Many kitchen countertop shops offer in-home measurements and installation. However, handy homeowners can save money by measuring and installing the countertops themselves.
Your fabricator will ask for the measurements of your counters. However, fabrication sometimes requires full-size templates. If your kitchen is made of 90-degree cabinet sections, templates are usually unnecessary. Any angled, round, or unique counters require a template.
First make the countertops layout to keep track of your measurements. Next write the sizes of countertops in inches. If there are backspashes, remember to add the thickness of the backsplashes to the width of countertops. Take into account the sizes of overhangs or your fabricator will help you determine the correct overhang sizes.
Indicate where the finished edges, backsplashes, and appliances will go. For the sink cut-out measure from the wall to the center of your sink. If you’re unsure of the sink’s center, measure to the point where the cabinet doors meet in the middle.
Many kitchens have counters that are angled or rounded. For such counters templates are required. Professional template-makers use thin strips of plastic to outline the area. However, cardboard is a handy substitute. Lay the flattened cardboard on the surface. Then, from underneath, trace the outline of your cabinet or counter. Mark the top so that the fabricator will know which way is up. This is an important step: if this isn’t clear, you may end up with a mirror image of your actual counter!
If you traced your existing counter, mark the template as such. If you traced bare cabinets, indicate where the overhang will be and how much overhang you would like. Clearly mark the finished edges, the locations of any adjacent appliances, and the backsplash areas.
When you have finished measuring and making templates, take a look at the final result. Would someone who has never seen your kitchen be able to figure out what it looks like? Make any necessary corrections that would help the fabricator. Remember, small details can lead to large mistakes.
That’s it! Once your fabricator has the templates and measurements, talk to him about the details of your project. It helps to plan ahead. If your home has obstacles, like stairs, elevators, or difficult doorways, your fabricator can cut the pieces to fit. Always inspect the finished product when you pick it up or receive it. Follow instructions for transporting the granite, and it’s ready to install.