Materials have been evolving to meet the growing demands of a savvy modern market, inspired by European aesthetics, and thin countertops have been making their mark. With some US homes downsizing, a ½” thick natural stone countertop can make a smaller kitchen appear larger.

Some physical benefits provide fabricators and installers more flexibility and creativity in the execution of their work (and give designers more possibilities). The lighter stone allows for installations in urban areas where freight elevators and stairs are often encountered, reducing fatigue in handling and avoiding potential damage to the tops or surrounding space. Built-up edges can be achieved to give the stone a thicker appearance, with the benefit of reduced weight, compared to 2 cm or 3 cm stone.

Spazio has its own sleek and modern equivalent. We are exclusive distributors of the EPIC Porcelain slabs, a special and exclusive ceramic that allows us to guarantee a wider choice, always in the pursuit of the great quality of our products.

Here are four examples of the applications and designs you can now achieve when using thin stone slabs for your next project:

Feature Walls

Where tile is often used to highlight a wall in a design, you can now use full-sized, ultra-thin stone for the installation. Used for interior or exterior applications, it creates a large, uninterrupted expanse with no grout joints (bonus)! It is especially useful in wet areas like shower walls and baths to achieve a full coverage on the wall in one step. The material is easily handled and no special, load-bearing, engineered wall or anchoring system is required to secure the slabs.

Floating Counters

Floating counters use thin slabs to sit on a smaller substrate which raises the countertop off the cabinet creating a shadowed reveal around the perimeter and providing a lighter, airier appearance. Cantilevering a countertop from a wall with no cabinet underneath for support is another type of floating counter where this lighter stone finds great use, to reduce the weight and stress on the framework that holds the top.

Integrated Cabinets

Integrated counters sit flat atop the cabinetry and the overhangs are kept flush with the doors, drawers and panels. The resulting look is more like a finished “skin” that is integrated and part of the cabinet itself, as opposed to being a separate element, and some tops occasionally may even be inset into the cabinetry for a more ‘built-in’ appearance.

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