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Fabrication & Installation

Fabrication of stone worktops and surfaces is one of the most expensive and complicated phases within a project. Even if a designer or an architect has been appointed to oversee this aspect, homeowners are most likely having to face a series of decisions in relation to their worktop choice and fabrication. Understanding the intricacies of this process will help to navigate this part as smoothly as possible.  

Whilst you are still choosing your final materials and finishes for your project, it is advisable to start with worktop quoting process to ensure you find the best suited stone fabricator for the job. Whether you are working with a designer, a kitchen company or project managing entirely on your own, it is best practice to make enquiries with several companies for initial quotes. We recommend working with local companies where possible as this may help with costs as well as logistics further down the line. It is also important to ensure the stone fabricator businesses you are engaging with adhere to correct Health & Safety measures when operating their machinery. 

Step 1: Template & Fabrication

Once you have appointed your chosen fabricator you will need to schedule their first visit to site for “templating”. It is important to note this visit can only take place successfully once all the cabinetry and carcasses are fixed into their final positions. It is also advisable to have your joiner present during their visit so that both contractors can discuss any adjustments required to the joinery. Ensure you have all your appliances and fixtures on site, alongside with specification sheets provided by retailers. These documents will outline crucial dimensions and tolerances that will be reflected in “cutting sheets”. Expect to confirm details such as edge profiles, upstands and backsplash dimensions, sink drainage grooves and tap hole positioning, amongst other details. Typically the production of cutting sheets can take anywhere between 5 working days to 2 weeks, depending on how busy your fabricator is. 

We appreciate the challenges that homeowners may face when choosing the right stone fabrication company to work and therefore we are more than happy to offer our assistance in the process. Get in touch with us with your project details as well as any questions you have in relation to the process. Based on your your site address, project type and preferred stone choices we will be able to direct you towards one our trusted partners.

Step 2: Installation

The length of time between stone templating visit and final installation of your worktops can vary from project to project. In average you can account for two to three weeks but complexity and size of the job can lengthen this period. It is advisable to ensure that during this period you are able to dedicate yourself to quick decision making & unforeseen problem solving – being available to answer questions or approve new solutions swiftly can minimise delays significantly. Worktop-mounted appliances and fixtures can only be installed after your tops have gone in, it is precautious to keep constant communication with plumbers, electricians and other tradespeople involved in your project. During installation of worktops ensure your flooring, joinery, and walls have been shielded with protective covers. If schedules allow for it, the rest of the trade can be booked in the following day and you’ll have your long-awaited kitchen of dreams completed!

We highly recommend to reach out to us as soon as your worktops have been installed so we can register your warranty. We offer a 15-year warranty which you can read more about following the below link.  

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