This a question which my clients frequently ask me when it comes to kitchen renovation. There is no easy answer to this question as there are a wide variety of variables to take into consideration when pricing up the cost of your granite worktops. In the first instance it is helpful to be able to use an online calculator to work out a cost like the Mister Marble worktop estimator, but here we take a look at what affects the price.
Granite is available in a wide variety of colours and patterns, and it is worth taking the time to think about what overall effect you are looking for in your kitchen when considering the best product for you. Light colours tend to work better in a smaller space as they help to give the idea that the area is bigger than it is.
Granite is a natural product and as such images on a website or indeed samples in a showroom will not show you the exact pattern of the worktop you will purchase – they will however give you a very good idea of what it looks like in terms of both pattern and colour. Some companies can send samples in the post if you are not able to visit a showroom in person, this will help you to get a good idea of the colour and finish.
It is very important to make sure you have accurate measurements of the surface are you want to cost up. We would recommend measuring it twice in order to avoid errors. Consider the shape of the worktop you are interested in as well as this will also need to be taken into consideration when costing up the price of the granite. If you are looking to replace the worktops on existing cabinets then remember to measure the width, as well as the length, not all worktops are a standard width. Also consider what depth you want your worktops to be and what sort of finish you would prefer at the edges.
There are many manufacturers of granite worktops today. The price of granite will vary from one to another as will the quality so it is certainly important to make sure you have a look at what is on offer before spending out.
There are a number of extras that you can add to your granite worktop such as drainer groove cutouts, sink cutouts, splash backs and even window ledges that match your worktops. These are important factors to take into account when costing up your worktop.
What does the cost include?
When you have chosen the finish and manufacturer for your granite worktops, measured all the sizes and added any extras that you might be interested in you will be able to get a good idea of the cost. Remember some companies may include the cost of installation in their price quote, whilst others may not so it is important to check in order to avoid any nasty shocks later on when comparing quotes!