STONE IN RESIDENCE: Hand-crafted Island Countertop Adds to Sleek Kitchen Design
Two hand-cut and polished slabs of Bianco Romano granite were used to form a 23-foot-long island countertop in the kitchen of a Baltimore, MD, residence
In designing the kitchen of their Baltimore, MD, residence, the homeowners sought the advice of Haim Amir of Milestone Granite & Marble, LLC. In addition to owning his own fabrication shop, Amir is also an accomplished artist and sculptor. As a result, he not only provided the homeowners with practical information to create a functional design, but also opened their imaginations and inspired them to think outside the box. The end product was a long, curved granite countertop island, which serves as the focal point of the space.
The island, which measures 23 feet long, was fabricated from Bianco Romano granite. The material -- also used for the other kitchen countertop and backsplash -- was accented by cherry wood cabinets and a hardwood floor.
The island is actually comprised of two large slabs, which were hand cut and polished in Milestone Granite & Marble's shop in Baltimore. â€œThe biggest challenge was in the factory,â€ said the fabricator. â€œEverything was cut and polished by hand. It was a special design that I created. It couldn't be put in the CNC.â€ In total, it took Amir about three days to fabricate the two island pieces.
According to Amir, there is only one seam down the middle of the countertop. Further enhancing the look of the piece is a double-bowl sink and Hamat faucet, which was manufactured in Israel.