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Old 10-12-2010, 03:38 PM   #16
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if resale is your goal and you want cheap slabs, frame the kitchen around the low cost pre fab granite slabs you can get from all the importers. 100-300 gets you most any color and they are pre bull nosed

if your kitchen is already framed i don't have a problem at all with tile and used it in my own kitchen. back to these opinions again. the way i see it is if it's a real upscale home selling north of 500k with quality everywhere. solid hardwood, lots of architecture, things of that nature you know. well, in that situation i would pony up for slabs to match my theme. however, in a 200k, 1500sq ranch house that's getting a remodel nice tile fits the bill perfect. HD sells absolute black for $5sq which makes constructing your counter inexpensive. other tile importers have many flavors with blue pearl being the most expensive easily available and going for about $12sq in 12x12 tiles. i'm a big fan of blacks in kitchen tile mostly for the same reason i like black car interiors. they hide well. black grout is easier to keep up and you can get non sanded down to a 1/16th line which works quite well in a kitchen. that said i absolutely can not stand large grout lines on a counter. i think like many things in life a person has to pick the correct product for their application. you could argue all day what's better to own between a cummins truck and corvette but it really means nothing unless you have an application in mind for their use.
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if resale is your goal and you want cheap slabs, frame the kitchen around the low cost pre fab granite slabs you can get from all the importers. 100-300 gets you most any color and they are pre bull nosed

if your kitchen is already framed i don't have a problem at all with tile and used it in my own kitchen. back to these opinions again. the way i see it is if it's a real upscale home selling north of 500k with quality everywhere. solid hardwood, lots of architecture, things of that nature you know. well, in that situation i would pony up for slabs to match my theme. however, in a 200k, 1500sq ranch house that's getting a remodel nice tile fits the bill perfect. HD sells absolute black for $5sq which makes constructing your counter inexpensive. other tile importers have many flavors with blue pearl being the most expensive easily available and going for about $12sq in 12x12 tiles. i'm a big fan of blacks in kitchen tile mostly for the same reason i like black car interiors. they hide well. black grout is easier to keep up and you can get non sanded down to a 1/16th line which works quite well in a kitchen. that said i absolutely can not stand large grout lines on a counter. i think like many things in life a person has to pick the correct product for their application. you could argue all day what's better to own between a cummins truck and corvette but it really means nothing unless you have an application in mind for their use.
Being from Oregon you dont know the northeast that much I assume. People in Mass (I live in Boston) IMO look for solid counters. Thats my opinion based on the remodels I have completed for people. I typically rip out laminate tops for granite or solid surface whether it be a small home or big expensive home. Well, there really are no cheap homes here in Boston. 200k gets you a crack shack!
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My parents put in ceramic tile countertops probably about 10 years ago. They are still there today, and the ceramic is fine - the grout though, blah. Huge pain to keep clean. Tile countertops are also more of a hassle to clean daily -not only for the possibility of staining the grout- but even when sweeping up crumbs they'll stick in the grout areas and be make it a tedious job to clean.

I will also agree with the above comment that a tiled granite countertop looks like someone wanted granite and decided to go the cheap and/or easy route. If resale is on your mind, a solid slab of granite is probably your best bet. It's cheaper than the man-made versions (usually) and will have the "wow" factor you're looking for in a resale frame of mind.

I went through the same tile debate a few months ago, and just about everywhere I researched came back with the same suggestion: if you can't do granite do a nice laminate (and not a laminate that looks like a granite - those look tend to look cheap).
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OK GUYS...really didn't mean to start something. Obviously you two know each other. I'm new here and do need some advice and opinions...in fact that's exactly what I thought I was getting.

If you read my introduction, I am looking for advice about all aspects of house building...having a home built very soon.

Thanks for looking out for me Bud but I'm well aware that this is a forum and as such I thought opinions were in fact what I was getting....not the word of GOD.
As far as I'm concerned I am simply gathering information as part of my research and hopefully learning some stuff along the way so that I can objectively and intelligently communicate with my contractor.

All the advice is appreciated and I welcome more if someone has something constructive to say.

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Well wnabcptrNH, I guess that leaves us out.

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Just wait until you see what I got YOU Bud....
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Did the odor have anything to do with their refusal?
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No, they complained about the ticking.........

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ok so this chit-chat is all normal here...just boys being boys. i get it.

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Well, either that or I come in here and start screaming at everyone to behave themselves....

(Gee Bud, it was just a clock that says "I *heart* DIYChatroom.com" not a bomb or anything.... ^sheesh^)

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