Linda Barker, London

When Linda wanted to replace her reclaimed slate worktop, inspired by her enthusiasm for recycling and desire for a distinctive, semi-matt finish, she called in Granite Transformations to reface it with something "bullet proof".

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Linda sourced the material from an old snooker table and had it cut to size, with cabinet doors imaginatively made from school desk lids, but unlike Linda herself, the good looks didn’t last. Slate, although aesthetically pleasing and relatively heat resistant, is susceptible to scratches and chips, particularly at the corners. Linda also found that it stained easily and that spills had to be wiped off immediately. Abrasive cleaners can also cause damage to the surface.

To reface her slate worktops, without adding much extra weight or depth, Linda opted for our Nero Galaxy finish, which has the classic looks of black granite, yet is made using post-industrial recycled content from quarrying processes, in line with her environmental concerns. The standard 3 metre long slab length also meant that Linda’s work area could be refaced in one seamless length.

The beauty of Granite Transformations worktops is that they are made only a quarter-inch thick, yet are tougher and more practical than natural stone slab, withstanding heat, cigarette burns, chemicals, spills, stains, knocks and scratches. They also fit right over existing work surfaces, like Linda’s reclaimed slate, with seamless, bonded edge pieces simulating classic deep worktops.

As with all Granite Transformations installations, Linda’s worktop was fabricated off site, with apertures pre-cut for the sink and tap units, and the job was carried out in less than a day, with no ripping out, no dust or debris, and no household disruption. The material also carries a lifetime material warranty, underlining our faith in its practicality and durability. Needless to say, the Nero Galaxy finish looks good too, otherwise Linda Barker would not have given it house room. Really!