You see, I need to start thinking about things like countertops.
Awhile ago, I became enamored at a Charleston 'home show' with a local product, Vetrostone and Oysterstone. (The images you see if you go to the links are good ones - but this stuff is much more beautiful 'in person'.) It was quite expensive too (more than granite if I remember correctly) - but I lost a bit of my enthusiasm when I called to request a sample of both materials, and they took all of my information over the phone so that they could send it to me - but the samples never arrived. I guess I've become one of those shoppers that you get 'one shot' with - I'm just too busy to have to follow-up on stuff.
So last Thursday evening I joined a friend for dinner - and I took the sample with me. We ended up sitting at the bar and eating, while the bartender graciously helped us test the sample - you know, the old soak-the-sample-in-red-wine test - and, as you can tell by the image above (taken today), it passed. Now maybe I'll squish a few blueberries on it - and try to cut something (with a sharp knife) on it. You know, test the stuff.
Using a recycled product for the kitchen counters would be good with respect to the LEED stuff (obviously) - but regardless of all that, I still want the countertops to perform well - and to look nice. So far I'm pretty impressed by how this material performs - and I was glad to see that the range of colors had increased since I had last looked at the stuff (and I like the incorporation of shells into the matrix). In the next week or two, my architherapist and I are going to head over to Fisher Recycling and check out the place - and hopefully see larger examples of this material as countertops. It might be a nice option.