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.