First of all, I have to tell you, that for some odd reason choosing our countertops for these two little bathrooms was a nightmare. It should NOT have been that difficult. The over-riding problem was that after our first day of looking at granite (even though we didn't know what we wanted for actual surface material), we had fallen in love with the slab shown in yesterday's post and found that we compared every other surface and color to it and they all fell short. Mind you, I'm not a decorator (the rest of my house will attest to that, as will friends) and I don't feel I have a lot of decorating 'sense' if you will. Even so, I'm usually good with color, just not with decision-making.
After getting the cost from Mr. C(ontractor), my knee-jerk reaction was of utter disbelief that it was that high, even with Mr. C's contractor's discount. I even tried to call a couple other places we'd been to where we found 'acceptable' product but one told us they don't sell to the public, we'd have to have our fabricator contact them, and the other never did get back to me. And the pressure was on (that or the contractor's vendor was lying through their teeth by saying they had someone else interested in the same slabs) to decide within hours. I contacted Marty at work, his reaction was about the same as mine, but after it was all said and done, and we'd given ourselves a couple hours, we went ahead and let the contractor know we'd be taking the slab (shown in yesterday's post).
We're still reeling from the cost, about three times as much as a single 8' prefab counter, but it's what we loved and what we'll hopefully, especially after this ordeal, love till we sell this house, which will probably never happen as we could probably never reach that decision let alone a decision on where to go or what to buy in the future. Actually, we're still reeling from the overall cost of doing these bathrooms which is about 3 times higher than what our naive, maybe under-educated brains thought it should be. It's looking like we're getting filet rather than burger after all.
Now on to choosing those final things: the tiles for the floor and the shower & tub walls (remaining granite will be used for a portion of the shower, so won't be sitting unused), toilets, paint color, accessories like tissue holder/towel bars, knobs, . And of course, I WILL have to purchase new coordinating towels and such. The sinks and related components were ordered 2 weeks ago and will be ready for pickup this Saturday.
By the time we progress to the kitchen remodel, I may find myself looking for a job to rebuild our funds! I haven't worked outside the home since 1998, a whole lot has changed in that time. Scary thought!