Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Of Cats and Countertops

We’ll see what the night brings, but Tigger had a relatively good day. Uncle Bill, on the other hand, did not. It has all been very distressing for the mother in particular as she and her cousin (my godmother and Uncle Bill’s daughter) are both only children.

And they are the only first cousin the other one has on their mothers’ sides. As a result, they are more like sisters and at the very least, BFFs. In addition to her own feelings, the mother has been internalizing a lot of our cousin’s, too, so she has really had a rough week.

To avoid the dark path that we’ve gone down the past few days, we’ve been talking about the house again. She saw an ad yesterday for some remnant stone place and called about countertops. (She wants to try and figure out how much it’s going to cost to finish the kitchen, the countertops being a big part of the overall project.) They asked for a rough idea of countertop square footage. How much is it? Ummm, small?

I honestly don’t know. We have very little counterspace but in square-footage terms I’m at a loss. So, I have to measure. But what do I measure? Sounds simplistic and straight-forward – until you try to do it. (Especially if you try to do it stressed out and on very little sleep.)

So, I found this quick tip online: If you need a quick measurement for square feet, measure along the back wall of the countertops, multiply by 25.5 which is the standard depth of countertops, and divide by 144. This can give you a rough estimate of how many square feet of countertop you need.

That almost seems idiot-proof. Almost. I’ll try that. Got any other quick and easy guesstimators for countertops?


Jayne said...

I'm glad Tigger had a good day, and I'm sorry your uncle didn't. Stressful times for you and the mother. I would have no idea how to measure square footage of countertops, either. Thank goodness for the interwebs!

Karen Anne said...

Measure the depth and length both in feet. Multiply. Done. Maybe allow extra for stuff getting damaged?

I never depend on anything being standard size...

Vicki said...

No ideas on countertops except to have someone else do it for you. I'll pray for peace and comfort for you and your mom and relatives. It's got to be so tough.

NV said...

Jayne -- Thanks! Appreciate that.
Yep. If you can't find it on the Internet, chances are, it can' be done. :-)

Karen Anne -- Yeah, there is NOTHING standard in This D*mn House!

Vicki -- Thanks!They will ultimately have to be measured by a pro, but I at least need to have an estimate so we can decide what we're doing.