In addition to the stonework in the kitchen, natural stone can also be found in other areas of the residence. “We did the entire house,” Malavé said, adding that the vanity tops are made from Cosmos granite. The countertops run the entire length of the wall, following the detailed contours of the cabinetry and featuring two sink cutouts. The earth tones of the Cosmos granite, which was finished with an ogee edge, complements the color of the slate tile floors.
Now that the job has been completed, Proehl said she has been receiving very positive reactions by visitors to her home. “They come in, and they are really blown away, she said.” They can’t get over the leather finish in the kitchen, and they are compelled to walk up and touch it.”
Sidebar: A challenging installationGiven the large size of the kitchen island for the North Carolina residence, some creativity was needed to transport the finished stonework to its final location. “It was a very difficult installation, where we used a crane to lift it onto the second-floor balcony, where six men where waiting for it, “ explained Len Malavé of Granite and Marble by Malavé of Greensboro, NC. “We used the old-fashioned roller system, just like the Romans used. We used a lot of protection, and then rolled the piece into the house.”
According to Malavé, the island had barely enough room to make it into the house. “We had ½ inch of clearance between the doors, and it was impossible to pick up, weighing over 1,500 pounds,” he said. “It took two days to do the island alone, and we had a torrential downpour during the time of delivery and installation to boot.”