Portugal 2015

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County Stone's manager Paul and head sawman Matt returned late last night after a very successful trip to Portugal on Monday. They visited three active quarries including 'Moca Cream', 'Rosal' and 'Moleanos' and selected the perfect stone for the fireplaces.
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Top tips: cooking Christmas dinner for a large family

You've located the spare trestle table and five mis-matched chairs, you feel as though you bought out Sainsbury's and you can't see your kitchen worktops for all the seasonal paraphernalia that covers them. You're cooking Christmas dinner for a large family and it's a little stressful, to say the least.   …
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Three ways to boost your home’s kerb appeal

Whether you've just finished work on a new home or you're just looking for ways to improve your humble abode, we all quietly hope to live in a home with some kerb appeal. Don't be perturbed - wanting to live in a stunning home is not to be narcissistic or ego-driven.…
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Are granite worktops heat resistant?

The modern kitchen can be hard to maintain. We all want them to look as if they were installed yesterday, but cooking is a messy art. The worktop is painted with tomato sauce, stained with wine and bejewelled with the kid's sticky sweets. It's not just stains we have to deal…
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Three reasons to choose quartz for your worktops

Quartz is fast becoming as popular as granite when it comes to kitchen and bathroom worktops and countertops. Both have their own particular strengths, ensuring whatever stone the consumer opts for delivers a sturdy worktop, but quartz has a wealth of qualities that ensures it can stand side-by-side with the ever-popular granite…
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How to clean a quartz worktop

When it comes to desirable kitchen features, a quartz worktop ranks pretty highly. Together with soft closure cupboards - maybe a five ring Neff hob and an in-built wine chiller too - a quartz worktop is one of those items that home-owners covet and when they finally have their own, they want…
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From crust to kitchen: documenting the journey of quartz

As one of the most abundant minerals on Earth, it makes sense for quartz - chemical name Silicon dioxide - to be used for a variety of applications. From watches, jewellery and building materials to bathroom and kitchen worktops, quartz is a highly available material that makes up 12 per cent of…
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How much storage space do you need in your bathroom?

The bathroom can be a sanctuary for men and women. In the same way Clark Kent enters a phone booth and comes out as Superman, the bathroom is our safe haven where we can enter a dishevelled mess but exit a radiant, gorgeous version of ourselves. Despite its importance, the bathroom can…
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Feng Shui in your kitchen - planning tips

The essence of Feng Shui, the ancient Chinese art, is that balance and calm can promote health and possibly good fortune. It's an ethos that many people, far and wide, have adopted and incorporated into their home. One of the most important rooms in Feng Shui philosophy is the kitchen -…
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Is it a bad idea to have floorboards in your kitchen?

It can be tricky to decide what type of flooring to have in your kitchen, as there's such a wide range of choice. Just like every other material, wood has its own pros and cons and it's not an ideal choice for everyone. However, floorboards can work in a kitchen if…
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Four tips for maximising light in your bathroom

Great lighting in the bathroom is crucial. You need to see what you're doing in there, right? Whether you're lathering up for that morning shave, putting in contact lenses or applying that thick coat of mascara, it's important you're not 'working' in the shade. If nothing else, you could risk a slip,…
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How to Create a Nautical Bathroom

Bring a little seaside luxury into one of the most important rooms in your house. Adding a nautical look with ship and beach elements is right on trend, allowing you to turn your bathroom in to a seaside haven. The nautical look is easy achieve and the wonderful thing is you can add…
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How many bathrooms does a house need?

There are a lot of issues that need to been considered when planning a new-build or renovating an existing home. One of these main concerns is how many bathrooms your house may need. Get it wrong and you could see yourself  fighting for a shower in the morning if you don't…
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How to turn your bathroom into a utopia

The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the house. It is a necessity for everyone to use it, so making it look as appealing as possible works in everyone's favour. Whether you want a bathroom that you can turn into an at-home spa or one that can manage…
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Five colour scheme ideas for a granite kitchen

Granite worktops can add value to kitchens and can give them a modern look. However, if the rest of the decor in the room doesn't complement the worktop correctly, then it is a wasted opportunity. Choosing the correct right scheme can be tricky at first, however once you know the shade…
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Five crucial points when redesigning a large kitchen

In the lead-up to redesigning a kitchen from top to bottom, it's hard to know where to start. Sure, you may have a few ideas for the type of cupboards you want and a couple of colour schemes that you plan on staying well clear of, but gathering all the pieces and putting them together is…
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How do you create a manly bathroom?

Men who are looking to put a more masculine stamp on their bathrooms may find they come up short when doing their research. After all, many interior decoration publications are largely geared towards women or families, so offer precious little to men thinking of doing away with anything too ornate, decorative or otherwise typically "girly". Despite…
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How can you add a truly personal touch to your bathroom?

Bathrooms are often the forgotten room. Most homeowners spend vast amounts of time hanging family photos above the fireplace and picking out the perfect paint colour for their bedroom, but what about the bathroom? It can be tricky to apply your personality to a bathroom, so here's some tips on how…
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Are British kitchens getting smaller?

Homeowners are always conjuring up ways of creating space in their property and sometimes this has to come at the expense of the dimensions in another room. Around 50 years ago the emphasis would have been placed on creating space for a bigger kitchen, but recent evidence suggests the cooking hub is actually the room that's suffering the most.  Research from…
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