At Marble & Granite we fully understand that selecting the right stone material is fundamental to any home renovation project. It is also a long-term investment. When we recommend stone materials for kitchen worktops we consider factors such as quality, durability, performance and appearance.
Kitchen worktops can be cut from natural or engineered stone slabs. Most popular natural stone materials for kitchen worktops are granite, quartzite and marble. These natural stones are available in various colours and finishes. Favoured man-made materials for work surfaces in kitchens are quartz stone and sintered stone. Man-made materials are available in various colours and finishes, and often resemble natural stone types. Engineered stone is ideal for kitchen projects that require virtually low-maintenance work surfaces and have the aesthetic appeal of natural stone.
In order to obtain an accurate quote for your worktops please provide us with plans of your kitchen. These plans can be emailed to us and we shall have a price back to you within the hour. Alternatively, you can use our online quoting form filled out with your contact details and the full specification of your kitchen worktop.
If you simply wish to discuss your project requirements over the phone, please call us on 01992 535 038 Monday to Friday between 8AM and 5PM or between 10AM and 4PM on Saturdays.
Once the order has been placed we will provide you with the final quote after your kitchen has been templated. This should not be different from our initial quote provided the measurements or requirements have not changed. We will only commence production once you have agreed the final price and paid a 50% deposit. Following templating we ask for the balance payment prior to fitting. We ask for a deposit because each order is bespoke and once manufactured the kitchen worktops cannot be used for anyone else.
Small details, such as the edge profile of a countertop, make a lot of difference. The standard worktop edge detail is Double Pencil. This edge profile pairs well with traditional and contemporary kitchen joinery. We offer further edge profile options and the possibility to customise the worktop edges according to the client’s aesthetic needs.
Sinks and taps let you bring your personality into your kitchen décor and make a bold statement. Both available in various beautiful shapes made from durable materials with easy to maintain finishes. Taps are usually deck- or wall-mounted. Deck-mounted taps sit on the countertop and require drilling of holes in the work surface. These type of taps are easier to install, repair and replace than their wall-mounted counterparts. The design of the sink determines its installation; it can be undermounted, topmounted (or inset), flush inset, farmhouse or Belfast-style. Undermounted sinks are attached to the underside of the worktops. With its edgeless finish it integrates well into the kitchen environment and it is also very easy to clean. Inset sinks are placed into a pre-cut hole in the worktop and usually come with drainer, hence, no need for drainer grooves. Flush inset sinks are an updated version of conventional topmounted sinks. The lip of the sink sits flush with the work surface, which prevents the build up of dirt between the sink’s rim and its surrounding worktop. Their main advantage is the seamless installation, hygiene and aesthetic.
Drainer grooves can be a nice addition to any worktop. If you require drainer grooves, please advise whether you would like these to be on the left hand side of the sink or right hand side.
Upstands are usually 100mm high and their main purpose is to close and conceal the small gap between rear edge of the worktop and the wall. Full-height splashbacks are favoured for their seamless appearance and are far easier to keep clean than tiles or mosaics with grout lines. For practical reasons, we recommend full-height splashbacks behind hobs and sinks where walls are exposed to grime and require regular cleaning.
We employ highly skilled craftsmen to carry out all our templating and fitting. Templating in this industry refers to the stencilling of the kitchen with accurate measurements which will be used to cut and manufacture the stone kitchen worktop. Templating can only be carried out after the kitchen furniture has been fully fitted and no further changes are going to be made. The cabinets must be absolutely level.
Once the template has been done the kitchen cabinets must not be moved or altered in any way otherwise the stone kitchen worktops will not fit properly.
Please make sure your sink, tap and hob are on site at the time of templating and fitting unless we are supplying the sink. Please also ensure that adequate support is provided under the sink, especially if a waste disposal unit is being installed or if the sink is ceramic.
Please note that you must be available on site on the day that templating and fitting is carried out in order to discuss any specific requirements, and to sign off after the job is completed.
Please bear in mind that sometimes kitchen worktops can not be installed without a joint/seam due to the following reasons:
– available stone slab sizes
– site conditions (i.e. access)
– design and layout of the joinery
Please be aware that we ask for 50% deposit when booking the job in and the balance is due prior to fitting