Once the design of your kitchen has been finalised, your kitchen designer or stone mason will be able to tell you how many slabs you will need, the size of the slabs required, the type of slab (book-matched, polished etc). A lot of people begin their search online as many stone warehouses will photograph their stock and publish it online. This is a good starting point as you can see what is available and where. It is our recommendation that slabs should only be purchased after inspecting them in person at the warehouse, making sure to check for rust marks, pitting, cracks and uniformity of the surface finish (your kitchen designer may even be able to attend with you). For the best chance of visual consistency, pick your stone slabs from the same block. Some stone masons will suggest an extra 10% in material in case of unforeseen defects in the stone found during cutting and for late design changes.