ARCHITECTURAL GRANITE

To understand how HGH Granite became who we are today, you have to go back quite a ways. Our origination began in 1929 when our ancestor, Henry George Hardwick, founded H.G. Hardwick & Son Ltd in the town of Hamilton, Ontario. As an incredibly talented stone mason, Henry used his skills to produce high-quality memorials for the community. During this time, marble was often used for gravestones, but through the advancement of the tools used for stone masonry, people began to realize that granite was not only more unique and innately beautiful but also more durable and able to withstand the tests of time.

Over the past 90 years, we have certainly adjusted certain methods, but our focus and dedication to granite haven’t changed. We are now in the fifth generation of the same family, and while we still produce memorials to monument retailers, we’ve branched out our granite services to include multiple industries. From working with municipalities requiring landmarks to landscaping companies, the art community, and more, people are really beginning to realize the timeless beauty and capabilities of granite. We are proud to include architects in our list of clientele as well.

Granite fits into the architectural world beautifully, and through our advanced tools and unparalleled skills, we provide architects with unlimited possibilities as it relates to their project. We’ve helped multiple architects turn their vision into a reality, and we will do the same for you. We help every step of the way, from concept development all the way to installation. Contact us today if you’re planning a custom architectural feature!


WHY ARCHITECTS CHOOSE GRANITE

Granite has been a go-to stone for architects for quite some time now, and there are multiple reasons for this:

DURABILITY

One of the main reasons that granite is chosen for custom architectural features is that it is incredibly durable and able to withstand the elements. The feature will maintain its appeal and shape for years and years, no matter how many times it is rained on or how hard it gets blown by the wind. When an architect decides to use granite, they have the peace of mind knowing that their work will be admired for a long time.

INNATE BEAUTY

Granite has an innate, natural beauty that isn’t found in other stones. It mostly consists of quartz and feldspar with small amounts of amphiboles, mica, and multiple other minerals. Because of this composition, granite comes in a variety of beautiful colours. This is a huge benefit for architects since they have almost unlimited choices when it comes to picking a colour, so they are sure to find one that matches their vision for the architectural feature they are planning.

TIMELESS TRADITION

Since ancient times, granite has been used as a building material, and to highlight its durability, some granite buildings are still standing to this day. Although granite has been used for thousands of years, it wasn’t until the end of the 19th century that we had tools capable of cutting the hard stone precisely.

ENDLESS POSSIBILITIES

Your options for colours isn’t the only creative freedom that granite provides you. Because of the aforementioned advancements in tools, we can cut and shape the stone into basically any shape that you desire. This provides you with almost limitless design possibilities. From granite apples to wall claddings.

 

 


ADVANTAGES OF CHOOSING HGH

We know that we’re not the only granite company in the area but we are dedicated to being the best. We want the entire process to be enjoyable for our clients, and we aim to exceed expectations with the final product. Here are a few of the reasons why you should choose HGH Granite when you are looking for a granite stonework company for your custom architectural feature.

Experience

Over the past 90 years, we have certainly adjusted certain methods, but our focus and dedication to granite haven’t changed. We are now in the fifth generation of the same family, and while we still produce memorials to monument retailers, we’ve branched out our granite services to include multiple industries. From working with municipalities requiring landmarks to landscaping companies, the art community, and more, people are really beginning to realize the timeless beauty and capabilities of granite. We are proud to include architects in our list of clientele as well.

We Work As a Resource

Granite fits into the architectural world beautifully, and through our advanced tools and unparalleled skills, we provide architects with unlimited possibilities as it relates to their project. We’ve helped multiple architects turn their vision into a reality, and we will do the same for you. We help every step of the way, from concept development all the way to installation. Contact us today if you’re planning a custom architectural feature!

Choose Your Quarry

Granite fits into the architectural world beautifully, and through our advanced tools and unparalleled skills, we provide architects with unlimited possibilities as it relates to their project. We’ve helped multiple architects turn their vision into a reality, and we will do the same for you. We help every step of the way, from concept development all the way to installation. Contact us today if you’re planning a custom architectural feature!

Budget Prices

Granite fits into the architectural world beautifully, and through our advanced tools and unparalleled skills, we provide architects with unlimited possibilities as it relates to their project. We’ve helped multiple architects turn their vision into a reality, and we will do the same for you. We help every step of the way, from concept development all the way to installation. Contact us today if you’re planning a custom architectural feature!

Selection

Granite fits into the architectural world beautifully, and through our advanced tools and unparalleled skills, we provide architects with unlimited possibilities as it relates to their project. We’ve helped multiple architects turn their vision into a reality, and we will do the same for you. We help every step of the way, from concept development all the way to installation. Contact us today if you’re planning a custom architectural feature!

Committed to Excellence

Granite fits into the architectural world beautifully, and through our advanced tools and unparalleled skills, we provide architects with unlimited possibilities as it relates to their project. We’ve helped multiple architects turn their vision into a reality, and we will do the same for you. We help every step of the way, from concept development all the way to installation. Contact us today if you’re planning a custom architectural feature!


WIDE VARIETY OF COLOURS

A big reason that granite has become the ideal stone for architects is that it comes in such a wide range of colours. It’s almost a guarantee that if you have a certain colour in mind when first planning out your architectural project, that we can supply it. The reason for this goes back to its formation (way, way back). We’re going to provide you with a very quick geology lesson on how our favorite stone is formed.

To put it as simply as possible, granite is made over millions of years through volcanic activity. It is formed within the crust of the Earth when magma that is rich in Silica cools down before reaching the surface. During the cooling process, the magma combines with multiple minerals including quartz, feldspar, mica, hornblend, and more. This gives it its crystal-like appearance that you can see without the use of a microscope. This formation process as well as the many minerals that make up granite, give it that unique look that makes it stand out from other stones. It also gives us the nearly infinite selection of colors. Like snowflakes, each granite slab is unique.

The colours are determined by minerals that they consist of. Typically it goes as follows:

  • Quartz – Milky White

  • FeldsparOff-White

  • Potassium FeldsparPink

  • BiotiteDark Brown or Black

  • MuscoviteYellow/Gold

  • Amphibole – Dark Green or Black

However, this is only the tip of the iceberg. Since we import our granite from all over the world (four different continents), you are not obligated to choose your stone from one single quarry. This opens up your possibilities when you decide what colour you would like to use for your custom architectural feature. Our goal is to help you create something that perfectly matches your dream, so if you have an idea for the colour in mind, we’ll get you the right granite for it. If not, no worries! We can go through your options and help you find the perfect slab.


FINDING THE RIGHT STONE

No matter the size or complexity of your project, you’re going to want to take your time during the planning process to really ensure that the final product is what you had in mind. Obviously, the design is up to you, you’re the architect after all, but you’re going to really want to consider the granite that is used for the feature.

Colour

If choosing granite, it’s likely that you plan on your work staying in place for years and years, so you don’t want to have any regrets. One of the most important decisions that you have to make is what colour you’re going to choose. As we mentioned before, your options are not limited. In fact, the difficult part about choosing your colour is the fact that you have so many options! It can be a bit overwhelming. Really picture the finished product in your mind. What colour do you see? If you truly have no idea, then we can sit with you and have you look through some of the options. We’re sure that you’ll know when you see it.

Source

Another thing that you’re going to want to consider is where the granite is sourced from. This decision isn’t as important as the type of granite, but it is something to think about. The quarries that we work with are all over the world including India, Finland, South Africa, and the USA, just to name a few. If you have a large project that needs to get done soon, then it’s likely that you’re going to want to source your granite from somewhere a little bit closer to home.


CONTACT HGH GRANITE

So are you ready to start your custom architectural project? At HGH Granite, we are committed to helping each and every one of our clients turn their dream into a reality, and this includes more than just supplying you the granite. At our facility in Ontario, we mix traditional stonemasonry techniques with new world technology. We cherish our past but are always looking ahead to the future. 

We’ll be with you throughout every stage of the process, from choosing the stone to installation. And even though granite is incredibly durable, it does require some repair from time to time. We do granite repair as well! To get an idea of some of the projects that we’ve previously worked on, be sure to check out our case studies! If you would like to get started or want to request a free quote, then contact us today!  

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