To answer (most?) of the questions...
The counter is about 61 square feet with about 14 sf of backsplash
(going to the bottom of the cabinets. Since the main counter is U
shaped, there will be 2 seams to cut. DIY Graniote says they have a
jig to assure straight cuts. They are also located about an hour's
drive, so going over to select slabs and geta feel for the place is no
I understand that this is labor intensive, and I am not trying to
deprive anyone from an honest day's wages. Rather, I think tha right
now granite (and other stone or engineered stone) counters are all the
rage, so they are priced at a premium.
I also think that most do it yourselfers cringe when they think about
the prospect of cutting rocks to fit to a 16th or 32nd tolerance. I
feel comfortable to do the installation and fabrication myself. Plus,
If I goof a cut and have to purchae more, the most expensive slab on
my list is $545. I can really screw up before I have gone through the
Quite frankly, for $8,000 the cost/value ratio craters. For $2,000 it
looks pretty good. Especially compared to the $800 estimate to set the
tile that I buy after I take out the existing counters andf do the
cement board too.
Thanks for the info. I would still really like to hear from someone
who has done it themselves.
Please, follow up here when you've finished the job, I'm probably not
the only person interested to hear how it goes!
Good luck -