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    Default Countertop economics

    We have a 2-tiered countertop. The counter on top of the cabinets (of course) and then behind it, another thin tier (sitting on the half-wall) that goes out to the living room.

    I was originally thinking to cut the half wall down to the height of the cabinets and run granite all the way across. Which would be less expensive? One piece that is wider? or keep the 2-tiers and have two separate granite pieces?

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: Countertop economics

    very good question, this is where some companies make their money. they give you a square foot price, which always sounds good. then you add extra for the undermount sink and show some very nice edge profiles. the edge profile you choose can also make a big difference, (half bullnose is much cheaper than a triple waterfall or an ogee edge) then at what ever rate that shop is charging for that particular edge you are charged per foot of edge. so one flat counter top is going to cost less on the simple basis that you are going to have one third less edge profile. you also need to ask about how much per cutout and if you are getting an undermount how much for that and if they charge for drilling faucet holes.

    look at other jobs your granite company has done, talk to some of their past coustomers. granite is a very beautiful product from nature, if your choice of granite has any kind of movement it is good if you look at the complete slab or slabs and have them show you where they are cutting each piece so you can visualize what the finished pieces will look like.

    if I can be of any assistence let me know

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    Default Re: Countertop economics

    I'd love to get a quote from you buy your all the way in North Florida (and I'm South FLa)

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    Default Re: Countertop economics

    if I can answer any further questions you have about granite or the process in either the manufacturing of your tops or the installation, colors, etc. just let me know.

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    Default Re: Countertop economics

    Okay. Question.

    With the cutout for the sink & the holes for the faucet... I'd also like a cutout behind that for a 6 inch backsplash (just right behind the sink & faucet). I already have the existing half-wall there and would remove all of it (except for right behind the sink). Is this do-able? or would it seriously compromise the strength of the granite?

    I thought about building a backsplash on top of the granite slab, but I need to install a disposal switch....

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    Default Re: Countertop economics

    they make a disposal switch that is simply a button which can be surfaced mounted ontop of the granite that way you don't have to leave the wall. is your sink going to be a top mount or undermount? really don't need to leave backsplash behind sink if you are extending it out to a 36 inch counter top in that area. the only way water would be going out past that would be if you were turning your water on real high with high water pressure.

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