Recommended DIY work to keep costs down during granite countertop upgrades
Granite countertops can be more expensive, this cost is greatly offset by how long they last, but what about those who are having issues right now affording a granite countertop? Easy, we’ll look at the tips that will get you a granite countertop into your home in Nashville at an affordable price, without skimping on the quality of the countertop.
Prep your cabinet for the granite countertop yourself
If you’re the truly handy type, who installs their own cabinets, you don’t necessarily have to hire someone to prep them to receive the granite countertop. The key here is making sure that your work is quality. If you’re not certain of your abilities, this may be when you want a professional around as a granite countertop is heavy and needs to be properly supported.
To prep your cabinet for the granite countertop, cut 3/4 inch plywood that exactly fits the base of your cabinets. This is your support for the granite. Drill a pilot hole and make sure your screws are centered over the frames underneath.
Order your granite countertop yourself
Some designers will insist on shopping for the actual granite themselves. This isn’t necessary as you can clearly see on our website that you can choose the actual slab of granite that you want, right from our location in Nashville.
We display the size and thickness so that you can make the decision yourself, rather than paying someone else to make it for you. If you don’t feel comfortable with power tools, this is your best chance to save some money during your granite countertop installation.
Have an appropriate space to work on your granite countertop
Granite countertop slabs are big and heavy. Some can weigh over 200 pounds. Where you work on it has to be sturdy.
Most people will use kraft paper to cut the template for the shape of the countertop. This is much easier than trying to make marks on your granite countertop.
The right tool for the job is a circular saw with a dry-cut segmented diamond blade. Anything less will not measure up and leave you with a poorly cut granite slab – or damage the circular saw itself.
So you can minimize the cost for granite countertops, take a look at what we have on offer in our Africa Range. You’ll be sure to find a granite slab that you can work on yourself, giving you that expensive look for a lower price – all from our local Nashville store.