Case study: Hardwearing grey flagstones in a hardworking home
A truly welcoming – and also highly functional – family kitchen space has been created in one of the latest finished projects featuring our antiqued grey flagstones for the floor.
Antiqued grey barr limestone was chosen by our clients for use throughout their revamped kitchen-diner, hallway, utility room and downstairs bathroom.
The wholesale refurbishment of these busy, hardworking spaces called for the need for an equally hardworking flooring material – step in our Antiqued grey barr limestone. This durable grey flagstone floor is finished by hand to create the look of a limestone floor that has been laid for many years, with all the characteristics of a much-loved genuine old floor – slight surface pitting, natural fossils and an aged edge to each tile are just some. And, the greatest thing (we think) about this stone and many of our other aged floors, is that they only get better the more they are walked on. Foot traffic will create a genuine patina on the tiles to help their surface look more beautifully rustic over time.
The warm grey tones of the floor work wonderfully with the deep blue kitchen cabinetry – created and installed by Woodwise Kitchens in Abingdon – and our client’s clever use of warm colour pops, including yellow chairs and tan leather stools, help to create a stylish finishing touch.
We often get asked if a natural stone floor is suitable for a kitchen – is it durable enough? What about staining? Our answer is always yes, natural stone is more than perfect for use in a kitchen and hallway.
Natural stone has been used for flooring for centuries due to the fact, if installed correctly, it will be able to withstand all that life can throw at it for a very long time. It is a long-lasting material suitable for both residential and commercial settings that will create a classic finish which will not date and should improve with time.
Stone flooring is also easily maintained, contrary to some commonly held beliefs. Some stones are so dense they require little sealing or maintenance but others will need to be treated with sealer when installed to ensure they are resistant to water and staining. Day-to-day cleaning can be carried out with soapy water. Occasional cleaning and resealing with specialist products may also be required – wide range of products are available to make this process easy.
Over the years we have had countless happy clients use and install natural stone in their kitchens, utility and hallway spaces and these homeowners were no different. Following the completion of their project, our clients left us a kind review saying: “We are so pleased with the finish and quality of the tiles and the customer service was fantastic. Will definitely use you again to buy our patio tiles in spring. Thank you.”