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‘The Apple Store of Stone Flooring’

11th April 2014

By Kathryn Collins

Here at Floors of Stone we are settling in to our new home and enjoying watching things progress and take shape around us.

We have been at Cotes Mill for 7 weeks now and things have changed quite drastically since my last blog on 20th February. We have been working on the external areas to make the building look more inviting and ‘open’ as we still have workmen onsite.

We have used Tumbled Antiqued Ash Limestone to landscape the external entrance area of the mill and have planted an array of trees, lavender and rosemary plants to make the building more welcoming. The Tumbled Antiqued Ash Limestone is a light grey, tumbled natural stone and has been installed in the 500mm x free length pattern which gives a traditional flagstone look. This limestone can be used for internal and external applications making it a very popular choice for those looking for a practical stone running from an internal living area out on to a patio area.

Once you walk through the glazed entrance doors you are welcomed into our new showroom which now boasts wall displays of 31 of our most popular travertine, limestone, marble and slate tiles. We also have display tables and units housing display tiles of every product that we offer, including our basalt, quartzite and porcelain range. Each display is clearly labelled with the different available size options and prices, allowing you to browse at your leisure. Our staff are all on hand to offer advice and assistance and we also have free samples which you can take away with you.

 

The showroom is getting great feedback from visitors who are stunned by the beautiful limestone staircase and impressed by the traditional features such as the water wheel. ‘The Apple Store of Stone Flooring’ is my favourite comment so far. The large open plan space means customers can stand back and admire the wall displays and the freestanding tiles can be moved around allowing comparisons to be made with the wall displays, or moved to see the stone in different light which is proving very helpful.

The limestone staircase is now complete with its beautiful handmade wooden rail. One of deVOL’s very experienced carpenters; Ben Creed was given the task of creating and producing the handrail. He made each spindle with a spoke shave and the hand rail itself was made in situ by laminating thin strips of oak onto the top of the spindles. It took him approximately 3 weeks but I hope you agree the result is beautiful.

 

We have also fitted a wood burning stove in the showroom giving it a more homely feel along with a 25ft Olive tree which gives an added air of opulence to the room. All of this before you even pass through the second set of doors into the kitchen and antique showrooms to view more and more interesting items.

 

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