With our fifth week, we began the “beautification” process of the space. Until this point, we have been dealing with demolition, mechanicals and rebuilding of the enlarged space. This was the week that we saw the installation of the final surfaces. The client liked the idea of not using tile on the walls, but rather slabs of marble. This is by far the most expensive way to cover the walls of any wet space, and most walls in general.
We used book match cutting to cut the slabs of marble. Imagine cutting a stick of butter. Typically when cutting stone you would slice it and polish the face of each slab as it comes off the block. In book match cutting, you polish the slabs facing each other two at a time, thus matching the sides of the stone.
As shown in the photographs, the center of each wall contains a seam, and each side is a mirror image of the other side. When you put them together, they create a continuous and matching pattern in the stone. Thus, the name “book matching” was born.
This work requires precision and can be challenging to do, as every hole and cut has to line up perfectly in order to create the mirror image. The slabs being 1 1/4” thick weigh 3 to 4 hundred pounds each and have to be carefully carried in the house, up the stairs and set exactly without damage. We were only able to get 5 of the 6 slabs in this week, as to the high attention that this job demands. Stay tuned for week 6!