Considerations When Designing Natural Stone Kitchen Countertops
One of the advantages of a full kitchen remodel for your MN home is the ability to consider the layout of the counters. If you are adding natural stone kitchen countertops, there are a few key considerations to make during the design process.
Working with your natural stone company helps you to avoid common mistakes during the design phase. Many contractors are not experts at natural stone countertops, and working with the experts will save you time, money, and frustration with the process.
Weight of Natural Stone
It is important to select a base or the actual cabinets that are built to support natural stone countertops. Many old kitchen cabinets are not designed to hold the weight of marble, granite, or quartz countertops.
If the cabinets have to be reinforced or braced, it may be a better option to replace them completely. It is also important to check any warranty on the new kitchen countertops. Many companies only warranty natural stone placed on new cabinets that meet the required standards.
Corners and Shapes
Granite and marble kitchen countertops made from natural stone slabs are cut to fit the top of the cabinets. Limiting the number of joints in the slabs is always the best option. This creates a flow to the pattern in the marble or granite that is very difficult to match if there is the need to cut the slab and create a joint for a corner or a bend in the countertop.
Finally, if you may want an island in the future, it is a wise decision to buy the marble or granite now. Waiting may result in a natural difference in the pattern of the slabs that may be noticeable and significant in your MN kitchen.