Project Design Know How
There are several steps to the design and fabrication process. We will guide you through each decision so there are no errors or oversights.
Step One—Appointment & Project Measurements/Guides
- To start your stone design and selection process, we highly recommend making an appointment with our design team.
- In order to give you an accurate estimate on your project, we suggest that you bring drawings, blueprints, or measurements to cover any and all details.
- In addition, bring any guides you may have in aiding your decision in selecting material: paint swatches, fabric, cabinet doors, etc., to ensure all aspects have been covered.
Step Two—Stone Selection, Finishes & Edging
Stepping Stones offers a wide variety of slabs and remnants. We also have access to every stone importer throughout the New England area…
Each stone type is unique and will vary in color,
texture, marking and price.
Three finishes are available to discuss with your design expert…
Brushed…is a rough textured surface used frequently on granite floor tiles.
Polished…is a glossy surface that reflects light and emphasizes the color and marking of the material. This type of finish is used on walls, furniture tops and other items as well as floor tiles.
Honed…is a flat, matte surface with relatively little light reflection. Generally, a honed finish is preferred for floors, staircases, doorways and other locations where heavy traffic will wear off the polished finish. This type of finish may also be used on furniture tops and other surfaces for a patina/antique-look.
All of the above finishes will vary depending upon
hardness of the stone selected.
There are several types of countertop edges to choose from. Stepping Stones specializes in lamination and mitered edging.
Contemporary Design (Simple-Look)…Straight (Eased) edge is a simple, clean and classic profile. Straight edges are not sharp.
Traditional Design (Curved-Look)…A curved edge may pair nicely with crown molding or other design feature in your home.
Custom Design…Specialty edgings are also available (see list above).
There are various options to complement
the surface-look you desire.