1. Picasso or Paradiso?

    The challenge? How do you hang a 3.4 x 1.9m, 650+kg slab of granite onto the wall of someone’s living room, where access to the property consists of an almost vertical road for a driveway and about 10 metres of uneven, winding steps between the van and the granite’s final destination?

    The answer? Kernow Stone, of course.

    We recently completed one of our most logistically challenging but ultimately satisfying projects at a property in St Mawes. The client had spotted this slab of Paradiso in our yard and had fell in love with it. Nothing unusual thus far. But instead of wanting it as a kitchen worktop or a fireplace hearth, they wanted it hung on their wall.

    Upon an initial site visit, we saw that access was a complete nightmare. The property is on the hills overlooking St Mawes Harbour and the driveway into the property is an extremely steep, narrow, winding hill. Not only this but from the driveway, access to the property is down a set of broken, winding steps that would not be suitable at the best of times, let alone when transporting a massive slab of granite.

    Through liasing with the builders and the client, it was arranged for scaffolding to be built from the driveway to the front door of the property to enable smooth access whilst the wall and floor where the granite was going was to be reinforced to ensure it was fit for purpose.

    The fitting day came we had meticulously planned everything to ensure a smooth fit. We took all the necessary procedures to ensure that everyone would be safe, that nothing would be damaged and most importantly, that we had our Paradiso slab looking like.. well.. paradise!

    You can see the finished article below….

    And we received a brilliant message to round it all off:

    ‘Just to say an enormous thank you to Tom for getting the installation organised and for you and your guys for bringing the stone here on Thursday and installing it.  I know Dave had a team here as well to help and I know everyone was needed so thank you very much.
    The stone is awesome. We absolutely love it and it looks amazing in situ.  
    Tom suggested polishing the edges and I am so glad that he made that suggestion as it really makes the piece feel like a finished piece.  
    Many thanks once again’.



  2. The shows go on…

    Another weekend, another show! This time, it was the Cornwall Home and Lifestyle Show 2018 at a sweltering Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge. The Bank Holiday sun didn’t drive anyone away as the venue was filled with people from all around the county looking for advice on their new builds, refurbishments and renovations. We had a great time meeting all those from the correct side of the Tamar, although some from Devon were obviously allowed through for the day!

    We’ll be back to normality this weekend however. We’ll be open on Saturday between 9-12pm. Look forward to seeing you all then!!

  3. Fostering cross-Tamar relations

    Last weekend we exhibited with our friends from across the Tamar, Plymouth Stone, at the South West Home and Garden Show at the Westpoint Arena in Exeter. The whole team was out in force and there was even time for some ‘expert advice’ from Tom as he gave a short seminar titled ‘How to choose your stone worktop’.


    It was great to meet so many people who had travelled far and wide from across Devon, Cornwall and Somerset to be there. Following in the same vein, we are going to be exhibiting at the Cornwall Home and Lifestyle on the 5-6th May at the Royal Cornwall Showground in Wadebridge. We look forward to seeing you all there !!


  4. A Family Affair!

    It was a family affair as the fourth and fifth generations of the Martin family were manning our stall at the Cornwall Home Improvement and Self-Build Show last weekend.

    Thanks for all who came down and it was lovely to meet you all. We hope that you left feeling inspired and informed. For anymore information, feel free to pop down to our showroom in Herniss, near Penryn or phone us on 01209 862770!

  5. A little bit of sunshine

    solarius-new-kernowA little bit of sunshine has arrived in our Penryn yard in the form of  new block of Solarius granite and it is simply stunning.  This Brazilian beauty is always a favourite as it compliments both natural wood and painted kitchen furniture so well.  With it’s striking quartz pattern of taupes, gold and creams with the occasional flash of black Solarius granite is sure to thrill.  Come and see it in it’s full glory.

  6. A Paraguayan Paradise

    piracemaComing into our yard next week is this cheeky little number all the way from Brazil! (not quite Paraguay but close enough) Piracema is the name given to the time of the year when the fish in the Paraguay river drainage basin swim upstream in order to lay eggs and reproduce.  Now, that’s an interesting fact! Piracema granite is not only interesting but also incredibly beautiful.  With swirls and eddies of light and colour this granite is almost a river in itself.  There is a wealth of grey and pale lilac shades with flashes of silver running through the stone, it’s almost as if the silver scales of the fish can be glimpsed in the stone.  Never has a granite been more aptly named.  This lovely stone would grace traditional oak cabinets but would look equally at home on a high gloss white or pale grey.  This one definitely wont be around for long!!

  7. Simply stunning!

    marble-bathWith a large range of tiles in both natural stone and porcelain we are sure to have something to please everyone.  This stunning bathroom was brought to life using two different marbles, for the walls; honed Nova Carrara and for the floor;  tumbled Mediterranean Nero.  This combination works really well and our clients now have a bathroom fit for a King.  There are many ways of combining natural stone, not only with tiles.  It’s possible to put certain granite worktops together to create a more unique look to your kitchen or bathroom.  Why not come and see our range of tiles in our showroom in Plymouth.  We have many to choose from and are always happy to advise on colour or type of stone.  Samples are available so you can see how they look in your own home.

    We can offer external paving in most of our natural stone tiles so whatever your project, large or small, we have something for you.

  8. A triple winner

    triple profile webAlthough keeping it simple is always a good philosophy when it comes to the edge on your worktop at times, a special something is called for.  This worktop in Silestone shows a triple edge profile.  This profile can be achieved with any stone be it granite or quartz.  You may consider having this on and island or peninsular and keeping to a pencil edge on the rest of the worktops.  Whatever you decide you can be assured of a classic and classy look to your new tops.

  9. Stunning!!

    Main 1 webThis simply stunning kitchen is a result of months of careful planning and imagination.  Ash cabinets with a burr olive ash veneer centre panel and walnut mouldings this beautiful kitchen is handcrafted by Susie Hammond Kitchens of Penryn 07887 502583.  The finishing touches are of course the granite worktops; Solarius with its’ glorious bold gold and cream patterning, hints of silver mica and strong definition really help to set these gorgeous cabinets off and create a dream kitchen for our clients.

  10. A Cosmic experience

    cosmic white webThis beautiful Indian granite with it’s swirls and stunning good looks is a potential new addition to our yard.  This super granite would be perfect for anyone looking to create a real Wow factor in their kitchen.  It lends itself to any type of kitchen unit from the most contemporary to the most traditional.  Feast your eyes!!

Our Suppliers

We have a wide range of high-quality suppliers, such as Silestone which is the perfect application for worktops to transform your kitchen into a unique space.

All suppliers offer an extensive range of colours, textures and options.