Thursday, March 13, 2008
For most people, their home is their largest investment. Most are not into gambling on that investment. When it comes time to sell, the primary assets are the Kitchen and Master Bath. That is what we do for a living.
Since we are 100% digital, our work starts in a computer and stays there until a skilled fabricator finishes the polish by hand.
The above image is the bird's eye view of one of our client's kitchen. There is a sink in the top portion of the horse shoe, pretty much in the center. There is a free standing stove on the bottom right and the little piece goes on the other side of the stove. In the picture, the vertical lines on either side of the sink are seam locations. Most companies seam at the corners- we almost never do that, because that is where people look first.
The Stone choice is Crema Mara. It is very active with lots of pattern and color changes.
Next, I'm going to show you a 'normal' layout of this stone. All pieces except the sink piece come out of the first slab. The sink piece somes out of slab two, and it does not matter which corner you choose re the match. This one comes from the top left, which was the best, such as it is.
This method saves the most material. In this case, probably $400 worth of savings, if it was bought domestically [We actually imported this one].
Here's what your gamble looks like:
We're the second Stone Fabricator in the country using this new system. We got it in December and have used it numerous times.
Here is what the clients actual investment will look like:
The difficulty on this layout is the grain and color match on the sink section. In our layout, the colors match and the grain is right.
Did we use more material than the 'normal' one? Yes. Does it show? Yes, it does.
The system actually shows you real time changes as you maneuver the parts over the picture of the stone. Sometimes, it takes a while to get it right. So be it. This one took two of us about 15 minutes to get the color and grain the way we wanted it.
There have been times where we actually changed the seam locations just to get the matches we wanted.
We're not gambling with your investment. We know exactly what it will look like before it ever hits the Sawjet.