Residential Projects

Residential Property in Mill Hill

This property used different types of Jerusalem Stone and Travertine to stunning effect throughout the property.

The hallway was tiled in Desert Cream and this was carried down some steps into the cloakroom where a mosaic was used as a decorative feature. The Kitchen was tiled in Antique Travertine.

The 2 bathrooms were tiled in Beige/Pink and Ramon Beige respectively.

Residential Property in Edgware / Totteridge

This kitchen of this property was tiled in Antique Gold Jerusalem Stone to complement the creamy decor. Polished Crema Marfil teamed with Marron Imperial create a luxurious feel in the cloakroom.

Residential Property in Hampstead

This property used different types of Jerusalem Stone and Travertine to stunning effect throughout the property. Hebron Beige Antiqued tiles laid in the kitchen complement the large, airy space perfectly.


The en suite in the master bedroom was tiled with Antique Gold in a striking mosaic format and 2 other bathrooms used combinations of different colours and sizes of Travertine to create a beautiful calming atmosphere.

 

Residential Property in Edgware

 

Crema Marfil and Desert Cream were used throughout this property in Edgware, creating a harmonious effect of understated opulence.

Residential Property in Highgate

 

This sumptuous property used our stone in the pool area and bathrooms. The basement pool area was tiled in Antique Gold Light Jerusalem Stone.


The bathrooms were tiled in polished Crema Marfil.

 

Mediterranean Limestone Collection

These beautiful limestones are in a gamut of colours from beiges and creams reminiscent of the Mediterranean beaches close to their source, to a striking grey tinged with blue.


They are available in different sizes and finishes, including tumbled pavers to allow the customer to match the external to the internal floor creating feeling that the outside is a continuance of the inside living space.

We are also able to supply other sizes and finishes to order, so if you require a particular stone in a finish that is not shown, please do not hesitate to ask us about obtaining it.

The creamy beige tones of Mediterranean Beige with its contrasting darker vein lend themselves perfectly to use as a sophisticated backdrop to a modern interior.

 

Mediterranean Beige is available from stock in the following sizes and finishes

Honed
40.0 x 40.0 x 1.0cm, 60.0 x 40 .0 x 1.0cm, 60.0 x 60.0 x 1.5cm, skirting 60.0 x 10.0 x 1.0cm *
Slabs in 2 & 3cm thickness

Polished
30.5 x 30.5 x 1.0cm *, 60.0 x 60.0 x 1.5cm
Slabs in 2 & 3cm thickness

Brushed
60cm x random lengths x 2.0cm

If you require other sizes and finishes not shown here, please ask and we will be able to order them from the factory for you, subject to a minimum quantity of 100sqm.

This striking grey stone is now available as an interior tile as well as a paver to give your home that inside outside look.

 

Mediterranean Blue/Grey is available from stock in the following sizes and finishes

Tumbled

60.0 x 40.0 x 1.5cm

Tumbled Pavers
60.0 x 60.0 x 3.0cm, 60.0 x 40.0 x 3.0cm

If you require other sizes and finishes not shown here, please ask and we will be able to order them from the factory for you, subject to a minimum quantity of 100sqm

Mediterranean Cream

 

Polished

Pale creaminess flecked with the faintest of veins is a subtle clean choice for a soft atmosphere.

Mediterranean Cream is available from stock in the following sizes and finishes

Honed
30.5 x 30.5 x 1.0cm*, 40.0 x 40.0 x 1.0cm, 60.0 x 40 .0 x 1.0cm, 60.0 x 60.0 x 1.5cm, skirting 60.0 x 30.0 x 1.0cm
Slabs 2 & 3cm thickness

Polished
30.5 x 30.5 x 1.0cm*, 60.0 x 60.0 x 1.5cm
Slabs 2 & 3cm thickness
Tumbled
60.0 x 40.0 x 1.5cm, 50 x random lengths x 1.5cm

If you require other sizes and finishes not shown here, please ask and we will be able to order them from the factory for you.

*whilst stocks last

Mediterranean Sand

 

The warm colours of a sandy beach are apparent in this striking yellow-tinged marble which is equally happy in a contemporary or traditional setting.

Mediterranean Sand is available from stock in the following sizes and finishes

Honed
60.0 x 40 .0 x 1.0cm, skirting 60.0 x 10.0 x 1.0cm
Slabs 2 & 3cm thickness

Tumbled
60.0 x 40.0 x 1.5cm

50.0 x random lengths x 1.5cm

If you require other sizes and finishes not shown here, please ask and we will be able to order them from the factory for you.

 

What is Jerusalem Stone?

Jerusalem Stone is one of the oldest and most beautiful building materials in the world. The deposits, which are quarried in the Holy Land around Jerusalem, vary in colour from a rich gold to hues of grey and pink and are similar to limestone in appearance but much harder and less porous giving them the durability of granite. This means that it can be used inside and out in both domestic and commercial settings.

We are also able to supply other sizes and finishes to order, so if you require a particular stone in a finish that is not shown, please do not hesitate to ask us about obtaining it.

The warm golden hues of Antique Gold suffuse a room with distilled sunlight. Its unobtrusive veins and scattered shell intrusions add subtle detail to this beautiful stone.

Antique Gold Light is available from stock in the following sizes and finishes


Honed
30.5 x 30.5 x 1.0cm*, 40.6 x 40.6 x 1.1cm, 61.0 x 40 .6 x 1.1cm, 61.0 x 61.0 x 2.0cm,
Skirting 60.0 x 10.0 x 1.5cm*,
Slabs 2 & 3cm thickness

Polished
30.5 x 30.5 x 1.0cm*, 60.0 x 60.0 x 1.1cm*
Slabs 2 & 3cm thickness

Honed Porcelain Backed (3mm stone on 9mm porcelain)

60 x 60 x 1.2cm, 60 x 40 x 1.2cm

If you require other sizes and finishes not shown here, please ask and we will be able to order them from the factory for you, subject to minimum quantities of 100sqm.

 

This light mink tones of Crema Grey enhanced by charcoal veins and fossil intrusions create a sophisticated ambience in the environment in which they are placed.

 

Crema Grey Light is available from stock in the following sizes and finishes.

Honed
60.0 x 40.0 x 2.0cm, 60.0 x 60.0 x 2.0cm
Slabs 2 & 3cm thickness

If you require other sizes and finishes not shown here, please ask and we will be able to order them from the factory for you, subject to a minimum quantity of 100sqm.

 

Physical Characteristics of the Stone

Its cream palette and subtle veining make Desert Cream one of our most popular stones. The neutral tones enhance the atmosphere of a room without intruding overtly.

Desert Cream is available from stock in the following sizes and finishes

Honed
30.5 x 30.5 x 1.0cm*, 40.0 x 40.0 x 1.1cm*, 61.0 x 40 .0 x 1.5cm, 60.0 x 60.0 x 1.5cm, Skirting 60.0 x 10.0 x 1.5cm*, NEW 60 x random lengths x 2.0cm
Slabs 2 & 3cm thickness
Polished
30.5 x 30.5 x 1.0cm*
Slabs 2 & 3cm thickness

Brushed
40.0 wide x random lengths x 2.0cm*

If you require other sizes and finishes not shown here, please ask and we will be able to order them from the factory for you, subject to a minimum quantity of 100sqm

Galilee Grey has smart mid grey tones with darker flecks of charcoal – perfect for city living.

 

Galilee Grey is available from stock in the following sizes and finishes

Honed
30.5 x 30.5 x 1.0cm*, 40.0 x 40.0 x 1.1cm*, 60.0 x 40 .0 x 1.5cm
Slabs 2 & 3cm thickness

Polished
30.5 x 30.5 x 1.0cm*
Slabs 2 & 3cm thickness

If you require other sizes and finishes not shown here, please ask and we will be able to order them from the factory for you.

The abundance of shells and fossils in this creamy stone give it a beauty all of its own. It will create a striking backdrop to any room.

Hebron Fossil/Cream is available from stock in the following sizes and finishes

Honed
30.5 x 30.5 x 1.0cm*, 40.0 x 40.0 x 1.1cm*, 60.0 x 40 .0 x 1.5cm
Slabs 2 & 3cm thickness

Polished
30.5 x 30.5 x 1.0cm*
Slabs 2 & 3cm thickness

If you require other sizes and finishes not shown here, please ask and we will be able to order them from the factory for you, subject to a minimum quantity of 100sqm

Warm beige with hints of yellow and grey make this tumbled stone the ideal choice for a rustic hideaway, whilst being equally at home in a more urban interior.

Oasis is available from stock in the following sizes and finishes.
Tumbled
60.0 x 40.0 x 1.5cm*

If you require other sizes and finishes not shown here, please ask and we will be able to order them from the factory for you, subject to a minimum quantity of 100sqm

The grey tones of Ramon Grey/Gold are a stylish option with the gold adding a hint of warmth.
Click here to see a photograph of the installed product.

Ramon Grey/Gold is available from stock in the following sizes and finishes

Tumbled

Grand Villa Pattern (90.0 x 60.0, 60.0 x 60.0, 60.0 x 30.0, 30.0 x 30.0 x 1.5cm)

90.0 x 60.0 x 1.5cm

60.0 x 40.0 x 1.1cm

61.0 x 40.6 x 1.1cm*

If you require other sizes and finishes not shown here, please ask and we will be able to order them from the factory for you, subject to a minimum quantity of 100sqm

The slightly grey beige tones of Ramon Beige are a stylish option with charcoal and occasional red veins adding attractive detailing.

 

Ramon Beige is available from stock in the following sizes and finishes

Honed
30.5 x 30.5 x 1.0cm*, 61.0 x 40 .6 x 1.1cm
Slabs 2 & 3cm thickness

Polished
30.5 x 30.5 x 1.0cm *
Slabs 2 & 3cm thickness

If you require other sizes and finishes not shown here, please ask and we will be able to order them from the factory for you, subject to a minimum quantity of 100sqm.

 

Is stone flooring indestructible? How strong is stone

Although stone can appear almost indestructible as a building material, it needs to be maintained to keep its looking its best. Let’s starts with some basic checks.

  1. Is the stone floor sealed?
  2. Check the stone’s softness
  3. Decide on what furniture rests upon the floor

It’s a good idea to ensure it is properly sealed particularly floors which will take a lot of wear and can easily become stained.

A simple test can be carried out to check if a stone floor is sealed by dropping a small pool of water onto its surface, and leaving it to stand for up to 30 minutes. If the stone is not sealed, the water will vanish and the stone will darken showing it has absorbed it.

Even when sealed Marble floors still need to be cleaned to look their best. There’s a variety of stone commercial cleaning products available, never use abrasive detergents as they will damage the surface. Ideally distilled water and a soft cloth should be used for rinsing and polishing. Sometimes marble floors are also wax polished to bring out their natural colours and shine.

The great thing about stone flooring is the natural variation, no two floors will be the same. But you also need to check the softness of the stone. If it’s too soft the floor will show scratches and chips. Even slate floors have been known to “peel” over time. However compared to wooden and laminate flooring, stone needs a lot less work and lasts much longer.

And finally, check what furniture will be used in the room with stone flooring. Using casters with your tables and chairs will help minimise scrapes and scratches. You can also add mats or rugs in doorways and entrances to help move the excess mud and dirt from shoes and prevent damage that way.

Stone flooring isn’t indestructible but with smart planning and a little care it will last a very long time.

 

How to clean domestic marble flooring

Marble floors are an elegant and popular choice for many kitchens, but keeping them clean can be a common concern if you’re not familiar with marble maintenance. There are plenty of commercial stone cleaning products available which are a wise choice as they will have the correct pH and will not damage your marble flooring.

You can also opt to make your own from scratch, using the following steps:

1. Prepare a bucket of cold water
2. Add in some stone soap liquid or detergent, but be sure it’s very gentle, and a near neutral pH (about 7).
3. Use a mop and wash as you would any floor
4. Mop again using clean, dirt-free water this time
5. Leave the floor to dry
6. Attend to any marks or scuffs individually using a felt pad and either detergent or a gentle pH powder cleanser. Do not rub in a circular motion, only in a straight line along the grain of the marble.
7. Waxing is optional, but recommended for marble, as it will help prevent further dirt from being absorbed and keep your floor in a good condition (it also looks very shiny).

If in doubt, use a commercial stone cleaner rather than making your own. Unsealed marble is porous and can absorb and stain from poorly made stone cleaners. Click here for more tips.

For treating grease stains on marble tiles

Grease stains should be dealt with immediately because of the highly porous nature of marble floors. Because the following treatment contains vinegar, you should always do a spot test before carrying out this method.

  • Mix one part of each; washing soda, pumice powder, fine powdered chalk, and white vinegar. Mix until a paste is formed.
  • Do a test spot, as vinegar can be damaging to marble. If it does not mark, the solution can be used briefly on your stain.
  • Wipe immediately with a mix of pre-prepared gentle detergent, water and baking soda.

Take a look at the benefits of marble flooring.

Marble cleaning tips to remember

Lastly, here are some tips to bear in mind when cleaning your marble floor.

  • Always clean up any spills immediately, as marble is very porous and soaks up liquid quickly.
  • If your cleaning appears to cause your marble to dull, rub in some tin oxide powder using a thick cloth or even an electric buffer, before rinsing and allowing to dry.
  • Chemical stripping or wet sanding can make a world of difference to marble floors in need of some desperate renovation – it could bring your marble back to life!

Cleaning marble stains and tiles completely isn’t very easy. Professionals normally use steam to perform these services and the results can be incredible. However, it would be good for you to protect your marble or tile floors from getting dirty again and you can now do this by sealing your tiles.

This will create an sleek look and will protect your floor from any dirt, dust or liquids, also making it easier to clean in the future. For more information on how you could have sealing done at your home and other residential services such as carpet cleaning, contact Fresh Aire Carpet Cleaning (08) 9493 3880 or visit them here.

Remember to always treat your marble flooring with care, and happy cleaning!

The best places to plant – Herb Hedge Plantings

Herb Hedge Plantings

Some of the fragrant herbs can grow as borders, edgings, and low
hedges. Others that aren’t fragrant also make good low hedges because
they have interesting foliage or ornamental gray leaves. Boxwood, though
not an herb, is the traditional edging in knot and formal herb gardens.

Lavender.
Probably the most ideal fragrant hedge is English or true
lavender (Lavandula
spica) or spike lavender(L. latifolia). Bushy, with narrow gray-green
foliage, it grows 1-1.2m high. Wonderfully fragrant flowers, lavender in
color, grow in spikes at the ends of straight stems one foot or more in
length. You can use the flowers in sachets, potpourris, and
arrangements.

Even though you may not want to gather the flowers for their
fragrance, cut the stems after blooming to keep the plants tight and
bushy. Keep the sides trimmed for a formal appearance. About every 3 or
4 years, take cuttings, root them, and replace old, woody plants with
the new rooted cuttings.

Dwarf lavender, some of which grow to about one foot high, make tidy
little hedges or edgings. L. stoechas, sometimes called Spanish
lavender, grows about 0.5-1m high and has deep purple flowers in dense
spikes. L. spica ‘Munstead’ is a miniature English
lavender, about 45cm
tall and earlier blooming than the species.

Lavender hedges are beautiful in themselves, wonderfully effective
along brick, stone, or gravel paths, and are compatible with many
flowers, especially iris, roses, carnations, garden pinks, gypsophila, nepeta, and regal lilies. The spiky blossoms of lavender add a sharp
accent to perennial borders.

Rosemary. Upright species of
rosemary (Rosmarinus officinalis) are
rangy and grow to about 0.7-2m high.
Rosemary makes a higher, broader
hedge than lavender. The gray-green foliage and stems carry a strong,
resinous, piney scent. In mild winter sections along the Pacific coast,
the soft lavender-blue flowers bloom through the winter and into early
summer. In the Northwest,
rosemary
usually doesn’t bloom until April. A
little more touchy than lavender,
rosemary cannot be counted on to come
through extremely severe winters. Prune it after blooming to encourage
new growth. Upright varieties such as ‘Tuscan Blue’ should be planted
35cm apart fora hedge.

Santolina. One of the most useful low hedges, Santolina or woolly
cotton (Santolina chamaecyparissus) is more pungent than fragrant.
Ordinarily it grows as a spreading plant 45cm to 20cm high, but it looks
attractive when clipped to make a tight little hedge or edging about
20-40cm tall. Although santolina’s short, toothed leaves are best
described as gray-green, the plant takes on an almost white appearance
when full grown and is a good night time plant for corners of paths and
near garden steps. Some gardeners do not consider attractive the bright
yellow, button-like flowers and prefer to cut them off before they
bloom.

Use santolina in the same way you would lavender. In size it is the
equivalent of boxwood for edging formal beds in old-fashioned knot and
herb gardens. Beds planted tightly with bright colored flowers look neat
behind clipped santolina.

Germander. Though it is not fragrant, bush germander (Teucrium
fruticans) is suitable for growing as a medium to tall hedge. It is 1-3m
tall and each plant can grow up to 2m wide. It makes a gray-green,
silvery hedge and can be clipped into various shapes for formal
appearance or allowed to grow more coarsely for casual gardens.

Another species, T. chamaedrys, is lower, 30-60cm tall and spreading,
to about 60cm with dark green leaves and many branching stems. For a
neat appearance, shear plants back once or twice a year to force side
branching.

 

Commercial flooring projects

Commercial Projects

Our tiles have been used in a multitude of different projects from large to small, both commercial and domestic, interior and exterior. Links with our associate company in the USA mean that we are able to handle cross-Atlantic projects with ease.

Fattal building

Antique Gold was used for external cladding on this office building

Kempinski Hotel

The architect utilised various types of stone throughout the entire hotel in both the public and private spaces. The result is a luxurious backdrop for the lobby and guest rooms.

Tile & Marble Collection Offices

The whole of the offices are tiled in Crema Grey Light Honed, creating a unified contemporary business setting.

Clothing Store

Polished Hebron Beige was used to create a distinct walkway in this upmarket store.