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Granite Remnants

Granite RemnantsIf you’re looking for gorgeous granite countertops, but looking to keep the granite costs down, I have just the thing for discount granite countertops: granite remnants.

On our first house, the granite fabricator required us to purchase entire slabs of granite. When the granite island was completed, the leftover granite was paid for whether we could use it or not. We ended up doing both the “camera den” and the guest bathroom in granite to avoid waste.

These days, many larger granite fabricators charge for granite by the foot, with prices determined by the grade of granite being used. Partial slabs and leftover granite and then sent to the “bone yard” or remnant storage. The granite remnants are then sold at a discount.

For the perimeter kitchen countertops and island countertop, we selected slabs from Adamas Stone. (Francesca  Pucci and Santini Andrea were so helpful and great to work with!) But for all the other granite countertops in our home, we used granite remnants.

Because Premier is a very large operation, they have a corresponding remnant yard that is full of amazing pieces of granite and quartz. The reward for taking a little extra time to find pieces you like — that are large enough to fit your application — is drop-dead gorgeous granite countertops at a rock-bottom price. No pun intended.

With the help of our representative, Gary Facer, we found some very nice pieces that look stunning in our home. More about Premier and Gary — and lots of great images of our granite countertops — coming soon. But in the meantime, if you’re in the market for granite or quartz countertops, check out the granite remnant yard at your fabricator’s shop. You and your wallet with be thrilled.

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  • Garret October 25, 2010, 4:30 pm

    Didn’t realize you could do this. I’ll look around this might save me some dough. Get the counters my wife wants without costing too much.

  • T4L October 25, 2010, 7:49 pm

    We need new countertops. That’s a good way to go. Like the look of granite, don’t like the price.

  • Alison Moore Smith October 26, 2010, 1:52 pm

    I didn’t know about it before going into this process either. I hope it saves you a ton of money. We got some gorgeous granite and some amazing quartz for the laundry room — all for a great price.

  • CG December 6, 2010, 4:39 am

    There are some downsides to looking through the bone yard. Sometimes there isn’t enough to do a job and then a good vein/color match may be hard to find. The best pieces (i.e. those that match other slabs) are usually used first on other jobs so don’t really get discounted.

    Another thought for would be remnant hunters. Check the pieces for scratches or other damage as they may have been sitting around for a while.
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  • Alison Moore Smith December 6, 2010, 2:02 pm

    Absolutely true. The downside is that you are hoping for good luck in selection and quantity. That’s why we did our kitchen with full slabs. But the other rooms didn’t need so much, so it worked out great. Most bathroom vanities are a great fit for remnants.

    Thanks for the tip about checking pieces carefully. Very important.

  • Angel April 13, 2011, 8:27 am

    Very nice! This is a great option for granite discount countertops. Discount countertops are really great especially for renovations and if you want to change your old kitchen countertops. Thanks for sharing!

  • Alison Moore Smith April 13, 2011, 9:40 am

    Thanks, Angel. So true. I was amazed at the selection available. Some very high grade stones were there in large quantities!

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