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(Musings of a Stone Designer)

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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Remodeling and Home Design

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, 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. 

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20157 Five Point Road
 Batesville, IN 47006
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