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When to specify Engineered Stone over Natural Stone.

Written By – Sophie Bowers


When designing a built environment Strutt’s main objective is to make a difference in the way that people connect with place, and materiality has a big effect on that.

My design ethos is that kitchen is the heart of a residential design, which means it’s designed to be used. With any project; durability, longevity and sustainability are very important to me as a designer and also to my clients as end users.

For a high traffic commercial office, Topus Conrete by Caesarstone was the best choice.

For a high traffic commercial office, Topus Conrete by Caesarstone was the best choice.

 When comparing natural stone Vs. engineered quartz stone there is form and function to consider. Firstly form; many users are drawn to using natural stones on benchtops due to the option of having a honed or sandblasted finish. With Caesarstone’s new range of concrete look finishes, this contemporary matte texture is achieved. My favourite colour, Excava, highlights the possibilities that not only can quartz mirror the look of natural stone, but can actually build upon it to create a unique, balanced pattern.

A kitchen design, whether it be commercial or residential, is filled with hidden technologies from the hardware, through to the appliances and even the engineered materials. This is another key reason why we specify engineered stone, because the technology behind the product means that I can confidently assure my clients that heat damage, scratching and staining won’t be an issue like it would be with a natural stone.

FF&E selection meeting during Design Development Phase discussing which stone is best suited.

FF&E selection meeting during Design Development Phase discussing which stone is best suited.

We address each project’s objectives on a case by case basis and specify products according to the client’s priorities. If the bathroom, kitchen or laundry space is considered a high use area with a concern of durability; engineered stone will always win.