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Stone Fabrication

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Once you have selected the proper material for your countertop, façade, tabletop, or backsplash, it’s time to ensure it is fabricated precisely to specifications so that it can integrate beautifully into your kitchen, bathroom, or other space. Stone fabrication is a crucial step in the process, and it depends on the proper tools, talent, and experience of your fabricators.

At Granite and Marble Designs, our core associates have a combined 100 years of experience in the stone fabrication and installation industry. We have installed hundreds of beautiful countertops, including several award-winning pieces that helped earn the “Best Kitchen” award at the Parade of Homes for six years straight! We know how to execute even the most complicated stone design to ensure it fits and installs properly in your kitchen, bathroom, or other room. Plus, our unique StoneDoneRight™ Approach ensures not just a great result, but also a great experience that brings your vision to life.

The Stone Fabrication Process

Once you’ve decided on a stone countertop, façade, or other surface, we will go through the stone fabrication process, which includes:

  • Design
  • Stone selection
  • Templating
  • Cutting and finishing
  • Installation

We’ll conduct business matters such as ordering the slabs you’ve selected from our supply partners alongside the stone fabrication process. Once the design is complete, for example, we will provide you with a precise estimate of your final cost. After stone selection, we will handle the purchase agreement and set up a timetable for the rest of the process. We will work with you to ensure that the entire process keeps to its timetable so that we can complete it on time. You won’t have to worry about the rest of the project waiting on us.

Design

In designing your stone countertop, we will start by taking measurements of the space, including any existing countertops. We will then help you understand your stone options, and help you choose the best type of stone for your application. We can provide input both on the functional and aesthetic properties of the stone. We can help you choose elements that will interface with the stone, including backsplash, sink, and other integrations. We’ll talk to you about your edge options and find the one that best suits your style.

If you’re working with a designer, we’ll handle this step with them, letting the designer remain your point of contact for the project.

Stone Selection

When it comes to stone selection, you have numerous options. We work with eight stone suppliers across the Denver Metro area. We’ll let you know which ones carry the type of stone you’re looking for. You can then choose the location that’s best for you. You can either select the stone slab (or slabs) yourself based on the recommendations of your stone consultant, or you can make an appointment to have your stone consultant help you select a slab.

If you have a designer, you can have them help or serve as your delegate for this part of the process.

Templating

Once we have the stone slab you’ve selected, we’ll begin templating: marking off the pieces of countertop we need as well as cutouts for sinks, appliances, and other fixtures. This means that all necessary appliances or fixtures need to be available by this stage so that the countertop or stone application can be cut around them. All countertops or surfaces for your stone should be permanently installed prior to beginning templating.

During this process we use laser technology to capture the exact measurements for your stone application and create a digital template of your project. We photo each slab, then lay them out with the digital template, made by our template technicians. We then produce a digital slab layout of your slabs to ensure the best possible design for use of material and the best seam placement for a optimal satisfaction for our customers. Customers are also welcome to offer their input for the layout of the slabs to help create the kitchen of their dreams and truly contribute to the customization for their stone design!

We will need you or your representative to sign off on the template before we begin cutting.

In this part of the process, we will identify areas that need to be cut out of your chosen slab because they are unattractive or structurally weak.

Cutting and Finishing

Once we have the template and slabs laid out per our expertise and your approval, we can cut and finish the countertop or stone surface. We use high-quality saws such as our state-of-the-art CNC machinery as well as other tools to ensure precise and accurate cuts. After the cutting is completed, we fabricate the edge profile you selected being done by our CNC-edge machine or the hands of our skilled craftsman – which can take hours or even days of shaping and polishing your stone to the desired piece of art that the stone is capable of becoming. The experience and skill of our team also ensures that all hand-made finishing touches are handled beautifully. We’ll apply a textured finish, including polishing any parts of the underside that will be visible. Visit our Edge Profiles page to see our many edges to choose from.

Some stones are vulnerable at this stage, so we take extra time and care to make sure that the stone is as perfect as it can be. With Granite and Marble Designs, you don’t have to worry. Our team of fabricators are more than qualified to ensure your stone is cared for. This phase typically takes up to a week or so after you’ve approved the template.

Textured Finishes to Choose From

We offer four textured finishes to choose from including:

  • Leathered
  • Honed
  • Caressed
  • Polished

Otherwise known as brushed, antiqued or satin, these finishes contribute to the outcome of your stone design. All natural stones and quartz stones take to these textured finishes differently. Some stone slabs come with the finish on them already, but if in the case it does not, we can have the finish treatment of your choosing done, for an additional charge. It typically takes a week to send the slab out and then to get it back before we can start the fabrication process. In addition, we always match the finish on the edge. For example if the slab is leathered, we will leather the edge to match.

The only stones that are not given a textured finish are porcelain and semiprecious which come polished.

For commercial projects such as exterior use or flooring, the finishes would generally include bush hammered or flamed.

Installation

Once the countertops are cut, we will bring them to the site for installation. If the rest of the project is ready, the countertop installation is relatively quick. We’ll bond the seams between pieces and/or backsplash as necessary.

After the installation, we will do an inspection with you to make sure the installation is complete and matches the design we agreed on.

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Fabrication

Granite Fabrication

Granite is one of the most durable stones in existence. This makes it a popular choice for kitchen countertops, floors, and other applications where it will have to stand up to hard use. Its durability makes it useful in numerous applications, and its natural variety means that it’s easy to find attractive granite slabs for almost any kitchen.

Granite is a very hardy material to work with, however in its fabrication process, it does not take well to certain edge profiles such as a sharped edge or a chiseled edge. These edgings will create fragments from the micas. In order to know how your particular slab will take to a specific edge, we can take a sample of the slab before fabricating your granite.

The hardness makes granite a demanding material to work with, but it also helps make the material open for numerous types of finishes, from smooth polish to honed finish that retains more natural texture. It’s also suitable for every edge option we offer.

Marble Fabrication

Marble is known for its natural veining. This helps give an elegant touch to any room or space. However, marble is much softer than granite, which means that it’s not a good choice for many applications. Any high-use area, such as a kitchen counter, is not a good application for marble, unless willing to out in the maintenance for it. However, its attractive appearance means it’s an ideal choice for aesthetic touches, such as wall finishes.

In the fabrication of your marble design, we take intricate steps to achieve it. Some marbles are more soft and sugary making it difficult to fabricate a mitered edge. This should be taken into consideration during the design consulting phase of your project. Almost any other edge can compliment your marble’s natural opulence.

Quartz Fabrication

Engineered quartz is mostly a natural product. It’s composed of more than 90% natural quartz with a resin that bonds it together, ensuring a nonporous surface. The combination of hard stone with strong resin makes it suitable for all applications, including heavy use kitchen counters.

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Why Choose Granite and Marble Designs for Stone Fabrication

At Granite and Marble Designs, we combine a high-tech toolset with old-school craftsmanship. Our core associates have more than 100 years of experience in stone fabrication and installation. We have learned many lessons that only experience can teach, and we know tricks of the trade others have forgotten or never learned. But we’re not stuck in the past, we use top-end equipment that’s computer-controlled to give precise and accurate cuts, ensuring that the pieces will fit as designed.

We also utilize our unique StoneDoneRight™ Approach to ensure everything goes right on your project. We start by listening to your goals for this project, then offer our insights. We provide guidance at every step of the process to ensure you will get the results you’re looking for, but we also know how to give you the freedom to make the choices that only you can make. We believe in delivering our countertops as promised – on time and on budget. We’re not finished with a project until you’re satisfied.

Our results speak for themselves, with six consecutive years of design winners at the Parade of Homes, and high-profile projects at Empower Field at Mile High Stadium and two Hyatt hotels in Denver.

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If you’re looking for a top-level stone fabricator in the Denver area, please call 303-551-6000 or use our online form to contact Granite and Marble Designs today.

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