Choosing the right countertop can make a huge difference to the look and feel of your kitchen. As the kitchen continues to be the heart of the home it is important to make the right decision. Unfortunately granite is not the cheapest option; this can put you off choosing it but it doesn’t have to cost the earth!
Getting It Right
Before you decide on granite countertops it is important to talk to a residential joinery expert. Working with granite takes specialized tools and skills; you won’t want to install the granite countertops yourself.
You can look at purchasing a slab of granite to fit the space you have or even cut it down to fit. These will generally cost you between $40 and $60 per square foot.
The alternative is to purchase granite tile which will cost between $5 and $15 per square foot.
The amount you need and the overall cost will depend on the amount of countertop space you have, whether you are doing all the countertops in granite and whether you’re intending to fit the countertops yourself or not.
It is estimated the average person will pay between $2,000 and $4,500 on buying and installing a granite countertop.
You should also be aware that the plainest pieces of granite will have the cheapest prices. Granite is graded by the color as this dictates the mineral content. The lower the mineral content the less durable it will be and the plainer the color.
Of course any granite countertop will be tough enough to last for many years and it will add a beautiful effect to your kitchen space.
Which To Choose
The slab is a good choice if you’re covering a large area. Choosing this type of granite countertop will be the most expensive option but it will give you the least amount of seams; which will help your kitchen to look fantastic.
However, it is worth noting that a slab of granite is very heavy. You’ll need to consider this when installing it; can you maneuver it and are the cupboards strong enough to take its weight? A standard countertop will cost you between $500 and $800.
A viable and cheaper alternative, especially if you’re remodeling, is to add granite tiles. These sit on your existing countertops but you will need to grout between all the seams. It is feasible to complete granite tiling yourself as individual tiles are not too heavy.
Of course there will be more seams but this option will only set you back $75 to $200 for a standard countertop.
Finally you can choose to go between the two and select a modular system. This is effectively mini slabs. You’ll have more seams than the granite slabs but less than the tiling option. This is still a heavy option; you’ll probably need 2 people to position each slab and some grouting will be needed.
In short a granite countertop can cost as little as $75 but it could cost significantly more; the sky really is the limit.