31 Days to Building Your Dream Home:: Countertop Selection Process

When it came time to start looking at picking out the type of countertops we wanted for our house, the process and vast number of options left me feeling a little confused.

I heard terms like fabricator, quartz and flat eased edge and I was completely lost.

I had only ever heard of granite as a countertop option {outside of laminate, etc.}. But, come to find out, there are soo many different material options available and with some materials, soo many different brands and vendors.

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Needless to say, it took me some time to figure out what was available and how the entire process worked.

In case you are starting the process and just as confused, here’s a brief overview.

The first thing you’ll need to do is determine the type of materials you want in your home. I helped put together a great post with a breakdown of all the various countertop materials out there {pros and cons of each} on another blog I help manage for my 9-5 job. Great resource for helping make the best decision for each space in your home.

By and large though, the type of material you choose will depend on your budget and personal preference.

But, once you have some ideas in mind, it’s time to start looking at samples and some of the materials in person.

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A fabricator is who you will work with. Once your cabinets are in, they are the ones that will go out and site measure and physically cut and shape the granite or material to fit your cabinetry and cut the material to fit all your sinks.

They have access to man-made materials like quartz, limestone, etc. and will have granite slabs on site for you to look through and select from. They will also have remnants on site for sale. Once a slab has been cut into, the remaining pieces are called remnants. They will sell those remnants typically for half the price of what the slab would cost and are a great way to save money.

If you don’t see a slab you like, most likely they have access to granite distributors where you can go and view more materials and slabs and pick out something you like. In some cases, picking out a slab from a distributor as opposed to what they have on site can cost a bit more as your fabricator is having to a pay a markup when purchasing through them which will be transferred to your overall bottom line.

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In general, natural materials are priced based on their rarity. More common materials are classified as a level 1 and will be the cheapest. Granite can go all the way up to a level 5 or 6, meaning they are very rare and will likely be very expensive as compared to lower level materials.

Once you’ve made your selections, your fabricator will work directly with your builder to coordinate site measurements, get sink measurements and find out the time frame for actual installation.

I know this is a lot of information, but for me I know it would have been so helpful if someone had explained all this to me from the beginning. Hopefully this helps you understand the process a little bit more. I’ll be back tomorrow with some specific tips when it comes to making your final selections.

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P.S. Today is the day we leave for Africa! Be sure to follow me on Instagram for pictures from our trip. Would appreciate prayers for safe travels, safety and good health while we are there.

 

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