Granite- A journey from the store to the countertop

Today in this post we will trace the journey of how the granite lands on the kitchen countertop.

Step 1- Mother Nature makes the beautiful granite thru the process of metamorphosis or extreme change. Read more here

Step 2- The granite pieces are processed and cut in the quarries and the factories. Watch this informative video here.

Step 3- The finished granite slabs get shipped to the different wholesaler retailers via various means of transportation. The worth of the granite is largely determined by its place of origin and the kind of formation or pattern it holds.

Step 4- Go to a granite wholesale retailer. We went to a retailer in Seattle.

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Step 5- Choose a granite slab among the various options available. Keep in mind the colors of your kitchen cabinet as well as the size of the kitchen, lighting etc. I wanted to go for something that will blend with all sorts of colors, so was preferring a lighter shade. And of course granite can get really expensive, so something lower on the price was also a consideration. Granite countertops not only look classy, but are also more durable and resistant. Here is selection of available options in the warehouse.

My first choice was the style that is third from the front, but then went with another piece similar looking because I could not justify the price difference to myself 🙂

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Step 6- After choosing a granite piece and paying for it, the granite gets carried out to the truck using a forklift. Some day I want to drive this monster!

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Step 7- The forklift carries the granite and with some assistance it is placed on the truck. Two thin wooden plats support the heavy granite slab.

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Step 8- Here is the final product sitting snugly on the truck. Taking it off the truck and hauling it inside the kitchen carefully so that nothing chips or breaks is quite a task and it was only because of Sean and Lorrie’s help that this impossible feat could be achieved.

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Step 9- The next step is to cut the granite to fit the sink, which is an art in itself. After marking the sink’s dimensions on the granite, the granite is cut using a wet saw. This video shows Sean using a wet saw (warning: cover your ears, a wet saw is quite loud).

Also watch this for a closeup of how the wet saw is used:

Step 10- After the cutting is done, we gently nudge the cut granite out of the bigger slab. This has to be done slowly and with patience as a small push in the wrong direction could crack the surrounding granite.

This video here will show you how this is done: 

Step 11- Finally, install/mount the sink base over the cut granite. Sinks can either be mount under or mount on top of the granite. To keep it simple, I had got a top mount sink from the HomeDepot with Lorrie. Here is how it looks when placed over the granite.

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Step 12-Lastly hookup the sink with the faucet and other parts and tada.. you just got done with a significant part of your kitchen renovation!

The finished product looks great, doesn’t it? The sink came as a complete set along with the faucet, drain and everything from HomeDepot.

Total cost of project: $300 for the granite + $300 for the new sink + labor or approx $700.

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