So you’ve set your sights on your ideal countertop now. But what happens next to turn that sample countertop piece to the full-blown real deal in your kitchen? Luckily, the hardest parts like cutting and finishing the countertops will be taken care of for you. You can help move things along though by working as a team with your countertop fabricator.
Preparing for template day
Template day is where the countertop crew comes in to measure the precise dimensions of your countertop. This is also your last chance to work out any new design ideas you may have had for the countertop. It’s an important day so for it to go smoothly, here’s what you can do to prepare:
- Set the final layout of kitchen.
- Make sure base cabinets are completely installed and levelled and NO MORE changes to be made.
- You should also have all your appliance in place for more precise measurement.
- If you want to put in a new sink and faucets, they should be on-site.
- You don’t want to finish the walls with paint or backsplash yet though – leave that till after the countertops are installed.
- Make sure a decision maker is on site on template day
- Special details like overhang and seam(s) location need to be discussed and decided on the spot so it can be reflected on the drawing.
- Clear off all kitchen surfaces before template day.
- This will make it easier for the crew to take measurements.
Preparing for installation day
Installation day is the most exciting of all because it’s when you’ll finally get a glimpse of what your countertops look like. If you want it to go without a hitch, take the time to prepare your house for the big day with these 9 steps:
- Ensure plumbing is disconnected
- You need a licensed plumber to disconnect the plumbing prior to the installation of the new counter top.
- If you don’t have a shut off valve at the kitchen sink, water needs to be shut off for the whole house. You need to make sure NO ONE will turn it on until the new sink is ready to be used.
- Make sure you or a representative is on site on installation day to answer any questions the installation crew may have.
- An individual over 18 of age needs to be presented on site in case installers have questions or need a decision to make unexpected changes.
- Move all appliances out of the way.
- You need to make sure your appliances are not in the way to allow installers to make necessary maneuvers.
- Empty all base cabinets and drawers.
- You want to ensure base cabinets and drawers are clear off for easier installation and to avoid dust on your items.
- For fragile and valuable items, store them in a safe place away from the kitchen area to avoid damage.
- Conceal surrounding areas and appliances.
- Close doors of nearby rooms and hang cloths or tarps over them. Everything will be much easier to clean up in the end.
- Clear the easiest and most direct path from the entrance to the kitchen.
- Besides removing furniture and fragile items, it’s also recommended to cover up the walls and floors of that path with cloths and tarps.
- Open kitchen windows for ventilation.
- On the day of the installation, open kitchen windows will air out the inevitable fumes and dust from installation.
- Turn off air conditioner and cover all vents in the kitchen.
- This will prevent dust from the installation spreading to the rest of the house.
- Clear off your driveway, stairs and front porch during winter months
- Untreated surfaces can be extremely hazardous during winter months. Ensure your driveway, stairs and front porch are clear of snow and salted prior to the installers arrival. Installers have the right to refuse the installation of the counter top if they feel it’s unsafe to proceed.
New counter top is a big investment and can add great value to your property. We want to make sure the experience you had before and after are also enjoyable.