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Old 03-17-2013, 10:35 PM  
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Countertops

Tell me about your countertops - granite, quartz, solid surface.

What did you go with?
What do you / don't you like about them.
What would you do different?


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Old 03-17-2013, 10:46 PM   #2
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I'll be listening to the input too. I'd like to do granite and I also saw somebody say something about "granite veneer" to save on cost? I mean if that is cheaper and looks basically the same what difference would it make?
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Old 03-17-2013, 10:46 PM   #3
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We've had granite in the kitchen since 2003 and I'd never buy granite again. It's difficult to maintain, there are seams and overall, it's just a bitch.

In 2005, we renovated the master bath and used a brand of quartz. It's seamless, looks great, feels great, doesn't stain and doesn't require any maintenance. Some day soon, we'll re-do the kitchen with quartz.

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Old 03-17-2013, 11:03 PM   #4
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granite veneer is a thin slice of granite on top of some other(existing) material......it should look feel and perform fairly similarly, i believe..should be cheaper than whole slabs and doing a full treplacement

I'd recommend going into a counter top shop, a higher end one and looking at a bunch of really nice setups just to get an idea of the different products...

they have so many engineered/formica and other options with a crazy amount of colors and patterns
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:04 PM   #5
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I have concrete counters. They're awesome. But I made them and they're expensive. Not for everybody. If I were a general consumer, I'd buy quartz all day long. If I were a consumer on a budget I'd buy granite. I wouldn't ever do laminate, not even in a rental. Especially not in a rental.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:05 PM   #6
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:32 PM   #7
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I have concrete counters. They're awesome. But I made them and they're expensive. Not for everybody. If I were a general consumer, I'd buy quartz all day long. If I were a consumer on a budget I'd buy granite. I wouldn't ever do laminate, not even in a rental. Especially not in a rental.
spoken like someone who owns zero rental property
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:37 PM   #8
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:39 PM   #9
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ornamental gold is a fine fine choice for granite.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:41 PM   #10
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Italian Slate countertops. Are entirely badass and look pimp + original. Heavy like the dickens though, so be careful there.
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Old 03-17-2013, 11:42 PM   #11
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Yeah, that's probably fair. Renters would probably destroy good counters too. But if I had to install today, the price of granite has fallen far enough that it's affordable even for those who were candidates for laminate.
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hold on - nothing else matters until we get sub contractor of the year Overhead's opinion on countertops.
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Yeah, that's probably fair. Renters would probably destroy good counters too. But if I had to install today, the price of granite has fallen far enough that it's affordable even for those who were candidates for laminate.
i might consider it but i can go to home depot , grab a formica counter top for like a hundred bux off the shelf, throw it in my truck, cut it down to size myself, cut the sink hole out myself with a 30$ jig saw, and install it myself easily and the apartment/house rented tomorrow

all without caring if they wreck it....which is still pretty tough as the new formicas are probably actually harder to **** up than many other options
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