Before you start, protect the kitchen cabinets and the floor with plastic sheeting.
When the kitchen cabinets are in place and level:
1. Fit a board on top of your kitchen cabinets. You can use either water resistant plywood or cement backer board. Remember that the kitchen counter can be of any shape you like and as long and deep as needed.
2. Once the board has been cut and fitted in place, use a couple of screws to screw it onto the cabinets. If you screw it from the bottom, it will be easier to remove the countertop in the future, if you ever wish to do so.
3. Cut holes in the board for your kitchen sink, faucet and integrated stove. If you plan to install pull-up power sockets in your counter, make holes for them too.
4. Measure, cut and install the Z Counterform edge forms and back-wall pieces. Reinforce the corners and joints from the outside with duct tape. This helps you to get the edges in exactly the right position. Cutting the edges is easier if you use the Z Edge Expert corner cutting guides.
5. If you wish to undermount your sink, install the sink and the Z Counterform Sink Form at this point to ensure that the silicone between the sink and the form will dry before pouring the concrete. Make sure that the sink form is level with the edge form and back-wall pieces. You can cut a spacer out of wood to make the installation easier (see video)
6. Install the Faucet Knockout. If faucet knockout’s diameter is too small for your faucet you can use electrical tape to do enlarge it.
7. Use back-wall forms to create a hole for your integrated stove. If you are not undermounting your sink, use edge forms or back-wall pieces also for creating the hole for your sink.
8. Next you attach reinforcement inside the form. Fiber Mesh Reinforcement FG50 together with Z Clips provide optimal support for your concrete countertop. They make the installation fast and ensure that the reinforcement stays securely at the appropriate height. The fiber mesh is also easy handle.
To repeat, these are the steps to complete before mixing and pouring concrete: