Touchstone Marble And Granite

Touchstone Marble and Granite brings the raw beauty of natural stone benchtops to kitchens, bathrooms and fireplaces across the region. After years of flying under the radar, their new showroom is now open to customers with a taste for something unique.

The Matakana-based company has long been a favourite amongst local interior designers and architects. They have added a distinctive flair to many high-profile houses and developments, such as the exclusive Tara Iti Golf Club in Te Arai.

Owners Phil Holt and Caleb Muliaumasealii met in 2017 when they bonded over a few beers and a mutual passion for natural stone.

“The company that Caleb worked for in Auckland was closing down and word went out that everything was up for sale – I went down there to have a look and got chatting to Caleb,” says Phil, who at that time was already running paving and tile company Timeless Stone.

“I got a real appreciation for Caleb’s experience and his proficiency in reading natural stone. So after a few beers we decided it was worth a shot to buy up everything and start our own business together.”

Caleb had spent several years commuting from Mathesons Bay into Auckland, where he had worked on many House of the Year winning projects. But he was ready for a change in lifestyle and more time to enjoy the local beaches.

“It’s definitely a much better quality of life now – no doubt at all,” says Caleb.

Caleb and Phil both started out “on the tools” cutting and installing stone, with experience working in London, meeting the high expectations of international customers.

They make a good team: Caleb brings his expertise from the manufacturing and technical side, and Phil brings the business know-how.

Phil says their location on Matakana Valley Road was “a stroke of luck”.

“These don’t come available often, but we got the chance and took it. It’s been really good for us, here in the village. We’re very grateful for our close-knit, hardworking team of locals, and the relationships we’ve built with designers, architects and builders in the region,” he says.

Touchstone’s new showroom is the perfect place to find inspiration.

“People walk through the door with their plans, cabinetry samples and paint samples – we look at that together and help them select the perfect stone to accentuate their design,” says Caleb.

“We work closely with some fantastic importers and wholesalers to source stones globally. We hold a wide range of sample pieces, as well as full slabs for viewing in the showroom. And if a customer wants something different, they can name a stone from anywhere in the world and we’ll get a hold of it,” he says.

“We’d like to introduce a lot more people to the beauty of natural stone.”

50C Matakana Valley Road, Matakana

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