Despite the premium price tag, stone adds immense aesthetic value to a space, and will last forever. So its no surprise then, that the majority of our projects incorporate stone, particularly in kitchens and bathrooms.
The term ‘stone’ feels a little generic and vague. What exactly are you buying when you purchase a stone bench top?
Engineered stone is a man-made product that dates back to the 80’s. The main component in engineered stone is quartz which is one of nature’s strongest minerals. Engineered stone is a composite material, used as an alternative to solid stone in the making of countertops. Engineered stone is made of crushed stone bound together by an adhesive, (most commonly polymer resin, with some newer versions using cement mix). This category includes engineered quartz, polymer concrete and engineered marble stone.
Natural stone is a natural substance, being a solid aggregate of one or more minerals or mineraloids. For example, granite, a common rock, is a combination of the minerals quartz, feldspar and biotite. Because they are a natural product, natural stones, granites and marbles are to be viewed and hand picked in slab form.
Here are some things to keep in mind if you are considering including stone in your renovation or new build:
- The standard lead time between stone site measure and installation is 12-15 working days.
- Site measure only takes place once the kitchen or joinery install is complete.
- Splashbacks, electrical and plumbing are generally completed after the stone install.
- Natural stones, granites and marbles are to be hand selected by the client from the warehouse.
- It is important that any stones with grain be viewed in large slabs as they can vary significantly. Small samples can misrepresent the overall look and we don’t want you to be disappointed.
- The stone fabricators advise clients to view the stone slabs, to work out exactly where they want the slabs cut, prior to commencement of fabrication. This is essential when you have large vein or natural stone, to maximise preferred features on show.
- Natural and engineered stones come in varying sizes and thicknesses.
- Some stones are suitable for heat and direct sunlight, some aren’t. If you are unsure, or require specific performance capabilities, please advise in advance or ask for clarification.
- In regards to bench-top joins, the fabricators always apply best practice however joins are at the fabricators own discretion, unless arranged and communicated otherwise.
- If you are wanting joins in a specific area or location, this needs to be clarified and discussed during the design development phase, prior to finalisation of final quote. The number of joins can effect the quantity of material required, hence resulting in a change to pricing.
- Standard edge profile for stone tops is a 3mm pencil round radius edge. If an alternative edge detail is preferred, prior notice will be required.
- Stone is always quoted as one site measure and one site install. Thus separate installs will incur additional fees.
We have a great relationship with our stone suppliers and always entrust that what they supply is matched for best fit. However, you as the client, need to be very clear about any specific technical or performance requirements well in advance of us commissioning stone fabrication on your behalf. If in doubt, contact Nathan or Ellen to discuss your project, and to confirm if stone is going to be a good fit for your budget.