For the countertop we decided to go with Formica Laminate (Butterum granite). The color goes really well with the Cherry cabinets. The island was designed so that one person could sit at a stool comfortably on the end with the corbels (12" overhang) or two people could sit on the dining room side if necessary (6" overhang). We really wanted an island, but we also didn't want to take too much space away from the dining room. The island configuration was a decent compromise.
Sunday, March 21, 2010
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Tuesday, March 2, 2010
With the tile search completed, the guys started prepping the floor. The floor immediately above the floor joist is OSB, which isn't what you want under the cement hardibacker board. To prevent bubbling from moisture, the hardibacker should be installed on top of an exterior grade plywood. The cement board is installed on top of the plywood with with thinset and screws. This makes for a very solid floor which is important because we are using 18x18 porcelain tile. Flexing in the floor could cause the tile to crack.