Over our years in production, Cogswell Stone Fabrication has developed a concise methodology in design and installation. We have taken our best experiential knowledge from three generations of craftsmen and melded it with computer savvy which gives us a technological advantage over any fabrication house in the Mid-Atlantic.
You’ve seen our work or heard of us through a referral. 99% of our work comes from folks who’ve been satisfied and passed our name on to friends. We achieve this “word-of-mouth” through meticulous customer service. From the moment you walk through our doors, we’ve adopted you and want nothing more than to make you happy with your decisions. Which brings us to your opinion.
Your opinion is the only one that matters. We know you have personal requirements, standards and criteria and we want to address those needs. We invite you come to our gallery and review our inventory. We have hundreds of pieces of marble, granite and other stone in stock at any given time. Many customers come to visit us with their contractor or interior designer. When you visit we can provide you with expert counsel on materials and prices, durability, and suitability for purpose. In person you will see the beauty of the stone which no photograph can do justice.
We can also supply you with stone “swatches” to take to your site -- these can be used to match paint color and wood tone, and to compare hue and value within the context of your home’s natural light.
After choosing your ideal stone, the design phase begins. For many projects we work directly with you and your cabinetmaker or contractor. For larger installations we work with your architect or contractor, planning designs, scheduling the project to conform with the Master Schedule and installing the work. At the start of the project we send a member of our templating staff to field measure the site and physically template the installation requirements.
The design is prepared through one of two methods of templating. The traditional method is to glue wood strips together to form countertop perimeters. The other method is with a digital camera and a specialized computer program. We photograph the installation site and identify sets of points within the area. From the data set pinpointed in the photographs we generate CAD drawings. At the time of templating, the client and templater decide on all job details and final decisions are made there.
Production and Installation
Templates are returned to our fabrication studio, job specifications are produced and the fabrication process begins. Fabrication takes place in four stages: slabs are marked-out for cutting using the templates; if necessary, the material is repolished or additional polishing is performed and the selection is milled and profiled on the CNC machine. Cut slabs are touched up and finally, inspection by our expert fabricators.
From the time of templating, countertops typically take 14 days to complete cutting, grinding and forming. Specialty cuts take longer naturally and require careful attention. When planning your schedule, in addition to the time it takes for us to execute your job, include time for cabinetry construction and installation as well as other factors which might affect the work -- approval time of others involved in the project, delivery of materials, and weekends and holidays.