One of the first questions many homeowners ask prior to having their countertops made is “will it have a seam?”
Depending on (1.) the size and layout of your counter, and (2.) the availability of the slab size, the answer can either be “Yes” or “No.”
A simple wall-to-wall counter with a length of a meter or two can be installed in one piece with a “0.60m x Random” granite slab size.
An L-shaped kitchen countertop, however, will, most likely, have a seam. Owners may opt to use a “Big Slab” (slabs with widths that are more than a meter) should they really want it in one piece. But, of course, this will cost more. In addition, this does not guarantee that the stone’s dimension would suffice the area required by your counter.
Should a seam be unavoidable, incorporating it near a sink or a cooktop is highly advisable. This will help cover most of the seam, leaving a minimum amount in view.
During layout and design, a professional installer will always try to minimize the number of seams required and locate them in places that are as unobtrusive as possible. In addition, he or she will “color match” the jointing adhesive to help reduce the seams’ appearance.