Stone With Style: Quartz, Granite, Marble & More!
Countertops are the unsung heroes of our homes, serving as the workhorses in our kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas where functionality meets style. These versatile surfaces not only provide a practical space for meal preparation and storage but also contribute to the overall aesthetic appeal of a room. Whether you're renovating your kitchen, upgrading your bathroom, or designing a new space, choosing the perfect countertop is a crucial decision that can significantly impact the look and feel of your home.
Not quite ready or don't know where to begin? Well you're in luck. We have provided guidelines to make sure you are fully equipped with the knowledge you need to pick the perfect countertop for your space.
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1: Measure Your Space
For the best experience, and quick & accurate quoting we suggest measuring your space before coming in and working with one of our experts.
Below are a few tips for taking more accurate measurments.
Estimating Your Countertop Measurements
1. Draw (Kitchen layout)
a. Draw a rough picture of the layout of your kitchen. Be sure to include ALL areas (existing or added to your kitchen layout) in your drawing. Also include any island, peninsula, coffee bar, butler pantry, overhangs, etc.
b. See picture example of Kitchen Layout Drawing
a. Standard countertop depth (wall to front of cabinetry): 24-26 inches
b. Countertop Thickness: 3 centimeters
What to measure:
Existing countertops, or base cabinets, and mark all lengths and widths on your drawing. If backsplash is to match countertop material, measure backsplash also.
Steps to Measure:
a. Starting from one end of the countertop, use the tape measure to measure the length along the edge. If there are any protruding objects, such as a backsplash or appliances, measure up to the point where the countertop would meet these elements. Write down the length measurement on your drawing, indicating the starting and ending points of the countertop.
b. Next, measure the width or depth of the countertop. Place the tape measure at the edge of the countertop and extend it to the opposite edge, ensuring the tape is parallel to the edge. Note the width measurement, including any additional notes if there are irregularities or variations in width along the countertop.
c. If your countertop has a backsplash, measure its height from the countertop surface to the top edge. Start from one end and measure to the other, noting any variations or irregularities in height.
d. If you have cutouts for sinks, cooktops, or other fixtures, measure their dimensions accurately. Measure the length, width, and depth of the cutout, ensuring precise measurements for a proper fit. Note the cutout on your drawing. Be sure to include markings for the location of the sink(s), dishwasher, stove/oven, refrigerator, and any other appliances in your kitchen.
e. Depending on the complexity of your countertop, you may need additional measurements. For example, if you have an L-shaped countertop, measure the length and width of the second section separately, following the same steps outlined above. Also, any overhangs or added overhangs should be measured and noted on the drawing as some overhangs require additional support before countertop installation.
f. Check for accuracy: Once you have recorded all the measurements, double-check their accuracy. It's essential to ensure precision before coming in for a quote to ensure the most accurate pricing.
a. Bring all of your measurement info and drawing into your local Carpet & Tile Mart for a professional to complete your countertop purchase!
b. Once in store, you will be able to make final selection of material, edges, finishes,
Measuring Your Vanity Top
a. Vanity tops are cash and carry only, and are not eligible for installation. Vanity tops can be picked up at the countertop fabricator, or delivered to job site or your local Carpet and Tile Mart store.
b. Vanity tops have a standard depth of 20-21”, but can vary. Measurements should be of the vanity base that the top will be installed on. Also note the size, shape, and location of the sink that will go with the top (if not purchasing the sink through Carpet and Tile Mart)
c. Countertop Thickness: 3 centimeters
2. What To Measure
Existing vanity tops, or base cabinets, or measurements of new/future vanity cabinet base, and mark all lengths and widths on your drawing. If backsplash is to match countertop material, measure backsplash length for desired backsplash areas (Backsplash options: Center/behind vanity, left side, right side, or all three sides).
3: Steps To Measure
a. Starting from one end of the vanity, use the tape measure to measure the length along the edge. If there are any backsplashes (4” for vanity tops), note those on your drawing.
b. Measure to desired position of center of the sink or sinks and mark on your drawing.
c. Measure for faucet, and note how many cutouts should be made based on your chosen faucet.
2: Choose Your Material
Take a look at some of our favorite countertop styles and designs to get you inspired. See additional options in-store!
Natural stone inventory is limited and not guarenteed. See store for specific product availability.
Please note sampes do not represent 100% of the full slab and should only be used as a guideline for design and selection.
Agatha Black Quartz
Adonis White Granite
Black Galaxy Granite
Sodalite Blue Granite
Arabescato Venato Marble
Other Natural Stone
Black Honed Soapstone
Emerald Green Quartzite
Fusion Black Quartzite
Fusion Wow Quartzite
Fusion Gold Quartzite
3: Select Edge Profiles
The Final Descision before final selections is how do you want the edge of your countertop finished. We provide physical samples of the most common finishing types in store as well as shown below. Go with something sleek and simple or somethign that makes your showpice stand out even more!