April 14, 2010

The Luxury of New Technologies

Posted in Houston, houston interior design, Houston Interior Designer, Houston Intertior Design Blog, Kitchen design, Kitchen Remodels, Kitchen Renovations, Luxury interior design tagged at 1:56 pm by luxuryforthehome

By Leslie Hassler, Houston Interior Designer

Well we’ve been busy and where last year our clients were interested in improving their bathrooms, it seems the hot project this year is improving their kitchens.  We’ve just finished a quick cosmetic makeover of a kitchen and are set to start a bit larger of a makeover in the next few weeks.

When we begin working for a client, we research materials and products that really meet the need of that individual client. This client had laminate countertops to begin with, wanted to improve the look of her kitchen, but plans on moving within 3 years.   That’s how we came to install the product I am going to share with you.  For our project, the product easily came in 40-60% the cost of granite.  The product is a granite-look laminate from Formica (www.formica.com) called Formica 180FX . This product is fairly new, I believed that it was launched within the last six months.

Formica 180 FX - Blue Storm

Simply put, Formica has taken high definition photographs of 9 granite slabs.  The photography is reproduced in “slab” sized laminate (4′ x 8′) so that each 8′ run has one repeat, before, the repeats would run about 18″ or so.  There is also a top finish that mimics the polish of granite slabs.  They have also thinned out the thickness of the materials so that you can get more “granite-like” edges, such as an Ogee edge.

Now, the product does have some limitations, you can only get the formed edge on 2 sides, so installations such as islands will have some choices to make.  Also because the material is thinner, you won’t be able to wrap a cove up for a backsplash, The material just doesn’t have the stability to not crack in that situation.  But really that’s the least of my concerns.  I’d want to mask the fact that it is a laminate as much as possible.  For the backsplash, you can laminate a 1″ x 4″ to create a 4″ backsplash or lay the material flat, butting the countertop.

Formica 180fx - Golden Mascarello

So who is this material for?  Really it is for everyone.  For a minor remodel where the countertops are already laminate – this is a great lower cost option for a lot of look; for a commercial business – imagine the look this could give to your office breakroom; For higher end homes or new construction – well, we all know that if choices are going to be made to lose granite in a craft room or utility room – this is a great option.

Formica 180FX - Red Montana

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1 Comment

  1. Gerri Chmiel said,

    Dear Leslie – I just wanted to clarify that the 180fx product comes in the same grades as regular laminate and is not necessarily thinner. Grade 12 is regular horizontal grade and is postformable – it can be postformed around an island (on 2 sides as you mentioned) or in a cove for a backsplash. The thinner grade 20 is postformable, but recommended for vertical applications.


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