Every piece of granite is unique, which means that your natural stone countertops will be unlike any other in the world. However, you can customize your countertops even more by selecting the thickness, pattern, and edging style that you want your fabrication team to use.
Custom Shape and Thickness
When you first speak to a fabrication consultant, you’ll be asked how thick you want your granite countertops to be. Cosmetic countertops don’t need to be nearly as thick as functional kitchen countertops, so this question will generally be answered by whether you’re designing a kitchen or a bath.
Granite slabs are typically either 1 and 1/4 inch thick or 3/4 inch thick. The 3/4 inch counters are most often used for bathroom sinks and vanities. The 1 and 1/4 inch slabs are used for kitchens and outdoor applications.
Custom Colors and Patterns
Your next decision will be what type of stone to use for your countertops. First, you’ll need to decide if you want to go with granite or another type of natural stone. Quartz and quartzite are just as strong and durable as granite, and considering them will greatly widen your range of potential patterns.
Because granite is sourced from around the world, you may find that some patterns and colors are significantly more expensive than others. In general, the closer the quarry or manufacturer is to your home, the cheaper the stone slab will be.
Custom Corners and Edges
To personalize your granite countertops even further, make sure that you choose your favorite edging option. Rounded edges look very different from angled ones; this decision might completely change the appearance of your final kitchen design.
Most fabrication teams will offer you a catalog of edging options during your initial consultation. Expect normal beveled and bull-nosed edges to be the most affordable. Some fabricators also offer specialty edges that require extra labor but are well worth the price.
The beauty of natural stone countertops is that they can be made to your exact specifications. If you have something in mind, don’t be afraid to bring it up with your fabrication team. Whether you need a specific color of granite or want a special shape cut out of the stone, we’ll be happy to help you discuss your options so you can build the kitchen of your dreams.