Choosing a new surface for your countertop can be a daunting process. With so many options available, it can be difficult to determine which is the best countertop material for your project. Every project in remodeling or creating a new space has a process of decisions, technical requirements, and a timeline. The following is a brief outline of how most countertop projects proceed and the steps to achieve the results for making your house into your dream home.
The above questions require you to do some homework. Are you a Granite or Quartz person? Does a Solid Surface fit your needs? If you are adding new countertops to your kitchen are you a serious cook or do you “heat and eat” and just want beautiful and simple? If you are adding surfaces to your bath project have you considered care and maintenance? Which surface is the best material for countertops in your home?
When you begin choosing a new surface you will be amazed by all the different types of countertop materials and work surfaces you suddenly encounter on a daily basis. Do you want lots of movement and color or something monochromatic and quiet? Consider taking pictures to help you organize the looks you prefer. If you are working with a designer or an architect ask them to direct you to places where you can see various products in use. Touring Model homes and high-end showrooms is a great way to experience many surface options.
For more information on the pros and cons of specific materials, view our Countertop Comparison Guide.
At this point you have a good idea of the surface you want, the areas you wish to cover and the upkeep and care needed to maintain your countertops. Your Fabricator will suggest choices from a shiny polished finish or something a bit less formal like a honed or leathered finish.
Your Countertop Contractor will make a template when your cabinets are in place. With new build or major remodeling be aware that the cabinet installation is often the obstacle to meeting a project timeline. Your Fabricator can’t “guess” or “get started” creating your countertops until an actual template is made in your home. All those curves and corners must be exact and the cabinets are the foundation to the final project. Obviously, if you are using existing cabinets your project will proceed much faster.
All you need is some basic research, firm design decisions and Keystone GraniteWerks for your project to become reality.