Facing the Retaining Walls with Cultured Stone

Project: Victorian Kitchen & Bath Remodel, Episode 7, Part 2

Cherry cabinets are going in the new kitchen of the Rowley Victorian project house. Contractor Tim Berky marks the stud lines, shims the cabinets for level, and screws them in with large-head cabinet screws. These Merillat cabinets feature solid cherry faces and doors, pressboard boxes, and drawers that are dovetailed and gusseted for strength. The kitchen island resembles an Italianate table, with rails and floating legs that are attached to the floor. Outside, the curved walls that will flank the deck stairs, the retaining walls, and the grill station are being faced with Owens Corning's Cultured Stone, a Portland cement product molded with real stone contours and mixed with iron oxides for color and variety. These flat-backed stones are easily mortared and finished with pre-cast 90-degree returns for easy corners. Last, Berky assembles western red cedar posts and rails to finish the stunning deck installation.
Part 1: Installing Cherry Cabinets
Part 2: Facing the Retaining Walls with Cultured Stone
Retaining walls, foundation work, and curving stairways are faced with Cultured Stone from Owens Corning. These cast cement, pumice, and iron oxide products are made in molds taken from real field stones to look like regional stones, in both shape and color.
Part 3: Installing Cedar Deck Railings