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(Musings of a Stone Designer)

Tuesday, August 23 2011
It is extremely difficult to choose a stone based on samples. Most stone samples are either pieces that are left over from previous jobs (from slabs which are long gone) or pieces from stone suppliers (often from quarry scraps used exclusively for cutting samples).  Rarely, will you be given a sample that is from an actual, available slab--and unfortunately, because you are dealing with nature, no two slabs will ever look exactly alike.  (You may have heard horror stories about homeowners who chose their counter top material based on a sample and were shocked to see what they actually got!)
It would be great to do away with granite samples altogether, but customers always want to see them. Just remember, the best a sample can be is a guide to help you narrow your selection down a bit.

Also, I should warn you, much of the time the photos posted on a granite supplier's web site will not look like the ones they have in their facility. Often they will use a stock photo that somewhat represents a certain variety of granite. The more exotic granites are usually even less consistent than the basics.  Even the warehouses that try to post photos of their actual inventory have a very difficult time keeping up with the turn over.

To see what I mean, look at these two photos of Typhoon Bordeaux granite. One is currently at Mont Granite in Cincinnati, the other is posted online.
Posted by: Marlene Wukusick AT 02:01 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Wednesday, August 10 2011
Lately, we have been getting customers with a huge variation when it comes to the time frames of their individual projects.  For example, one week we will have a visitor looking for stone for the home which he plans to begin building next summer.  The next week, along comes someone with her cabinets already installed, who is unable to use her kitchen until tops are fabricated and set in place. 

Many are simply asking the question: when is the right time to begin the stone selection process?

Good question.

In most cases, sooner is better than later, but there is such a thing as choosing a stone too soon.

Here are some guidelines:

It is too soon to select a stone if the layout of your kitchen has not been finalized.
The amount of material needed cannot be determined until the floor plan is set. Obviously, changing the square footage affects the amount of material needed-- especially changing such things as size of the island or peninsula.  But even smaller details like including a backsplash where there was none, or adding a 45-degree angle at a corner, can bump your kitchen from a 2-slab to a 3-slab job. Often, it will be impossible to find another slab to match the ones previously purchased.

It is not soon enough to select a stone if the target installation is less than a few weeks away… especially if you are looking for something unusual, you are very particular, or you tend to be slow at making a decision. Finding a stone color to compliment existing color schemes is not always easy. It would be unfortunate if you are unable to choose the slab you fall in love with because it clashes with the floor and cabinets you have already purchased.

One of our customers fell in love with this earthy-colored granite selection. Unfortunately, she had already specified this wood color for her cabinet. We all felt the wood didn't do a whole lot for the granite, as a matter-of-fact, the combination made everything look a bit washed-out.

Luckily, the cabinet maker hadn't begun her kitchen, yet. The homeowner switched her selection to these creamy off-white cabinets. This combination , along with her dark wood floors will really make the granite pop!

In an ideal world, the perfect time to select your stone is before finalizing wall, cabinet, or floor color, but after finalizing dimensions and layout.
But of course, we don’t live in a perfect world, and homeowners have taken many different approaches to their kitchen planning, frequently with much success. 

Want a nugget of advice?  When in doubt, discuss it with your fabricator.

Posted by: Marlene Wukusick AT 09:11 am   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email


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Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz
Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz

Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz

Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz

Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz
Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz
Pete & Marlene Wukusick in Batesville, IN on Houzz

Sebastian and Angie Moster, Owners

Natural Stone & the Green Movement  Countertop selection is often the first place people look to when opting to go green. Natural stone (especially Soapstone) is a top choice for the environmentally-friendly. 

The Stone Studio
20157 Five Point Road, Batesville, IN 47006
Phone: (812) 933-0200