A Guide to Custom Countertops

August 13th, 2018 12:00am

Countertops are not only a practical element in your home -- they're one of the aesthetic details that attracts the most attention in a kitchen or bathroom. Yet when many homeowners consider custom countertops, they are skeptical about just how "custom" the process really is. Depending on who you work with, you can adjust every detail of your countertops to meet your personal tastes, including:

 

Dimensions: Choosing dimensions for your custom countertops might sound easy -- doesn't the space decide for you? However, working with a professional designer can help you identify the counter dimensions that best suit your space and how you use it. This ensures that your counters do not take up too much or too little square footage for your space and that they provide a good match for your cabinet system.

 

Materials: On the other end of the spectrum, choosing materials for your custom countertops can be one of the hardest and most personalized parts of the experience. Visiting a showroom allows you an opportunity to see many materials up close so that you can find the option that is just right.

Popular options for custom countertops include quartz, granite, and marble. Each of these materials have their benefits, and they also come in a wide range of colors and patterns. Budgetary factors can be a big influence on your counter material choice. Not only does every material have a different cost, but prices can vary depending on color and pattern. Working with a designer can help you find the countertop material that fits both your color palette and your budget.

 

Edges: With your dimensions and materials locked down, your next step will be choosing edges for your countertops. Your options encompass everything from a rounded full bullnose to something like a beveled look. Once you've picked which type of edge you want, you will be able to select the polish that finishes them.

As with materials, this is another decision in which visiting a showroom can be helpful for visualizing your options. While the showroom may not have a full countertop to showcase every edge, they will have sample pieces that provide examples.

 

Sinks: The countertops might be the most eye-catching part of your kitchen or bathroom redesign -- but your sink is the most eye-catching part of your countertop, and it can often be the hardest choice to make during the custom countertop process.

One of the most important considerations when picking your sink is the size of your counters. Available space will help you determine how many sinks you want and how large they should be. For example, a smaller counter may not be able to encompass two sinks, and a big counter might look empty with just one.

Once you've determined those fundamental components, you can start making aesthetic and functional choices about materials and hardware. Again, going to a showroom can be helpful for evaluating a wide range of available options to figure out what design and functionality elements appeal to you most. Countertops, sinks, edging, and dimensions can all be customized to your needs.

 

With these four decisions solidified, the custom countertops installation process can begin. Working with a trustworthy contractor will ensure that your countertops not only look perfect after installation, but that you also customized receive service on time and under budget.

For a kitchen or bathroom remodel that incorporates the high-quality custom countertops of your dreams, contact Kitchens By Good Guys.

 

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