In the last decade or so, we have been reading and watching TV shows where a homeowner testifies of having run a countertops project seamlessly, with no delays and no hassle. However, have you ever asked yourself what it has taken for these kinds of successful projects to be completed?
In this post, we are going to discuss the “behind the scenes” of a successful countertops project and look at some of the best tips to help you get ready for a countertops project.
Choosing the stone slab at least one month before the start of the project
Some homeowners wait for too long before they get to pick a slab. Unfortunately, this can add some extra expenses or cause some unforeseen delays in the project.
As soon as the design for your kitchen cabinets is complete, present your kitchen countertops fabricator with the plans for your kitchen countertops plus the backsplash. They will, in turn, let you know how much it will cost you for all the materials and the installation process and what kind of stone you should look for.
Fabricators from Accent Countertops will take you to their showroom in Salt Lake City where you can see and touch slab samples. Your final selection should be made at least one month before the scheduled date of the commencement of your project.
We suggest at least six weeks before so that in case you are required to purchase an extra slab, there will still be a chance of availability for that particular material.
Although natural stone is attractive and the first pick for most homeowners, keep an open mind for other options and new products
Granite and Marble Countertops are very similar in that both have a natural appeal and are absolutely dreamy. They can both be leathered and honed, but they are not as durable as quartzite.
There are a lot of other man made countertop materials that have natural stone characteristics. Some of them are ultra-compact surfaces that belong to a special class on their own.
Others are unique in the way that they fall between porcelain and glass-like material, are ultimately durable, engineered to be resistant to scratches, heat, stains and UV light. These make for a great option for outdoor areas. They can also be used for varied surfaces such as countertops, exterior cladding, flooring and tiles.
However, due to the nature of some materials, special certification and tooling might be required. Accent Countertops is a certified countertops fabricator stocking super slab sizes for clients who would request for installations in mega-huge areas.
Forget about Pinterest
We all agree that Pinterest is an excellent tool for helping you get ready for a countertops project. If you are leaning mostly towards natural stone such as marble or granite, browsing through Pinterest for natural stone countertops kitchen ideas is recommended because you will get an idea of how kitchens with natural stone countertops actually look.
Homeowners will, in most cases, get tunnel vision when designing their kitchens; selecting items based on the samples available, without actually realizing that kitchen countertops are a big deal in the general feel of their kitchens.
After selecting your stone of choice and discussing the finishing details with your kitchen countertops fabricator, stop looking through Pinterest!!!
Trust me; there will always be something more interesting out there. Therefore do thorough research, commit yourself then stop torturing yourself by looking around for more ideas.
Make sure that all farmhouse sinks and other appliances are installed before the templating
There is a prevalent misconception that countertop fabricators can install the plumbing and sinks as part of the project. However, this is something you need to coordinate with your plumber and Salt Lake City Countertops Company. It is imperative for all the plumbing hardware, sinks and appliances to be present on the site during the templating of your countertops, and during the fabrication. This is done to avoid any additional delays or charges for unnecessary trips to get more materials.
You get what you pay for!
This statement is true for everything in life, and it is especially true with countertop projects. Do your research, find a reliable stone fabricator and trust them to do their job diligently.
Accent Countertops is a Salt Lake City Fabricator and Countertop Supplier. If you are stuck at the planning stages of your project, talk to us and let us handle what seems impossible to you!