Where and When to Spend
and Save on Stone Benchtops
8 Tips For Maximising Your Budget. Are you in the planning stages of your kitchen and trying to decide on the best design for your budget?
Our team of experts all agree that it is critical to set your design intentions and know your budget limitations upfront, to ensure you can achieve an effective and affordable kitchen design that excites you. With such planning, and the right product specifications in place, rest assured that you can affordably create a design that suits your budget.
Here are some industry insights which could be the key to delivering your stone benchtop, within the confines of your budget:
1. Start with a plan
Understand the intentions for your home, ie. rental, holiday home or forever home and splurge according to how much value you will get back. Work through the plans in your home for where you will need your stone. Eg. If you are doing a full renovation and you need stone for kitchen, bathroom vanities, laundries etc it’s a good idea to work out the math of how you can use our slabs to make the most out of them. If you use the same colour throughout, then any left over parts of the slabs can be used in the bathrooms and laundry. Your kitchen designer will be able to help you maximise the application of slabs required.
2. Select from a range that fits your budget
3. Mix up the ranges
You can select from 2 different ranges. In the kitchen, you could use our Premium Marble or Marble range for the kitchen and our Deluxe range or Standard range for bathroom and laundry. Keep in mind that you may have some slabs left over from the kitchen, so in this case you could use the leftovers if possible.
4. Perfect Pairing
5. Benchtop thickness
6. Edge Profiling
Your stonemason will be able to create a variety of edging profiles for your stone benchtop, but the more detailed they are, the more time and money will be incurred.
7. To add waterfalls or not to waterfalls?
Waterfalls are very popular and look gorgeous, but cost more due to extra slabs required and then the cost of fabricating the stone is an additional cost. Is this your forever home? If it is, then this could be a great option for you. If not, maybe you can give the waterfalls a miss.
8. Stone vs Tiles:
TALOSTONE® COLOURS IN PROJECTS
Main image, top—kitchen island Calacatta Luxe™ 9030
Tip 2 — kitchen island bench Super White™ 9300
Tip 4 — kitchens and bathroom vanity benchtops Neutral White™ 3020
Tip 5 — kitchen island and waterfall Calacatta Luxe™ 9030
Tip 6 — kitchen bench and island Elba White 8300
Tip 7 — kitchen island bench Super White™ 9300
Tip 8 — bathroom walls Super White™ 9300
When you break down your design priorities it will make your budget allocation much easier. We think you should dream big, because with clever design and the right product specification you can create the home you desire.
Hopefully we’ve been able to restore the dream of featuring the perfect stone in your next kitchen project. For more inspiration, have a look online at our product ranges or visit our City Experience Centre.