The kitchen is getting closer to being finished, and soon I will be able to get back to cooking! Wahoo! Today, I wanted to share with you the installation of our countertops!
We bought quartz rather than granite for a number of reasons. First off, it is cheaper than granite. Quartz is also a stronger stone. It is non-porous, so it is stain resistant. It is also anti-bacterial naturally. Granite needs to be sealed every year which can be costly. Quartz does not need sealing. Finally it is scratch resistant!
Our day begins with the team arriving to install the countertops!
We wanted a drainboard in the countertop. Here is what most are doing now. Notice that there are grooves cut into the stone.
We asked for the drainboard area to be shaved and smoothed. Having them do this cost an additional $240, which is well worth it! Can you imagine having to constantly clean out the grooves? Here is what we had done.
The first area they work on is the countertop where the sink will go. We bought a cast iron porcelain sink that is an undermount for easy cleaning. Our water here has too many minerals that make stainless out of the question. First, they lay the countertops down, and then they trace where the sink will go.
They move off the countertop and then cut out the plywood in the area where the sink will go.
They set in the sink, and the countertop goes in.
Next they work on the island. Here they are placing the adhesive down.
Carefully they set down the countertop giving it minute adjustments to get it just right!
After all is said and done, here is the kitchen!
Thank you goes out to DMD Granite and Marble for a job well done! To thank us for choosing them, they gave us a lovely jar of local honey!
Aside from the sink, the countertops were the least costly thing we did in the kitchen. The company that sells the quartz is Cambria. A couple days after the countertops went in I received a gift from them! They sent me a cheese board made out of the same quartz as the countertops! Isn’t that really nice? Thank you Cambria!
Well that is it for today. We are still waiting on the shelving for the salt and pepper display cabinets, and the glass doors too. When these come in and get installed, I will share photos of the finished kitchen! Now I am heading into the kitchen because I finally have a sink, and I can start cooking!