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07-23-2005, 12:23 PM
What a great forum --- I've "read" for hours, but I'm still stuck, and ready to strangle hubby.

Basic problem - 25 1/2" countertops! No 13" granite tile!

Tile layout options (as I understand them) :
A. 2 12" tiles with small 1 1/2" tile strip near backsplash.
B. 1 18" tile with another 7 1/2" tile at backsplash
C. Cut 2 18" tiles to ~12 3/4" each --- (too much work & waste?)
D. Somehow reduce countertop to 24" (extra-thick backsplash?)

I know there are many people doing granite tile countertops these days, so I'm sure you've all worked through this issue. Please let me know your opinions. (Note: I have ~100 sq. ft. of countertops in my kitchen, and am tackling this on my own, with my reluctant husband's assistance. And, BTW, if you haven't already guessed, I'm a complete novice!)

Thanks again.

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07-23-2005, 01:44 PM
Hi Melody, welcome. Usually with granite I'll make the top 24" and leave a about a 1/8" to 3/16" gap along the wall. All the ones I have done have been trimmed with wood for the edge. If that is an option for you, the wood edge, you can cut the ply down to 24".

07-23-2005, 02:29 PM

Yes, countertop depths are always a bit tricky to get the grout lines/cuts right. Have you considered turning the 12x12's on a diamond?

If you line the point up with the front edge of your counter, the back point will be 17 inches back or so. This leaves the back cut (triangle shape) at 8 1/2 inches or so. This is almost exactly 1/2 of a 12x12 tile cut into triangles depending on your grout lines.

Essentially you will get full tiles alternated with half tiles cut on a triangle going across the front with the row on the back being the mirror image. Both front and back rows will be roughly the same size, providing a good visual look.

It is tough to describe in words, but play a bit on graph paper - I think it might work.


John Bridge
07-23-2005, 06:34 PM
Hi Melody. Welcome. :)

Another approach is to use pre-made granite edge profiles. There are pictures of them somewhere around here. Have you tried the search? You can also cut strips of tile from your stock and have someone bullnose and polish the edges for you.

Welcome Matt, :)

Very glad to have you with us. Please stop into the Pro Hangout and introduce yourself so the others can take pot shots at you knowing who you are. :D

As you can see, we need all the help we can get, and we appreciate your showing up.

Northern Dimension Tile
07-23-2005, 09:32 PM
Your best bet is the granite edge strips they will leave you with a 10 or 11 inch tile against the backsplash here is a couple pictures of one I recently did (click to enlarge) ( ( (

07-23-2005, 09:47 PM
Hello there Northern. Check into the pro hangout and introduce yourself. We can use all the stone gurus we can get.

07-24-2005, 12:27 AM
<<<<<Your best bet is the granite edge strips they will leave you with a 10 or 11 inch tile against the backsplash >>>

I should have the "skinny" pieces at the front of the counter. not the back, correct? (I hoped to have as few seams as possible near the front edge -- where children's sticky fingers tend to touch and food/dirt is wiped across!)

The "granite edge strips" --- do you mean those sold by Bedrock Creations, Benissimo Systems, and ????? (can't think of it now)... I've ruled that out (maybe prematurely?) because I assumed in order for the tile to "match", I had to buy both the tile & granite strips from the same supplier, which blows my budget -- they're great looking, but $$.

I'm hoping to have a local fabricator bullnose an edge for $7-$15 per lf-- haven't started looking yet, though!

Pierre (Northern), your beautiful pics caught my eye. Great work! The granite looks like St. Cecilia, (my current choice)... can you remember which grout (brand and color) you used? Did you color-mix it yourself?


Northern Dimension Tile
07-24-2005, 03:53 PM
I didn't use either of those systems I used "edge strips" from a local tile warehouse, Floor & Decor ( . They have locations in Atlanta, Jacksonville FL, and Texas. The strips were about $20/30 inch strip. The strips go on the edge of the counter and go back aprox 2" then a full 12" tile and lastly a 11" (aprox) tile with the cut edge facing the backsplash. The granite was indeed St. Cecilia and if I remember correctly the grout was Custom's polyblend non-sanded, Linen color

John Bridge
07-24-2005, 08:00 PM
Hi Northern, Please do give us a name, and swing into the Hangout to introduce yourself. We are very happy to have you aboard. ;)

Northern Dimension Tile
07-24-2005, 09:45 PM
Hi John, my name is Pierre and I have posted in the pro forum

07-25-2005, 11:19 AM
Just throwing out one more option here, though not the simplest.

Float the backsplash thick enough, so you can use full tile on the deck.