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Stone Stories: Classic of classics

This high profile client first built a house with celebrity architect, Conrad Onglao, using Kaufman Ibiza Limestone. That house was the first house we are aware of, to use whole slab installation for the floor. Most houses of the era have hundreds of 60x60cm tiles and just as many dirty grout joints. Because this Onglao place had only about 16 joints, the visual mess of hundreds was eliminated by the use of a big slab, each approximately 1600x2600x20mm in size. The living room only had about 15 huge slabs, producing an almost seamless effect, but that is another story.

This photo shows a project by Architect Ed Ledesma, also owned by the same owner. In this case, the houses uses Ami Travertine, unfilled, in the size of 120x60cm. The slab was left unfilled, like the Meis Van Der Rohe designed Barcelona Pavilion built almost 100 years ago. The stone truly is a classic and will not become obsolete or dated.

This stone has been the “go to” material for the Philippine market since we introduced it over twenty years ago. We are pleased it has found its way into almost every gated village, in chapels, retail stores, convention centers, and in 2021, possibly a government city hall.

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Stone stories: To the point.

This work by Anton R Mendoza of Arm Design has one of the best views I have ever seen. Competing with it would be a injustice to this priceless vista. The best approach when faced with such natural beauty is to keep the design elements to a minimum to let the view take center stage.

Mendoza uses a clean pallet of Kaufman Ivory white Limestone, for all the horizontal surfaces. The stone is used on the balconies and exposed areas to lend a resort like feel to the house. What is so wonderful about the material is how the stone is so white, it feels like you are walking on solidified Boracay sand. Actually, it is even better, because you feel clean all the time, since the sand grain dont get all over the place. The other great thing about Ivory white is how the floor keeps cool even when the sun is directly over head. The stone feels cold to the touch even under the hottest mid day sun. A dark stone would be so hot, you might not be able to stand it and you could actually burn your feet.

This material being natural never goes out of style, and never gets phased out. The client contacted my after 10 years as they want to change their pool tiles, from what might have been from china. Now they want Amanpulo style pool tile, and I was asked if I can provide 5m2 of the old stone tile from 15 years ago. And my answer was a yes. Since Kaufman stone never tell its customers Phase out maamser. We always make sure our projects are future safe by making sure replacements are always available.

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Stone Stories: Rare and noble materials

This house designed by Architect Alfredo Wieneke and built by Bong Gonzales of Conmech is a symphony in stone and wood. The exterior uses slabs of 120x60cm black slate and floors are in 120x240cm Limestone and rare hardwood planks.

The owner is a leading carpet importer who has branches in every major mall, supplying important hotels. You would have thought the house would have his product everywhere but it doesn’t. When I asked him why his house is all Ibiza limestone, I got the answer. It is because the stone is known to be low maintenance. People normally associate limestone with porosity, which is expected to lead to difficulty in maintenance. This particular stone discovered by Kaufman, however, is particularly dense and hard. As such, it equates to lower water absorption and ease of use. These superior technical characteristics convinced us that it was suitable for daily use, even in high traffic areas.

This owner has since moved to a newer and larger home in an even more prestigious, gated village, but the original house still exists. It still looks the same as the day it was created over 14 years ago. The house, no doubt, is worth 4 times more than what he had paid, not only because of the appreciation of land value but also because of the noble and rare materials used.

Kaufman stone is a good investment. Your primary asset which is your home actually grows in value. This, as opposed to a house fitted with tiles and PVC. When you are ready to step up the property ladder, unless you have used natural materials like stone and wood, you will have to spend again, because your China DIY materials and synthetics will have broken and be looking dated after 5 to 10 years’ time.

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