco-friendly and stylish
Sandy Griffis Yavapai County Contractor’s Association
Q: We are looking to replace our countertops and want to be eco-friendly and use recycled glass. What is the latest and greatest product on the market that we can find locally?-Tim and Susie, Prescott
A: When it comes to countertops, creativity is in vogue. This includes artistic looks, glass murals and even photographs on countertops. Just a few years back, the trend favored safe options chosen with resale in mind, but today's hottest countertops are showing more colors, textures and patterns, as well as some creative mixing and matching of materials to create more personalized designs. Eco-conscious/recycled materials remain a hot choice and the industry is increasingly becoming more aware not only of the percent of recycled content in surfacing, but also of how green the manufacturing processes are in the creation of that product.
Value is important, but that doesn't necessarily mean inexpensive - rather, that means providing clients with the countertop solution that delivers the style they're looking to achieve while staying within their budget. To that end, a product's quality, performance and reliability are every bit as important as price in achieving value.
A really new exciting, electrifying and energizing eco-friendly product on the market is being marketed at Arizona Tile. They are now offering Curava recycled glass countertop material from Italy. Curava recycled glass is eco-friendly, using 60 percent recycled glass. This product is instrumental in saving bottles, windshields and windows from our landfills. Inasmuch as it is environmentally friendly, use of this product will contribute to LEED points for a project. Once the glass is collected, it is ground into small chips and combined with quartz and resin, as well as shells in two color selections. This ground material is then formed into beautiful slabs that are stain- and heat-resistant. Curava recycled glass requires very little maintenance, it is non-porous and comes in five color selections. This product is the only recycled glass slab on the market that is available in 3/4" as well as the typical 1-1/4" thickness. The Arizona Tile showroom in Prescott has a large sample display of this new, exciting "in" product. You can reach Arizona Tile and its awesome, top-notch staff at 928-776-1070
Q: My wife and I lived in a condo/loft in Manhattan and came to Arizona for a visit. We were sold on Prescott's downtown and courthouse plaza. It took us two years before we were able to make the move to Prescott. We are here now and renting a home. We have discovered that we are not single-family home dwellers and we miss our downtown and loft living that we had in Manhattan. What can this area do to promote centralized urban living? -Judy and Ed, Prescott
A: In Prescott, loft living lends itself more to baby boomers who are empty-nesters who don't want to drive as much and might like to walk to local services - the perfect demographic to live in a secure downtown location. There is a "sea change" in America when it comes to living in the suburbs - many families want services close by, shops, libraries and schools. For the first time since World War II, retirees are more inclined to retire in urban centers than living in the country or outlying areas of a community. Infill building is taking place, slowly but surely.
Prescott does have loft living right in the heart of the action. Located in downtown Prescott, this available loft is your perfect year-round oasis in the middle of the city. You can enjoy the vibrant downtown, can walk to nearby dining, shopping and entertainment and enjoy all of the necessary conveniences to centralized urban living. Contemporary and comfortable, this loft is considered to be truly hip - a new way of living with a design concept that is revolutionary and built as a "green" sealed envelope, sealed against dust, smoke, and bacteria, featuring a micron filtration system. Every room is handicapped-accessible. The loft was built by Haley Construction, a long-time local building contractor.
It is important that builders and developers recognize the value in responding to living patterns and it is also important that our building officials and city leaders understand the importance of offering development incentives to create an expanded tax base as well as support for local shops and businesses. Creating additional loft living areas in Prescott will encourage other forms of development of the area that promote general economic growth.
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