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The proper installation of stone is based on having a thorough understanding of the entire process of acquiring and preparing that stone for its ultimate application. At KC&A we take our decades of experience and knowledge of stone and apply it toward that goal.

More than just a fabricator, we package all materials for installation, functioning as a stone contractor for our clients. We don’t just fire off a few emails and order up some blocks to be shipped. Managing the job properly means resourcing materials at their source. We also employ our own expert drafters to prepare all shop drawings. We research stone choices by going to the quarries and primary fabricators in Italy, Brazil, Spain, and Israel.  We also go to Indiana, Maine and Florida, wherever the right stone happens to be located. We work directly with quarry owners as they process the stone to achieve not only the highest quality materials but also the best possible price. We then work directly with fabricators, using our expertise to provide the kind of detailed specifications required of complex projects, educating them on the properties of the stone they’ll be working with, using our expertise to make them better fabricators in the process.

Helping building owners attract tenants

The projects we get involved with mostly are private commercial structures. For example, a developer acquires a piece of land in a major metropolitan area, such as, Boston, and builds a spec office building. Attracting one or two major tenants that will give the project the prestige it needs to rent out the rest of the building often comes down to aesthetics: who has the best lobby? What does the building look like? The choice and application of stone plays a critical role in forming those perceptions to attract good tenants. That was true 30 years ago and it's still true today, especially for owners of older buildings who are renovating to try to attract that next great tenant.

In many of those cases, we did the original stonework when the buildings were built back in the 1970’s or ‘80’s. The buildings were eventually sold and the new owner wants to spruce up. They hire a really good architect and interior designer, rip out all of the old stone in the lobby, and then we come back in and put new stone in those same buildings.

Avoiding the “lowest price blues”

As with new construction, renovating older buildings is a process requiring special expertise. While many building owners focus on selecting the low bidder to perform the installation, the temporary joy of paying a low price is often replaced by the heartache of hiring a company that’s not truly qualified to perform the installation. That’s when we start hearing the horror stories: lobbies still partially ripped up after more than a year; botched orders, wrong stone, starting all over again, owners and contractors in real conflict. When an owner, an architect, and a contractor have that experience, they stay away from using stone, believing it’s nothing but trouble. However, the proper management of the total job can help avoid the hundreds of pitfalls that may occur during the process. That’s where we can really make the difference in the ultimate outcome of your renovation project.

The name is not the same

We constantly receive calls and emails asking, “do you have a sample of So-and-So Marble is"? That’s when we have to tell them there is no such material. Then when they email us a photograph of the stone to determine it's origin, we usually discover it’s a very common stone.  Most stone companies traditionally provide samples to architects and designers. Unfortunately, it has been a standard industry practice to often make up the names of these stones, depending on who is doing the ordering and the type of project being considered.  Here at KC&A, we do things differently, instead, we use the actual name the quarry gives to its own stone. We think it’s always better for our client’s to know the origin of the stone they’re interested in, much more so than just hearing an enticing, but phony name.