Before you start a new home renovation project, you’ll want to know how long it will take – will your kitchen will be out of commission for days? Weeks? Months? At Surrey Marble and Granite, we offer a full service granite worktop manufacture and installation, and we’re accustomed to slotting in with other trades and service providers. Here are the main steps we go through with some rough time estimates – depending on the project, each step may require more or less time so it’s essential that you talk to us to get a detailed plan if time is sensitive.
Let’s imagine an order coming in. Steve wants a new granite worktop for his Southampton home. He sends us a message through our website, and gets a quick call back from our team.
Choosing the stone and making a plan
We strongly recommend customers visit our Surrey workshop so they can get a real feel for the stone by handling samples and seeing mock-ups of kitchens and bathrooms.
Steve has a bit of a drive from Southampton, so he makes an appointment for a weekend. He wants either a grey or green stone – letting us know ahead of time makes it easier to ensure you see everything you want to. He chooses a lovely grey-green granite and we discuss timings. Steve is installing his granite worktop as part of a larger renovation of his Southampton home, so he wants us to fit in with the delivery of his new kitchen units. They’ll be installed in 8 weeks time. We arrange a date for templating and a provisional date for installation.
Time needed: 0-6 weeks – if we have to order a particular stone in for you, the time taken will depend on the supplier. If we have it in stock, we could start cutting the next step straight away!
Measuring and templating
Granite worktops need to be manufactured with millimetre precision, so our experts do their own templating. Typically, measuring and templating will take a few hours or a single day. The measuring will be done on site, in your home. Templating can also be done while other building work is underway.
Steve picks a day when he can work from home and lets our team in. They go to work quickly – as they’re only making measurements, there’s no mess and no need to disrupt the normal function of the kitchen.
Time needed: 1 day
Manufacture of the worktop
Our expert stoneworkers mak
e all our granite worktops on site in our Surrey factory. Once the slab has arrived and the templating is complete, we cut, shape, finish and polish, making sure everything is perfect.
Steve gets a call to let him know his granite worktop is complete and to confirm the installation day.
Time needed: 1-3 days – the actual manufacture of your worktop will typically take one or two days. More complex cuts and larger projects with multiple pieces may take longer.
Installation of your new kitchen worktop
Our team will deliver and install your new worktop on a date agreed. We understand that a new granite worktop is often part of a larger project, and are accustomed to working with other trades and professions to get the job done.
Steve is having a full kitchen remodel done, so we liaise with the kitchen fitters to confirm the installation day and time. Our team deliver the worktop to Southampton and our fitters install it. Because of our careful templating, the worktop fits perfectly. We confirm that the sink and other features fit as expected and set and seal the worktop. In just a few hours, it’s all in and tidy – our work is done!
Time needed: 1-2 days – depending on the complexity of the project, installation may take a couple of hours or a couple of days.