Perhaps semi-OT, but these countertops will be going on top of cabinets that
I made. I'm in the western Chicago suburbs and I'm looking for a good
source for granite countertops. I could, of course, go to one of the big
boxes and pay $100/SF, but something tells me their prices are inflated.
OTOH, I could go with the $30/SF price advertised by some unnamed person in
the classifieds, but that's a bit too unknown for me. I'm hoping that
someone in the area here has used someone reasonably-priced that they were
Like everything else you usually get what you pay for. Earlier this
year we had granite countertops added to our home office, about a 30
square foot job that included one seam. We looked at the small samples
in the big box store, then we went to a modest countertop company, had
a cranky saleswoman and never saw a slab we really liked. Then we went
to a better company, had a good saleswoman, they moved slabs for us to
look at, etc.
In the end we picked a specific slab with an interesting pattern and
color highlights we found appealing. They marked the slab to specify
where to cut. The six holes for the computer cables were no charge.
The installers spent the time to make the 14 foot long surface level
and flat. And the seam is almost invisbile as the installer made it
very narrow and mixed the epoxy to match the slab. The office was
spotless when they left.
Price, the highest of all the options. But I'm sitting here now
looking at it and the job was worth the price.
I know it's not really the same, but one alternative (depending on the
restraints of your budget) is to use granite tile on the countertop -
do some googling for pictures. Some look pretty nice - I was surprised
(I was initially pretty skeptical about large tiles on countertops).
I was pretty seriously considering this option a few months ago when
looking at buying an older house that needed countertops.
Well, if you are really hardcore and want to save money, there's some
places that sell the slabs cheap,ship them to you, and then you can use
a diamond circular saw blade and cut it yourself.
I think it's www.diy-granite.com or something like that. Never used
them but was looking around at options a couple years ago.
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