A Step By Step Look at Kitchen Countertop Installation

Remodeling your home can be a smart investment. Of course, this is a great way to make more room for a growing family and can be smarter than trying to uproot your life and move into a larger home.  While the process can be long and stressful it can not only save you money, but if you ever decide to sell your home, this Grifon remodel will likely improve the resale value of your property.

And when looking into a home remodel, the kitchen is one of the most common projects. Families spend more time in the kitchen, collectively, than any other room in the house. Similarly, home buyers often put great weight on the quality of a kitchen when finalizing a sale.

There are many ways to upgrade your kitchen but installing a new counter top is one job you can do over a matter of days that will dramatically transform the look and feel of the most visited room in the house.

There are many things involved with installing a kitchen counter top so for the sake of brevity let’s assume that you have cut or removed necessary components (like cupboards, etc) and are focusing solely on installing the counter itself. Similarly, the steps you take can depend on the type of counter top you are installing: plastic laminate vs stone (et al).

STEP 1: Measure

Let us also assume that you have custom ordered your counter tops (which means you have already measured the space and recorded the dimensions).  However, before we discuss installation it is imperative to remind you to measure the space accurately.  This is not only for the sake of the counter top itself, but also to adjust for the backsplash.

STEP 2: Scribe the Backsplash

While it doesn’t matter which section you start with, the longest corner section is typically the best.  Install the miter bolts and then slide the top into the corner and test the measurement before finalizing the scribe.  Make adjustments and then scribe the top and then sand down the back edge.

STEP 3:  Handsaw the Edge

There is a good chance the side edge will overlap the counter edge so use a handsaw to correct this. First, though, fasten the counter top to the counter base so it does not move.

STEP 4: Cut the Return

This may be optional but you also need to scribe the overhang dimension (or make it flush).

STEP 5: Anchor the Top with Steel Angles

Finally, screw the countertop and cabinet sides into steel angles to secure them.

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