In 2006, we did a kitchen in a house and it was a gut job. It took me about an hour, if that, to pick out cabinetry, hardware, tile, flooring and then there were the countertops . . . Agonizing. Granite is an amazing work surface for a kitchen. It is nearly indestructible but to me most granites look like a rash I do not want to get. The speckles, the spots, the mottling, whatever you want to call it, was not what I wanted to look at day in and day out. Of course like anyone who has ever opened a shelter magazine and seen a kitchen with marble, I wanted marble. It was softer and the veining and movement in the stone was more restful to the eye or at least to my eyes. There was the small problem that marble is a terrible stone for a hardworking kitchen. Sure, marble surfaces are wonderful for bakers but not for messy cooks and small children with crayons and overflowing cups of lemonade. I decided to relegate the marble surfaces to the bathrooms and bought the least offensive granite I could find and enjoyed its durability but never loved it.
So, I want to ask all those 2006 stone yards where the $*%&%& was quartzite when I was looking back in 2006?
Quartzite, not to be confused with man-made quartz, is a natural stone that is a metamorphic rock formed from sandstone. Marble is also a metamorphic rock but formed from limestone. Granite is different, it is an igneous rock which means it has crystallized and solidified from molten lava. As you can see from these quartzite countertops, quartzite is a close cousin to marble looks-wise yet is touted as wearing more like a granite.
Quartzite will run more than most granites and some marbles. The average is somewhere around $110/sq ft.
And, a better look at the Aquias Blue!
Here is a more traditional and soft quartzite called Taj Mahal.
And the less traditional but equally as beautiful Azul Macaubas. I could never commit to this level of “art” on the countertops but would love to see this on an island. Could be stunning, especially in a waterfront property!
Our kitchen project will likely take shape in 2016 but it’s never too early to start looking at the rate I pick out stone. The Quartzite Quest is officially underway.