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Old 08-08-2018, 09:27 AM   #161
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I guess we like simple things. I've never cared for stone counters of any kind. We chose a laminate countertop for our kitchen and bathroom counters. Ours has a green leaf pattern in it and my wife and I both knew we wanted it the minute we first saw it in the store. We were also building our house ourselves, so a countertop material we could install ourselves was a must. The laminate is kind of hard to photograph but here's a couple of pics from my photo archives back in 2004.
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Old 08-08-2018, 08:31 PM   #162
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Wow. Wish I was close by as I love to get old Corian countertops for projects. Maybe you already plan to use it?


I think I am going to try to make something out of some of it.
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I guess we like simple things. I've never cared for stone counters of any kind. We chose a laminate countertop for our kitchen and bathroom counters. Ours has a green leaf pattern in it and my wife and I both knew we wanted it the minute we first saw it in the store. We were also building our house ourselves, so a countertop material we could install ourselves was a must. The laminate is kind of hard to photograph but here's a couple of pics from my photo archives back in 2004.
It looks really nice. You built all that yourself, correct? It looks pretty amazing.
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Old 08-08-2018, 10:26 PM   #164
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It looks really nice. You built all that yourself, correct? It looks pretty amazing.
Yep, we built the house, the cabinets, all plumbing, electrical, etc. You can see some photos of us building the kitchen at the bottom of my house web page at 2003 - Building Our Own House 14 years later and it's still standing.
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Yep, we built the house, the cabinets, all plumbing, electrical, etc. You can see some photos of us building the kitchen at the bottom of my house web page at 2003 - Building Our Own House 14 years later and it's still standing.
Yes, I think that's where I saw the photos. What you did is very cool. (not only the work you did but you took photos throughout!)
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Yep, we built the house, the cabinets, all plumbing, electrical, etc. You can see some photos of us building the kitchen at the bottom of my house web page at 2003 - Building Our Own House 14 years later and it's still standing.
Yes, I think that's where I saw the photos. What you did is very cool. (Not only the work you did, but you took photos through
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We just got our new quartzite slab put in and all I can say is WOW.

The fabricator claims he'll never work with it again as it was difficult to cut but it looks really good.
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We just got our new quartzite slab put in and all I can say is WOW.



The fabricator claims he'll never work with it again as it was difficult to cut but it looks really good.

Do you have any pictures?
Our fabricator charged us an additional $1,100 for cutting the quartzite. Itís pretty tough!
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I don't know if you remember, but I'm the one who resurrected this thread. Thank you all for all your posts - At the end, we picked the granite called Premium Black, with a grey/white marble backsplash. We're very happy.

The color of the granite is quite dark (greyish black with very tiny grey speckles), and it does show more dirt, including paw marks of my cats, but I guess that's not exactly a bad thing! We were initially intrigued by beautiful designs on different slabs, but we decided that they all looked a bit too busy for our small kitchen, so we chose something with very little variation.

We finally got it all done last week.

And...I LOVE IT! (And I guess that's what matters!)
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I don't know if you remember, but I'm the one who resurrected this thread. Thank you all for all your posts - At the end, we picked the granite called Premium Black, with a grey/white marble backsplash. We're very happy.

The color of the granite is quite dark (greyish black with very tiny grey speckles), and it does show more dirt, including paw marks of my cats, but I guess that's not exactly a bad thing! We were initially intrigued by beautiful designs on different slabs, but we decided that they all looked a bit too busy for our small kitchen, so we chose something with very little variation.

We finally got it all done last week.

And...I LOVE IT! (And I guess that's what matters!)
Beautiful!!! I am so glad you found just the right countertops, ones that you love and that will make you happy for years to come.
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Beautiful!!! I am so glad you found just the right countertops, ones that you love and that will make you happy for years to come.
Thank you so much, W2R! Like your dream house, my kitchen is becoming my dream kitchen, so it's all good!
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Very nice. Took me a minute to see it for what it is. The reflection makes it look like you have a two tone backsplash. I like the simplicity of the design. Clean and modern. Good job.
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I don't know if you remember, but I'm the one who resurrected this thread. Thank you all for all your posts - At the end, we picked the granite called Premium Black, with a grey/white marble backsplash. We're very happy.

The color of the granite is quite dark (greyish black with very tiny grey speckles), and it does show more dirt, including paw marks of my cats, but I guess that's not exactly a bad thing! We were initially intrigued by beautiful designs on different slabs, but we decided that they all looked a bit too busy for our small kitchen, so we chose something with very little variation.

We finally got it all done last week.

And...I LOVE IT! (And I guess that's what matters!)
Our granite is black with gold specs in it and with subway tile pretty much like yours. Beautiful stuff. Nice job on yours!!
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Our granite is black with gold specs in it and with subway tile pretty much like yours. Beautiful stuff. Nice job on yours!!
Thank you! I bet I'd like yours too. We must have a similar taste
I wonder the granite you have is Black Galaxy? Black Galaxy is really pretty. It reminds me of a starry sky.
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Very nice. Took me a minute to see it for what it is. The reflection makes it look like you have a two tone backsplash. I like the simplicity of the design. Clean and modern. Good job.
Thank you, Jerry! Because of the reflection, I added a tea pot/kettle, but it's still a little hard to see.
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Looks very nice, congrats.
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Thank you, both! Iím very happy!
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I don't know if you remember, but I'm the one who resurrected this thread. Thank you all for all your posts - At the end, we picked the granite called Premium Black, with a grey/white marble backsplash. We're very happy.

The color of the granite is quite dark (greyish black with very tiny grey speckles), and it does show more dirt, including paw marks of my cats, but I guess that's not exactly a bad thing! We were initially intrigued by beautiful designs on different slabs, but we decided that they all looked a bit too busy for our small kitchen, so we chose something with very little variation.

We finally got it all done last week.

And...I LOVE IT! (And I guess that's what matters!)
This looks great! We are building a new house in 2019, and I'll have to show the pic to Mrs Hawkeye.
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