New Kitchen Island Granite Countertop with Cooktop

The cook top was as old as the house. The house was built the same year she had graduated High School: 1986.
She loved to cook and for her it was a labor of love for her family. She had invited her in laws and parents and extended family from Virginia, North Carolina, New York and Missouri to come to Thanksgiving Dinner.
And that’s when the burner died… And then the second burner died (they say these things come in threes… and she wasn’t interested in what was next)
Jen needed a new cook top and she needed one fast! After exhaustive research and a couple favors, Jen decided upon a Kitchenaid Glass top gas cook top with a telescoping downdraft. She also found a beautiful granite remnant at the local granite fabricator that was just right size.  The key to selecting a piece of granite is to see full size slabs: NEVER select your granite from small samples (see video below).
She explained to the fabricator that she wanted the the new granite countertop to extend 8 inches more on the left side of the island and 20  inches on the right side with a flared diameter to give her more food prep area. To do this, the fabricator installed steel braces to support the weight of the stone overhang.
The house had gas service but the original cook top had been electric. Jen very much preferred cooking with gas and so a new gas line had to be run to the new cook top.
In the end, everyone was thrilled with the results and Jen maintained her status as everyone’s favorite Chef in the family!
New Kitchen Island Countertop in Newport News Virginia

New Kitchen Island Countertop in Newport News, VA

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