Amarestone Natural Stone Blog

The Marble of the Alhambra - Spanish Macael Marble

Posted by Steve Turner on Sat, Nov 26, 2016 @ 06:17 PM

Blanco Macael - the Spanish marble of the Alhambra Palace

Over the last few years, we have been researching some of the more unusual Spanish limestones and marbles. The Blanco Macael Spanish marble from the southern tip of Spain is well known to us but I hadn't realised that it had such a famous pedigree or that Macael can be yellow, grey or green as well as white.

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Topics: marble, marble flooring, spanish marble, facade, quarry, White marble

How 4 common myths cause leaks in your bathroom

Posted by Steve Turner on Thu, Nov 10, 2016 @ 09:00 AM

 

Recently, we have been asked to advise on several different situations where an inappropriate substrate has resulted in damage to the extent that the natural stone tiling now needs to be replaced. So, we would like to share with you the most common problems we come across and our top tips for protecting your new bathroom from water damage.

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Topics: limestone, marble, installation, bathroom

Portuguese Marble - Pretty in Pink - an update

Posted by Steve Turner on Tue, Oct 25, 2016 @ 09:45 AM

Portuguese marble is pretty in pink.

In previous blogs, we've talked about Portuguese limestone, and how these Portuguese stones are loved by designers for their uniformity and predictability of colour, veining and shelling. But the Portuguese also have a range of marbles which are really eye-catching.

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Topics: choosing marble, estremoz, vila vicosa marble, blue marble, blue stone, marble, marble flooring, marble tiles, prestige marble, portuguese marble, White marble, quality marble, rosa aurora

How to Clean and Restore Stone Floors

Posted by Steve Turner on Wed, Sep 28, 2016 @ 09:19 PM

Cleaning and Restoring Natural Stone Floors

Other articles on our blog site talk about the importance of properly sealing stone floors for ease of maintenance. For a variety of reasons, sometimes it just doesn't happen and a floor can end up being stained. So what can be done to restore the floor?

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3 things clients forget when specifying stone

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, Aug 05, 2016 @ 10:22 AM

Choosing Natural Stone for projects

The three important things that clients tend to overlook:

I was asked, recently, to present a seminar to members of the Stone Federation of Great Britain as part of the regular training that the members undergo. One section of my talk focussed on three of the main questions that are asked of the Stone Federation's technical help line.

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Topics: tile layout, surface finishes, choosing natural stone

French Limestone Flooring - external patios

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, Jul 01, 2016 @ 05:06 PM

French Limestone Flooring for external use.

 

French Limestone is such a great choice for both internal and external flooring. There are so many different options for colours and textures. Many of them are suitable for use as external patio paving as they can be very hard and frost resistant.

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Topics: French limestone, CE Marking, Ampilly, external stone

Homebuilding Show NEC 2016 - French limestone plus other favourites

Posted by Steve Turner on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 @ 06:57 PM

Highlights of the Homebuilding and Renovating Show, NEC 2016:

At this year's HBR Show at the NEC, there were many of our old favourite exhibitors and a few new ones as well. Some of them were so innovative and creative that I'm certain our interior design and landscape design clients would love to know about them.

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Topics: French limestone, fireplace, external stone, exhibitions

Homebuilding Show NEC 2016 - Masterclass

Posted by Steve Turner on Mon, Apr 18, 2016 @ 04:16 PM

The Homebuilding and Renovating Show, NEC 2016:

Another busy Homebuilding and Renovating Show at the NEC has just come to a close. This year, we focussed on our unique range of French limestone and a small selection of eye-catching Portuguese marble.

At this year's show, I was "volunteered" by my wife and daughters to give a seminar on the "Selection and Installation of Natural Stone". So, the audience got to hear a cut-down version of the presentation that I give to the Stone Federation at their regular training events. In the seminar, we discuss the importance of selecting the correct stone for the project and we run through the key elements of installation.

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Topics: installation, choosing natural stone, CE Marking

Tile Design Trends in Brazil

Posted by Steve Turner on Wed, Mar 23, 2016 @ 01:03 PM

Coming so soon after the Surface Design Show in London, the Expo Revestir Show in Sao Paulo, Brazil showed that the trends in South America are not so different from those we saw in London a month earlier. Here's what we saw at the London Surface Design Show.

So, what are the trends that we see emerging this year? 

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Topics: surface finishes, textures

Trends at the Surface Design Show 2016

Posted by Steve Turner on Sat, Feb 20, 2016 @ 10:55 AM

 

Surface Design Show 2016 – What did you miss?

Amarestone’s Steve, Helen & Katie attended the SDS16 with Stone Fed’s Matt Robb, at the Business Design Centre in Islington.

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Topics: Stone Federation of GB, design, exhibition