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Old 10-05-2008, 02:59 PM   #91
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Your Welcome TryItMyself, This blog has been extremely helpful for my wife and I. We are in our very first home which we purchased almost 2 yrs ago and we don't have any plans on moving anytime soon. So for us the upgrades that we wanted to do we wanted them to be of high quality without breaking the bank. The more that I read and research was to improve your home I'm finding that you can get high quality without is being so expensive, it justs takes some effort on your part and you have to be patient. After the GT guy gave us the estimate I was just like you he was like this is the price take it or leave it, then he said I know were not the cheapest product on the market but where the best!
I Think that the product is very good, but I think the price is a ripoff considering what I was able to find with 100% Granite that comes with a lifetime warranty to resist stains. Also one of the things that would have bothered me with GT is that my kitchen Island and raised countertop have a very large overhang and the product would not have covered that up so you could very easily see where the GT product stopped and the wood underneath began. Again my wife and I are not looking to sell our home anytime soon but we both thought for resale purposes someone could easily say "oh this is not full granite".
As homeowners we can be our worse critics, so I felt that if I was going to pay that much for new countertops I may as well go with the real deal.

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Old 10-05-2008, 03:02 PM   #92
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This blog has been extremely helpful for my wife and I. We are in our very first home which we purchased almost 2 yrs ago and we don't have any plans on moving anytime soon. So for us the upgrades that we wanted to do we wanted them to be of high quality without breaking the bank. The more that I read and research was to improve your home I'm finding that you can get high quality without is being so expensive, it justs takes some effort on your part and you have to be patient. After the GT guy gave us the estimate I was just like you he was like this is the price take it or leave it, then he said I know were not the cheapest product on the market but where the best!
I Think that the product is very good, but I think the price is a ripoff considering what I was able to find with 100% Granite that comes with a lifetime warranty to resist stains. Also one of the things that would have bothered me with GT is that my kitchen Island and raised countertop have a very large overhang and the product would not have covered that up so you could very easily see where the GT product stopped and the wood underneath began. Again my wife and I are not looking to sell our home anytime soon but we both thought for resale purposes someone could easily say "oh this is not full granite".
As homeowners we can be our worse critics, so I felt that if I was going to pay that much for new countertops I may as well go with the real deal.
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Old 10-16-2008, 08:52 PM   #93
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I live in the DC metro area and as always just about every night my wife and I were watching HGTV show "Designed to Sell" with designer Tania, her show focuses on the DC metro area. Now if your familiar with the show you know that there budget is only $2000.

So the designer Tania was working on updating the kitchen and she told the homeowner a inexpensive way to update the kitchen counter tops is with this product call GT and then in comes Brad Wintermute who is the owner of GT in Northern Virginia to explain the product to the homeowner. "By the way he was the one that came to my house and gave my wife and I the unusually high quote for roughly 40 sqft of counter space."

So my wife and I are looking at the homeowners counter space and we both said they have just as much counter space as we do - plus not to mention the designer built a breakfast bar off the kitchen that she also had covered with GT.

So at the end of the show when they were tallying up what was spend, GT was able to cover all of there countertops and newly built breakfast bar for $934

So I thought to myself maybe Brad gave them a special price because he was on national TV or maybe that was a the real price since you have designer going around saying "oh GT is an inexpensive way to get granite"

Regardless either way there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the drastic sliding scale of the price your quoted for GT. It would really help if we had an owner or installer of GT explain why is that or at least give some ideas as to why the wide variance in pricing structure.
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Old 10-17-2008, 12:28 AM   #94
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Hey AndreM!

Interesting post. I agree! It would be nice if a GT franchise owner would speak up about the pricing structure. Could be they have to charge the "regular" people more just to make up for the "tv" specials .
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Old 10-21-2008, 11:16 AM   #95
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As a former owner, I can tell you that first of all Brad Witermute did give a good price to HGTV! No need to explain why

The product's initial perception does have a flaw. Because it goes on top, people think it should be less expensive than granite. This was true when the company started years ago, granite was $89 a sq. ft. and up, but granite prices came down. The product's "Hook" is it goes on top, no demo, and has a lifetime warranty. If this is not important to you, then I would check out other products. Some western states have mostly tile counters, so the demolition mess, & costs of removal are higher than removing formica. G.T. works really well in that situation.

As a franchise owner we could charge whatever we wanted. It's illegal for any franchise company to tell an owner what to charge. Of course, the product does have a sq ft. price range, and some markets, like Orlando, Miami, etc. are owned by G.T. Corporate. So the price is low to pump up sales, and they have lower costs. Also some markets have lower labor costs, rent, advertising costs, etc. so price will vary. And some owners price aggressively if they want the job, or need work.

I always told people prices ranged from $55-$80 a sq. ft. depending on options chosen etc. The $55 would be a basic shower install. We were trained not to quote sq. ft. price, because we needed to "explain" the product thoroughly. I ignored this advice, because I had a # of years experience in the trades, and I just gave a sq. ft. range to my customers. Most owners came from other industries, and never gave out price. That just creates an environment of mistrust. Any question let me know.

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Old 10-21-2008, 06:35 PM   #96
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Live in Raleigh NC. Just had GT in for a cabinet refacing estimate and 78sq. feet of countertops. The countertops quote was $7250 and the cabinet refacing quote was $10,175.

The pricing model is a complete mystery still after getting a quote.

I am putting in cat.2 granite for $44 a sq. ft plus $5,900 for new maple cabinets (installed).

I will not be using GT ever
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That seems priced really high! I would call them up and ask why. It is engineered stone, so it's better than granite. But at that price you could get granite and then replace it in 10-15 years. It's priced right for certain applications. Showers, going over tile, people with issues regarding dust from demo of tile, unique kitchen configurations, etc. Good luck!

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Old 10-27-2008, 03:51 PM   #98
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I LOVE Granite Transformations!!!!

I had an irregular 90 degree angle at the back corner of my countertops. On top of that I had this wierd little edge of counter that went about 4" into the window well. It was going to cost me a fortune to have either granite, Corian or just new counters made. Granite Transofrmations came in and BINGO it was all taken care of.

On BIG plus for me was if I had either granite or Corian put in the contractor had to come out and remove my sink etc when he measured. Then I would be sink and counterless for 5 days while they made the new countertops. With Granite Transformations my new coutertops werein and finished before I got home from work. All in one day.

One other big consideration should be this. Granite is porous and stains. It is also a little soft. You cannot cut on it, place REALLYhot pans on it and you can scratch it by dragging a pan across it. None of this applies to Granite Transformations. You can cut on it, place hot pans on it and it does not stain. It comes with a ten year warranty.

Honestly I cannot give it enough praises. I have just sold my home and am moving to another state where Granite Transformations does not have a store. I am going to contact them and see what we can do.
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Old 10-27-2008, 04:52 PM   #99
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kehrh -- Glad you like your GT but I will not buy anything when their pricing model is a mystery. I am buying real granite for $44 a sq. foot

I noticed you omitted the price and sq. feet installed.

Afterall you bought an engineered stone which should be cheaper to make and install. Please explain why it is so pricey.
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Hi kehrh

Some companies do take 5 days for corian leaving you without a kitchen. I know some that use a laser template taken off photos so you get no down time and it's cheaper.

Also in my market they put granite in in a day, or less, not 5 days. Either your G.T salesmen told you that line, (like we were taught) or maybe your area is different. As a former owner i can tell you if no one is in your area, they won't fabricate a job for you. You never know. Best of luck!!
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Old 11-10-2008, 04:02 PM   #101
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I started out looking at Granite Transformations because I thought it would be less expensive than a granite slab. I saw an ad for GT that offered a "free sink" (more on that later). The sales rep was from the Ventura, CA store and he was very nice. I got my quote & was happy with the sink offer. However, I wanted to do some price comparisons. So, I went to Home Depot and saw that I could get a granite slab (as opposed to GT's granite composite) for about the same price. I was very surprised. I like the idea of not having to do a demolition (if you go w/GT), but I realized that being inconvenienced for a few days to get a granite slab was really no big deal when you then get to enjoy the slab for years to come. Depending on what granite you choose from HD (who contracts Stonemark for the job), there is more depth to the look of a slab than of composite, and I like that depth.

My husband looked at the numbers GT advertised vs. the quote GT gave us, and called the GT rep, saying that the quote for our job was more per sq. ft. than what GT advertised. The rep agreed, and my husband asked, "I guess the "free sink" isn't really free, is it?" The rep said, "No, I guess not." My husband asked if he could move on the price and the rep said no. That was about 2 weeks ago, and we haven't heard from him since. We thought, in this economy, he'd shave off a few hundred dollars, at the least.

Anyway, I'm set to go to HD tomorrow to order my granite and sink! There is a 12 month/no interest deal going on right now with HD's comsumer card (normally it's 6 month/no interest). Plus, if you go to HD's website, you may be able to find an offer for Stonemark countertops. This wasn't advertised at my local HD. There's one right now, valid for countertops installed w/in 60 days of 11/12/08. That 10% discount is taken right off the top when you place your order (not a rebate), and it applies to materials only (not the price of the demolition or an upgrade on your edges). I picked a B price group at $59/sf. I'm getting gorgeous slabs that comes from India and are approx. 525 million years old. For me, that's better than paying about the same for GT composite. I'll let you know about the customer service I get from Stonemark after the install.

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Thank goodness you woke up to the high prices of GT. I have never heard a word from my sales rep since he laid a $7357 (78 sq. ft) estimate on me. I am saving $3,100 dollars and getting real granite for $49 a sq ft. with backsplashes installed price $4,281.
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Wow jbbcpa! Almost $100 a sq. ft. I owned a Gt and we were $50-$70 a sq. ft. in a large metro area. It pays to price shop that's for sure.
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Thanks to all of you who helped me decide how to proceed with my countertop choice. You helped me realize that GT was not a great deal. I do think that GT has a nice product, but if you think you'll save a lot of money going that route, but really want a granite slab, take your time to shop for a slab in your price range.

I ordered my granite today from HD. HD came up with the same square footage as GT did, by the way. Because I miscalculated what I'd save by opening a HD consumer credit card (I thought it was 10% off your entire first purchase, but that's not entirely the case), I didn't save as much as I thought I would. Bottom line, GT's quote was $6,320 (for 75 sf) including a "free" sink, and I spent only $40 more than that at HD today for a B group slab! And yes, I had to also buy a sink, and that cost a few hundred dollars extra. Overall, I am much happier with what I'm getting through Stonemark.
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Old 11-14-2008, 02:20 PM   #105
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we recently had granite transformations installed in the kitchen and bathrooms. It is beautiful and we love it. Pricey? maybe, but there is less mess in the installation and less time. For 3 bathroom countertops and kitchen with backsplashes and beveled edges, installing new fixtures, the cost was approx. 8000.00. Leave off the bevels and do plumbing yourself and save about 1200.00.

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