A £50,000 investment in a new showroom is helping a Lancaster business continue to grow its customer base.
A House of Stone, based in Ladies Walk, off Caton Road, opened its new 2,200sqft showroom in September, stocking a range of products using limestone, marble, granite and slate.
Co-director Richard Rogers, 48, said the company, which used to have a workshop in the Marsh area of Lancaster, is unique in that it has both a factory and showroom to best suit a customer’s needs.
Richard, who lives in Windermere, set up the company with Carl Webster, 38, from Warton, in 2006.
He said: “I used to work for Burlington Slate for around 15 years, but Carl and I decided to set up a company that did more than just slate.
“There are so many beautiful materials around the world and we started off doing tiles and natural stone.
“We realised quickly that we would need our own factory for manufacturing.
“From then on we went from strength to strength.
“We’ve invested heavily in all the latest equiment, including CNC cutting and routing machines, which allows us to draw something on a computer screen which will then be made by the machine.
“We do kitchen work surfaces in natural and quartz stone, bathroom vanities, hearths and use a range of materials including limestone, marble, granite and slate. Mother nature is good at giving us dark tones, but it’s limited in paler colours, so the quartz helps to achieve that.”
The company has also started to deal in hardwood flooring, and are the main regional agents for the Ted Todd range.
Richard said the company had worked with “a number of interesting clients” including Premiership footballers, and some well known names.
A House of Stone employs 11 staff, including its new showroom manager, James Baron, from Lancaster.
Richard added: “We produce and work with tradespeople and we’re not just a showroom, as we produce between seven to ten kitchens per week for trade and retail.
“We work on projects with architects, and we’ve done work for some well known names.
“We also do outside paving, swimming pools, kitchen and bathroom surfaces, swimming pools and feature walls.
“There’s been a big increase in people getting log burners installed over the past few years so we make hundreds of hearths as well.
“We work in around a 50-60 mile radius of Lancaster, and we also ship stone nationally.
“Part of the company’s uniqueness is that we have both the factory and the showroom, so for example a customer could get tiles and a slab from the same piece of material.”
Richard, who is married with two children, said that the company would be looking to take on another member of staff for the showroom in the near future.