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FREE sink and tap with quartz and granite worktops *

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DON’T pour money down the plughole – get a FREE sink and tap worth a WHOPPING £330** with quartz and granite worktops at WorktopEnvy. For a limited time only we’re GIVING away top-quality stainless steel 1810 Company 1.5-bowl Etroduo 589/450U sinks AND sleek Fontaine single-lever mixer taps. To take advantage of this crazy offer (read more here) just call 01824 750 647 and place an order of £2,000 or more (before VAT) for granite worktops or quartz worktops by June 30, 2014. Not only will you be enjoying WorktopEnvy’s famous customer service and hugely competitive granite worktop prices – you’ll be getting Britain’s favourite style of under-mounted sink plus a tap for NO extra cost. Just browse our web-leading selection of 200+ granite worktops and quartz worktops in the Products section and get in touch for a fast, free estimate. You can email a drawing with your kitchen dimensions to info@worktopenvy.com or hit the Request a Call Back button – and we’ll ring you to save your bill. At WorktopEnvy we’re passionate about stone-craft and offer highly-competitive prices along with the reassurance of 20 years’ trade experience. And to help demystify the worktop market, we’ve made WorktopEnvy.com a trove of design inspiration and practical information. You can find fab free styling advice and illuminating photography throughout the site, with in-depth descriptions of all our products to help inform your choice. Of course there is nothing like seeing quartz and granite worktops up close and personal. So we also have three showrooms serving the north of England and Wales, and London and the south east – click here for showroom opening hours and contact details or here to read customer testimonials. Call our friendly kitchen worktop consultants on 01824 750 647 for a no-obligation chat – and stake a claim to the sink and tap deal of the Century. Or to see some of our very latest installations check out our Facebook page. (*T&Cs apply/ **SSP).

Granite worktops – when light is right

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WorktopEnvy.com supplied and fitted this bright Angel Cream granite worktop for our friends at Hothe Fine Kitchens, Ruthin, North Wales
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to see the light in your granite kitchen worktops? Let our Angel Cream granite convert you. For nothing unites the beauty of natural stone with that fresh modern look quite like this magnificent Indian material. As an alternative to the sometimes clinical colours of engineered stone quartz worktops, Angel Cream and its cousins River White and White Topazio are tough to beat – in every sense. Not only is granite among the hardest materials in nature but each slab is different, guaranteeing a truly unique worktop statement. Here our first-quality Angel Cream granite, with its tight ivory grain and tracts of beige and grey, gloriously finishes a superb shaker kitchen crafted by our friends at Hothe Fine Kitchens in North Wales. Proprietor Sam Hothe told WorktopEnvy.com: “The brief was simple – create something timeless yet modern. And Angel Cream works brilliantly with the matte white of the units but also picks up the warm colours of the traditional fired-clay tiled floor. We’re very happy with the results.” As with all ‘highly-directional’ granite – that’s to say with lots of movement within its patterning – it’s vital to choose a granite supplier that will work sensitively to ensure that movement flows with your kitchen’s requirements (trust us – nothing looks worse than expensive granite fitted together with clashing grains). Equally, light-coloured granite should be factory-sealed to protect against staining, something we do THREE times as standard.  To see samples of our stones up close and personal, you can visit our North Wales factory showroom serving Liverpool, Merseyside, Cheshire, Chester and Greater Manchester, or our South London showroom serving London, Surrey and the South East – or just click here. Learn more about our expert processes here, inspire your kitchen worktop look here – or check out our world of natural and engineered stone and get a quick quote here. Alternatively, just Request a Call Back to discuss your needs.

Award winning worktops. Granite. Quartz. Marble.

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Marble worktops help Piccolino Cicchetti win Design award
WE love quartz worktops. We love granite worktops. And we love marble, period. Natural and engineered stone surfacing is what we do. So it’s nice now and then to have our work recognised. Well this stunning Calacatta Oro Italian marble bartop has just helped our friends at Piccolino Cicchetti scoop a big gong at the Restaurant and Bar Design Awards (RABD) 2013. Hardly surprising given just how drop-dead-gorgeous the place looks (take a squizz at some more pix here). The clever folks at Robert Angell Design International dreamed up this ensemble of classic marble, olive green upholstery and glossy black panels to nail the Best Multiple Restaurant (London) category. We chipped in with some bull-nosed edge finishing and first-rate craftsmanship to unite their delightful form with our famous functionality. To enjoy the fruits of our labour over a relaxing glass or two you can find Piccolino’s at Heddon Street, London, W1. Our founder Bill Evans – learn a little more about his fascinating life in stone here – said: “It’s always pleasing to be part of such a successful project. We have hundreds of domestic and commercial contracts a year and they all get the same care and attention. Two of our projects were shortlisted at the RABD this year – so hopefully we’re doing something right.” At WorktopEnvy.com, we know that buying quartz or granite worktops for your kitchen is a real investment for our residential customers. That’s why we offer a web-leading range of granite and quartz worktops and have an exacting approach to customer service, starting with this website. Take a scroll through our Products pages for the most informed view on natural and engineered stone you’ll find on the net, with stunning photography and bags of ideas to inspire and inform your quartz or granite worktop look. And if there is anything extra you want to know, don’t be afraid to ask. Just drop a line to info@worktopenvy.com, call 020 8668 7608, or hit Request a Call Back on the top right of this page. Or learn how to get a quick quote here – or just email us a drawing of your kitchen project and we’ll get right back to you.

Granite – What’s Trending?

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Gorgeous brown and graphite grey granite with matte antiqued finish installed for Hothe Fine Kitchens by WorktopEnvy.comWHITE quartz worktops and their black granite cousins are Britain’s best-loved kitchen stone work-surfacing – amassing more than 8,000 UK Google searches every month. But for all the beauty and durability of natural granite like Absolute Black or quartz brands like Silestone and Cimstone, there are myriad lesser-known alternatives. And here is one of WorktopEnvy’s top picks for something that little bit different – matte-honed Antique Brown granite. Of the hundreds of stones we supply, this is an incredibly tactile granite worktop that’s almost satiny to touch. Up close and personal, its understated yet vivid graphite-like patterning shimmers gunmetal-grey and silver. Here, this gorgeous Italian material looks timeless on cream Shaker units built bespoke by our friends at Hothe Fine Kitchens, who supply their superior hand-made products to the North West of England and North Wales. Director Sam Hothe said: “We wanted contrast between our units and granite worktops in this kitchen but were keen to avoid anything too stark. When we supply a kitchen we’re always thinking about adding textures for interest, so the Antique Brown was a natural choice. It fulfils the role of black granite but with a more gentle overall finish. We specified softened corners around the ceramic Butler sink and we’re really pleased with the results. It goes without saying that we have high expectations of our quartz and granite suppliers and the guys at WorktopEnvy meet those expectations.” WorktopEnvy’s aim is to provide a web-leading selection of natural and engineered stone for customers across the country to enjoy. In the past month we’ve installed quartz and granite worktops in London, Surrey, Essex, Kent, Merseyside, Northamptonshire, Manchester, Birmingham and Dorset – with our commercial work also nominated for a prestigious Restaurant and Bar Design Awards gong. Add to that our website’s extensive Inspiration and independent style guide and it’s easy to see why WorktopEnvy.com is truly Britain’s granite and quartz worktop specialist. We make our worktops with love – and sell factory-direct. To learn more about our ordering processes or to get a quote click here – or Request a Call Back for a chat.

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Worktops for a gong

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Kenyan Blackwood Marble gorgeousness produced by WorktopEnvy.com for our commercial partners

WHETHER it’s white quartz stone worktops or black granite in a residential kitchen, or a high-end commercial project, WorktopEnvy loves to deliver. So today we’re enormously proud to announce that our superior stone-work is up for TWO gongs at the prestigious Restaurant and Bar Design Awards 2013.  It’s not every day that one enjoys a champagne moment, but it’s easy to see why the inverted waterfall edge-detail of this expansive bar in the Luggage Room at London’s Grosvenor Square Marriott Hotel caught the RABD judges’ attention. And now we’re on a shortlist of just seven to win the Best Restaurant or Bar in a Hotel category. Crafted by our expert masons from Kenyan Blackwood marble, this five-tiered worktop is now being enjoyed by the discerning denizens of one of the capital’s hottest nightspots. Each layer, bonded precisely together, has a delicate rounded bull-nosed edge finish to create a functional piece of art. Our chairman William Evans worked alongside one of the best design outfits in the world, Fabled Studio, to produce this fabulous example of our trade. He said: “It’s great to be nominated but the truth is it was just another day’s work for us. We apply exactly the same standards of quality and attention-to-detail in every project we take on. Most of all I’m delighted for the stonemasons on my factory floor and the fitting teams who worked through the night to complete this project for Fabled Studio. Like us, Fabled Studio has high expectations of its work and insists its contractors exercise the same level of craft and care. They were a delight to work with.” The full Luggage Room project involved far more than simply making this beautiful bar. We also fabricated and installed a truly stunning art-deco-style fireplace and staircase and laid metre after metre of Turkish Lilac marble flooring, book-matched to radiate natural symmetry using techniques preferred by the finest violin makers. Our work has also helped another of our valued clients onto the Awards’ shortlist, this time in London’s Best Multiple Restaurant category. To learn more about the Calacatta Oro marble we installed at Piccolino Cicchetti, check here. for Best  weighed in with a second nomination To discuss your private or commercial stone-work needs just Request a Call Back or email info@worktopenvy.com. And wish us luck!

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Star Galaxy granite worktops

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large star galaxy granite island in surrey home by worktopenvy.com
THIS Star Galaxy
 black granite island demonstrates beautifully the light-giving qualities of  high-gloss dark natural stone worktops. Positioned on hardy pale oak cabinets – lovingly fashioned by quality kitcheneers Amazing SpacesStar Galaxy’s intense polish reflects this family space like a mirror. When it comes to black worktops situated, like these ones, under a strong natural light source, we’ll always recommend granite over engineered quartz. That’s because igneous granite, formed of molten magma millions of years ago, is untroubled by Ultraviolet (UV), while the pigments that make quartz black can degrade under UV, causing a blanching effect over time. There’s also nothing that quite rivals the high polish of granite types like Star Galaxy, whose glassy finish and glinting flecks of bronzite look exactly as the name suggests they might – heavenly. Engineered quartz worktops, of course, are both doggedly durable and vividly versatile in their own right, but for the deepest lustre granite will always be king. Here WorktopEnvy’s skilled masons used clever low-visual-impact mitred jointing to make the box step – a brilliantly effective way to separate worktop areas. We also dreamt up some smartly discreet offset joints to integrate two hefty support pillars into this ambitious four-metre granite work surface design. The shaped hob splash-back completes a beautifully clean, natural look in this modern Surrey kitchen.  Well-sourced, professionally fabricated and fitted granite worktops will make a good kitchen great – and still look pristine in 20 years’ time (just follow our top tips on granite care folks!). For more stone surfacing ideas check our Inspiration pages and catch up with our must-read interior-design column. Or you can browse our web-leading selection of 200+ stone worktop materials, learn how we supply bespoke granite and quartz kitchen worktops factory-direct to the entire UK, or Request a Call Back for a chat about your stone requirements over there >>>>

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The Secret Designer

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The kitchen’s the beating heart of your home – a place for living and laughing. So it pays to plan it well. Here in a brand new column our interiors expert the Secret Designer gives the dos and don’ts of kitchen design. They reveal the latest trends and how to get the look on a budget; explain how to balance personality with practicality – and give the inside track on the top styles and materials.

I LOVE inner space. Furniture making and interior design runs in my family, so you could say it’s in my DNA. As a kid I was lucky to be well travelled. Whether it was Bahrain or India, there were always new ideas to absorb, new textures and materials to see; new ways to influence the built world around us. These experiences still inform my work. For me, design in the home should tell the narrative of a life well lived. I can’t bear the generic and impersonal. We are all unique and if there is one room in the house to really express that, it’s the kitchen.

Salvage yards and character kitchens

Put your stamp on a kitchen by mixing old with new. If you’re lucky enough to own a period home with original features, include them in your designs wherever possible – there is no substitute for genuine character. If not, architectural salvage yards are a useful place to find some special features. There’s a load out there, and one of my favourites is the Architectural Forum in London’s Islington. Salvage yards are Aladdin’s Caves of interesting and unusual pieces, from Edwardian wood panelling to gorgeous reclaimed cast iron radiators. Recently, I fell for some Parisian doors found nestling in a dusty back room and just had to use them in a design project.

Shabby Shaker kitchen chic – the 2014 look

In 2013 we’re seeing more of the Chelsea-look Shaker kitchen in pastel tones. The Chelsea look takes the rural simplicity of the Shaker but really focuses on highly detailed jointing and unfussy but luxurious fittings. I love the range at Chalon Kitchens, whose shabby-chic hand-painted cabinetry is beautifully atmospheric. Of course such close attention to detail comes at a price (Chalon’s start at £25,000), but there are simple ways to add your own Chelsea touches to an off-the-peg Shaker. As far as budget will allow, look for ranges with quality details like dovetailed drawer construction, well-proportioned door panels and good chunky legs on free-standing units. And remember, a decent local tradesman can often help you achieve the look at a fraction of a showroom price. Nor does it take much more technical than oils, sandpaper and elbow grease to distress a painted finish yourself, while woven wicker baskets accessorise open storage areas beautifully. Antiques shops, bric-a-brac markets and eBay are great places to find unusual door knobs.

High gloss style

For something strikingly modern, nothing rivals the high gloss of Parapan® for doors and more. It’s a smart thermoformed (heat moulded) acrylic that can be used in sweeping curves for flowing cabinetry or in sheets as an alternative to glass or stone splashbacks (of which more in my next column). On the surface, Parapan® resembles regular gloss kitchen units (vinyl-finished MDF), but that’s where the similarity ends. As a completely solid product Parapan® (seen above in a handle-less kitchen by 202 Design) maintains a lustrous finish, and really shows its value after some wear and tear as it won’t chip when knocked and scratches can be repaired. The colour range is fabulous too – with their bold Dark Cyan a vogue choice.

Feel high-end with granite or quartz

To make off-the-shelf look and feel high-end it helps to commit as much budget as you can to work-surfacing. It’s the first and last thing people notice and sets the mood of your kitchen. Worktops need to be practical – non-scratch, durable and able to handle common stains. Good wood will stay attractive for a long time though requires regular oiling to maintain and will harbour bacteria in scuffs and scratches. It also works effectively as a textural contrast alongside granite or quartz. These materials are beautiful and durable and offer exceptional performance. Quartz worktops are particularly good in kitchens that see plenty of stainy foods – I love Indian cooking and my bête noir is Turmeric. As it’s made in high-density slabs, quartz is all but stain-proof and brands like Silestone, Compac, Cimstone or Unistone offer a full spectrum of colours, finishes and prices. It does pay to beware very cheap internet deals for these products as you’ll have to live with any mistakes. Dependent on material, full-service bespoke costs should range from £1,500+ for small kitchens to around £3,000+ for family size and more for larger projects.

Natural stone contrasts

A kitchen needn’t be for life, but it helps if it doesn’t date too quickly. That’s why I’ll generally tend toward softer shades of colour and rarely recommend stark black-and-white contrasts (80s but not in a good way). So for the floor, instead of white ceramic tiles, think about natural stone; a pale Venito Luna limestone can be bought for around £60 per square metre and will balance a very clean modern kitchen with an organic nod to the more traditional. Look at charcoal or gunmetal granite or quartz as an effective alternative to pure black stone. Indian Steel Grey granite or Honed Nero Assoluto are good value; Unistone’s grey Grigio quartz is also affordable and comes both polished or in a stippled matte finish that’s great set against high-gloss doors and drawers.

In my next column I’ll be talking about kitchen planning for dummies; splashbacks and feature walls, tiles and integrated sinks, and the joys of that old classic, marble. Feel free to leave your comments:

* The Secret Designer is an independent interior designer from London. They read Interior Architecture at UAL Chelsea and have practiced for private clients, architects and design-and-build companies of distinction for more than 10 years. 

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Matte Honed Granite Worktops

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This honed nero assoluto granite supplied by worktopenvy.com brings understated chic to any kitchenA CASE of pot, kettle, black no one would mind in their kitchen. Honed Nero Assoluto granite worktops have the understatement of slate with the benefits of one of the toughest materials in nature. This deeply consistent Indian stone – installed here by WorktopEnvy for prem kitcheneers Martin Moore & Co. – works well against ceramic-brick wall tiles and white shaker cabinetry. And because of its amazingly dense granular structure, this granite performs assoluto-ly beautifully in any kitchen. For more smoothly gorgeous kitchen worktop ideas check out our Inspiration posts, see this product here, or learn how to get a price factory-direct here from Britain’s granite and quartz worktop supplier.

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Independent kitchen planning advice from the Secret Designer

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KNOW your granite from your granny? Your quartz from your elbow? Buying kitchen worksurfacing can feel like a minefield with so much to choose from. To help, WorktopEnvy will soon be hosting a brand new advice column by leading London interior designer Mhairi Coyle. She’ll help demystify the market – and inspire you with some hot kitchen tips and brilliant stone worktop looks. Coming soon!

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