Upon visiting Landford Stone it soon becomes apparent that this modest business situated in the beautiful Wiltshire countryside has ambitions far bigger than the granite and marble slabs that adorned the outdoor showroom.
As you gaze in wonder at their colossal library of stone you’d be forgiven in thinking that choosing the right stone would be anything but easy – but as it turns out it is. Their incredible Teltos Select Range – which is their biggest seller in Quartz and backed by a 15 year warranty – has colours selected by kitchen companies from around the South. Teltos Quartz was introduced two years ago and has been more successful than Landford Stone could have ever imagined. It’s fast becoming a well known Quartz brand rivalling the monoliths of Silestone and Caesarstone. Working directly with the Teltos factory has also meant Landford Stone have been able to offer great price savings too.
In recent years Landford Stone have worked on many new builds with architects at the forefront of design, pushing the boundaries of stone, looking to envelope new ways to astonish. Landford Stones’ reputation has taken them to private yachts and homes all across the United Kingdom. This would include restoration work on grade listed manors and stately homes, sourcing materials that were used hundred’s of years ago. One such project was a stunning property in Sandbanks that won the prestigious ‘International Design and Architecture’ award. Landford Stone were responsible for all the stone work within the property including the kitchen, swimming pool, wet rooms, bathrooms, floors and steps. Woadden Nash were the designers of the property and Landford Stone were extremely proud to be their chosen stone supplier and installer.
Going forward into the new year it’s hard not to look back on the superb year Landford Stone has had – not only has their work been showcased internationally, but in 2015 they won Business of the Year in two categories. Such accolades have not only emphasised how much Landford Stone stand out from their competitors but show all the kitchen companies they work with and their private customers that they really are the best around.
All the hard work they put into sourcing materials from the quarries around the world, before being templated for kitchens, floors and walls to ensuring that their customers have the perfect end result is truly remarkable and a testament to their character.
So what does the future hold for Landford Stone? Well, like their ambitions, they’re also planning to expand on staff, new machinery and to increase the number of fits they do a day from 6 to around 8. Not only that, they are cementing plans to work closer with their existing kitchen companies to expand the united brand across the United Kingdom.
From the outside, it looks like their future is set in stone.
Landford Stone is a family run company whose directors have worked within the industry for over 40 years. Their ethos is “Quality and Service” and there are currently three generations of the family working in their Wiltshire factory along with 30 skilled employees, many of whom have been with the company for many years.
Spearheaded by its incomparable owner Molly Fisher, the company offers a personalised, efficient and friendly service. Whether one is looking for affordable luxurious marble for the bathroom, durable granite worktops for the kitchen, or a fully bespoke service for a commercial development, Landford Stone will lovingly craft it for you. Their in-house designers can suggest stones, edges and finishes or they are just as happy to work from the customers own spec, offering help and support where necessary. They specialise in recessed drainers, moulded and shaped sinks, fanned drainer grooves and many other unusual finishes, in addition to the standard work required for “Budget” worktops. Alongside the existing range of premium quality work surfaces, Landford Stone has now added an exclusive selection of superb Limestone and Marble Flooring, all available in a variety of colours, laying patterns and finishes. Also suitable for use in bathrooms and wet-rooms, these beautiful natural stones sit well in any style or period of house and can be used for vanity tops, shelving, shower trays, basins, cladding and tiling. Landford Stone is also able to offer a book matching service, frequently asked for in a bathroom setting, either behind a free-standing bath or in a large shower. To achieve this effect, the marble is sliced through to create a mirror image, much as the wings of a butterfly reflect each other.
The best way to work with the fantastic team at Landford Stone is to go there in person and view the 600 types of stone they have in stock. The yard is vast, and one is able to ponder on all the beauties of the different stones in huge pieces – engineered quartz like Silestone, Caesarstone, Okite, Zodiaq, Samsung, Porcelain and many natural Granites, Marbles and Limestones. This is well worth the effort and far better than viewing a small sample if going for one of the bolder patterns, as no two pieces of stone are exactly the same. Actual slabs can be chosen there and then and reserved, as long as the job is already in the pipeline. The indoor showroom displays an array of edges and finishes, reference photos of past jobs and there will be someone to talk through the different options available.
The thing I love most about Landford Stone is their friendliness and efficiency. Once the job is booked, a date is made and a skilled template-maker goes to site, measures exactly and creates a precise template. One week later a team of men bring the precious – and usually very heavy – pieces of stone and fit them and the result is always perfect! I know that perhaps sounds overly optimistic, but I am speaking from experience of working with them on many occasions and I would go nowhere else. They are even now supplying a sealant called Dry Treat for all the stones which carries a 15-year warranty against staining – now that is remarkable! I find the only bad thing about a natural stone surface is the nightmarish stripping and resealing when heavy staining occurs, but with this brilliant sealer one can rest assured that stains will be a thing of the past.
By Jane McIntyre of Jane McIntyre Design Interior Design Editor for The Vintage Magazine.
Jane is perhaps best-known known locally in Hampshire for her inspirational design of the Stanwell House Hotel in Lymington which she transformed from a bland, uninspiring establishment to a cosmopolitan hot spot for both locals and visitors alike. Jane now runs a Lifestyle atelier on Winchester’s Southgate Street. Originally a fashion designer, Jane spent many years producing theatre events with her partner and the company they set up together is now a global enterprise. Throughout this period and in the years when she ran the hotel, she designed the interiors of many houses, some for herself, some for lettings, some for colleagues, always stretching herself to find new solutions. Requests for commissions quickly followed, so once she had sold the hotel Jane gravitated more toward her lifelong passion for interiors and set up her current company. Intuitive in her design, Jane has the ability to absorb the personality of the client and place it into a compatible environment, be it workplace or home. Structural problems, lack of space and difficult briefs are her specialties, along with an inherent sense of colour. She can work with taupe and white, but much prefers a palette of rich, chalky textures.
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