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aznewmom
Can you remodel but keep counters?
aznewmom

Hi all.
I'm a newbie to these boards.
We purchased a new home two months ago. New to US that is..........
So, we have a few things we really want to change. Some are big projects and will be down the road, a few are small and we hope to tackle them soon. One, that is something we really did NOT think we would need to do, is to replace the kitchen cabinets. Sadly, now that we are actually IN the home, we have discovered that the kitchen cabinets are pretty cheap and have some water damage, and a few other issues. We really like the backsplash the previous owners put in and the granite counters. We do NOT like the sink and the faucet was put in wrong...........*sigh* ............and is leaking everywhere.
So, here is the question:
Is it possible to replace kitchen cabinets (probably just the lower ones) and the sink, but actually KEEP the countertops and backsplash? We do not want to just do a reface or replace the doors, as the damage, cheapo factor, and unworkable bits are actaully INSIDE these cabinets.
Thanks for any insight~

Cheers,
Stacy

Sombreuil_mongrel
Re: Can you remodel but keep counters?
Sombreuil_mongrel

I have seen granite taken out, cabinets replaced, and the granite reinstalled, so yep, it's possible.
You have to keep the overall footprint the same, but some tweaking of the layout may be possible. You generally can't stretch the counters, tho'.
Casey

Jack
Re: Can you remodel but keep counters?
Jack

Probably, a lot will depend on how everything is installed and your skill level. It is pretty hard to level cabinets with the counter top in place but it can be done.

Jack

A. Spruce
Re: Can you remodel but keep counters?
A. Spruce

You will likely lose the backsplash but possibly be able to keep the countertop. Don't worry, you can take pictures of the current backsplash and recreate it later. The granite top is another story. Stone is delicate, so make sure you have a stone installer, someone who knows what they're doing, come to remove it.. There will be no guarantee from the company that they can salvage the stone, they are not responsible if it breaks. That is just the way it is with anything that you request be salvaged.

dj1
Re: Can you remodel but keep counters?
dj1

Most demolishers WILL trash your granite - chances are that it will break.

If it installed the normal way, it won't come out in one piece.

Now the good news: new granite prices are down.

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