Can you customize granite countertops? The short answer is yes!
It is a natural stone with several patterns and colors, and you can customize it to any shape you choose. If you’re planning on remodeling your kitchen, you should consider adding a custom-made granite countertop to the new features you’re acquiring. Granite is one of the best materials for kitchen countertops because of its durability, timelessness, and value it adds to your home.
When you’re getting your granite countertop, you’re guaranteed to have a one-of-a-kind design because the pieces will be cut from a unique piece of stone. You can choose what areas of the stone to highlight and where that is placed
HOW GRANITE COUNTERS ARE CUSTOMIZED DURING PRODUCTION
You can customize your kitchen countertops in several ways, from creatively crafted standard materials to custom-ordered materials creatively prepared by designers. Here are some inspirations to help you personalize your granite counters.
Based on the existing color scheme in your home, you can choose from the different shades of granite— pink, gray, white, and black. If you’re unsure which shade of granite will fit your home correctly, you can seek expert opinions from our professional designers. Choose a granite color that will give your countertop a personalized look.
Some popular granite countertop colors include Azul Platino, Barcelona, Black Savannah, Cartier, Crema Bordeaux, and Galaxy Black. You can use any of these colors to customize your granite countertops.
You can customize your granite countertop edge with a traditional or modern edge treatment. Your granite countertop can be cut to any shape of your choice. For clean-lined designs, straight or eased edges are the most appropriate, and it looks perfect on most granites and styles. The live edge will work best if you have intricately patterned granite or want to make a particular element in your kitchen more obvious. The waterfall edge is a continuous edge taking the granite all of the way to the floor.
Other granite countertop edge options are the quarter round (pencil) edge, beveled edge, double bevel, eased edge, square edge, half bullnose, bullnose, and ogee edge. Your edge can match and enhance the style of your home and your unique granite piece.
There are several levels of granite for countertops. Level 1 (low-grade granite) is the entry-level granite, with simple designs and stand color. Level 1 granite is thinner (about 3/8 inches). Builders use it for building apartments and prefab remodeling.
Level 2 granite or mid-grade granite has more colors than low-grade granite. Level 3+ is the third granite grade, and it has the best quality and most unique patterns, designs, and colors. Granite tiers can go up to more exotic and rare pieces of stone. The prices of these granite grades differ; hence, you should request one that suits your pocket-size when choosing the granite for your countertops.
HOW CUSTOMIZED GRANITE COUNTERTOPS ARE MADE
Once you have decided what you want your custom granite countertops to look like, a trained technician visits your home to take your countertop measurements. We use a digital templating machine to measure the countertops and produce a computer file. The digital templating method eliminates human errors and ensures that measurements are accurate.
An expert produces a Computer-Aided Design (CAD) where clients suggest modifications that meet their taste. An accurate measurement increases the chances of having a perfect kitchen countertop.
Here are the processes involved in the fabrication process of custom granite countertops:
MEASURING AND CUTTING
Once the homeowner makes a choice, how are granite countertops made to fit their kitchen?
To start, the granite fabricator will take precise measurements for the project. Then they use modern diamond blades and the waterjet cutting technique to cut the stone with high precision, creating intricate custom shapes and unique edgings.
CUTTING THE STONE
After the measurements and modifications are complete, the production team reviews the specifications to ensure they are accurate. A specially designed digital camera is installed over the ANTEA CNC bridge saw to take a picture of the granite slab placed on the saw table and put it on the operating monitor of the CNC saw.
The kitchen drawing is now placed over the slab picture, helping to correctly locate the joints and eliminate defects in the stone slab. Once the layout is complete, the slab is cut automatically, producing a stone with accurate dimensions.
After cutting the stone to the desired dimensions, the pieces are lifted with a vacuum lifting machine to a CNC machine. It is on this machine that we fabricate the granite countertop pieces.
The fabrication process includes designing the custom edges, polishing the edges, cutting out the spaces for cooktops and under-mount sinks, and drilling faucet holes. The CNC machine allows faster production and enables us to meet the client’s desired shape with the highest possible precision.
FLAT EDGE POLISHING
We make high-quality flat polishing for all countertop pieces with straight edges using a flat edge polishing machine. Whatever polishing ideas you want to customize your countertops with should be discussed with our team of professionals.
HAND FABRICATION AND QUALITY CONTROL
Once the CNC fabrication is complete, we place the countertops on tables designed for handling granite. A professional hand fabricator then inspects the countertops and makes improvements where needed.
Such modification may include eliminating sharp edges and fixing chips in the edge profiles. After the inspection, we use a sealer to seal the pieces, and we thoroughly clean the countertops. Finally, your custom-made countertop is now ready for installation in your home!
TELL US ABOUT YOUR PROJECT!
If you have a vision for your home that you want to bring to life, it’s essential to contact a company with experience and quality service. Bella Casa Countertops and Stone is a member of the International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA), meaning we adhere to the highest standards in the stone and surface industry.
Tell us about your project, and we will get back to you with a quote that can’t be beaten