It wasn't that long ago that stone counters were an unusual item only wealthy people could afford. They're still not cheap, but they have come down in price and are increasingly common in high-end kitchens and baths.

I've been in the stone-fabrication business for 20-plus years and counters are one of our bread-and-butter items. Although it's possible to fabricate counters in the field, you can do much better work in a well-equipped shop. Mistakes are costly, so we don't work from drawings or measurements. Instead, we make full-size templates of the cabinet...

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