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Bay Area Home improvement is a new weekly column on Claycord providing you tips to help guide you along with your home projects. Kyle McClay, owner of American Kitchen Company in Concord, you may have seen on KRON4, will provide you with weekly tips on various subjects, complete with a short video. We will archive this and each edition on the Home Improvement tab above for anytime you wish to reference them.
When it comes to counters, you are going to have to fabricate them. Whether you are dealing with granite, quartz, or marble, they are all going to have to be cut and fabricated.
There are two ways to do that, prefabrication and custom fabrication. The main difference between prefabrication and custom fabrication is money. Everybody hates talking about money, but remodels are an investment. Dollar for dollar, I feel the best value when it comes to counters is prefabrication.
The difference between a prefabricated stone and a custom fabricated stone of the exact same material, is the labor. When you go prefabrication, you cut out the custom fabrication labor.
A contractor like myself, can come in and cut the stone by hand and install It down to the millimeter. It will look awesome. Sometimes, there is no way around custom fabrication, especially when you are putting in a large island, which we do a lot – so we do a lot of full custom fabrication. However, I try to talk people out of it when it is not required.
If you have a big island, and you don’t want a seam. then you have to go full raw slab. When you go full raw slab on an island, all the surrounding areas have to be matching. Custom fabrication is 100% required. The countertop will be installed in one piece, by hand, with no seams. That is really the crème de la crème when it comes to stone fabrication.
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