Kitchen Countertop Checklist
Measure and Seam Location
The template for your countertop is extremely important. Your contractor will sketch out the dimensions ahead of time, and these measurements have to be right. Your cabinets and appliances should be in place at this time. You should also have all the faucets, sinks, cooktops and any other fixtures that will be installed within the countertop on hand as well.
During the template creation appointment, your contractor will talk to you about where the seams of each slab will go and get your approval. This is the final step before your new countertop is manufactured and prepared for installation.
Secure Cabinets and Appliances Before Installation
If you will be replacing lower cabinets or appliances, make sure this step of the kitchen renovation is complete before stone countertop installation. It’s obvious why you need your cabinets in place, but it’s just as important to have the appliances in place as well. Even if your counters are off by only one eighth of an inch, it can still obstruct appliance placement, throwing a serious snag in your remodeling plans.
Prepare The Work Site
Make sure the kitchen area is clean and you have a clear path to the doorway. Take out all items in the lower cabinets. You will be required to disconnect all electrical and plumbing connections, as your countertop contractor likely isn’t allowed to do so for liability reasons, unless it has been agreed upon beforehand.
Keeping The Area Clear During Installation
Installing your new countertop is a sensitive, detailed project, so it’s important to keep children and pets away from the work area while your contractor is on the job. Your contractor may have to trim the edges to ensure it fits properly. This can create a significant amount of dust, so you may want to cover your vents to prevent spreading it throughout your home.
After the new counter is in place, you and your contractor will review the project to make sure it’s been installed according to your specifications and the design scheme. They will clean up the work site and leave you with your beautiful stone counter, all ready for years of meal prep!
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