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Old 01-10-2008, 12:10 PM   #16
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So did any of you end up using Granite Transformations. I am considering them for my kitchen.
I really like that they can put it all in 1 day with no mess. I got quotes from Costco and couple other contractors and the cost difference is around 1-1.5K only.

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Old 01-10-2008, 06:19 PM   #17
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In fact, they just finished today and the plumber is here now putting in the faucets. The kitchen was finished about 4 weeks ago and looks gorgeous and I love the granite-silicon sink. It always looks beautiful. If I can take some pictures, I'll try to find a way to send them in. I used the Seattle office and they were great. There were a couple of color issues and they replaced the counter before it was even installed and on the same day no less. I'm VERY happy. If you are in Seattle, you are welcome to see my kitchen.
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Old 01-10-2008, 07:04 PM   #18
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Thats good to hear. I live in Seattle too .
So all the installation finished in one day ?
Did tehy also take care things like putting the cooking range, sink etc in or did you have to hire somebody else for that ?

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Old 01-12-2008, 10:16 AM   #19
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It didn't involve my range which is on an island, but they did have a plumber they work with and the sink was included. I was also able to hire the plumber to swap out all my electircal outlets to black. Evidently he is really an electrician who also does plumbing. His name is Larry and you could ask him about your stove...I would bet he could do it. Where do you live in Seattle? Yes they did it all in one day. I did my kitchen, fireplace surround and 2 bathrooms. He did all my sinks and electricity and if VERY reasonable. Good luck, Andrea
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Old 02-24-2008, 09:32 AM   #20
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I have seen their work firsthand here in Arizona and I have since recommended them to customers who were looking to sell their homes and who had wellworn thick tiled countertops in their kitchens. With a minimum of fuss and a minimum of disruption, the entire look of the kitchens changed dramatically. Nice edges, tight seams, very good craftsmanship and workmanship. All without the demolition and construction aspect that removing those old tiled countertops would have involved. Those who have used Granite Transformations upon my recommendation were delighted, including one customer who had the work done in her newly purchased home and I was impressed with the results of those jobs. In spite of the price tag, I feel it MAY be one good way to achieve a new look and feel without several weeks of homelife disruption, a dusty mess and the lack of a working kitchen for the duration. It's all relevant to one's expectations vis-a-vis working budget.
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Old 03-17-2008, 02:48 PM   #21
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I had granite countertops installed from Grantie Transformations about a year ago and I absolutely love them!! They were great and my kitchen is beautiful, we couldn't possibly be more satisfied. For my kitchen and two bathrooms and an undermount sink it was $5600. I did quite a bit of shopping around before purchasing them because my sister has the "real" granite in her house and has had numerous problems. For one, some olive oil got spilled on her counter and it left a bad stain that she hasn't been able to get out. Her experiences really opened my eyes to how porous granite actually is, so I began pricing stones that were less porous like silestone and they were quite a bit more than my quote from Granite Transformations. I was happy to get such a high quality product with a lifetime warranty, no mess, no demolition and no sealing and waxing. Also, I would definitely say there is a great reason to pay nearly the same as the "real" thing for a non-porous stone that is made from natural granite. You get the beautiful look without the maintenance and mess! My sister is probably about to re-do her kitchen with Granite Transformations as well because she is tired of the maintenace and problems.

My husband and I would recommend them to anyone and I believe my sister would too, even versus the real thing..

Hope this helps and good luck with whatever you choose!!
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Old 03-18-2008, 06:02 AM   #22
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competitors in the sense that homeowners quickly separate themselves,,, having made granite c-tops 30 yrs ago, the only thing that's chang'd is more finishing equipment, MANY more quarries & stone, & LOTS of new experts in the trade,,, i can make conc c-tops as that's part of our work,,, i like soapstone, tho,,, go figger.

btw, i don't know anyone selling conc c-tops for less than $75 sf,,, yes, you can bld 'em yourselves,,, we regularly see those who do come into forums asking ?'s AFTER they tried
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Old 03-30-2008, 10:20 AM   #23
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Granite Trans redo our kitchen about 2 years ago. Though I love my new kitchen, I would be really careful about who does the installtion. That was my only complaint. The people who ran the "franchise" here in Bakersfield, CA were the worst people to work with. They ignored the problems we had with the installtion so we basically gave up trying to get them to respond. You might want to read my post on Angie's List about them. Love the product, hate the installers.
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Old 03-31-2008, 11:18 AM   #24
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The installation is the most important part. I really lucked out in that my local Seattle shop was extremely honest. There were actually 2 mistakes made, one in the cutting and 2 in the color matching although the same color, the dye lot was off. In both instances, they totally redid the template in the same day! Everything looks beautiful and I love it.
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Old 04-24-2008, 08:48 AM   #25
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I Love love love my new Granite Transformation and I love love love the company that did it. They were wonderful to work with and they worked clean and they were polite and I can not say enough good about this company.

In this day and age with lack of customer service, they top the charts and they deliver a nice product that you do not have to worry about like real granite. No sealing and care just clean and use a polish.

There is minimal demolition because we had wood bibs so those needed to be removed and I had ordered rounded edges and I have a bar that comes down to a counter top and they had never done rounded edges there but they tried and it came out beautiful. They are very willing to make you happy. I had a lot of counter top and a bar area and a wet bar and another brand new counter top we were adding and they did it all with back splashes that went to the cabinets and it was $10,000. I had other quotes and they were in the ball park and I chose them because of the attitude and there lack of making my life difficult while they worked in my kitchen and they were done in two days, yes I said 2 days. They came one day to template the house and then they came back in had the work done in 2 days. Another reason to go with them. When they say they are going to be there, they are. Find a contractor that will do that.

My best advice. Go with Granite Transformations

This advertisement was not paid by Granite Transformations but by little ole me in Sunny California.

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Old 04-27-2008, 01:05 AM   #26
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Happy to have found this Granite Transformations thread: we are looking into replacing the countertops in our kitchen and have settled on using an engineered / quartz product of some type (no granite). Granite Transformations TrendStone seems to be popular in my the neighborhood with a seemingly reputable local installer / dealer. It looks nice, essentially like the full 3cm thick quartz products like Zodiaq / Silestone / Viatera, etc. Two things that are bothering me about the product:

1) When they fabricate the overlay, there is a small seam at the 90 degree angle at the edge of the countertop where the two pieces meet at a right angle. My neighbors have black, and you can't see it, but in the earth-tones we're considering, it seems to show up. I'm not worried about the seal itself, but I noticed it right away in the showroom and the samples I saw. Everyone else seems to downplay it.

2) The Granite Transformation overlay is essentially 20% as thick as the typical quartz surface. I know the original, 13-year old countertops are sitting there reinforcing it, but it still seems less robust.

Price: Essentially the same between the G.T. and quartz. The Granite Transformations price with install and undermount sink is about $90 / sq. ft. I found a DuPont Zodiaq color I like and Lowes will do the install with undermount sink for about $95 / sq. ft.

Compared to a full quartz replacement, what are the benefits of the Granite Transformations? Is it just the fact that you don't have to tear up your kitchen to get it? Maybe I'm a little more tolerant of a brief period of kitchen chaos than others. If I go with the quartz product, I'm planning to do the demo myself on the countertops, so there's a little extra work there for me (but Lowes would do the demo for only $8 sq. ft.)

Thanks for any advice.
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Old 04-28-2008, 12:25 PM   #27
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Sounds like you found the product you want! If you can do the tear out, that's great. I had Granite Transformations do everything; plumbing, new sinks, electricity, back splash all the way up to the cabinets, etc. i just had my house painted and the painter stood on the countertops with no problems afterward. I also dropped a heavy glass jar on it and nothing happened. I'm happy with this product as I'm sure you will be with Quartz. Enjoy it!
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Sounds like you found the product you want! If you can do the tear out, that's great. I had Granite Transformations do everything; plumbing, new sinks, electricity, back splash all the way up to the cabinets, etc. i just had my house painted and the painter stood on the countertops with no problems afterward. I also dropped a heavy glass jar on it and nothing happened. I'm happy with this product as I'm sure you will be with Quartz. Enjoy it!
Andrea: I'm not necessarily settled on the quartz, but looking for more info. I am happy to hear that the Granite Transformation is durable. Two questions: 1) What type of edge did you do? 2) Do you notice the seam on the outside edge? If not, what color did you use?
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Old 04-30-2008, 02:00 AM   #29
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We have a squared off edge, very simple. We used black. The seam can be seen but it doesn't shout out at you. It comes in 10 foot lengths and one of my counters is 12 feet long so there is a seam. How long are your counters and will the seams show less at one end rather then the other?
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Old 05-17-2008, 09:49 PM   #30
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I found this thread when i googled granite transformations - good discussion.

I am in Dallas area and had them recommended. We went to the showroom today, liked what we saw, they are coming out to do a complete estimate Friday. They quoted a general price at $43/sqft installed. It seems most of the prices in this thread are considerably higher even when you consider many are including sinks and faucets. they recommended we buy those ourselves; i am anxious to see their quote.

So far I am impressed with the people and the product as shown.

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