…kind of. I asked for your opinions and as I mentioned back in this post, I decided to throw my next (and last) big chunk of money into kitchen countertops. After doing some thinking and price comparing, I decided to go with Lowe’s granite. I got a pre-estimate based off of measurements that I brought in and after thinking it over for a couple of weeks, I went in and put down a (big, fat) deposit so that the granite company would come do an estimate.
Where does the ‘kind of’ come in with this commitment story? Well, I’m still entitled to a full refund if I decide to back out of this choice (which my fickle self might do). I know that I promised to make the thriftiest decision so here’s the lowdown on why I’m leaning towards Lowe’s granite:
-The warranty: I know that I could get less expensive labor by going with a smaller business or by having someone do a side job, but I decided that I don’t want to risk such a large amount of money just to save a few hundred dollars. If there is a crack in my granite within a year of purchase (which can happen with improperly installed granite), I’ll be able to call someone out to fix it.
-The research: I’ve been looking into my countertop options for months. The reputable businesses in town charged close to a thousand dollars more for the same exact product (name and all).
-The experiences: When the decision was made to go with a big box home improvement store, I knew I would be going with Lowe’s. Although Lowe’s doesn’t actually send out their employees to do these types of jobs, they do work exclusively with certain subcontractors. In my experience (though witnessing remodeling jobs while renting), the Lowe’s subcontractors were much more motivated to work efficiently than the Home Depot subs were. After a bad experience watching HD flooring people take three times as long as promised and offering to cut under-the-table deals, I promised myself that I wouldn’t go with them in the future (regardless of price).
-The product: For me, laminate was out of the question from the beginning because of its low durability. Tile was a tempting option because of cost, but I decided that an easy-to-clean product was more appealing (to myself and future buyers). Quartz and other man-made solid surfaces were definitely equally attractive, but the prices weren’t dramatically different. Granite is great for resale, notorious for its durability, and is an affordable way to make a dramatic difference in my kitchen.
I feel like I'm *this much* closer to a beautiful kitchen. Just look at the dramatic progress made already...
New task lighting was the next to go up.
No, it's not finished... and yes, it will be clean eventually!
What do you think of my choice? Have you ever gone through Lowe’s for your home renovation?