Another major trend is the demand for softer finishes utilising natural products such as marble, copper, bronze and Bagnotec reconstituted stone
, especially for basins and bathtubs.
"Different materials being used, including reconstituted stone
and granite as well as ceramics and new finishes, are being applied to metal to create stunning effects."
There are wide ranges of ceramic and reconstituted stone
available on the market.
Featured here is Yorkstone weathered ochre, a high quality handmade reconstituted stone
product, and avant-garde in Caramel an ethically sourced Indian sandstone that is sawn and then polished to give a smooth, contemporary finish.
To save money in a stone belt, try specifying reconstituted stone
(from a supplier such as Bradstone) but if planners insist on real local stone, try specifying it as a half-cut facing.
The floor is a high-resistance sandwich panel made of a white reconstituted stone
, designed to resist leaks from cars, since most of the cars sit directly on the floor, rather than on podiums.
The doors are made of steel and clad in European oak from sustainable forests and reconstituted stone
Its death sentence was announced when Jack and Vera Duckworth covered their Coronation Street terraced house with loud blue and yellow reconstituted stone
An amazing range is available - plastic, concrete, stone, reconstituted stone
, terracotta, wooden, glazed, to name a few.
There is a wide choice of paving materials, from bricks and clay cobbles to real stone slabs - which are all expensive - to the more reasonably-priced simulated or reconstituted stone
, which is excellent and weathers down well.
"Developers often want to cut costs by using cheaper cladding, artificial and reconstituted stone
. Imitation stone not only weathers in an entirely different way from natural stone, being concrete based it is highly unsustainable.
Statues and sculptural pieces that have been hewn from solid rock are more preferable to reconstituted stone
. Even though the quality of reconstituted stone
pieces is improving rapidly, genuine stone features are more honest and they don't need to try hard to please.