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The Palm Beach Post from West Palm Beach, Florida · Page 91

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REAL ESTATE WEEKEND MARCH 2728, 1998 .7 Ask The Builder SPECIAL ADVERTISING SECTION " .; vt its',- - WS . ps- 5)-' , ' "fiS ' ' fl1 t ' ''."' .s '"' "rJ" " Cultured marble a winner for walls . S0' DEVELOPER CLOSE OUT Deep Water Private Docks No Fixed Bridges To Ocean Three - 13 Acre River Access Homesites Remaining $24,900 One - 12 Acre Riverfront Homesite Remaining $70,000 Immi .'-.i.auaii, s Ask for Bonnie 561 $2,500 CLOSE - HURRY! Only 9 Left! Immediate Occupancy - ilff 1 4 I I . ...i. :s- ' ' By TIM CARTER Question: I am fed up with the constant care ceramic tile walls around the bathtub and shower requires. In my new home, I would love to have a single piece of marble on each wall. Since I have not yet won the lottery, do you think the cultured marble products will suffice? Will these synthetic products lose their shine over time? Is it possible for the average person to install cultured marble products? Can you . repair pieces that are damaged? Answer: Cultured marble is not a totally synthetic product. ' Real marble dust is used to make ; cultured marble. ; This marble dust accounts for ; more than 75 percent of the vol- time of a typical cultured marble ': product. When mixed with a liquid I polyester resin, the marble dust I forms an attractive and durable ' bathroom and kitchen product. Real marble can be a night-; mare in a bathroom or kitchen environment, s It is naturally porous and can ! stain easily. Hair coloring prod-; ucts, chemically reactive sham-; poos and conditioners, and many colored liquids can cause stains. Because the resin coats all of the marble dust particles, high-quality cultured marble can withstand stains that might harm natural marble. Unfortunately, the quality of the finished product can vary widely. iJlG . i . ... . W'v-H J- -.::,?i , fill jmmg mgm,. 14,, v J ' ' VBnaiu Tim Carter Several years ago, many of the leaders in the industry founded the International Cast Polymer Association. This group has created a certification process that allows consumers to purchase high-quality cultured marble, granite, onyx and solid-surface products with confidence. If you buy your cultured marble from a certified manufacturer, you should get a product that will maintain its brilliance for many, many years. Cultured marble can be used to" create many bathroom and kitchen products. Sinks with integral tops, bathtubs, whirlpool baths, shower Limited Time Ofer cJlNES: basins, back splashes and wall panels are possible. Since it is a molded product, manufacturers can create an infinite amount of designs tinted to any color. The clear finish can be ordered high gloss or satin from many manufacturers. It is possible to repair scratches, chips and minor blemishes. A certified repair person can re-buff the surface with a special mixed gel-coat compound. Cracks and broken pieces are virtually impossible to repair. It is not possible to apply a new, clear finish to a cultured marble product once it has left the factory. Installation of cultured marble tub and shower surrounds is simple. The process goes quickly if the wall surfaces are plumb, square and flat. The walls behind the cultured marble should be flat white. Colored drywall or gray cement board can show through some light-colored marble products. Dry fit each piece to make sure it's sized correctly. Remove dust from the back of each piece with rubbing alcohol before you apply clear 100 percent silicone caulk adhesive. I prefer to start my installations with the piece that goes on the wall I face as I enter the tub or shower. If you install the side wall pieces first, your cuts on the final piece have to be perfect. MM 1 " LZke 3 & 4 Bedroom3 Full bath with 2 car Garage availahel in three sizes - Big, Bigger and Biggest s Community Pool & Recreation Area City Water & Sewer Free Cable TV ! Walking distance to excellent schools, shop and parks ! Washer, Dryer, Marble Roman Tub, SS Refrigerator. Plus so much more included Directions: Exit 1-95 or Turnpike to Okeechobee Blvd, west to Royal Palm Beach Blvd. Turn north (right) proceed Hi mile to entrance on ten. - 692 - 1674 lJ OUT SAlflfiGflf rKEE Covered ratio' from the $120's to $150s 10 Year Builder Warranty KfMJTQfl-flHOCj XS. Brokers Welcome - - .jjl,lJ Ine interior was designed to allow formal large casual family room with one of the home's four fireplaces and entertainment center complete with Sony components. The master suite, one of five bedrooms, with an intimate sitting room and morning kitchen, is located on the first floor. The cove-lit bedroom is furnished in the traditional Biedermier look and has a private access to the poo! and lanai area. The master bath is furnished in black granite and taupe marble with his and her vanities, twin showers, and an automated whirlpool tub. The outside pool and deck area has two complete outdxir bath houses as well as an outdoor kitchen. Above the spacious four car garage is a complete one bedroom carriage apartment. This home is completely furnished with the finest selections available on the market, truly a home you must see to appreciate! 1 .: 1 Estate Home As Featured in the April 1998 Edition of the Robb Report Located at the Reserve, Port St Lucie ;&iMh SjSMQ CD? . . . . , . . i i' i . , . nr. , jrrm mis; 't'- 'i i -"is 1g tJ.??iy Owner offers an exquisite home located in The Reserve's most prestigious neighborhood. The Enclave. This 1(),0(X) square foot magnificent estate is situated on a 2 12 acre beautifully landscaped waterfront lot. The striking exterior is highlighted by a triple arched entrance portico, grand styling and classic lines. and informal areas to be distinctively separate. That can be tough for a beginner. Caulk all seams with a colored 100 percent silicone caulk that will closely match the cultured marble. Cultured marble is easy to care for once installed. Avoid any cleaning product that contains abrasives. Use a squeegee after each shower to quickly remove water drops from walls. If hard water deposits accumulate on shower or bath walls, they can be dissolved easily with vinegar applied from a spray bottle. Apply the vinegar and wait 45 minutes to an hour. Rinse the softened deposits with clear water and a sponge or cleaning rag. Heavy hard water deposits may require multiple vinegar spray applications. Cultured marble that has lost its shine can be restored by using Gel-Gloss or Counter Top Magic once a year. Send for Builder Bulletin No. 2 1 3 listing certified cultured marble manufacturers, Installation suggestions, and other tips on caring for cultured marble. Please send $2 and your name and address to Tim Carter, co The Palm Beach Post, P.O. Box 36352 Cincinnati, OH 45236-0352. Got a question for Tim? Call him any Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon Eastern Standard Time at (888) 737-1450. Or, visit Ask the Builder on the World wide weo at http:www.askbuild.com Tim Carter, a 20-year veteran of the home-building industry, is a freelance writer specializing in residential products and construction. 4 in llili tti l l.WnMMilMmil Ulu. il , in ,f ,7e Lake Worth IMMEDMTC OCCUPANCY J The main kitchen is beautifully appointed with Fieldstone cabinetry. Thermador appliances and sub-Zero refrigeration. Adjacently located are a spacious breakfast area and --.;lt' 'J J'.' F. ---"3 : : n n tw 5 Co For More Information 561-595-9266 Owner Available For Personal Tour 31898-33098 0 MQJjlTOIFQDEL G?J0 FOOni THE $17GS TO OUCH $250f000. school nearby. Come tour beautifully decorated models from Engle Homes plus you can 1 njoy a country feel and city convenience I in a location that's east of 441 and preview Sterling Communities' 6 best- J J convenient to the Turnpike, making Cypress Lake Estates a great place to live. Get the home selling designs now available for the first time in Cypress Lake Estates. Located at the SW corner of you've always wanted with spacious Road and Lyons Road, 1 mile west of the Florida Turnpike. designs in a gated estate home neighborhood with no zero lot line homesites! There's community lighted tennis and a tot lot, plus every homesite has plenty of room for a backyard pool for family fun and recreation. There are new shopping centers right down the street, a top-rated elementary and a new middle For Sterling Communities call (561)357-7866. For Engle Homes call (561)641-0151. 10TM VE N LAKE WORTM M LNTN M) Cypress Lake ESTATES EFJ6LE STERLING

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