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High Notes: Engineered Quartz Countertops

Trendy engineered quartz countertops make it even more enjoyable to gather with family and friends in the kitchen. With attractive engineered quartz available in so many popular colors and patterns, this “new granite” offers welcoming appeal, whether you’re eating takeout at the kitchen island or admiring your quartz countertops from the comfort of the living room.

What Is Engineered Quartz?


The Augusta Pines model, Plan 297

A durable alternative to using natural stone slabs as kitchen countertops, engineered quartz countertops can be produced in most any color to suit your preference or to complement kitchen cabinets. And they are the perfect spot for family and friends to gather, as the engineered quartz on countertops and islands provides surfaces that hold up to meal prep, marathon homework sessions and weekend get-togethers. The eye-catching engineered quartz countertops are created with a large percentage of ground natural quartz – one of the hardest minerals on earth – and a smaller percentage of polymer resin and pigments. When bound together, the resulting material is extremely durable, resembling traditional types of kitchen countertops materials like granite and marble. Yet engineered quartz is more uniform.

Like granite or other stones, engineered quartz offers a natural appearance, but where you often see varied swirls and veining in stones such as granite and marble, engineered quartz offers a more consistent look. This kitchen countertop material is also flexible to work with, so it’s possible to create various types of counter edges and designs – and even sinks! Engineered quartz countertops can also be installed on bathroom vanities to make en suites even more beautiful.

Engineered Quartz Is Built To Last For Generations


The Augusta Pines model, Plan 297

Stronger than granite, engineered quartz is practically indestructible. Its super-hard construction is highly resistant to cracking and scratches, so quartz countertops and kitchen islands stand up to breakfast time, lunch prep and casual dinners, and the daily barrage of discarded backpacks, books and laptops. With natural stone appeal, quartz types of kitchen countertops and islands also make durable and dramatic backdrops for holiday buffet dishes, New Year’s beverage stations and game night appetizer trays for years to come. Plus there’s less home maintenance to worry about because engineered quartz countertops don’t have to be sealed or resealed like granite counters.

If you love to cook for your family, you’ll appreciate that engineered quartz surfaces resist stains and damage from cooking oils and liquids, so meals can be prepared with abandon, and milk from cereal bowls can splatter without worry. And not only is an engineered quartz countertop easy to clean with soap and water, but its non-porous surface is also more sanitary than other materials like granite, marble and concrete – bacteria, mildew and mold can’t penetrate the solid surface of engineered quartz. Some quartz countertops even feature built-in antimicrobial properties that offer added protection for families.

Quartz Colors and Styles To Suit Every Family’s Taste

Whether you appreciate French country design or vibrant modern themes, there is a rich variety of quartz countertop colors and patterns available. With so many choices, it’s easy to customize kitchens with your favorite shade, or you can choose a complementary color for cabinets and other kitchen decor. When you purchase a Highland Home, you can select quartz countertops from a range of colors, from browns, beiges and creams to whites, grays and blacks. You can even choose a bright pop of color like red for your customized kitchen counter tops.

There are quartz countertop colors and patterns featuring sparkles and flecks that closely resemble granite and varieties that have a swirled, marbled appearance just like you’d see in natural stone. Or find quartz kitchen countertop options with a solid, contemporary color and a sleek, polished finish.

How Highland Homes Offers The Appeal of Quartz

As our unique homes feature an open floor plan joining a gorgeous gourmet kitchen with inviting living and dining areas, the ever-popular kitchen island and countertop area is center-stage. With the meal prep and gathering area in view of the open living area, beautiful engineered quartz countertops make an appealing artistic statement. And our quartz countertop colors and patterns aren’t limited to just kitchen countertop options; in a Highland Home you can customize your bathroom countertops with your favorite quartz hues and patterns as well. Plus, as an upgrade, we’ll even add matching sinks created with the same engineered quartz material used for the countertops. The seamless design offers unprecedented uniformity, and makes cleanup a breeze – not to mention the rave reviews the mporary look will get from family and friends.


The Augusta Pines model, Plan 297