Cabnetware will price counter tops generally by the Linear foot or the Square foot method. This is pre set in the Counter Top parameter file(s). Depending on the counter top shape and material used, you may need to add some joints or break the tops into smaller parts.
See on the following layout how the counter top is calculated.
Floor Plan View:
Counter Top View:
The program has no idea that you don’t want to make the counter tops out of one piece of material so that’s how the initial cost estimate will be. In the Counter Top View, choose View - Display Options to display the ‘Cost Boxes’. This will show the square footage outline as if the top were to be made from one piece of material.
With the Cost Boxes displayed, click on the counter top and choose Pricing Overrides from the menu. Note the inflated SQ FT amount. This matches the large shaded rectangle size.
If you are using one solid sheet of material then the value is OK. In most cases the top won’t be made from one piece and it will have joints separating segments. To add joints, choose Add Joint > Connect Break Points from the Counters menu.
Select a break point and then a second one across the counter width. This will add a joint and create a new rectangular cost box. Add another joint if desired. Check the result using the Pricing Overrides. This footage is more in line with the actual costing.
The counter tops can be broken into separate pieces in the same way. Just use the Break Counter menu option. When the counter is broken, each segment can be modified independently as to pricing method and type. Note that the price and quantities can be adjusted in the Pricing Overrides box by clicking on the items in the left column.