Marble Kitchen Countertop Installation

Project: Waterfront Warehouse Rehab, Episode 9, Part 1

Stone and tile specialist Nick Tagios returns to install the countertop on the kitchen island in the penthouse apartment. Tagios takes us through all the steps of bracing and epoxying the Pietra Cardosa marble surface.

Next, Bob checks on the trimwork being done in the back bedroom. Bob also looks on as the sliding closet doors and shelving are installed.

Finally, work is also underway in the bathroom, and Lenora Campos from Toto is on-site to show off the new fixtures that are part of Toto's Mercer suite.
Part 1: Marble Kitchen Countertop Installation
A particular kind of Italian marble-like stone, a schist called Pietra Cardosa from the area of Cardosa, Italy, is being used for the kitchen countertops. The material is fairly porous, with great abrasive resistance, but may require a bit more care than the average countertop, as it cannot be polished to a shine. Nick Tagios from Tagios Tile and Marble explains the process of attaching the countertops to the Cherry Craftline island cabinet. First, a bead of silicone caulk is laid down to adhere the stone to the wood. Next, Tagios and his crew level the top with shims. To install the bridge that will become the kitchen island's sink surround, steel bars are added between the slabs by sawing out a line that seals the bars inside with the stone-colored epoxy. Supports are attached to the sidepieces of stone and the bridge is laid between. To eliminate the line and space between the two stone slabs, a dyed two-part epoxy is added. After the epoxy dries, the counter top is sanded to remove any excess epoxy.
Part 2: Installing a Mahogany Windowsill
Part 3: Installing Bathroom Fixtures