By Gene and Katie Hamilton
A countertop is a dominant surface in a bathroom, so replacing an ugly duckling laminate vanity top with a new, high-style granite stone one will be a dramatic improvement. They come in a host of trendy shades to match any décor, and they offer a durable surface that is resilient and resistant to everyday use.
You'll find a range of stone vanity tops sold at home centers and kitchen and bath design centers. A carpenter will remove the old countertop and replace it with a new 61-inch wide granite top for $462, which includes the material and labor. If you have carpentry experience, you can do the job for $325 and save 29 percent. That includes labor and material. The granite top is sold in two parts, a slab counter and separate bowl that you glue to the underside of the top before fastening it to the vanity base. The top also comes with a separate 4-inch back splash. A side splash is also available, but it's sold separately. The countertop comes predrilled with three holes for the faucet. If you plan to replace the existing faucet, add more time and money.
The National Kitchen-Bath Assn. has this advice about Choosing A Bathroom VanityTop.
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The bottom line: compare the price of a contractor’s bid to install a stone vanity countertop with what it costs to do it yourself and make your decision. You adjust the cost to where you live by adding your ZIP Code.
Improvement and Repair Cost Updated 2019
The cost and time data is generated by averaging labor and material data from annually updated cost books used by contractors and refined by the authors'
experience remodeling 13 houses. They are authors of 20 home improvement books and Do It Yourself or Not, a weekly column syndicated by Tribune Content
Agency. The national cost can be adjusted by ZIP Code.