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Published: August 1, 2011

Just the Countertops

A Look at the Costs of New Countertops

So, you want a little more than a touch of powder and some new lipstick on your kitchen? Those who want the feel of a new kitchen without shelling out the big bucks might want to consider a basic Facelift option with new countertops thrown in.

It’s amazing how a new set of granite or stone countertops can really transform the look and feel of a kitchen. Of course, the price tag will begin to jump as you add more components to your remodel. Read below carefully so that you fully understand all the costs and additional options related to a countertop replacement.

Although other counter top options exist, most replacement tops in our area are made of either natural granite stone or engineered stone materials.  The average countertop job will include templating, fabrication, delivery and installation and will run about $3,000 to 6,000.

Depending on the project, additional costs may include the removal of the existing counter tops, replacing the sink, faucet, and garbage disposal and reinstalling or replacing the existing cooktop.  These extra costs and services can easily add another $1,500 to $2,500 to the bill.  If a new tile backsplash is in order, add on another $1,500 to $2,500 for materials and labor.

So, what often started out as a few thousand dollars for a new counter top can quickly grow into a $6,000 to $12,000 investment.  At this point, you may want to ask yourself how much longer the cabinets will really last, and if your kitchen remodel is a short term investment or long term.  If your cabinets are more than 20 to 30 years old, a replacement countertop may not be your best overall kitchen remodeling strategy.  Instead, you may want to read about refinishing, refacing or replacing cabinetry in the blog below.

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