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Nat has been shopping around for kitchens and appliances during the week.

So far we're obtaining quotes from Zesta on Warrigal Road, Cheltenham, and Lets Talk Kitchens on Nepean Highway, Cheltenham. Nat has two or three more companies that she plans to contact, based upon referrals from friends.

Our extension and renovation requires more than just the kitchen to be fitted out - there's a walk in pantry as well as the renovated laundry. Prices for the kitchen will affect how we treat the pantry and laundry.

Options we're considering include the cabinetry finish - laminate or two pack, as well as the benchtops - laminate, Caesarstone or Corian.

Update, 18/07/2010: Following from Kevin's comment on this post I found this website that claims to make a fair comparison of natural stone and manufactured benchtops. The comparison is based upon aesthetics and performance, not embodied energy and sustainability. Similarly, a Choice has a comparison of features, with no comment on the hard issues.

Searches on "embodied energy" return sites that make unsubstantiated claims - what is needed is a fair and independent comparison of products for home construction and renovation!

Is the most sustainable a recycled benchtop or a local plantation timber benchtop?

We'll probably go with Caesarstone as a middle-of-the-road and low maintenance product.


Do you have any feedback about Caesarstone or Corian? Please use the comments to let me know.

Comments

  1. Dave, thought you would more prefer the Dubai Granite and your centre piece for the kitchen - if this is your kitchen more many many years do not go laminate - use a quality stone. Stuff the cost (so one of your kids won't go to uni), but it will make the world of difference.
    Why no do the green thing and ensure only local (within 500km) materials are used.
    Cheers Kevin

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  2. Hi Kevin, I've updated the post to reflect your comments, but finding valid comparisons of the sustainability and embodied energy has been difficult.

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