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Old 05-22-2011, 07:35 AM   #31
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The original post did say that resale was the most important factor. I've already stated what I think as a Realtor. I suggest some quick phone calls to Realtors in your area. Don't be surprised when/ if they tell you that tile is dated and todays laminate is fine.

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as said before. not sure what shape or size the kitchen is.. but you could try and find a place that sells solid surface counter tops in the "raw" the will sell you pieces that will basically be like buying it in sheets you can cut and use routers to shape it easily.. most people dont know that you can but it like that. Also the company you buy it from will sell color match epoxy to "seam it" it is actually really easy to machine yourself..and will most likely cost less than the 1600 for the laminate..
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I saw someone suggested going with "Vetrazzo", which is made from recycled glass bottles and other materials. That stuff is more expensive than granite in many cases (I guess the manufacturing process is costly). I like your idea of going with laminate- stay away from the tile.


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I'm odd, I guess. (My wife says I shouldn't have to guess... she KNOWS!) But I love tile. We have 20 feet of countertop in our kitchen, and it's all earth tone tile. The widths range from 25 to 30 inches and the edges are tile too, a 2" banded border.

But I'm mainly puzzled at your cost problem.

I do granite countertops in all the houses the real estate agent I work for flips. They are all granite. The prices here run from $40 - $80 a square foot (slab price) and it's usually right around $60. In today's market, we seldom pay more than $2,000, installed, with a drilled sink.
Wow thats an amazing price compared to here in Canada. I would be in around 10,000 for my countertops (installed). I guess things are just that much cheaper down there (thats why i go down to mn if i am buying a motorcycle). the sad thing is the granite is probeley mined a few hrs from my house.
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The original post did say that resale was the most important factor. I've already stated what I think as a Realtor. I suggest some quick phone calls to Realtors in your area. Don't be surprised when/ if they tell you that tile is dated and todays laminate is fine.
We have decided on laminate, alot of what everyone said here helped us make that choice, thanks a lot.
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I highly recommend butcher block. I didn't think it was in my price range. And it may not have been if I bought it prefabricated. But I found a website that sells Do-It-Youself wood blanks at www.craft-art.com then click on "online store". They come already sanded and all you have to do is either find a nearby woodworker to finish them or do it yourself which can be pretty simple. Mine actually were delivered with step by step oiling instructions. We had our contractor who also worked in cabinetry finish and cut the sink out. He finished it with Tung Oil (recommended by Craft-Art) which is water proof. I have a super high end look now but it was (semi - and had potential to be completely) DIY and SO much cheaper than getting it prefabricated.

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Let us please focus on the the original post? This guy started off with budget concerns and whether he should put down granite tiles or laminate. Suddenly he raided a forest for slice of tree he had in the back for a year aging? Ever noticed when you are being played, perhaps for fun. I am done with this idiot and hope he picks a really bad color laminate. It's all his budget will afford and he is just jerking us around.
If this thread is too confusing for you to follow maybe leave it for the grownups to read/reply.

And yes its been "in the back" drying for over one year, i cut it down to build my driveway, if you are ever in northern ontario i would be glad to give you a tour of the property.

PS our color choice was charcoal fusion, i think its nice for a couple of idiots like us, are all 2000 of your posts as ignorant as this one?

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