Many homeowners consider granite when they’re looking to build great countertops in their kitchens, bathrooms, or elsewhere in their home — but they resist due to the time and expense that it can take to cut and install the slabs. This is where prefabricated granite can help overcome some of these hurdles.
Granite is a perennial favorite for countertops because the natural stone has an elegant and unique look that is hard to match with alternative materials. In addition to its authentic design benefits, the stone is also incredibly tough. That means it can resist stains and scratches, and is also unlikely to absorb liquids. The combination of aesthetics and resilience are almost unmatched.
However, improperly sealed granite can start to become vulnerable to damage and the overall price of making custom-built slabs to fit a kitchen or other project can be high. With that in mind, it’s worth considering the alternative of purchasing prefabricated granite for a home design project.
Prefabricated granite is prepared in a factory before being put out for sale, crafted in a wide range of patterns and colors and designed to meet standard kitchen, bathroom or other countertop shapes. It’s a great choice when there are several areas to cover or several rooms that all could use the same material, and the granite is cut and given an edge pattern before it leaves the factory.
That helps to simplify the design options from the range of prefabricated granite on offer, and thankfully there are so many options that it could be used for almost any type of project.
For example, darker wooden or other cabinets in the kitchen can pair well with a sheer black prefabricated granite countertop that includes specks of gold and white. This creates an elegant and attractive look that will add a layer of class to any home. If the kitchen has an island, it’s not possible to use prefabricated granite for that — but it’s easy to order custom slabs in the same design.
If the appliances or cabinets in a kitchen are made from darker materials, another good choice for prefabricated countertops is to use white with flashes of gray and black for a nice contrast.
Another option is a pure white countertop with natural gray and black veins, and although the slabs are prefabricated, precise holes can be made during installation for features such as sinks.
Or consider using a prefabricated granite countertop that mixes various shades of gray, brown, and white for a vibrant pattern that could match with a natural brick wall in a kitchen.
Sometimes the brighter the room the better, and that’s where a white granite countertop with markings of gray can provide a beautiful component in a room focused on the use of white. This creates a light and welcoming area, whether it’s a kitchen or a bathroom.
Although prefabricated granite by its very nature would potentially suggest a more limited design range than ordering custom-made granite, there are still many design options available as indicated above. That means that it remains an easy, lower-cost way to achieve the desired look of beautiful granite countertops but at a reduced expense and less time consumed than custom-made slabs.