It has been a year since we began this journey and man does this feel good. We are enjoying the oven and having more pizza parties than a high school fundraiser. I began the cultured stone at the beginning of the summer along with the concrete countertops. Here are the latest pictures. Thank you again to the forum for ideas and unlimited information. To anyone who believes that this is too big a task and you will screw it up, we are proof that it can be done. My oven works great and this was my first masonry experience.