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Old 03-19-19, 08:06 PM
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Granite counter top cut to replace sink inside home?

I spoke with a few contractors who told me that I needed to replace the granite countertop if I want to replace the undermount sink. I used Angie's List and found a marble/stone company who told me they would remove the undermount, cut the granite countertop without removing and then install a farmhouse sink. Does this sound doable? The other contractors were very clear this cannot be done. I've attached pictures for reference.
 
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Old 03-20-19, 04:48 AM
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That's the downside of under mount sinks!

If the stone masons claim they can do it, why not. It seems to me the counter top is going to be cut and seamed regardless. What is the worst that can happen? They break the top and start over with a new one. They are experts with stone, I'd go by their recommendation. But be prepared to the possibility of removing the counter top.
 
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I think cutting the granite is the easy, albeit messy part. I am concerned how you are going to do the cabinet work. That's not a easy modification to do in the field and have turn out well.
 
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Originally Posted by norm201
That's the downside of under mount sinks!

If the stone masons claim they can do it, why not. It seems to me the counter top is going to be cut and seamed regardless. What is the worst that can happen? They break the top and start over with a new one. They are experts with stone, I'd go by their recommendation. But be prepared to the possibility of removing the counter top.
The worst scenario is they crack the counter top and I can't find a replacement to match the other countertops including island or I have to replace the existing countertop which is a HUGE slab.

To be honest, I was surprised the first 2 contractors were against it saying you can't do any cutting in the field and the last one said it was not a problem.

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I think cutting the granite is the easy, albeit messy part. I am concerned how you are going to do the cabinet work. That's not a easy modification to do in the field and have turn out well.
They said I have 6.25" of clearance and 6.5" is needed so the door needs to be moved down .25" and the cabinet needs to be reinforced to support a Kohler drop-in apron sink.
 
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Old 03-20-19, 08:51 PM
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Your better countertop companies would have no problem doing that... they use a wet saw and core bits. They "should" round the corners of your new cutout to avoid any potential stress cracks. But I don't quite understand what the clearance issue is.
 
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They can do this right in my kitchen? I THINK the sink hangs down 6.5" which means the door just needs to move down.
 
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I don't know why a door would be in the way of the sink. And most sinks are about 9" deep anyway.
 
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The overhang would impede the door.
 
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Old 03-20-19, 09:28 PM
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Ohhh, farmhouse sink. I just got it. Sorry.
 
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Sorry if I wasn't clear. I'll call a few more contractors and get more opinion. It doesn't seem to be a big deal but the 1st two companies said it was...
 
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No you were clear, it just didn't register until now.
 
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Old 03-21-19, 05:05 AM
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I've seen a couple farmhouse sinks, some sit below the top, some sit on top.

Top mount would be easy since the edge would be covered, the below mount I would question since the edge would have to be finished.

Will be a really, really messy job!
 
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I would look at the specs for the sink you choose very carefully. First is the cabinet frame, the pretty part you see. It will be difficult to relocate the cross member on the face of the cabinet right below the sink and do it so it looks good. Also, the cabinet doors can't simply be moved down unless you don't mind having two doors that hang down lower than all the others. A more proper way is to make new, shorter height doors.
 
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