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Question DetailsAsked on 3/2/2016

Installing Apron / Farmhouse sink over existing grante countertops

I would like to install a farmhouse single sink in place of the existing double sink (Kohler K-3353). The granite cut-out for the existing sink is curvy since the sinks have different lengths. I understand that we will have to redo the cabinet underneath to accommodate a "deeper" sink but what is the best way to handle the granite counter tops? I have called a few granite guys in our area (South Jersey) but no one is interested in such a small job and all I hear is that I need to replace the entire counter top as nothing can be re-cut on the spot to, basically, square-out the existing opening . We have high-end granite counter tops that I would hate to break due to complete removal etc. Any suggestions? Thanks!

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Here is a prior response to basically the same question

which confirms what you are finding - most contractors want to take it to the shop, and certainly if not a plain rectangular cutout (with rounded cut corners for crack control). However - while I can see most wanting to take it to the shop, unless glued-down (as opposed to mechanically anchored) I don't see a need to do NEW countertop - should be able to take apart (in most configurations) and take in for the cutting. Does require redressing the mating edges at any junctions before regluing them, so normally the ENTIRE countertop has to come up - all extensions, not just the one the sink is cut into.

Of course, if the new sink is also deeper (from front to back) you may run into issues with the width of the countertop strips along front and back. Also, if the holes for faucet or spray nozzle or such have to be relocated that could be a major issue because it would mean plugging the old hole acceptably - again, can be done but very hard to make it look compatible unless you go with a contrasting accent plug.

Also - you talk about modifying the cabinet under the sink - if this involves cutting into the "box" - the perimeter, that likely means pulling it out for the rework/rebuild - which means in almost all cases taking the countertop off anyway.

Other suggestion - find a sink that fits the hole that satisfies you.

Or maybe look for a contractor from the many in the north Jersey/NYC area that routinely do fancy countertops and have the high end portable milling tools to do the job in-situ to do a special run to your area to do the job - though that will cost probably $500-1000 extra for the travel time/costs, and of course would take sending them a template and photos so they can decide if likely to work. Definitely a high-risk job.

One other alternative - finding a local contractor who has in-place through-cut capability (nto many do) so he can cut the existing sink area out entirely and replace it with a shop-cutout insert rectangular block - though because of the difficulty of matching the appearance might have to be a contrasting block of stone.

One other alternative sometimes done - take out existing countertop pieces and recut to bathroom or bar or breakfast nook counters, and put noew countertop in the kitchen.

Either way, sounds like this is quite possibly into a $1000 or more job, PLUS the cost of the sink and plumber - don't know if worth that to you.

Answered 4 years ago by LCD

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