Book Matched Marble
Material: Statuario Venato Marble
Granite House was consulted by a property developer with regard to a prestigious project in central London. Our in-house projects team were asked to liaise direct with the architect for the selection of material and for the finer design elements and book match detailing.
To create the best possible outcome we advised the architect on a few refinements to give the bathroom an even better visual impact. We advised that book matched detailing be added to the floor and shower enclosure so that a fully co-ordinated design, matching the veining through all joins, flowed through from the centre of the shower waterfall spout. We also recommended a reduction of 40mm in the overall ceiling height so that the maximum available height of the marble slabs we were sourcing could be accommodated without joins. We sent images of the Italian marble we recommended to the architect, who consulted with their client who was delighted with the stone and all specifications were approved and signed off.
After liaising with the site managers to check schedules we arranged access for our templating and installation team. There were some considerable logistical problems to overcome, not least of which was the logistical challenge of safely transporting 14 slabs of marble up six flights of stairs! By removing a window and removing certain staircase spindles we were able to manoeuvre the marble into position without any problems, despite many other tradesman on site being of the opinion that it would be impossible to do so.
The architect approved the templates and was consulted throughout the process on all major decisions such as book matching detail and floor joins. By working closely with the design team we were able to point out that the specified drainage detailing of the shower enclosure may need to be amended due to the increased water volume from the Drombracht waterfall showerhead. Our suggestion was approved and improved groove and drainage detailing was incorporated into the detailed blueprints.
Another refinement was cutting the shelf in the shower enclosure from the same piece of marble as the wall panels, so that the distinctive patterned veining was continuous. Such detailing required considerable craftsmanship and is a challenge that our project team is only too happy to tackle.
We manufactured the marble slabs and our installation team were back on site ready to fit within a week. The finished shower enclosure looked ‘absolutely stunning’ – the architect’s words not ours – and all the other tradesmen on site were simply astounded by the quality of our work and the way the veining flowed throughout the project in perfect symmetry.
Needless to say his clients were not just happy – they were ecstatic. They have a shower enclosure that is not just somewhere to be refreshed but, thanks to our innovative and professional project team, was now truly a work of art in its own right.
Obviously, it was not the easiest project to complete but our professional reputation benefitted from the experience. The architect gave us really good feedback and naturally we are still working with him to this day.
As the saying goes ‘the devil is in the detail’ and we fully understand that first-hand attention needs to be given to all projects; before during and even after your project is completed. Here at Granite House we thrive on tackling complex projects and we anticipate the potential problems and by working closely with you and attending meetings on-site.
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