Choos­ing Mar­ble

Homebuilding & Renovating - - PORTFOLIO -

Stu­art and Amelia have added be­spoke mar­ble fin­ishes to the kitchen and bath­room. “The mar­ble we used for this project is Car­rara,” says Stu­art. “For Car­rara work­tops the usual grades to choose from are ei­ther grade C or CD. Grade C has the whiter back­ground and CD is slightly greyer. We spec­i­fied grade CD in this project as we wanted a more veined/ greyer fin­ish to match the blue kitchen cup­board doors. The cou­ple have book-matched their mar­ble, which lends wow fac­tor. “Where you want a work­top to go from a hor­i­zon­tal to ver­ti­cal sur­face in a seem­ingly seam­less tran­si­tion you can spec­ify the veins to be vein matched or book-matched — this means that the mar­ble is cut care­fully from the same slab and is put to­gether on site so that the veins run through. “Edge pro­file, thick­ness and fin­ish are also con­sid­er­a­tions. It’s im­por­tant to de­cide what style you are after when choos­ing the thick­ness and edge pro­files of the mar­ble. There are many op­tions avail­able for edge pro­files — all of which re­sult in a dif­fer­ent look to the fin­ished prod­uct.” “Al­ways check with the mar­ble/stone sup­plier what their pro­posed care and main­te­nance regime is. It is im­por­tant to have the mar­ble sealed cor­rectly (es­pe­cially light mar­bles such as Car­rara) dur­ing or prior to in­stal­la­tion as they stain more read­ily than harder and darker less por­ous work­tops such as gran­ite. “Us­ing the cor­rect clean­ing prod­ucts is also im­por­tant in on­go­ing main­te­nance — we use Lithofin MN Easy Clean. And acidic sub­stances should be wiped off as soon as pos­si­ble. Lemon is your neme­sis. Know your en­emy!”

The Bath­room The new bath­room fea­tures con­tem­po­rary touches, in­clud­ing the oak en­case­ment sink with fea­ture Car­rara mar­ble van­ity. This con­trasts with the matt black taps and the con­crete en­caus­tic floor tiles (from So­lus Ceram­ics). “I love the bath­room — the mir­ror that I de­signed with my picture-fram­ing friend I think is re­ally suc­cess­ful and unique.”

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