The Wilson House

Laminate seems to have become a dirty word in the world of countertops, but I want to convince you otherwise. I had the privilege of touring The Wilson House last year, in Temple, TX. From their website:

Wilson built his house to serve three purposes: First, the house was his private residence where he lived from 1959 until his death in 1972. Second, it served as a model home for his then-fledgling laminate company. Finally, the house served as a test-lab of sorts, where he could personally test the quality and durability of the products his company manufactured.

Now, let’s look at some pictures!!! I’ll point out some of the more interesting things that I liked and learned in the captions.

What looks like white painted paneling on the left is actually laminate. The floor is actually not laminate, and is also not original. If I remember correctly, the original flooring was carpet, but it wasn’t wearing very well with constant tours.
I made sure to take a picture of this sink because under-mounting in laminate is only recently something we think of as possible.

Now that I’ve shown you some cool old laminate, let’s bring the conversation into the 21st century. Technology has helped this versatile material come a very long way. I’ll show you some examples.

I’m not usually one to want something “fake”, but this faux marble is convincing. And what’s that? And under-mount sink!

This is where I start to get pretty excited about laminate. Wilsonart by you is custom designed… by YOU! You can create any design you want and have it put into laminate form. Above is a wall in a high school, and it kinda reminds me of a certain wall in The Wilson House.

This one is another custom job done in laminate.

It’s just insane how many options there are. Above you’ll see a screen grab of just a portion of their color and pattern options. I’m definitely keeping laminate on my mind for every remodel from now on.

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