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dinosaur1 10-26-2013 12:37 PM

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Our kitchen floor has 12x12 granite tiles. Our countertop is just the basic composite wood that came with home when it was built in 1997. We are not sure what type of countertops to get or if we should leave it as is. If we add granite it might be overkill with granite all over.

joecaption 10-26-2013 02:59 PM

Depends on a few things.
Is this going to be your forever home?
Solid counter tops will almost always add value to a home.
I really like the look of your floor, and no having granite tops would not be to much.

dinosaur1 10-26-2013 03:01 PM

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Originally Posted by joecaption
Depends on a few things. Is this going to be your forever home? Solid counter tops will almost always add value to a home. I really like the look of your floor, and no having granite tops would not be to much.

What about leaving it as is? Does it look incomplete?

joecaption 10-26-2013 03:10 PM

Just looks like cheap particle board with Formica over it to me.
If it's in good shape and you have no intentions of selling I would leave it.
One inexpensive option is the tops I've used that I bought at Home Depot.
There not the cheap normal rounded front and back splash tops. They look like granite, and have a roman ogee on the front and back.
I put them in one of my rentals and had a lot of people stop by and all the lady's just loved them.

dinosaur1 10-26-2013 03:11 PM

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Originally Posted by joecaption
Just looks like cheap particle board with Formica over it to me. If it's in good shape and you have no intentions of selling I would leave it. One inexpensive option is the tops I've used that I bought at Home Depot. There not the cheap normal rounded front and back splash tops. They look like granite, and have a roman ogee on the front and back. I put them in one of my rentals and had a lot of people stop by and all the lady's just loved them.

. Fake granite countertops with a real granite floor?

Live_Oak 10-26-2013 03:24 PM

I would not put granite on those cabinets. Laminate is a perfectly functional and budget choice. What's the reason you thinking of changing the counters?

gregzoll 10-26-2013 03:42 PM

Composite style counters, along with refaced cabinets would be what I would do.




dinosaur1 10-26-2013 03:44 PM

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Originally Posted by Live_Oak
I would not put granite on those cabinets. Laminate is a perfectly functional and budget choice. What's the reason you thinking of changing the counters?

We actually like the counters as is, but wanted to get some opinions.

Fix'n it 10-27-2013 09:44 AM

real granite would be some $$$$. ask me how i know.

those HD tops that joe speaks of. they actually look pretty nice, for the money.

that floor looks GREAT. the counter tops, not so much. if you want some inexpensive "bling"
go to HD and look at what they have.

valpd 10-27-2013 09:53 AM

Some think we should leave the countertops as is because it looks fine. Other say it looks too plain especially since the floor is granite. Personally I would love to add granite, but by the time you rip out the old countertops your talking at least $5k on the low end. Adding on more fake countertops to a real granite just looks cheesy in my opinion.

valpd 10-27-2013 09:56 AM

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Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1258377)
Just looks like cheap particle board with Formica over it to me.
If it's in good shape and you have no intentions of selling I would leave it.
One inexpensive option is the tops I've used that I bought at Home Depot.
There not the cheap normal rounded front and back splash tops. They look like granite, and have a roman ogee on the front and back.
I put them in one of my rentals and had a lot of people stop by and all the lady's just loved them.

Could you post a pic or give me an idea of the name of the manufacturer and style on one that you have used?

valpd 10-27-2013 09:57 AM

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Originally Posted by gregzoll (Post 1258389)
Composite style counters, along with refaced cabinets would be what I would do.

Can you give an example or pic of the counters you are thinking of?

MaineLL 10-27-2013 11:02 AM

Using instock laminate product available at HD or Lowes is not really a viable option for this kitchen. Note the kitchen sink wall with its non-standard miters. It would take an extremely skilled carpenter to get those miters straight enough to butt neatly and tightly together. The homeowner will need to special order the countertop (at least for that wall). They could save money by using one of the instock patterns for the range wall (presuming it is standard) and then just special ordering the non custom wall. Be aware that they will pay a premium to match the ogee edge ($4.00 l.f.?). The special order countertop will be $3-4 s.f. more, depending on your market.

gregzoll 10-27-2013 02:13 PM

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Originally Posted by valpd (Post 1258658)
Can you give an example or pic of the counters you are thinking of?

There are all kinds of pictures and in person examples out there. I really have no clue what the OP likes for style, and since you are not them, you really should go out and do some searches or go out and look at the options available.




dinosaur1 10-27-2013 02:20 PM

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Originally Posted by gregzoll
There are all kinds of pictures and in person examples out there. I really have no clue what the OP likes for style, and since you are not them, you really should go out and do some searches or go out and look at the options available.

I would like to see some examples of what you mean online preferably. Are you referring to something to gets placed over the existing countertop ? I guess I'm not sure what you mean.


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