Amarestone Natural Stone Blog

Design and installation of natural stone - insights from the experts

Posted by Steve Turner on Sun, Jul 05, 2015 @ 08:09 PM

Last Wednesday the Stone Federation held a seminar day in London for members about design and installation of natural stone. Amarestone's Director, Steve Turner, was one of a group of five industry experts to present a talk to the assembled stone professionals.

I went along to listen to the talks which featured a range of key topics such as current industry regulation, technical specification, problem solving and general best practice. As always, the team at the Stone Federation did an excellent job of hosting the event and their collective enthusiasm for raising standards in the industry through knowledge sharing really shone through. Well done and thank you!

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Topics: maintenance, buying limestone, events, fitting, cleaning, choosing natural stone, which stone, Stone Federation of GB, CE Marking, design, architect, Stone Federation

Chamesson French Limestone - elegance and performance

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, Jun 12, 2015 @ 06:23 PM

A few years ago, I came across the Chamesson limestone that had an off-white background with a faint scattering of grey shells that drifted across the face of the stone in wispy lines. For a pale limestone, it was unusually hard and it was perfect for a project to create some display cabinets for a famous perfume and underwear company. We supplied limestone panels for their perfume displays that can still be seen in a number of airport duty free centres around Europe.

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Topics: limestone flooring, French limestone, limestone tiles, buying limestone, facade, pierre de bourgogne, anti-slip surface, chamesson

A limestone quarry in Spain

Posted by Steve Turner on Wed, Apr 22, 2015 @ 09:31 AM

Spanish Limestone Quarry visit

Last month, Denise and Steve spent two days visiting a limestone quarry in Southern Spain to select slabs for an upcoming project. The architect on the project had specified Crema Palancar, a pale coloured limestone, for the roof terrace. 

February and March were exceptionally busy months for us this year. We presented at the Surface Design Show, exhibited at Ecobuild and Homebuilding & Renovating, and several big client projects that had been in the planning stages since before Christmas had just been given the go ahead.

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Topics: choosing marble, spanish marble, buying limestone, spanish limestone, Zamora, environment, water recycling, choosing natural stone, CE Marking, bespoke limestone, crema marfil, quarry, Real, crema marfil tiles, White marble, Palancar, Capri, wildlife, zero waste

French and Spanish limestone at Ecobuild and the HB&R Show 2015

Posted by Steve Turner on Tue, Apr 07, 2015 @ 10:16 AM

French Limestone at Ecobuild and HB&R Show 2015.  Over the last few weeks we have been busy rushing from one part of the country to another for trade shows, quarry visits and client meetings. March is always a busy time of year as spring gets underway and projects that have been in the planning stages over winter start to gather pace. 

At the beginning of March we were at Ecobuild which took place at Excel, London. This year we decided to team up and share a stand with the Stone Federation, our industry trade organisation.

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Topics: limestone, French limestone, buying limestone, events, spanish limestone, floor, choosing natural stone, Stone Federation of GB, Stone Federation, exhibition, ecobuild

Outdoor Projects – a new limestone patio in time for summer

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, Jan 09, 2015 @ 12:15 PM

A new Limestone Patio for Summer.

Believe it or not, if you want a new garden patio area in time for summer, now is the time to get planning. Read on for technical advice and a range of design ideas to help get your project started.

 
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Topics: limestone, limestone flooring, limestone tiles, buying limestone, fitting, substrate, Portuguese limestone, moleanos, patio, external stone, outdoor

Spanish Marble and Italian Travertine at Ecobuild

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, Jan 31, 2014 @ 12:16 PM

Italian Travertine and Spanish Marble at Ecobuild 2014

Amarestone will once again be exhibiting at the London Ecobuild show. Visit us on stand S1360 in the Stone Zone hosted by the Stone Federation of Great Britain. 

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Topics: choosing marble, travertine, Italian marble, spanish marble, buying limestone, spanish limestone, Zamora, choosing natural stone, crema marfil, exhibition, Grey Venezia, Palancar, ecobuild

Grey Venezia - the bronze grey limestone from Spain

Posted by Steve Turner on Thu, Jan 09, 2014 @ 04:42 PM

During a visit to Marmomacc, the international natural stone show in Verona in October this year, I had another look at the fabulous range of limestone from Luis Sanchez Diez that I spoke about below. I'm pleased to say that a new batch of samples arrived in my warehouse recently. Please get in touch if you would like to see the new range. 

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Topics: limestone flooring, choosing marble, marble flooring, spanish marble, limestone tiles, buying limestone, spanish limestone, marble tiles, choosing natural stone, crema marfil, crema marfil tiles

Spanish Stone - Crema Marfil alternatives

Posted by Steve Turner on Sat, Jan 04, 2014 @ 10:49 AM

Alternative marbles from Spain:

In an earlier blog, I talked about Crema Marfil and how difficult it was becoming to find really top-quality material. 

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Topics: limestone, limestone flooring, choosing marble, marble, marble flooring, spanish marble, limestone tiles, buying limestone, spanish limestone, marble tiles, choosing natural stone, which stone, bespoke limestone, crema marfil, crema marfil tiles

Sourcing the world's best natural stone: How do you start?

Posted by Steve Turner on Mon, Nov 11, 2013 @ 04:06 PM

Where it all began...

Husband and wife team, Steve and Denise Turner, started the company almost 10 years ago when they were looking for a fresh start. Denise began her career as a biochemist, later moving into IT. Steve went straight into the IT industry after university and worked his way up to running a successful IT project management business.

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Topics: limestone, choosing marble, history, marble, buying limestone, installation, fitting, Fila, choosing natural stone, Stone Federation of GB, CE Marking, design, bespoke limestone, company, customer service, bespoke service

French Limestone Flooring - two new stones to the UK

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, Mar 29, 2013 @ 12:41 PM

With our extensive network of contacts in the quarries throughout France, we have become known as the people who can source many of the well-known French limestones. Now though, the less well known limestone quarries are approaching us and enabling us to offer an even wider range.

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Topics: limestone, limestone flooring, French limestone, limestone tiles, burgundy limestone, buying limestone, pierre de bourgogne, vallangis, roche de clermont