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Old 10-18-2014, 06:32 PM  
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Hey everybody. First post here, I just bought my first house and I am already getting the itch to start working on projects, so I'm sure I will be on here learning as much as I can. I grew up doing various renovations on houses, but my experience is limited to spending hours chipping paint, etc.

Anyways, quick question. I wanted to re do the existing countertops with granite ones, but have no idea the exact process. I saw online where I can buy slabs, but I couldn't find any that would cut it to my dimensions. Is this a case where I should find a local company to supply and cut it then I can install myself? I apologize for my ignorance, I just have no clue what the smartest and most cost effective way to do this.

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I've done a couple of total kitchen remodels in houses that I've owned and did everything myself....except for the granite counter tops. The reasons being, want sections as large as possible for fewer seams, boring, drilling and cutting for the sink and scribing so it fits tight to the walls.
If I were doing it again I would calculate the existing counter square footage. Find a supplier/installer and in pick out product by price and style. Once you do that they'll need to do a template from your existing layout. You'll need to tear out your old counter to get accurate measurements. A week or 2 later they install the new granite. Use some scrap plywood or sheetrock for temporary counter tops.

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I also have done a few kitchen remodels and being a total DIY type person I alway stayed clear of stuff that wasn't DIY friendly. I would feel this is such a material. I would love giving it a shot but without the tools and skills I would find a pro. As to having someone make it and the DIY the instal, I wouldn't risk it. It's heavy and areas like the sink cutout are fragile I would think.

I love the look of stone counter tops and I know they have big resale appeal. I watch these TV shows and they spend a lot on stone and then the buyers love it but want a different color or look. Kind of like having a swimming pool for resale.

If you just bought the house I'm sure resale is not on your mind. You will have lots of other projects you can save money with DIY so it's a case of picking your battles.

I was always working on a limited budget and when ever I got quotes on these high end installs I would see more bang for my buck in other areas and hold off on those things. That was just me.

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