Sintered Stone Worktops

Brands such as Neolith and Dekton produce this revolutionary compact surface that performs exceptionally well when used for kitchen work surfaces. It is incredibly hard wearing and resistant to scratches, water and high temperatures. Furthermore, it is totally hygienic, easy to clean and 100% natural giving off no substances that are harmful to the environment. 

We are very impressed with the exciting new ranges of finishes available. In particular the rustic concrete and iron finishes have really caught our eye.  

The material is available in large sheet formats such as 3240 x 1620mm, reducing the likelihood of requiring joins. Furthermore, the thickness can be fabricated to provide the appearance of a chunky worktop, with near seamless joins.

Granite & Quartz Worktops

Granite is very hard wearing with characterful grain patterns. Each work surface is unique with its own individual colours and markings. The visual appearance varies from batch to batch, so it is recommended that the customer visits the supplier to select their preferred slabs prior to them being cut. 

Granite worktops vary in porousness and will typically receive three layers of ‘stain-stop’ sealant before leaving the factory. Depending on the type of granite and the amount of use the worktops get, they may require further occasional applications of sealant which can be easily applied by the customer. Granite worktops are supplied in either a honed (matt) or polished finish and a minimum of 30mm thick. 

Generically known as engineered stone and produced by brands such as Silestone and Arenastone; quartz worktops tend to have a more uniform appearance with either solid colours or tightly speckled finishes. They are highly resistant to chipping and scratching but contain about 7% resin content which can burn  and leave ring marks if extremely hot pans are left on the surface. Quartz worktops are typically either 20 or 30mm thick and should have a polished finish as the honed finishes are susceptible to staining.

Granite example

Granite example

Quartz example

Quartz example

Solid Surface Worktops

There are several brands of solid surface material such as DuPont Corian, LG Hi-macs and Hanex. 

Solid surface is a unique blend of minerals and acrylic which creates a stone-hard surface that can be shaped to any design. The material is available in a range of solid colours and stone effect finishes. One major benefit is that it can be joined with virtually invisible seams. Its nonporous surface prevents dirt and stains from penetrating the material - they can be easily removed with a Scotchbrite pad and household cleaner. 

*It's advisable not to place very hot pans on the surface as the heat can react with the resin within the material to leave permanent burn marks.

Lacquered Panels

Unlike many high-street kitchen suppliers who specify lacquered finishes that are in fact a thermo wrapped vinyl film, our lacquered panels are the real thing; hand sprayed with a hard wearing acid-catalyst paint, matched to any colour and sheen
level and finished with crisp square edges - there is a massive difference in quality.

Furthermore, we use a moisture resistant MDF core for a superior finish that helps the panels to maintain their flatness, a critical factor when producing a modern kitchen where the eye is drawn to every detail and shadow line.

The lacquered finish is hard wearing for a paint finish but by no means totally scratch resistant. We advise that is only used for vertical panel applications and treated with a degree of care.

Laminate Panels

We offer a new range of extremely high quality 'HPL' laminate finishes with a vast array of decors and textures to choose from. This provides a practical and hard wearing surface for use on door and drawer fronts and even worktops. 

We can manufacture panels using techniques that provide seamless transitions between the face and edges.

For laminate finishes that have a wood effect or a grain pattern, we can ensure this matches through a series of panels either vertically or horizontally.

Veneered Panels

The only practical way to offer stable, real wood, unframed kitchen door panels is to use veneers. There are different processes available for veneering and they vary dramatically in terms of cost and aesthetic quality. 

Pre-veneered panels are mass produced ‘off the shelf’ boards that tend to have a reasonable appearance. Once the panels are cut to size they need to be edge lipped with thin strips of solid wood to match. This hides the MDF core but as they can only be post-lipped you will always see where the edges have been applied. 

In contrast, hand veneered panels provide a higher quality finish with an endless choice of veneers and total control over the way each leaf is laid and matched to the next. The hardwood edges can be pre-lipped so they appear seamless. Furthermore, the grain can be aligned to continue through multiple panels - something that is never seen with mass produced kitchens. 

The final consideration is that hand veneered panels usually consist of a grain pattern that repeats across a panel, with either ‘book matched’ or ‘slip matched’ leaves of veneer. We tend to think this looks somewhat unnatural and so we prefer ‘random matching’ for a variety of grain pattern across the panel. In order to achieve this we select the veneer leaves from different batches (logs) and even use a mix of crown cut (characterful grain) and quarter cut (straight grain). The 0.7mm thick leaves of veneer are then carefully arranged, stitched together, bonded and pressed to the substrate, before being sanded and finished. The process is more labour intensive and expensive, but offers optimum quality and control.  

We are able to manufacture veneered panels using any of these techniques outlined as we understand you may consider the cost of one process out-weighs its visual benefits.