Updating an old bathroom? Getting a house ready to sell?
Want granite but can't afford to buy a whole slab to get the little piece you need?
Call around to your local granite fabricators (companies that cut and install granite) and ask if they sell remnants.
Some questions you can ask:
- Do you sell remnants?
- Are they all priced the same per square foot, or are they priced at different levels (like regular granite jobs)?
- Can you give me the names of a few of the ones you typically have available (then Google those names to see the styles, which can save you a trip if the remnants they have are boring, weird or dated)?
- Do you have standard edges included in the cost of the piece, or does your pricing differ based on the edge style?
- What are the standard edges you offer?
- What do you charge for sink cutouts? How about for undermount sinks? (Because the edges of those need to be polished)
- How long will it take to get my piece fabricated?
- Do you charge extra for delivery and installation?
- Do you charge for an estimate if you come out to measure my space (cabinets)? If so, will it be credited towards my purchase if I buy my granite remnant from you?
- How often do you get new pieces? (Meaning - how long might you have to wait if the current selection doesn't meet your needs?)
- Can I put in a request for a particular color and can you call me if a big enough piece comes in?
Sometimes You Can Find Some Really Cool Granite Remnants
Some granite fabricators don't want to deal with remnants - they can take up a lot of space and aren't necessarily very profitable.
If you are lucky, though, you might find a granite company in your area that has remnants and you might find something crazy fabulous - especially if you can be flexible on the color and the size you need is smallish (under 4 or 5 feet across by the standard cabinet depth).
Just something to keep in mind if you think granite is too expensive for your project - you might be pleasantly surprised.