if we did nothing else to this house all year, replacing the counter top would be my only wish. i am so done with this cheap laminate. getting rid of that wavy wood panel is runner-up.
i knew granite would be expensive, but with the small-ish surface we were left with after this…
i thought it just might be manageable.
since this would be a big, permanent, investment i knew i should at least do my homework and explore our options. this is some copying & pasting i did from here while looking into what else is out there:
granite, slate, marble. limestone and soapstone softer than granite and require delicate use and greater care.
all stone countertops must be sealed periodically.
engineered stone countertops (*not necessarily cheaper!)
PLASTIC LAMINATE (no)
water damages butcher block quite easily, though, so wood countertops must be oiled frequently to seal the surface
extreme or abrupt changes in temperature may cause concrete to warp or curl, damp sponges left on the counter can cause discoloration and acidic spills may etch the surface. to keep a concrete countertop looking its best, it’s advisable to seal them it to four times per year and wax with a paste every two to three months
because of its durability and low maintenance (imperative for a rental property!), granite was still the frontrunner.
so we went to home depot. we made a “kitchen design” appointment, and stared at a wall of tiny squares of granite. a mid-range granite was going to cost us $2500. plus $100 or so for drilling the sink & faucet holes. at this point in time, i thought i wanted a “farm-style sink” (also known as apron front) but quickly got over it after seeing the sink prices and the additional cost of retrofitting our existing cabinets.
so then we went to lowes. better variety, slightly better prices… and a free sink. so we chose a granite, and pulled the trigger right then & there. we are getting new granite countertop! we chose silver silk by sensa. the total price for our ‘b’ granite (they are rated ‘a’ through ‘d’, a being the cheapest, d being the most expensive) was $1,993. so as far as i was concerned, we were saving at least $6 – 800 vs. the estimate from home depot for installed granite and sink.
everything is dandy at this point. fast-forward to our “templating” appointment (today). the granite guy calls me and says he is ringing the doorbell. i look out the window… no one is here.
he was in weymouth. they sent him to the wrong house. so here we are in brewster after taking time off from work to make the friday afternoon appointment, and the template is not going to happen. i am mad.
after a few phone calls, 10% off made me slightly less mad. so while i still don’t know when we will be able to find time again to come down here during the week, we will be saving $200. that helps.
not what i was planning to write about today, but such is life.
tomorrow is a big day. things are going to get messy. here is a glimpse of the prepping we got done today: