Need a New Granite Vanity Top?
The big box stores offer granite bathroom countertops as special-order items, but they are usually more expensive, but lower-quality than you can find from a local custom granite vanity top fabricator like Toluca Granite here in Austin, Texas.
It doesn’t seem like it should be that way, but it is!
Most of our clients are successful at finding a gorgeous granite remnant that will work for their new bathroom counter. We have a nice selection that changes frequently behind our little granite shop off North Lamar.
When You Might Need a Custom Granite Vanity Top
Most of our client’s bathroom countertop projects fall into one of these categories:
- Just replacing an old countertop, sink, faucet and backsplash with something new.
- Replacing the entire cabinet with a new cabinet, new granite vanity top, a granite or tile backsplash and new sink and faucet.
- Bigger remodel with walls moving, new cabinets and all new finishes on walls, floors and counters.
- New construction.
We can work with you on any of those projects to make your new granite vanity top on the timeline you need to get your project done on time.
How to Order a New Granite Vanity Top
You can call us any time during the course of your project. Some folks call when they’re just starting the plans for their new home, and need some pricing for the type and style of countertops they want in their kitchen and bathrooms.
Others call us when they suddenly realize they have cabinets with no countertops and need granite bathroom countertops FAST!
It usually works best if you call us when you’ve ordered your cabinets and need to find a granite color that will work with the color of the cabinets, the floor tile and the fixtures.
If you’re just replacing the existing counter with a new granite vanity top, here are the basic steps you’ll need to take:
- Measure the existing counter from side to side and front to back with a rigid tape measure (not a flexible, cloth one like the kind used for sewing). Most bathroom cabinets are 21-inches deep, unless they are in a much older home, or were custom-built for the home. The standard overhang for a granite vanity top is 1.5-inches, so 21-inches plus 1.5-inches means the new countertop will be 22.5-inches deep from front to back.
- The new counter will probably be the same size as the old counter, so you can use this measurement to go shopping. These numbers do not have to be exact – you just need them to get an idea of which granite remnants that we have are big enough.
- Give us a call at (512) 317-6722 to talk about your project. Tell us about your plans, your timeline and your preferences for how you want the finished counter to look. We can help you figure out what will look good for the style you want – from traditional to contemporary to modern.
- Make an appointment to visit us at our countertop shop off of North Lamar in Austin. We’re usually here from 9:30 to 5pm, but sometimes we have appointments at clients’ homes.
- Plan to spend 30 to 45 minutes looking at granite samples, edge profiles and talking about your remodeling plans.
- Schedule a time for us to come out and make templates. Once we’ve found something that works for your granite bathroom countertops, we will come out and make an exact template for your new counters. The template makes sure that when we make your new granite vanity tops, they will fit your cabinet, even if the walls aren’t completely straight (they rarely are – even in new construction!).
- Schedule a time for your custom granite bathroom countertops to be installed.
It takes about a week to make your new countertops from when we have three things: a final decision on the material, your measurements (the templates) and a 50% deposit.
Major Bathroom Remodel?
If your remodeling project is bigger than just replacing the countertops, give us a call early in the project. We can help you understand our role in the prcoess so that you know what to expect. We can also give you shopping and planning tips that will make your project go smoother.
Some Articles That Might Help Your Project
Make sure you check your shut-off valves under the sink.
Read about fitting a kitchen faucet on a granite counter – the info is the same for faucets for granite bathroom vanity tops, too.
Make sure your cabinets are level.
Read the bottom of the page on marble vanity tops about removing old counters, big old wall mirrors, faucets and other stuff you’ll need to think about.
You can also start thinking about whether you want granite backsplashes, or tile backsplashes.