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Old 04-21-2012, 08:33 PM   #1
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Big gap on side on granite countertop

When we moved to our home, there was a wonderful granite countertop already installed in our kitchen. Its primarily hunter green with swirls of brown and gold with specks of cranberry red. We also had 4" back and side trims of the game granite.

We finally decided to install a backsplash (with no side splash) and pulled out the back and side trims. The back of the granite was installed flush against the back but the sides have a gap of 1/2"!!! Hence the dilemma. Obviously we need the 4" trim or caulking on the sides The design of the new back splash (1/2" square desert cream travertine installed diagonally with a border/deco listello running through about 4" above the lower end) does not allow us to install the 4" granite trim on the backsplash.

So the question is,

1. Should we just caulk the sides and live with it?
2. Should we install the 4" green granite back on the sides with the cream on the back?
3. Should we install a 4" trim of the same desert cream we are using on the back splash?

Since we are not professionals, and this is the first time we are doing this, I would really appreciate all opinions.

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Old 04-21-2012, 08:41 PM   #2
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It's not uncommon for stone countertops to not be exactly flush with the wall - this depends on whoever templated the countertops but they may not have bothered getting it exact since generally there will be splashes/trim to cover the gaps.

I don't follow why you cannot have some trim with the new splash you are installing. Photos would be useful.
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Old 04-21-2012, 09:00 PM   #3
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How thick are the tiles you want to use on the back splash? Most are 3/8. Can you butter out about 1/8 and get it out to the edge of the granite?
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Old 04-27-2012, 08:58 PM   #4
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No problems putting in a side splash, I guess the question is more of an aesthetic one. Aesthetically speaking, what would look better:

4" green granite on the sides (to match the countertop) with the cream tile on the backsplash OR
a 4" trim of the same desert cream we are using on the back splash?

I also attached some pictures of the countertop. Hope it helps you picture it better.

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Old 04-27-2012, 09:03 PM   #5
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Same as the splash.
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Old 04-27-2012, 11:28 PM   #6
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Lookswise it really depends on what you like - there is no right or wrong answer. But as far as my opinion.

Caulk would not look good - better solution would be to cover the gap.

The granite on the side and the travertine in front would look okay but somewhat non-uniform. To get a uniform look the splash on the side and front should have the same design.

One option would be to use trim all around (including the back) in a material of your choice and then have the travertime splash behind it. The goal is obviously to have a buildup at the base so that the gap is hidden. You could even use a strip of stainless steel at the base as a trim over the travertine. Many possibilities.
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