Granite worktops: any advice please?

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Having decided to revamp the kitchen my wife has 'decided' on granite worktops. Sourcing, specifying, installing? Can you get different colours? Any advice on typical pricing much appreciated. thanks, JB
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You can get loads of different colours and patterns. You can also get synthetic patterns, at about 2/3 the price.

Rob a bank.
Christian.
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-seriously, what sort of pricing are we looking at here (perM? or M^2) cheers, JB
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250-350GBP/m :-) http://www.naturalgranite.co.uk/naturalgranite/ (colours) & http://www.naturalgranite.co.uk/naturalgranite/technical.htm (prices)
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...............and marry me ....................I would love granite worktops I just need a husband who is willing to pay for them!

What's that old saying - "if you need to ask the price you can't afford it" !!!!
God I am envious
Angela
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We're just in the same process, and am busy getting quotes, but it very much depends upon the amount of work involved, just so you've got a rough idea, I've put a pdf of our kitchen plan here http://tinyurl.com/vjoo (next few days only) and the quotes so far for Nero Assoluto / Zimbabwe Black 30mm granite are 2020 +VAT from a supplier in Broxbourne, Hertfordshire, and 2400 + VAT from our slate floor supplier based in Paddock Wood, Kent.
These are supply only and templating will be provided by myself. Not as bad as I was expecting as Ikea want around 1000 for custom-made laminated worktop for the same kitchen.
Hope this helps a little bit
Jon
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Double your layout lengths, add a larger island, and that is what I'm up for! Thanks again. JB
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Thats one ell of a kitchen!!, Sadly I don't have a breakdown of costs, but based of the quotes I had, and assuming that you need the same sink / hob cut outs, I reckon about an extra 150 - 200 quid per linear metre of worktop (a bit less than the guide price referred to in freds post), so in your case its gonna be around 4k - ouch!
Incidentally the quotes were from www.hart-stone.co.uk and www.stonell.co.uk (who supplied our slate floor - excellent service on the flooring!)
Jon
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thanks again, JB
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I can recommend Stonell for slate flooring - excellent quality materials and little waste.
We also bought tumbled marble wall tiles from them and are pretty pleased with them.
Regarding the granite worktops, there is a large range available. Costs depend in part on where they are from (transportation) and the amount of machining and cutting.
Don't be surprised if you are quoted 3-4k depending on what you select.
One thing that I would strongly advise is to select a supplier who will do a complete turnkey job.
This would include templating and measuring the tops, machining and finishing them and fitting. Then if there is a screw up, the buck stops in one place.
Fitting is not difficult at all, but it makes much more sense for one outfit to own the complete exercise. Typically it takes 1-2 weeks from measurement to completion. In this time you can fit some temporary worktop.
.andy
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Jonathan Pearson wrote:

Why not look at decorative concrete tops too ?
Steve
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I even mention "Crystalstone" (quartz granules sintered with binders) or concrete, the reply comes back "but that's not granite!". When we get the quotes things may change. cheers to one and all.
God how I wish these bloody women's mags didn't do features on "Your Dream Kitchen" every month or two.
JB
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JB wrote:

Oh alright, but why not get the book - hell it might work, and its a lot cheaper than granite if it works....
http://www.taunton.com/store/pages/070599.asp
Steve
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JB wrote:

Go to local grave maker (monumental masons) and ask them. Often a lot cheaper.

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I used to know one and he said that they did do a lot of on the side extras, fireplaces etc [any puns, if present, not intended]
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I needed lots of worktops custom made for a computer room (far more than you would ever have in a kitchen unless you stack your worktops 3 high). I used a kitchen installation company in Cambridge who had their own worktop postforming factory, and the whole lot was under 1000. Sorry, but I haven't kept a note of their name.
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Andrew Gabriel

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Where are you? I can recommend a place in Bristol where we got ours from - very nice and competitively priced.
Tony.
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"decided" that our kitchen "needed" a revamp. And a granite worktop was "specified". Ended up for about 4.5 metres of 30mm x 600mm anthracite coloured granite 500. Not bad I thought and I actually like it. No fathing about with mats for saucepans straight off the cooker,hardly ever even use a chopping board. Guy came to measure up once the new units were in, made a 6mm MDF template. Couple of weeks later came back and fitted the granite, glueing it down with adhesive and filling the joint with black silicone. All in all a great job.
Rgds
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... er, don't your knives get blunt?
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snipped-for-privacy@isbd.co.uk wrote:

Whats an angle grinder FOR for gods sake?

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