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

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

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

Highlights from the Surface Design Show 2015

Posted by Steve Turner on Fri, Feb 13, 2015 @ 09:52 AM

On Wednesday we were at the Surface Design Show 2015 where our MD, Steve Turner, represented the Stone Federation as chairman of the SBID panel discussion on Colour, Trends and Texture in Surface Design.

Thank you to everyone who came along to support the event, we had a great day and hope that you enjoyed it too. For those of you who couldn't be there, here are some of the highlights.

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Topics: events, surface finishes, Stone Federation of GB, design, architect, Stone Federation, natural stone, designer, surface design show, external stone, outdoor, SBID

Amarestone's Steve Turner, VIP speaker at Surface Design Show 2015

Posted by Steve Turner on Tue, Feb 10, 2015 @ 09:47 AM

We are proud to announce that Steve Turner, Amarestone MD, has been invited to represent the Stone Federation of Great Britain at the Surface Design Show tomorrow.

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Topics: events, surface finishes, which stone, Stone Federation of GB, design, architect, natural stone, designer, surface design show

Limestone and Marble Surface Finishes

Posted by Steve Turner on Mon, Sep 22, 2014 @ 08:38 AM

Different Surface Finishes on Natural Stone

Most people will be able to picture what a polished marble tile or an antiqued limestone tile would look like and some will understand what is meant by the term honed. But there are lots of other options for surface finishes on natural stone and some of these may not be quite so easy to imagine. Some of the different options are explained below:

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Topics: surface finishes, choosing natural stone, anti-slip surface, external stone

Choosing Swimming Pool surrounds - how to avoid a slip-up

Posted by Steve Turner on Sat, Jun 14, 2014 @ 08:32 AM

Choosing Swimming Pool surrounds

One of the key requirements for the surface finish for a swimming pool surround is slip-resistance.

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Topics: choosing marble, swimming pool, French limestone, surface finishes, anti-slip surface, vallangis, carrara, external stone