I would say that 8 out of 10 calls is about getting Carrara inn the kitchen. YOU CAN NOT PUT MARBLE IN THE KITCHEN unless you embrace and are away that the science is not on your side. It will stain. It will etch. With that being said, I have a Carrara marble kitchen table. It is destroyed to perfection and I love it! Every stain and scratch is a memory that we as a family have made. I don’t know how I would feel though if I bought a huge kitchen and spent $$$ and had a nice cabernet stain in my island…just saying. WE are stocked with some really nice white granites and quartzites that could do the job if your still clinging on to the WHITE TREND. **TREND ALERT**
This fountain actually has a crazy story attached to it. Joe and I met in October of 2004 and it was love at first site…..BUT the summer of 2004 I was actually walking down Passyunk Ave enroute to some adventure and I saw Joe and the guys working on the fountain. Joe’s cousin was actually contracting Colossus Granite to fabricate the fountain ledges and wrap. I worked with Joe’s cousin at the time and Joe’s Uncle was my landlord. When Joe’s cousin yelled “Hey Kat! What’s up?” I remember seeing Joey and waving hi. Who would have thought that on that day I would be waving to my future husband, father of our children and future business partner…. Who would think that the company that was installing the essential pieces to the long awaited East Passyunk Fountain would be mine one day… Life is crazy. Just don’t sweat the small stuff…embrace what’s infront of you and own any actions you take.
The stone in this application is simply 3cm Absolute Black. It has been installed for 10 years through all the elements and look how it has held up!! Amazing! Granite is durable people!! It’s the surface that just keeps giving back!
Ok so samples in the natural stone business have gone through many phases. Years ago builders used to swing by the shop and ask for a sample board or a sample box. Although the timing of natural stone has always been grouped in blocks and lot #’s, we always gave away samples in groups and made a bold disclaimer :”THERE ARE NO GUARANTEES THAT THE SAMPLES YOU ARE VIEWING ARE GOING TO BE THE EXACT LOT OF WHAT YOU WILL GET”. When a client came to us directly they have always been shown their actual slab and we would knock a huge chunk off the side of the slab. This can get really costly and wasteful. It also damages the slabs. If there are any existing fissures or pits near the area of impact it can cause stress fractures. As time progressed, we would Fed-Ex samples to clients directly after we cut it off with a Makita. This was also costly but now at least we were progressing from hammer strikes to strategically cutting a 4″ x 4″ square off the corner. NOW…in 2015 we actually, upon delivery of every material. cut the left or right side of the slab, whichever has the most color variation, the height of the slab by 4″. Then once we have the 60″- 79″strip we cut it down into 4″ squares. You average 17-20 samples per slab.
WHAT’S THE SAMPLE EPIDEMIC?? Well….If I have 5 clients come in 1 day and everyone takes 3-4 samples then by the end of the week I am out of samples. This means I have to once again return to cutting the strip off the side and now I am really wasting money since I am cutting away from the total length of the material. By cutting 8″ off the side of a slab can mean a kitchen now getting seamed when it should have fit in 1 piece or a kitchen spilling into a second slab when if the samples weren’t cut it would have worked. This really cuts into our margins.
We are very very serious about a customer 100% knowing what they are choosing and how the color will look in their application. I love that I can give samples out and everyone finds them helpful when they get home to see what it looks like in the lighting of their personal space. Let’s be real…. the material is displayed in 100% natural light …I am pretty sure there is no such thing as a topless kitchen unless it’s for an outdoor cooking area or Vegas….get it…
The one thing that I still find baffling is what a customer will do with the samples once they make a decision or if they choose to shop around and keep all of our samples. There really is no need to not give them back. Even if you choose another fabricator, just leave them by the front door of the showroom after hours or drop them off to the showroom during 9-5!! I will be so grateful! During my lunch break today I brainstormed as to what I thought clients used the granite samples for other than just returning them and giving potential clients like themselves the same opportunity to see their color choice in their nest.
This is really an amazing transformation!! We sat back and looked at these pics and we just can not believe how much time and energy and FINANCES it took to make this building OURS!! It is still a work in progress but it is coming along nicely! We are actually picking paint colors now to re-vamp the showroom but I thought it would be cool to show how far we have come in 6 years…..2190 days!
Trent Cole stopped in today to get his bathroom all suited up. Such a nice guy!! Humble and really really down to earth. He was just trying his best to pick the most ideal color to make his fiancé happy! Really really sweet guy! GO EAGLES!
This ladies and gents is our 3rd child…. Our GMM saw. This puppy was bought 6 years ago almost to the day BRAND NEW!! I give all the credit to the saw for me losing the baby weight from our first born! Between the actual liquid purchase of this machinery to watching the set-up to going through classes on how to operate it to the fullest potential. STRESSFUL!! But it is the gift that keeps giving. Yes..of course we have to nurture it but it does give us all the freedom to cut and create and keep this business rolling. This piece of machinery is the epicenter of our location. If I can hear the saw from the office then I know money is being made. Maybe on the TBT this week I’ll post the video of me making the first official saw cut at Colossus’ official home for good. Moving this operation from 3 miles down the road 6 years ago was BEAST!! Stressful but EXCITING!! Scary yet invigorating. More to come peeps… more to come….
At the desk and ready to make it happen on this brisk chilly Monday. I was driving to work today thinking how liberating it is to work for myself. I can take my time driving my boys to school, listen to music in the car super loud with no worries of timelines or traffic, and most importantly I get to come to work with my husband and take one step closer to our ultimate plan. The “PLAN” i will never divulge but knowing there is one is super motivating.
I wanted to touch base on what a THIRSTY granite is since it is hot on my mind from this past Saturdays appts. We had a client choose a granite called Colonial Ivory which as you can see has a nice fluid movement with cool tones and warm tones married with a nice variation. It goes great with a silver travertine tile and also a warm bisque tile. This client had both tile variation in their setting so I can sense they felt defeated before they even started. I saw the tile and knew right away — BINGO!! Colonial Ivory is going to be AMAZE in this application!! It doesn’t hurt that they have a 90 sq ft kitchen a block from the beach with an amazing usage of natural light and a cabinet color that is to die for. Painted eggshell with a porch swing glaze. That’s right peeps — I said PORCH SWING glaze! This is a unique color that is between gray and oyster. When a client come in the showroom my main objective is to EDUCATE what they are purchasing. Aesthtics are great but actual hard facts on the rock or surface they choose is what is the most important. In this case they chose a light granite so the conversation of density is on the table. Common knowledge in this industry is that with color carries weight and density. Dark colored stones = DENSE. Medium colors = pretty solid. Lighter colors = NOT as DENSE. The science is not on your side if you choose a lighter color BUT with that being said, that is not a red tape warning to move away from light colors!! It is just to digest and understand what you are purchasing this way you know how to maneuver around your stone and enjoy it. If your buying granite you expect it to hold up over stains, etching, and just plain ole traffic! We seal the granite when we install the kitchen but you still have the science that is less dense on the lighter stones. If you have a sweaty glass on the granite you will see a ring under the glass. If you leave chicken to thaw overnight you will see the outline of condensation. If you are washing dishes like crazy you will see the flange around the sink completely saturated. This is OK!! This is the science just taking the liquid in and it will dry out!! I will be going over dos and don’ts on another day but for now just know that thirsty granites are not defects or irregulars. It is purely science and the density.
“The color a granite is the window of it’s density” – Me.
Perfect example of how pictures can be deceiving!! The top pics of the water saturation were taken at different times. The water cloth sat on the stone for 15 minutes. The saturation lasted more than 2 hours. I came in the next morning and took a pic of the fully dried sample and the all together coloring is off. It was a different time of the day…hence the difference in natural light. Look at the full slab shot as well!! The coloring is so OFF since it was taken indoors at the stone warehouse before it was loaded.
Just a girly girl in a male dominated industry trying to get my point across…