CC: Sink availability is subject to the M: Are plumbing services available?
market area and may be discussed at the in- CC: Plumbing services are available in
home consultation. some areas, and may be discussed at the in-
M: What happens at the time of the mea- home consultation. If you have contracted
surement/template appointment? the countertop installer to do plumbing,
CC: All details of your new countertop please have water turned off at all shut-off
purchase will be confirmed. A decision maker valves. Replumbing includes new stainless
over the age of 18 must be present during the steel baskets, P-traps and supply lines as
measuring and be responsible for approving needed. It does not include moving supply
all details of the countertop. All items should lines or drains, or any work outside the
be removed from the countertops and adja- immediate area. Any reused faucets or dispos-cent walls. In some cases, existing countertops als will be plumbed if possible. The installer is
will need to be removed prior to making the free from liability for failures of reused parts
template. This is to ensure an accurate fit of (such as disposals).
the new countertop. Ask for details. A trip M: What about existing cooktops and
charge will be assessed when a job site is not countertop-mounted downdraft units?
ready after confirmation of the measurement CC: The countertop installer will remove
or installation schedule. and reinstall your existing cooktop and coun-
M: Will I need to remove my existing coun- tertop-mounted downdraft unit only if they
tertop, sink and appliances? are located in their original positions. If you
CC: Countertops, sinks, appliances, etc. have purchased a new cooktop and down-must be removed prior to installation. Tear- draft, then your appliance installer must
out services are available in most areas, and install them. C
Quality in the
LARR Y GILL
LARGE PIECES of granite and station are forming Corian into
DuPont Zodiaq are lined up in intricate back-splashes with
enormous rows in the ware- nary a seam in sight. Large
house of Fine Line Pacific, a cranes move here and there,
Costco kiosk custom countertop lifting granite by suction so as
fabricator near Seattle. I’ve not to damage the edges. And
come to visit and learn, and everywhere there is two of
the sight of all these luscious everything—two water valves,
slabs gets my heart a-beatin’ two electrical conduits and two
double time. cranes—so that if one fails
The plant is like none another can keep the process
I have ever visited. One room is moving.
dedicated to turning cardboard Luke Moore, the company’s
templates of Costco members’ CEO, pulls out a piece of Zodiaq®
countertops into digitized and jumps up and down on it. It
graphic overlays. Another is does not break.
filled with laser-equipped ma- “Talk about quality,” he says.
chines for individualized, preci- “And the same goes for our
sion cutting. (No Costco granite and Corian. We accept
countertops are prefabricated only the best.”
offshore, as quality cannot be The sweet voice of a Costco
guaranteed.) Special Order kiosk fabricator is
Employees at another also like none other.—PV