Our Process

Owner John Antunes travels the world selecting only premium quality stone.


He then enhances the exquisite and unique beauty of the stone through state-of-the-art machinery imported from Italy and various countries. At Distinctive Granite and Marble master stone crafters work ONLY with precision cut machines offering a wide variety of edge options. Using the Bimatech Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine, you know that your edging preference was done with the state-of-the-art precision cuts to deliver a consistent and enhanced look to your stone selection in your home.

THOROUGH & TRUSTED
Granite

The most popular and commonly known stone, Granite is an excellent choice for most almost any project. Available in a striking array of colors, granite’s durability, longevity, and economy make it ideal for kitchen countertops and other heavily used surfaces, including table tops and floors. Its inherent strength, abrasion resistance and superior weathering durability are likely to keep it one of the preeminent material selections available to today’s architects.

 

Marble

Marble has been valued for thousands of years for its rich palette of beautiful colors and appearance; its beauty and elegance make it a popular choice for countertops, floors, foyers, walls, windowsills, fireplace facings and hearths. Its random appearance and inherent warmth adds sophistication and old Hollywood charm. Ease of maintenance makes it a premium choice for wall claddings, tabletops, wainscot, and vanity tops. Many marbles are well suited for wet area application, which extends the versatility of this material to include tub decks and showers.

 

Sandstone

As the name suggests, Sandstone is made of sand cemented by silica, iron, lime etc. The color of sandstone depends on the cementing material; ferruginous (iron) sandstones are reddish, brownish; carbonaceous, black; siliceous, white and argillaceous, earthy to buff. Other than the hardness, the porosity of the sandstone is also a key factor in deciding the suitability for its applications.

 

Cantera & Shell Stones

Cantera Stone is found in the riverbeds of certain regions of Mexico. Cantera stone is used extensively in the United States for architectural columns and moldings and for pavement tiles.

Shell Stone is a sedimentary stone sharing characteristics of limestone with fossils and shells imbedded in its body.

 

 

 

Onyx & Serpentine

True onyx is nearly pure crystalline silica closely related to agate, a semi-precious stone. Onyx is formed by a slow precipitation from generally cold solutions of carbonated spring water with colors in pastel shades, usually yellow, brown, green, orange, and white.

Another stone often confused with marble, is serpentine, which consist mostly or entirely of serpentine, green to greenish-black in color commonly veined with calcite and dolmite magnesite or both. Serpentine is often referred to as verde antique but this term may also refer to green marble without serpentine. Serpentine is a common choice for both kitchen counter and exterior application.

Slate & Soapstone

A great combination of earth tone colors and the finish makes this stone one of a kind. The vibrant colors and unique textures make slates appropriate for interior as well as exterior applications. Because it is formed in layers, it can easily be split to expose beautifully textured surfaces.

The usual colors of slates are earthy (various shades and mixes of browns, beiges, yellows), black, dark-grays, and greenish-gray but shades of pinks, purples and copper are also found. They usually exhibit a lot of variation in color among the pieces quarried from the same site. Slates, depending on their individual hardness, are used for flooring, cladding and landscaping.

Soapstone is highly heat resistant, and has frequently been used in fireplace surrounds.

 

Travertine & Limestone

The cozy tones of Travertine range from the sandy beiges to shimmering golds giving a feeling of warmth and comfort and is commonly used outside as cladding and pavement, as well as inside for floors, walls and countertops. The characteristic holes in travertine are the result of trapped gas bubbles; as the gas escapes, crystals form in the cavities. Travertine’s are generally light-colored beiges and tans, though there are some beautiful, colored travertine’s that have resulted from other minerals dissolved by hot underground water.

The muted tones of limestone are perfect for today’s more casual and comfortable lifestyles. Generally these soft beiges and tans are appropriate for bathrooms, fireplaces, counters and less-traveled flooring, where a more informal decor is desired.

 

Onyx & Serpentine

True onyx is nearly pure crystalline silica closely related to agate, a semi-precious stone. Onyx is formed by a slow precipitation from generally cold solutions of carbonated spring water with colors in pastel shades, usually yellow, brown, green, orange, and white.

Another stone often confused with marble, is serpentine, which consist mostly or entirely of serpentine, green to greenish-black in color commonly veined with calcite and dolmite magnesite or both. Serpentine is often referred to as verde antique but this term may also refer to green marble without serpentine. Serpentine is a common choice for both kitchen counter and exterior application.

Slate & Soapstone

A great combination of earth tone colors and the finish makes this stone one of a kind. The vibrant colors and unique textures make slates appropriate for interior as well as exterior applications. Because it is formed in layers, it can easily be split to expose beautifully textured surfaces.

The usual colors of slates are earthy (various shades and mixes of browns, beiges, yellows), black, dark-grays, and greenish-gray but shades of pinks, purples and copper are also found. They usually exhibit a lot of variation in color among the pieces quarried from the same site. Slates, depending on their individual hardness, are used for flooring, cladding and landscaping.

Soapstone is highly heat resistant, and has frequently been used in fireplace surrounds.

 

Travertine & Limestone

The cozy tones of Travertine range from the sandy beiges to shimmering golds giving a feeling of warmth and comfort and is commonly used outside as cladding and pavement, as well as inside for floors, walls and countertops. The characteristic holes in travertine are the result of trapped gas bubbles; as the gas escapes, crystals form in the cavities. Travertine’s are generally light-colored beiges and tans, though there are some beautiful, colored travertine’s that have resulted from other minerals dissolved by hot underground water.

The muted tones of limestone are perfect for today’s more casual and comfortable lifestyles. Generally these soft beiges and tans are appropriate for bathrooms, fireplaces, counters and less-traveled flooring, where a more informal decor is desired.

 

World Class Craftsmanship

Computer software automatically determines when to use the diamond disk or the water jet for cutting the slab. Cutting units holding the diamond disk and water jet can work the same piece in succession or independently to optimize the slab surface.

With user-friendly capable CAD/CAM software, water jet machines are able to cut with high precision without rough edges.

Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) Master Stone Engineering enables our skilled technician to drill, cut, profile, polish, carve and sculpt the stone.

Owner John Antunes travels to the quarries of Portugal, Italy and Brazil to select the world’s most premium quality stone. He then enhances the exquisite and unique beauty of the stone through state-of-the-art machinery imported from Italy.

At Distinctive Granite and Marble, master stone crafters work in tandem with skilled technicians to create the most intricate surfaces, angles and edge detail. The beauty of the stone and the expert precision of the fabrication provide a lifetime investment for home owners, decorators and builders.

 

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Hilton Head, SC
843.689.3237
33 Hunter Road
Hilton Head Island, SC 29926

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950-B Morgan’s Corner Road
Pooler, GA 31322

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Ridgeland, SC
843.379.3237
516-A Browns Cove Road
Ridgeland, SC 29936

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Beaufort, SC
843.379.5012
39 Burton Hill Road
Beaufort, SC 29906

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