Counter Top Installation Day: Demolition Men!!!

Talk about a Dusty and Dirty job.  We should on be on “Dirty Jobs” on the Discovery Channel.  Demolition of the counters is exciting because it is the start of the  install process.  Demolition as you can see in the pictures is not a pretty sight.

Granite, Marble, Limestone, or Travertine (Natural Stone):

Granite removal is the hardest because glue bonds tightly to the plywood and sometimes does not come out as a whole piece. The other natural stones, marble, limestone and travertine are easier to break but no the glue binds equally hard to the surface.  The easiest time to remove stone is with the first 24 to 48 hours of the install because the glue has not fully bonded to the plywood deck.

Tile Counters:

Tile demolition challenges depend on whether it was installed on cement board or floated on cement.  Either way it is challenging.  In the idea world, our teams will remove entire tile sections at once. However, construction is unpredictable because we do no know what the other person did before us.

Solid Surface (Corian, Hi-Macs, Acylic( Cultured marble)

Solid surface such as Corian or acyclic is easier but not routine. The material is often broken into pieces prior to removal.

Laminate Counters:

Laminate counters is the easiest removal but can have surprises also.


  • Clear all the counters tops and backsplash area before Artistic Stone’s teams arrive.
  • Remove all the items in the lower cabinets.
  • Take down all pictures or memorabilia adjacents walls. (Vibration from demoltion will knock things down.)
  • Remove furniture, televisions or valuable which may be knocked over.

If you are replacing the backsplash, we will repair the drywall before  setting tile.  This way, we can get things as level the walls as much as possible.  It is also a code requirement.

What to expect?:

  • Noise from hammering and cutting.  We use hammers, crowbars and a reciprocating saw.
  • Walls shaking.
  • Dust staying airborne for 1 to 2 weeks.

How long will tile removal take?

It depends on your total surface area.  A normal removal will take about 1 to 3 hours.  A large demolition will take a full day.

Window Sills in Granite – Countertop replacement projects

This situation occurs mostly to tile counter top replacement projects.  About 99% of the window sills are not the same level as the countertops when we remove the tiles off counters.   This is because the tiles sit on adhesive material (thin set or cement) which was built-up to the same level as the sill.  The first picture shows how tiles are set on counter tops.

Tile counters consist of several layers.  The first layer on top of the plywood is a waterproof membrane or seen as the green laminate. The second layer is the adhesive which is commonly seen as thin set or cement.  The final layer is the tile and the grout.

Source of picture: found on Google images

The slide show below shows how we installed prefabricated granite pieces on the window sill.

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Piracema White Slab Shower: Project Overview Part 1 of 3


Valerie came to Artistic Stone knowing she wanted to update her three bathrooms in her Castro Valley canyon home.  She came into our San Leandro Showroom with drawings and worked with Helen to get a budget and the overall project time line.

In one of her master bathroom, she had a large jacuzzi tub which no one every used and she wanted to change it out to something newer.  As for the other two bathrooms, one was a shower stall and the other was a tub shower.  All in need of removing old tile or cultured marble.

Valerie’s vision was to bring in a high end spa into her home.  Helen helped her plan the installation time line with her general contractor to coordinate the city’s inspection.  We staggered the installations so only one bathroom was out of operations at a time to way minimizing the impact the remodel has on the family while living at the house.

  • Identify what you like.
  • Bring in your plans for a rough estimate.
  • Work with Artistic Stone Kitchen and Bath to get an on site measurement and project walk through. (This will give us idea of how your home is laid out and how much time it will take for us to compete the job.  The walk through will help us identify any potential installation issues.)
  • Artistic Stone will find the best sized slabs for your project to eliminate waste.
  • Receive a final estimate

Picture above:

Two  book matched piece of Paracema White granite slab were picked so the left and right pieces would mirror each other.  The shower pan was also made out of slab.  The surface was honed and then pitched 1/4 inch so the water would drain properly.

A slab shower is the truly a piece of art in your bathroom.

Apron Front, Farmhouse Sink Installation are all different

Apron Sinks, commonly know as Farmhouse sinks have become very popular in our kitchen today.  One thing to know is that not every farm sink is installed the same way.  Whether you have a 2cm or 3cm stone(marble, granite, limestone, or Caesarstone) material, this will affect the high your sink is installed.  Not all farm sinks are installed the same.We at Artistic Stone Kitchen and Bath, Inc. have included a picture gallery showing how the farm sink installs vary with different granite thicknesses and different edge options. There is no right or wrong way. It comes down to your personal taste.

Farmhouse sinks come in cast iron, fireclay, copper and stainless steel.  Many of our clients like the fireclay farm sinks by Rohl or Kohler.  We carry stainless steel or copper manufactured by Artisan Sinks as seen in Trend Magazine.’