We're considering what countertops to do with our new kitchen remodel.
We currently have laminate, and it works fine, except we would like
something a bit more resilient to heat if we can, but laminate and
concrete are a bit over our budget...and they aren't soemthing I want
Restaurants use stainless, and we like the look...but we aren't exactly
sure where we can find a manufacturer of a custom-sized countertop.
Is this something that anyone here has had done before? What does it
cost, where do we start on finding someone who can do this kind of work
To find one, I'd call an architect's office. I doubt they'd charge you just
for recommending a metal shop. Second choice would be the yellow pages. Not
all metal shops do this kind of work, but you should be able to find one.
Uh, if laminate and concrete are over your budget, stainless steel is
way, way, way over your budget. It'd be hard to find a more expensive
top. It's not terribly hard either. It'll take the heat, but you'd
better be OK with the "patina" of scratches you'll have.
Quartz and granite are good for heat, but they'll be more expensive
than laminate, too.
On 20 Nov 2006 09:26:25 -0800, " email@example.com"
Try welding shops. I had mine made up in an "L" shape that picks up
the sink and cooktop with a backsplash that goes up to the uppers.. It
has two different levels with a lot of bends ahd joints. It came out
to $1200. Most of that was labor. It was one big piece that used
almost a whole sheet of stainless. I made up the substrate (2 layers
of 3/4 plywood) to fit the space and took it up to them so they could
make the top fit exactly. I could have done better on the price if it
was a little less complicated but I got what I want.
Nope. I had originally planned on it but the top fit so well it wasn't
necessary. The sink and cooktop anchored the flat parts and the upper
cabinets clamped the vertical part. I did put a bonding lug on it and
grounded the whole assembly but the outlet boxes probably did that
I had them in my last house. It's sort of a love-hate thing. They are
certainly different from other materials and their utility is
unsurpassed. However, they do scratch up and can get dents in them,
like a car.
They are wicked expensive.
On 20 Nov 2006 14:24:08 -0800, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
What grade did you use? I went with 316 18ga brushed finish and I am
not sure how you would dent it. When I actually priced it out the
money was in the labor so I went with the thickest stainless they
stocked locally. The difference was only $30 or $40 so for the whole
sheet and I had some left over I use around the shop. It is really
cool stuff to have around.
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