Once you have selected your stone, and more specifically your particular slab(s) for a project, you will begin working with your stone supplier on templating your granite, quartz, or marble. Typically the fabricators will visit your home and make a template of your new countertop. This can be done with a laser, referred to as digital templating, or with strips of wood or coroplast (corrugated plastic) referred to as traditional templating. We will look further into these two methods later in this article. This is definitely a process that you want to be involved in as determinations will be made such as where your faucet will be located, how much of an overhang you would like, and the desired corner radius’, among other things. This template (whether digital, wood, or coroplast) is then taken back to the fabrication shop where it is laid out against your stone slab. If it is a digital template, this process is finalized on a computer. If your fabricator has used the traditional method with wood or coroplast strips, you are able to actually view it against your stone slab(s). Here comes the fun part, you get to study the template, laying it out to best highlight the points in the stone you love – for example a particular pattern in your granite. Often, we will highlight a favored pattern in a prominent area such as the island. If there are other parts of the stone that you don’t care for as much, you can work to “hide” those in the templating process. They can be placed in the areas that you are cutting out for the sink or stove/cooktop for example. All of this assumes a reasonable utilization of the material and not excess waste.