In the last decade or so, we have been reading and watching TV shows where a homeowner testifies of having worked with a most trustworthy kitchen countertop fabricator for their home remodeling. However, have you ever asked yourself what it has taken for these kinds of relationships to be established? In this post, we are going to discuss the “behind the scenes” at a kitchen countertops fabricator and look at some of the best tips to ensure a smooth relationship between you and your choice kitchen countertops fabricator.
Choose your stone slab at least one month before the completion of your kitchen remodel
Some homeowners wait for too long before they get to pick a stone slab. Unfortunately, this can add some extra expenses or cause some unforeseen delays in their project. As you as the design for your kitchen cabinets is complete, present your kitchen countertops fabricator with the plans for your kitchen countertops plus the backsplash. They will, in turn, let you know how much it will cost you for all the materials and the installation process and what kind of stone you should shop around for. If you are looking for marble slabs, for example, most fabricators are suppliers for manmade products. Fabricators from Artstone Atlanta will take you to their showroom in Atlanta where you can see and touch sample slabs. Your final selection of the suitable materials should be made at least one month before the scheduled date of the completion of your project. I would personally suggest at least six weeks before so that in case you are required to purchase an extra slab, there will still be a chance of availability of the particular material.
Although natural stone is attractive and the first pick for most homeowners, keep an open mind for other options and new products
Quartz and Marble slabs are very similar in that both are natural stones and absolutely dreamy. They can both be leathered and honed, but they are not as durable as quartzite. There are a lot of other manmade countertop materials that have natural stone characteristics. Some of them are ultra-compact surfaces that belong to a special class on their own. Others are unique in a way that they fall between porcelain and glass-like material, are ultimately durable, engineered in a way that they are totally resistant to scratches, heat, stains and UV light making them the best option for outdoor areas. They can also be used for varied surfaces such as countertops, exterior cladding, flooring and tiles. However, due to the nature of some materials, special certification and tooling might be required. Artstone Atlanta is a certified kitchen countertops fabricator to work with all these types of surfaces. They also stock super slab sizes for clients who would request for installations in mega-huge islands.
Try to step away from Pinterest
We all agree that Pinterest is an excellent tool for helping you decide on your kitchen vibe. If you are leaning mostly towards natural stone such as marble or granite, browsing through Pinterest for natural stone countertops kitchen ideas is a recommendable choice because you will get an idea of how kitchen with natural stone countertops actually looks like. Homeowners will, in most cases get tunnel vision when designing their kitchens, selecting items based on the samples available, without actually realizing that kitchen countertops are a big deal in the general feel of their kitchens. When you are working in your kitchen, for example, when preparing food, the countertops are what you will be looking at most of the time. Therefore the details really matter. After selecting your stone of choice and discussing the finishing details with your kitchen countertops fabricator, stop looking through Pinterest!!! Trust me; there will always be something more interesting out there. Therefore do thorough research, commit yourself then stop torturing yourself by looking around for more ideas.
Make sure that all farmhouse sinks and other appliances are installed before the templating
There is a prevalent misconception that kitchen countertops fabricators will install the plumbing and sinks for a project. However, this is something you need to coordinate with your plumber and Atlanta countertops company. It is imperative for all the plumbing hardware, sinks and appliances to be present on the site during the templating of your countertops, and during the fabrication. This is done to avoid any additional delays or charges for unnecessary trips to get more materials.
You get what you pay for!
This statement is true for everything in life, and it is especially true with your Atlanta Kitchen Countertop Fabricator. Do your research, find a reliable stone fabricator and trust them to do their job diligently.