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3 counter alternatives to Carrara Marble

alternative to carerra marble
This is my last post on counters until we get something installed. Here is where we are – we’ve narrowed down our counter styles to three.  Cambria in Torquay , Caesarstone in Misty Carrera  and last but not least, Corian Rain Cloud. Each of the three options gives me the look of Carrera Marble, but without the upkeep or stress of etching/staining that it comes with.

Although this is my last post on counters, our decision isn’t finalized. Truthfully, Aubrey actually loves one, and I another. Even though we haven’t decided on which one, it will be one of the three above. I thought that if you are looking for a counter that looks like Carrera Marble, but without the upkeep of Carrera marble, you’ll like to see these three styles together.  So getting specific, I will say that each of these samples are fantastic. If any of them were in my house right now, I’d be in heaven. But we just need to pick something that is right for our house, our style, and, budget. Here are some of our loves & concerns…

The Cambria Torquay was our first pick for counters in the beginning. I love the feeling of the counter. It feels substantical and looks gorgeous. My concern with this sample is that it’s a little “white” and may pose a problem with our “off white” cabinets from Ikea. The veining is a little less natural perhaps?
Cost: I’m not sure of the cost but I know it is not inexpensive.

The Caesarstone in Misty Carrera is gorgous, and feels like stone. Hard, and cold and I love that. I’ve seen gorgeous examples of it online, and some larger slabs in person. Now, the problem for me is that when I visited one showroom (Ciot) here in Toronto, I saw a big display unit made out of the Misty Carrera and it was a LOT darker than the sample. I was really thrown by that. I’m going to try to get a larger sample in, to see what I may be missing. The major concern is the varying colours.
Cost: The fabricator down the street quoted me $60.00 a square foot (approx) for installation, making it one of the more expensive options.

The Corian Rain Cloud was a game changer at the last minute. I think it helped that I saw it done in a setting like the restaurant to give me a really good idea of how it would look. And I was smitten. That being said I have a huge concern is that it’s a lot softer of a counter than the other two. It actually feels different to the touch. The veining in this option is gorgeous, and Aubrey thinks this one looks the most like marble, and I’m stuck on the “feel” of the counter. The other pro to Corian is that you can order it somewhere like Home Depot or Costco, which makes for an easy process as a busy Mom.
Cost: Cost wise, it’s also the most cost effective. Home Depot priced it at $100 Linear Foot. So for the 19 linear feet we need it would be under $2,000.

There you go! Three options I think are worthy of consideration if you like Carerra marble but don’t want the upkeep.

xo Linds

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