Crafting Custom Countertops

Project: Miami Beach Condo, Episode 5, Part 3



Bob confronts the remodeling challenge of choosing a flooring material that will deaden sound without sacrificing the sleek, clean look of tile or stone. So the contractors end up installing cork underlayment and click-together cork tiles.

Meantime, the kitchen counters must be laminated on-site after the pre-fabricated countertops fail to fit in the elevator.

Shiny, faux-chrome edging completes the look of the shared dining-kitchen counter, as Bob tours a condo creation by designer DD Allen's, this one done in classic Miami white and pink.
Part 1: Installing Cork Floors
Part 2: Fitting a Vanity Top and Sink
Part 3: Crafting Custom Countertops
Too big for the elevators in the Miami high-rise, the kitchen counters need to be joined together on-site. The installers make a field joint to bring the two main sections together, first by applying contact cement to the edges, then by angling the edges together so the Formica seam forms tightly.

Next, the crew takes on the round dining center. For this specialty rounded counter, Princeton Custom Cabinetry uses a Verola plywood from South America. Once in place, a stainless steel post goes beneath to give the rounded counter some extra support.

The plywood is covered with contact cement, before spacers are laid across the face of the plywood so the crew can position the Formica correctly. When the last spacer is removed, a tight and consistent seam is created.

Once the Formica surface is completely set, the excess is trimmed from the edges of the counter using a straight trim router bit. The edges are trimmed with a funky, retro-looking material resembling chrome.
In this condo renewal project, Bob and the crew demonstrate how to use space, color, and choice finishes to make the most of a small space.

The kitchen is converted into an elegant dining space looking onto the living area, while a closet is transformed into a bar with recessed lighting and glass shelves. And the small bathroom turns into an oasis with luminous glass tile, a wash of color, and sleek new fixtures.

Pocket doors with an antique-look are installed so as to separate the living and sleeping spaces, and furniture is selected to reflect Miami's unique personality.

Finally, the outdoor space overlooking Biscayne Bay is made practical and, perhaps most importantly, comfortable.

Also from Miami Beach Condo

  • Episode 1 - Miami Real Estate Search

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    Description:
    After touring Miami and visiting the famous Fountainbleau (designed by architect Morris Lapidus), Bob dives into the Miami real estate market in search of a condominium to remodel and refurbish.<br> <br> With the help of realtor Gina Kirkpatrick, Bob finds the ideal fixer-upper. Bob and architect Michael Pierce walk through the dated rooms, brainstorming ways to admit more light into the condo and to make this 950-square-foot space feel less cramped.<br> <br> Looking onto Biscayne Bay from the terrace of the apartment, Bob imagines the condo being a vacation home. With that specific image in mind, Bob prepares to usher in a fresher, less confined look and feel.
  • Episode 2 - Miami Condo Demolition & Designer House Tour

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    Description:
    Bob reviews the demolition plans with project architect Michael Pierce, as the on-site crew proceeds to remove carpets, cabinets, etc. In the midst of this demolition, Bob checks out the rough plumbing for the bathroom and the new wall for the pocket door.<br> <br> A tour of a recently remodeled condo in the same complex gives Bob some ideas for design treatments that work in small spaces.
  • Episode 3 - Condo Feature Installations and Touring Lincoln Road, Miami Beach

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    Description:
    With demolition virtually complete, the crew is setting up new walls to separate the sleeping area from the living space. Glass pocket doors will allow light and air to flow through the rooms. By touring Lincoln Road with architectural historian Allan Shulman, Bob gathers information about the neighborhood, which, in the 1950s, accommodated the first pedestrian mall of its kind. Newly rediscovered, Lincoln Road is once again a popular spot for shopping and dining in Miami.
  • Episode 4 - Installing Kitchen Cabinets and Using Glass Shower Tile

  • Episode 6 - Installing Bath Fixtures and a Water-Cooled HVAC System


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