Surrey Marble and Granite is currently open with a limited workforce to enable safe social distancing in line with government directions to safe guard our staff and customers.

SMG is open for visits by APPOINTMENT ONLY to ensure social distancing is maintained in our showroom and safeguard our staff and customers. Please contact the office on 01428 651940 to check availability and book.

Info
Fill out the form below to request a quote

    Name*
    Email*
    Contact Number*
    Address Line 1*
    Address Line 2
    Town*
    Postcode*
    Additional Project Details

    I agree to receiving offers and services by email from Surrey Marble & Granite

    I agree to Surrey Marble & Granite Terms & Conditions

    Modern Aesthetics Blends with Old Tradition – Granite Worktops

    In modern interior design solutions, the preference for retro style and old fashioned luxury and beauty is seamlessly combined with the durability, ease of maintenance and convenience of modern features such as granite worktops. Increasingly more home owners are choosing the combination and are delighted with the results. Modern comfort of granite worktops and innovatively furnished bathrooms creates shiny dapples in old style homes.

    A businesswoman, Freda Newton, was fond of Victorian style in houses. When she bought a plot near Inverness in Scotland, she decided to mix contemporary features with old style and create a house with a difference. She used traditional Scottish materials. The original house on the plot had a traditional design and featured a turret. Burt with the 80 acres of space on the outskirts of Inverness, Freda felt she just must have something new built. Of course, sweeping vistas were the prerequisite for the location. The proximity of the Loch Ness adjacent hills and those adjacent to the Black Isle on the north offered picturesque settings. Freda turned to a Perthshire based practice in architecture which combined old and new.

    The materials used were both of Scottish origin and sleek innovative ones. Caithness slate, larch wood, wet harl were employed together with granite for granite worktops.

    There is an emphasis on space with a double height vestibule leading into a spacious dining hall with an expansive floor to ceiling window affording panoramic views of the landscape. Then there is the kitchen, again with full height glazing, to enable the inhabitants and guests to soak in stunning views. There are five bedroom suites, and the master bedroom is equipped with en suite dressing rooms and bathroom.

    Much can be said to describe all the features in this unusually appealing home. Let us dwell on the modern additions which lend comfort and convenience in a modern way. Together with wood burning stoves, Freda’s house which bears the name Essich Lodge has underfloor heating on the ground level supplied by a geothermal heat pump. The adequate insulation guarantees energy efficiency.

    Freda was tempted to go entirely modern with the kitchen, having experienced the convenience and beauty that granite worktops and other modern staples have. Then she decided to keep the granite worktops idea and choose a walnut wood solution. Sparkling granite worktops are a must for a kitchen, but the walnut lends a softer overall ambience. Freda’s granite worktops are black, and there are Mandarin stone slate floor tiles. She had always had an Aga stove, so she added one in her kitchen too, and a gas hob provided convenience for cooking when the Aga was off.

    The bathroom was furnished in soft hues. The drawing room was painted in rich blue, Freda’s favourite colour. A wall mounted stove spreads the charm of old style comfort.

    As Freda shares, the house is the epitome of all the staples and embellishments that she has longed to have in a house, featuring charm and elegance, old and new, in unison.

     

    Recommended Articles

    Granite Worktops Slough

    Marble has long been held as a luxurious stone that has been used in decadent ways, such as sculptures and creating masterpieces such as the Pantheon. These days, Marble is becoming more common in the home, and for those who don’t have the budget for it, Marble Effect Stone and marble patterns are becoming increasingly popular. At Surrey Marble and Granite, we offer a wide range of stones that can mimic the look of marble or we can offer real marble for your project so our experts are very knowledgable […]

    23.08.2021
    no comments
    Read More
    Granite worktops: the natural choice

    You can’t manufacture granite – it has to be 100% natural. With its natural beauty, durability and ease of cleaning granite is a great choice for a natural, environmentally friendly home. By making a deliberate decision to choose a natural material for your kitchen worktop you can reduce the number of toxic chemicals in your home as well as making a choice that’s better for the planet.

    27.09.2016
    no comments
    Read More

    Finding excuses not to use your patio? It’s time to revamp it. Whether you’re installing new limestone slabs or simply giving it a good scrub, act quickly to beat the spring rush and your patio will be looking gorgeous all summer. If you’re not sure whether you need to replace your patio, check out our top tips below.

    25.04.2016
    no comments
    Read More