Amarestone Natural Stone Blog

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.

 

Did you know.... Paddington and Bristol Temple Meads stations both use French limestone as paving on their busiest platforms. Still think limestone isn't hard enough?

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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

At last year's Homebuilding Show at the NEC, I gave a short presentation on how to ensure success when designing and installing a natural stone project. I'll be giving a more in-depth talk on Thursday 9th Feb 2017 at this year's Surface Design Show #SDS17.

The SDS show is specifically for designers and architects. Let me know if you would like complimentary tickets.

 

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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