What you many not particularly appreciate is the cost of a slab or two of granite or quartz to replace your kitchen and/or bathroom vanity counters.
Enter pre-cut/prefab countertops, a choice many people didn't even know they have.
1. Cost Savings Per Sq Foot
A precut/prefab countertop averages $300 for 108" of stone at counter-depth (25.5"), whereas a slab will run you upwards of $1000 in materials alone. When your kitchen 107" or less in a continuous length and 25.5" counter depth throughout, you can easily use a prefab instead of incurring full slab costs.
2. Go With Stone
According to Marble.com, "on average, laminate countertops cost between $20 to $50 per square foot. This makes the surfaces one of the cheapest countertop options that you can find." You'll get a durable and beautiful stone that will put the kitchen on the buyer's "YES" list.
On average, granite countertops will add 25% of its cost to your overall home value, per David Rounick, commercial development consultant in Philadelphia. Now how will they know you got the granite at 25% of a slab install? They won't, and you win.
3. Rent Premiums
In many places, amenities decide who will have a a better draw, what you can charge for rent in the area, etc. You want to strike a balance, of course, and this price point will help you do that.
Best Place to Use Prefab:
Galley and Single-wall Kitchens, Small Kitchens, Outdoor Kitchens (covered). These are typically 25.5" wide and less than 107" long, making install a snap, with no seams to hide.
Double sink bathroom cabinet counters. The install team will remove 4" from the back edge to use as a backsplash required for code compliance in most places.
Things to Keep in Mind:
You will still need to find an installer to cut sink holes and make appropriate cuts, possibly re-polish an edge or create a nearly invisible seam. This will add to your costs, but not quite as much as custom slab work will.
2. Kitchen Islands
In the case of a seamless center island (over 25.5" in width on a single plane), the prefab won't make good sense unless you simply don't mind a seam.
3. Counter Lengths Over 107"
In the case you have a 107"+, a seam can be hidden easily at an apron-front farm sink, for example, so two pre-cut slabs will work, and still considerably less expensive than a full slab. But if the seam is in a prominent place, you'll probably want to opt for the custom slab or just make peace with the seam.
When you're ready to purchase new countertops Surplus Building Materials has everything you need from granite, quartz, and marble options all ready to be seen in our huge warehouse!