11 Nov Kitchen Benchtops, where to start?
The moment has arrived that you are looking at a new Kitchen Benchtop or the options. You’ll probably have some questions about how it actually works and how the pricing occurs with all the different companies you’ll find on the internet. No worries we from Stone Solutions are happy to help you out.
In this article you will find the information you’ll need to find the right company and how to get an accurate price. We know how hard it can be to find a trusting company that will give you a good price.
At the start of your journey you’ll need to find a Company (Stonemason) that suites your needs.
The second step is to format your request in a way that quoting will happen smoothly, there for you need to provide the Stonemason with practical information.
– The colour you like and where the colour should come from. (e.g. Caesarstone, Smartstone, Essastone, QuantumQuartz, Silestone, etc)
– The dimensions of you kitchen. (see how to measure your kitchen below)
– Where and the dimensions of any Sink or Cooktops. (for pricing most of the companies only need the amount of “cut-outs”)
– The edging you prefer. (20mm or 40mm are the most usual choices)
– Splash-back sizes. (Only if necessary)
– Waterfall legs.
When you provide a Stonemason with the information stated above you will receive the most accurate prices.
How to find the right Stonemason (company)?
Searching for the right Stonemason can be difficult, who is trustworthy? How do they work? Why are the prices different? How is the overall customer experience?
These questions are important the moment you are looking for a new kitchen, we from Stone Solutions know that the kitchen is one of the area’s in house where excellence is a necessity.
Many Stonemasons work in complete different ways, the variate way of working will affect the price, the service and the quality. There are companies that outsource most of their production and installation, Companies that outsource their production but do the installation themselves, or companies that do the production and installation all “in-house”.
The benefits of a Stonemason that do their production and installation “in-house” is that the quality is maintained throughout the whole process. From the moment the Slab arrives, the cutting, polishing and the installation itself. At Stone Solutions we don’t like to outsource any facet of the production nor installation, so we can monitor the quality during the production. We have our own Factory in Sydney and installation team.
A Company that outsources all of their production and installation will not see the finished product and have to trust on the Stonemasons they partner with. When a company outsources the production but do their installation themselves will find similar difficulties with the finished product, if they find any flaws while installing they must finish the benchtop on site. While a Stonemason that does the whole process “in-house” this will be minimalized.
Where to find the right Colour for the benchtop?
The colour is obviously they most important part for you. For the most recent Colours you have to find the Companies that provide the stone, don’t worry we from Stone Solutions recommendations for you.
These companies will not provide you with any prices, that’s why we first talked about the right Stonemason for you.
Use our Price Calculator to get an accurate estimation. All the colours of the above-mentioned companies are in the Calculator. Click on the link that will bring you to the right place.
How to format your request?
Before you can request a price the Stonemason need some more information, they especially want to have the dimensions and preferred edging.
The dimensions of your kitchen is the most important for the Stonemason. With the measurements they know how many slabs they need for your kitchen. (the Stone Companies only sell the Colour in complete slabs) Provide the stonemason with a draft of how you kitchen looks like from above. The measurements needs to be in mm’s. First measure the front edges, the depth on both sizes and write this down in the draft. To measure the Sink and Cooktops, you’ll have to start at one of the edges and measure to the edges from the Sink or Cooktop, measure the length of the sink or cooktop and note these two measurements. Now measure the space between the front edge of the benchtop up to where the Sink or Cooktop starts, measure thereafter the depth of the Sink or Cooktop and note these in the draft as well.
Mention that for a Price request the Stonemason only needs the amount of Cut-outs and the type of the cut-out, Flush-mount, under-mount or drop-in.
The edging has a big influence on the price, with a 20mm edge the Stonemason only need the polish the edge and requires less of the material. With a 40mm edge there are more production steps involved that will bump-up the price, also the 40mm requires more material, the front edge and an underside.
How do Stonemasons calculate their prices?
As mentioned earlier the Stonemasons are working in different ways therefore the pricing differs a-lot. The biggest difference come from how they price the raw-stone (slabs) some are using a square-meter rate and others a slab-rate.
– Square meter rate is only more cost efficient the moment it just not fit in one slab, and they need a second slab for only a small part.
– Slab rate is most of the time more cost efficient because the overall “Square-meter rate” is cheaper.
At Stone Solutions we work with a Slab rate. Most of the time this is more cost efficient for you as a customer.
We want to mention that the colour from different batches can differ, only the colour of the slabs that come out of the same batch will have a similar colour.
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