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Dec 05, 2018

Why Stone is a ‘must-have’ item for your Kitchen renovation

Dec 05, 2018

A kitchen renovation is at the top of the wish-list for most homeowners when it comes to renovations. Kitchens are the heart of the home after all, and there is plenty of evidence out there that a great kitchen adds value to a home.

Over the last 10 years or even more, stone benchtops have established themselves as the gold standard for quality kitchen renovations. It has long been acknowledged that stone benchtops offer the most durable and stylish solution for any new or renovated kitchen. Piggy-backing on this trend, stone splashbacks are increasingly becoming the ‘must-have’ companion to your benchtop.

Suzanne Burke, the General Manager at Amerex Renovations and Additions, discussed all things stone with Nicole Andrews from Australian owned and operated Euromarble. Specifically, we zeroed in on stone splashbacks. Until you start doing the research for your kitchen renovation, you might not have given the humble splashback much thought.

 

Nicole explains ‘The kitchen splashback has two different – but complementary – roles in your kitchen. First, it is designed to protect against splashes while cooking and handling various cooking instruments, and second, it has an important decorative aspect.’

 

With a plethora of materials, colours, and patterns available in the market, the task of selecting the right splashback can become overwhelming for homeowners. Your options include the perennial DIY favourite of tiling and glass splashbacks what can make a statement too. However, it is just so hard to go past the class of a stone.

 

Why Choose Stone for your kitchen renovation?

We asked Nicole what makes stone so special. Why are stone benchtops and splashbacks so popular in Australian kitchen renovations?

Increased Durability

Stone is a durable and beautiful material that will stand the test of time. Now, given that the role of a splashback is to protect against various foods, heat, and other elements, stone is the perfect material. As a bonus it provides a great barrier against humidity and prolongs the life of the wall underneath.

Gorgeous Patterns & Materials

While stone is a common material for countertops, floors, and most of the bathroom’s elements, it may be considered a surprising choice your kitchen splashback. Stone has an undeniable natural beauty and uniqueness to it, that once you see it used as a stylish interior design feature, you will simply have to have it.

With a wide range of natural stone materials available you are spoilt for choice with selections ranging from marble to onyx, granite, limestone, and more. This provides you with to choose from a wide array of patterns and colour combinations.

Stylish Solid White Marble Kitchen Counter With Dark Cupboards

Stylish Solid White Marble Kitchen Counter With Dark Cupboards

Easy to Clean and Maintain

Stone surfaces are easier to clean and maintain. Regular wiping with a soft cloth and warm water, along with periodic cleaning with a detergent safe for natural stone, is all you need to keep your benchtops sparkling.  General purpose household sprays can damage the stones sealant and are not recommended.

Suzanne adds ‘So, if harsh chemicals are not required to clean stone products, I guess we can add that the cleaning of stone splashbacks and benchtops are kind to the environment too!’

Nicole agrees and goes further ‘Also, because the surface is harder, bacteria and dirt don’t go through. With the right technique and cleaning, your stone benchtops and splashbacks will be always looking like new without too much elbow grease!’

Black marble is great for contrast in the kitchen

Black marble is great for contrast in the kitchen

When it comes to maintenance, certain types of stone (granite or marble) require regular sealing. However, if you decide to go with quartz, you’re pretty much set with the maintenance work. As long as you use the proper cleaning technique, the splashback won’t require any other efforts.

Suzanne further adds that ‘stone splashbacks have a huge advantage over tiled splashbacks in that you don’t have any issues with the grout getting stained and are much easier to clean as a solid surface.’.

Matching Your Splashback to Your Benchtop

The benchtop and splashback usually go hand-in-hand and you should find a way for these two to create visual harmony. Otherwise, the overall aspect of the kitchen may be disrupted, creating an imbalance that takes away from the atmosphere. So how do you go about finding the perfect match?

Start with the Benchtop

Whether you already have it already installed or you’re remodeling the entire cooking area, the benchtop should come first. This is the area that will support most of the work you do in the kitchen, so it should fit your needs. Most specialists will recommend granite, marble, or quartz for the benchtop because of the durability and beauty of these types of stone.

Match or Contrast – what is your style?

To create an appealing aesthetic in the kitchen, you will need to find a link between the benchtop and your splashback. Your options are essentially to go for a matching top and back, or to go for a contrast.

If you decide to match your benchtop to the splashback, you will need to be aware that with a natural stone that there will always be some variation in the pattern so a perfect match is unlikely. Suzanne says ‘in my opinion this is the beauty of using natural products such as stone, nothing beats the perfectly imperfectness of nature!’

An alternative is to use contrasting colours can be a way to mix this up. The monochrome palette based on classic  black and white always works  well. Nicole suggests ‘use similar hues for both areas by selecting stones that work together. For instance, a coloured granite benchtop works nicely with a marble splashback that features a lighter tone.’

Modern gray kitchen features dark gray flat front cabinets

Modern gray kitchen features white quartz benchtops and kitchen island with granite top showing colour contrast in style. 

Need it to be cost effective?

Stone products cost more initially, but the price of quality pays for itself over time. Nicole suggests that if you want to save some money, use the same material for both the splashback and benchtop.

What about a mini Splashback?

Haha, what?! Yep this sounds ridiculous but it is actually quite nifty and clever. A mini splashback (a self-coined term by Suzanne, lol) is where the benchtop runs a few centimeters up the wall. This creates a smaller splashback that protects the area where most of the damage happens.

An Amerex client has recently done this with the sink side of the bench. See the pic below in this Hamptons inspired kitchen.

Stone benchtop with a mini stone splashback

Stone benchtop with a mini stone splashback

Quality is Always Worth It

Those that have worked with the team at Amerex will know that we will always recommend a quality solution. Short term savings don’t usually result in long term gains.

Nicole from Euromarble summarises ‘In our opinion, stone is the most durable and best-looking material you could select for both the splashback and the benchtop’.

Suzanne adds ‘There are pros and cons in all of the different types of splashback options. However, if you are looking for a luxurious look and feel in your kitchen makeover, and a solution that has durability on its side, stone is a great choice for both your benchtop and splashback.’

White Carrara Marble natural light surface for bathroom or kitchen

White Carrara Marble is a natural light surface for bathroom or kitchen.

Amerex undertake large home renovations and kitchens are often a key part of the home makeover. You can see some inspirational home makeovers with stunning new kitchens as a centrepiece in both of these stunning projects.

It was an absolute pleasure to deal with the Amerex team for our home renovation.

From Steve Burke, to the office staff and all of the various tradespeople, we received exceptional customer service.

The skilled tradespeople were reliable, obliging & committed to the highest level of quality on our home.

Amerex came in on budget, they completed the work earlier than scheduled & they ensured our renovation ran smoothly throughout.
Eric and Kris Mt Lawley
Amerex, lead by Steve, have clearly been in the building industry a long time and offered valuable input and guidance prior to, and during the build. They used skilled tradespeople and quality materials; no corners were cut and I felt confident that the build was of the highest quality.

Steve and his team communicated frequently with me along the way and I was involved at every step. I felt comfortable approaching him if I had any questions or concerns, he was always available and acted quickly to resolve any issues.

The team at Amerex were reliable, professional and a pleasure to deal with. In particular Kelly, who would often go ‘above and beyond’, was always positive, and nothing was ever too much trouble.
Rachel Woodlands

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It was an absolute pleasure to deal with the Amerex team for our home renovation. From Steve Burke the office staff & the various tradespeople, we received exceptional customer service. The skilled tradespeople were reliable, obliging & committed to the highest level of quality on our home. NOTHING was too much trouble. Steve, Pete (the foreman ) & the office staff, especially Kelly, were always available either on the phone or on site if we had any queries. We knew we could always make direct contact with them & that any queries would be quickly resolved. We felt that we received a very personal & professional service from the Amerex team. Amerex came in on budget, they completed the work earlier than scheduled & they ensured our renovation ran smoothly throughout. Thank you Amerex. We love our "new" home and our family and friends are amazed at the transformation. We would wholeheartedly recommend Amerex. Eric & Kristine Trevaskis. .
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Amerex carried out a large renovation for us in 2015; almost a year-long project. Amerex, lead by Steve, have clearly been in the building industry a long time and offered valuable input and guidance prior to, and during the build. They used skilled tradespeople and quality materials; no corners were cut and I felt confident that the build was of the highest quality. Steve and his team communicated frequently with me along the way and I was involved at every step. I felt comfortable approaching him if I had any questions or concerns, he was always available and acted quickly to resolve any issues. The team at Amerex were reliable, professional and a pleasure to deal with. In particular Kelly, who would often go ‘above and beyond’, was always positive, and nothing was ever too much trouble. People who visit our home always comment on the finish and quality of the build, most believing it’s a new home and not a renovation. I will definitely use Amerex again, and would be happy to recommend them.
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04:07 11 Oct 16
This is the first renovation/building undertaking we have experienced and we cannot speak highly enough of the quality Amerex provided. The project design was flawless, and we were extremely impressed with the marrying of the old and new. The attention to detail provided by Steve and his team was outstanding and our friends and family are quick to note this. We love the extra space and seamless flow of our family home. The Amerex commitment to using quality trades and ensuring the trades delivered on time and rectifying issues, was present throughout the building of our home. This gave us great peace of mind and for these reasons we would not hesitate to recommend Amerex.’
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09:05 24 Oct 16
The renovation of our home was its third reincarnation as it was originally a very ordinary rectangular 1950s Roman Catholic outpost church which we turned into a house on a tight budget in the late 1980s. As is usually the case, this current renovation was very significant and emotional for me and my family but more unusually, I was living overseas for almost all of the time the renovation was undertaken. We wanted a home that would comfortably accommodate our family and overseas and interstate visitors, provide a focus for entertaining a crowd, as well as being low maintenance and energy efficient. We selected Amerex as our builder because Steve Burke and his very competent team gave our family the confidence that they could be trusted to undertake this renovation professionally and sensitively including communicating progress every step of the way. Steve and his team took our conceptual design and made our vision a reality in very quick time with practical completion of this major renovation within 7 months of the start date. The site supervision was tight which meant that the work progressed easily between the various trades. What is more, the estimated cost of the job was accurate with variations only to suit changes that we required. The outcome was a home that delivers so much more than we expected in terms of comfort, quality and our initial objectives. It was a real pleasure to deal with Steve and his team. I would not hesitate to recommend Amerex to anyone who needs the services of a truly professional builder/renovator.
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