Bespoke Stone Kitchen Worktops
Outstanding kitchen surfaces made bespoke and precisely installed.
From stone selection advice through to templating, manufacture and installation, we provide a personal service to keep you at the centre of all the decisions made.
Using modern cutting technology and partnerships with all the major slab suppliers, our kitchen surfaces can be turned around quickly with the highest quality and accuracy
Guiding you through material selection
We offer a free design and selection service where one of our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selecting the perfect stone, using samples from our showroom and providing a range of options for your project.
All of our kitchen work surfaces are fabricated at our state of the art workshop in Ipsden, before careful installation by our team of mason-installers, providing high quality finish and service throughout.
A stone kitchen worktop made bespoke and precisely installed.
From stone selection advice to templating, manufacture and installation, we provide a personal service to keep you at the centre of all decisions.
Using modern cutting technology, 180 years of honing our craft and partnerships with all the major slab suppliers, our kitchen surfaces can be turned around quickly with the highest quality and accuracy.
We encourage our clients to come to our Oxfordshire workshop to chat to our professional team about your project and see for yourself how your new worktop will be crafted. After all, there’s nothing like face to face interaction for you to understand the options available, and for us to get to know you so we can advise in the best way possible.
Guiding you through material selection
We offer a free design and selection service where one of our knowledgeable staff will guide you through selecting the perfect stone, using the 300+ samples from our showroom, and providing a range of options for your project.
All of our kitchen work surfaces are fabricated at our state-of-the-art workshop in Ipsden and then carefully fitted by our installation team, providing a high-quality finish and service throughout, completely bespoke to your needs.
The most popular materials used for kitchen worktops are Marble, Marble look a like Quartz, sometimes granite & also cintered stone.
We work with all the most popular brands – Caesar Stone, Silestone, Dekton, Neolith, CRL, CQ, Quartz Forms, Nile Trading, Sapien Stone, Horizon & Dekton.
We’ve got our in house experts to give a quick insight into each, to help guide you on making the right decision for you.
So, what are the pro’s and con’s of each material for stone kitchen worktops?
Marble worktops for kitchens
Marble is often seen to create a luxurious look and feel. It can create a striking focal point to any room. Given the material is natural, it’s completely unique and one of a kind with it’s famous unique veining, meaning no one else has a worktop like yours. It also means it’s more environmentally sustainable vs other man made materials such as Quartz.
With it’s unique natural properties however, comes some maintenece you need to take into consideration. Whilst it’s fairly heat resistant, it’s not recommended to leave hot pans directly on the surface. Given it’s also a fairly porous material, you also need to be careful of acids staining your worktop. Cleaning, polishing and sealing is highly recommended in order to keep your work top in great condition.
Marble is a fantastic material for people who don’t mind putting in a bit effort to maintain them in return for the beautiful, bold and unique effect it creates.
Tips to keep your Marble worktops clean
A simple way to clean your marble countertops is with a small cloth and warm distilled water. This will remove any dirt or debris built up throughout the day. Always dry the surface with a clean cloth afterwards, as it’s susceptible to water spots. When cleaning, avoid using vinegar or any other acidic cleaners, as they can damage the marble.
Some popular types of Marble worktops are:
Quartz Kitchen Worktops
Quartz worktops are fantasic for those that love the marble effect but don’t want the maintenance that goes with it.
Quartz is an extremely hard material, making it durable and resistant to scratches and stains, made up of 93% crushed quartz and 7% resin. Quartz worktops are man-made, allowing them to come in hundreds of different colours which are all available for you to choose from at our Ipsden show room.
Brands available to choose from at our showroom include: Silestone, Caesarstone, CRL and Classic Quartz. Come and compare samples, pick them up and feel the textures for yourself. You are also welcome to take any home to see how it would look in your home. Quartz kitchen worktops make up at least 70% of inquiries due to it’s practical nature and the wide range of colours available. Below are some of our more popular materials:
- Marble lookalikes: CRL Verona, Silestone Calacatta Gold, CQ San Vincente.
- Grey tone eg. Silestone Et Serena, Silestone Poblenou, Silestone Charcoal Soapstone, CRL Concrete Gris.
- White quartz eg. CRL Chalk, Silestone Miami White, CRL Ice
Keeping your new Quartz worktops clean
Simply use warm soapy water, a non-abrasive cleaner, and a paper towel or soft cloth to clean your quartz worktop. Though quartz worktops are stain-resistant, it’s a good practice to wipe up any spills immediately – highly acidic substances can discolour the stone worktop.
Granite Worktops for Kitchens
Granite can also be used to create solid surface worktops. This is because they’re durable, easy to clean, and beautiful. This is due to granite being a natural stone, so unlikely to chip, crack, peel, or fade. And unlike other materials like wood, laminate, or vinyl, granite doesn’t require regular sealing or staining to maintain its appearance. Here are some of the most popular choices we have on sale for you:
- Polished Black Granite
- Honed Black Granite
- Cosmic Black
- Bethel White
- Lemurian Blue
Our granite countertops are manufactured with the highest standards of craftsmanship and precision. Each piece is cut and polished by hand to ensure it’s highly durable.
Keeping your Granite worktops clean
The best way to clean your granite worktops is to simply wipe them with a damp sponge. This removes any dirt and grime without scratching the surface. If you do wish to polish your granite, make sure you use a non-abrasive polishing pad.
This is because polished granite looks great but scratches easily. Abrasive pads scratch the surface and may even damage the stone.
Granite is naturally porous and therefore requires regular cleaning. To keep your granite looking its best, you should regularly wipe it down with a damp sponge.
You should avoid using harsh chemicals such as bleach or ammonia, which could cause discolouration. Instead, use mild soap and warm water.
Cintered Stone Worktops for Kitchens
Cintered stone such as Dekton can also be used to create solid surface worktops. Dekton is durable, easy to clean, and beautiful. This is due to dekton being a cintered stone. A cintered stone is created in a manufacturing process which replicates the process of how granite is created naturally. Dekton is uikely to chip, crack, peel, or fade and unlike other materials like wood, laminate, or vinyl, dekton doesn’t require any sealing or staining to maintain its appearance. Here are some of the most popular choices we have on sale for you:
- Blanc Concrete
Keeping your Dekton worktops clean
The best way to clean your dekton worktops is to simply wipe them with a damp sponge. Dekton is impervious and does not need sealing – To keep it looking its best, you should regularly wipe it down with a damp sponge. No further maintenance is required. Dekton worktops come with a 25 year guarantee.
What is the best natural stone for kitchen countertops?
Choosing the right kitchen worktop can be daunting as there are so many options available. Although we find marble is used more frequency than granite for stone worktops, it is difficult to answer this question as the most suitable material depends on your needs and circumstances.
Why not call us or pop into our showroom, we will be able to help match up the perfect stone worktops for your home.
What are the most durable stone worktop surfaces?
Whatever type of kitchen worktops you choose, it’s important to consider how the stone matches your needs and lifestyle.
Quartz worktops are probably the most durable of kitchen worktop material given it’s low-maintenance and the fact it’s unlikely to chip or scratch. It’s also incredibly heat resistant, handling all your hot pans without fear of damage. And since it doesn’t require much care, it’s easy to maintain. All natural stone worktops will require more maintenance than some of the other fabricated worktops, but the difference it will make to your kitchen as always worth that extra care.
How do I choose a kitchen stone worktop suitable for me?
Come and chat to us about your lifestyle and what your requirements are. We are passionate in understanding your needs and supporting you in bringing your vision to life, helping you create your perfect kitchen.
We want to craft beautiful kitchen worktops that fit into the surroundings https://www.afjonesinteriors.co.uk/kitchens/and interior design it’s installed into. Whatever your priority may be: practicality, creating a statement, colour, sustainability, or all of the above, we have a quartz, marble or granite worktop material you will fall in love with.
Not sure what you need? Call our office on 01491835032 or send us a message, and our friendly team will help ensure you get the perfect bespoke stone worktop for your kitchen. Based in Ipsden. Old Quarry Works, Ipsden OX10 6AF.