Amarestone Natural Stone Blog

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

6 key steps to successful natural stone installation - Part 2

Posted by Steve Turner on Sat, Oct 10, 2015 @ 01:24 PM

In the previous blog, I discussed the first 3 steps that will help to ensure a successful outcome in projects that use natural stone. In this article, I will cover the next 3 key steps.

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Topics: maintenance, installation, cleaning

6 key steps to successful natural stone installation - Part 1

Posted by Steve Turner on Tue, Aug 18, 2015 @ 09:16 AM

For many interior designers, architects and private clients, the decision to use marble or limestone can represent their design statement as well as a financial investment so it is not surprising that they can be a little anxious to ensure that the project is a success.

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Topics: maintenance, installation, cleaning, sealing, choosing natural stone

Found: Natural stone ideally suited to indoor/outdoor projects

Posted by Steve Turner on Wed, Jul 22, 2015 @ 11:00 AM
French Limestone
Finding the right natural stone for projects where the same material is used throughout indoor and outdoor spaces can be a challenge. As well as meeting all the usual aesthetic criteria such as colour, pattern, texture etc., the stone also needs to perform well for frost resistance, durability and slip resistance. 

Last week, Steve and Denise visited the Ampilly quarry in Burgundy, France, to research options for an upcoming project. We were looking for a French limestone flooring that could be supplied in a variety of sizes, thicknesses and surface finishes and could also be cut for steps and wall copings. We had used Ampilly for the terrace at Amarestone HQ (pictured below) so it is a stone that we already knew quite well but this was the first time we had made it out to the quarry. 

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Topics: limestone flooring, French limestone, burgundy limestone, facade, beauval, surface finishes, pierre de bourgogne, choosing natural stone, CE Marking, chamesson, natural stone, quarry, patio, external stone, internal stone

'Ugly' marble. Natural stone with attitude!

Posted by Steve Turner on Mon, Jul 13, 2015 @ 01:25 PM

The demand for coloured marble and strong patterns in natural stone has been around for a while now and is showing no signs of fading.

The first time I realised that it was becoming a trend was when I read an article on Remodelista two years ago. Since then, we have had lots of enquiries and a number of recent orders for so called 'ugly' marble.

One of our latest projects was to supply pink Rosa Aurora marble to the new Granger & Co restaurant at Kings Cross. Pop along to see our tables in situ.. and of course to try out the new menu! The restaurant interior was designed by Gundry & Ducker and fitted by Bluecrow shopfitters. 

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Topics: marble, Italian marble, bespoke, which stone, rare marble, designer, quarry, prestige marble, portuguese marble, exotic marble, quality marble