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Trends in Materials

I am being asked to speak at a seminar on Trends in Finish Materials for Kitchens and Baths.
Even though I have my own ideas I am more interested in hearing from you.
So, I thought I would pose the question to my blog buddies.

What are you interested in hearing about in finish materials for kitchens and baths?

  • Do you want to hear more about back splash ideas and counter tops?
  • Are you color challenged and looking for help coordinating floors, cabinets and counters?
  • Do you want to hear about hard wood verses tile floors?
  • Or, do you want to hear about alternate floor materials?

  • Are you troubled with the terms and want to know more about them before you decide? Should you consider Stainless Steel, Vitreous China, Fire Clay, Cast Iron, Porcelain… how does one decide what is the best selection for your family?
  • What finish selections are puzzling to you for your kitchen or bath remodel?
  • Is cost playing a factor in what materials to choose?

I am interested in hearing what your questions are.



Laurie Burke, connected to the design and construction industry since 1996. A seasoned residential kitchen and bath design specialist , Laurie has designed thousands of kitchens & baths as well as other cabinetry projects requiring technical precision in design drafting utilizing state of the art 2020 software for creating accurate plans and elevations. Through on- going product knowledge training and a desire to always stay current with an evolving marketplace, Laurie Burke maintains a strong command of knowing the appropriate Fit & Finish materials required for a residential remodel to meet the budget, the timeline of a project and a client's need for a finished product that meets their satisfaction. Kitchen Designer by trade, foodie, techie, weekend traveler for fun. For more information contact me at

4 thoughts on “Trends in Materials

  1. I would love to learn more about flooring! I need to choose a floor for a narrow church kitchen (7 x 22 ft) that is located in the basement of a 150 year old building, plus it needs to be low cost. I’m currently considering vinyl plank over the existing concrete slab. Any idea what would be best in this space?


  2. Hello Maria, My goodness, 150 year old building! In Southern California, nothing stays around that long as builders knock down them down in favor of mini malls, unfortunately. Unless it is a historical landmark. A 150 year old church basement will need a durable material. Given that there is a budget, there is two ways of looking at this. You could get a very inexpensive material but you have to weight the odds of how long that material is expected to last. Given the age of the building, you don’t want to have to keep replacing a material every five years. You could use the plank laminate, however my concern is that with moisture in a basement the chance of lifting at the seams in the short period is greater than not. Ask what type of moisture barrier they recommend with that product in a basement. Is this really the best investment, I do not think it is. Secondly, I would prefer a durable and inexpensive porcelain tile. It can be very inexpensive, look for close outs at the tile stores for better discounts. Lastly, you could have the concrete floor sanded and stained. This is less expensive than tile and much more durable than the vinyl. Go to the to find a contractor in your area. The life expectancy of a concrete floor will far surpass that of most floor covering materials. Decorative concrete can also endure water exposure from occasional seepage into the basement after heavy rains, unlike water-sensitive floor coverings that can peel up, warp, or mildew. In the long run concrete saves money because it never needs to be ripped out, you never need to replace worn or water-damaged flooring.


  3. I’m interested in all your topics. My kitchen will be finished in the next few months, but I’ll want to know what I could have done. I’m weird that way!


  4. Kathleen, that’s not weird, that is just the designer in you. For everything we complete, as designers, there is always something we would want to do differently if given the opportunity.


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