When an upstand, which could be Gemini Quartz®, Granite or Corian®, is taller than 200mm, it becomes cladding. Cladding can be used to complement your worktop, whether you want to co-ordinate or contrast the colours and materials you choose.
Gemini Quartz®, Corian® and Granite can all be used on your kitchen wall as an upstand. An upstand can be any height above 50mm in Gemini Quartz® or Corian®, or 100mm in Granite. Anything above 200mm in height is classed as cladding. The maximum length of an upstand is 3000mm.
Customers who choose Corian® worktops have the additional option of a cover upstand. Please note if it is fitted against an uneven wall, decorator's caulk or a decorative bead may be needed to fill the gap. We don't recommend this on colours with a veining pattern.
Window sill shapes and overhangs can vary according to how you would like them to look. Sills are usually the same thickness as your upstands or cladding although there is an option to have them the same thickness as your worktop.
A splashback can be any size within the parameters of the material being used. If the splashback is butting up against an extractor, please take into account any shaping that might be needed. If the extractor is to be fitted over the splashback, there may need to be small cut-outs or holes for fixings.
Please note the maximum distance allowed between the centre of a burner on a hob and an upstand/splashback is 50mm for an electric hob and 150mm for a gas hob.
Drainer recesses and grooves are useful to help collect water around the sink area. Any water that collects on a recessed drainer or in grooves should be wiped down. Drainer recesses can be flat (4mm deep) or sloped (from 2mm to 4mm deep at the sink cutout edge). Drainer recesses are not available in a 20mm Gemini Quartz® worktop.
Hob bar and groove
None of the materials used in our specialist worktops are completely heat proof so we don’t recommend putting hot pans directly onto the worktops. You can choose to add any number of metal hob bars into your worktop as a solution. The bars, which can be vertical or horizontal, sit in grooves in the worktop so they can be removed and cleaned.
Sizes available: 200mm, 300mm and 400mm.
Gemini Quartz®, Corian® and Granite can be used as vertical panels at the end of a run of units or as the ends of an island or peninsula. These panels are not designed to be a form of support to the worktop.Please note for 20mm Gemini Quartz®, the end panel must back onto a decor panel.
- Softened corner 0-10mm radius
- Small curve 10-100mm radius
- Large curve 100-600mm radius
- Double curve 600mm radius or above
- Internal curve
Not available on mitred Gemini Quartz® worktops.
- Half breakfront
- Full breakfront
- Pop up socket
- Electrical socket cut-out
- Leg support preparation
Special finishing options
For worktops that are on point from every angle, undersides are available that complete the look.
If your worktop has an overhang that is larger than 50mm, you can choose to have a smooth underside. The underside of worktops with an overhang less than this are smoothed back as standard. Please note that the underside of your worktop will not have the same amount of polish as the surface.
Corian® worktops have a 50mm MDF section visible on the underside as standard. This can be changed to Corian® by request, at an additional cost. For any larger overhangs, a solid underside can be added to cover the sub-frame underneath.