How to Source and Install a Marble Kitchen Countertop | This Old House

22November 2020

Kevin O’Connor travels to Danby, VT to see marble sliced into slabs. One of those slabs is cut into the shape of the Arlington kitchen island. Kevin joins homeowner Emily at a nearby fabrication facility where they work together to identify the best section of the slab for the island. Then Kevin meets Richard Trethewey in the kitchen as the final and largest piece of marble tops the center counter.

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Kevin O’Connor and homeowner Arlington Emily come to the facility where the marble slab from VT gets cut into the kitchen island. Owner Roberto Martinez brings out a template he previously made at the house. He places the template on the slab so Emily can determine which section is best to use. After Emily decides on the final layout, they bring it to the table saw. The template is weighted down to the slab and the diamond saw blade begins to cut. The final step is to finish the edges. Then Kevin meets Richard Trethewey in the kitchen. Richard recounts the trip to the marble quarry while they wait for the island piece to arrive. Stone fabricator Roberto Martinez and his crew slowly bring in the final marble counter through the back door and set the heavy counter on top of the center island cabinet. They check the dimension on all sides. Then they drill the hole for the faucet before gluing down the island. Richard adds the “jewelry”—the kitchen sink faucet.

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