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Understanding the Countertop Installation Process

New countertops are a great way to transform your kitchen into a functional, attractive space for all to enjoy. While this might seem like a small task, it’s a serious undertaking that requires preparation and can be stressful like any other home renovation project. Most people don’t understand the amount of work and time it takes to install countertops correctly.

We know your kitchen or bath project is an investment and we want to ensure that each client receives the red-carpet treatment. In this blog, we’ll walk you through the process of how professional countertop installations work and guide you through the steps to help you prepare for your dream countertops.


The first step to having new countertops is deciding what you want to be installed. There’s a wide selection of countertop products, including granite, quartz, marble, and other surfacing materials. These products are also available in multiple colors, patterns, edge profiles, finishes, and so on. Consulting a contractor can be essential if you’re unsure of the best option to suit your kitchen/bathroom décor or have a limited budget.

Although you can view our product selection online, we recommend visiting our countertop showroom in Franklin, TN to view our surfacing materials and designs in-person!

Before heading off to buy the selected materials and design specifics, you or the countertop installer should take measurements of the current and future space, noting special features like the existing countertops and cabinetry measurements, as well as the location of the sink, electrical outlets, and faucets. Our team will ensure the measurements are accurate so your new countertops are cut and fitted correctly.

Measure and Template


At this stage, your selected material will be cut, edged, polished, and quality checked to your specifications while keeping in mind the template and layout. First, we digitally map the template of your countertop project into our software. Once approved, our team will cut and finish the stone using our state-of-the-art equipment.

There are a few must-do things before the installation process begins. For starters, remove existing countertops entirely, so only cabinets are visible. It is important that cabinets are completely secured to the wall or floor and leveled so the new countertops can hug tightly on top of them. Any plumbing or electrical fixtures must also be disconnected by a professional. Also, make sure there’s a clear pathway around the job site, meaning no clutter, kids, or pets around.

Preparing the Installation Site


The big day is finally here, and an experienced installation team will install your new countertops, ensuring everything fits and is completed to your satisfaction. The electrical and plumbing fixtures should then be reconnected as needed. Once everything is quality-control checked, our countertop professionals will provide specific instructions regarding the new countertops’ care.

Ready to Start your 2021 Countertop Project?

The amount of time it takes for professional countertop installation will depend on the size of your project, edge details and material. It will also depend on your space, accessibility and if they’ll need to disassemble and removal your old countertops.

Your countertops are an investment that deserve quality installation. Visit our showroom in Williamson County to further discuss how IntelliStone can make your new countertop purchase stress-free from beginning to end!

For more information on how to start your new countertop project contact us or schedule and appointment to visit us!

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