This is part of our ongoing series following a Kitchen Warehouse customer’s kitchen and bath remodel project. See the others here.
One of the main elements of your new kitchen is a countertop material. There are all kinds of choices of materials for your countertop.
We wanted something that was easy to clean but that made a statement and worked with our light cabinets and red tinted hardwood floors. We also wanted to select the top ourselves. So our contractor sent us to Anaheim to pick out a slab at Marmol USA where we met with David. He showed us their yard with many types of stones that were stacked in bundles in sizes from 60+ square feet. As you walk the yard there are so many kinds of amazing stones the choices are endless.
Once we reviewed the choices in the yard, we went inside the warehouse and found a stone that we loved. It was a black counter with specks of blue iridescent stones. The slab looked grey from one side and black from the other. We loved the transition of the stone and could picture the lighting in the kitchen highlighting the colorful specks and splashes of the red-stained hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances.
Once we selected the stone we asked them to bring it out to the sunlight since it was in the warehouse. They carefully pulled the slab from the rack and picked it up with a forklift and hung it gingerly with a carefully padded clip. Once the slab turned the corner we could see an entirely different side to it. So we put our cabinet and floor samples next to it in that light and it still looked amazing.
The whole point of picking your own countertops is to see the slab and check it for imperfections. The fact is that no slab is clear of these. Some imperfections seem to bother some people more than others. Seeing the slab in bright light, you can see any veins or naps that come out in the light and you are free to select another slab if the first one has elements that you do not want to look at day after day.
After we approved the slab, it was carefully placed back into the rack and marked for us. Securing the slab, we left the rest to our contractor who has a fabricator who will cut out our sink and cut the corners in the style we selected a 45 degree miter edge. But that will not take place until the cabinets are in and the fabricator can measure the counter top around the installed cabinets for a perfect fit.
Of course you can choose from a lot more choices than granite for your countertop: wood, tile, laminate and more. Check back next week for a thorough description about the pros and cons of each kind of countertop. Can’t wait that long? Give The Kitchen Warehouse a call: 888-248-3678 or schedule an appointment.