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offigo
02-28-2007, 09:21 AM
My husband is thinking about installing a granite tile countertop in our kitchen. We only have about 25sq ft of counters but the slabs would run us from $1,800-$2,500. Tileing is our only choice besides formica. My question is how do you finish the edges. Do you buy bullnose? Any ideas, pictures of what others have done? Thank you

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Mike2
02-28-2007, 10:37 AM
Hi offigo.

You can buy bullnosed tiles. Matter of fact Bedrock Creations, one of the sponsors here, has it. http://www.bedrockcreations.net/

You can also take your own granite tiles to a slab fabricator and and have them bullnosed, with pricing normally in the $7 to $10 a lineal foot range. Another option is wood trim, painted or stained to match the cabinets. And yet another, Schluter (another sponsor) has some metal trims called Rondec. http://www.bedrockcreations.net/

Additionally there are few countertop pictures, here http://johnbridge.com/vbulletin/showthread.php?t=33783 , some more http://johnbridge.com/kitchen_projects.htm, and finally here http://www.creativeceramicandmarble.com/backsplashesandcountertops.htm.

:)

offigo
02-28-2007, 11:33 AM
Thank you, I will try to call BEDROCK and get an idea of the prices. They aren't in NY so hopefully they can still help me. Thank you so much for your help.

astrojeff
02-28-2007, 03:26 PM
Hi Offigo:

I'm in the exact same situation. I finally found a local dealer/fabricator who says he can bullnose my tile for me for $3/foot. Sounds like a really good deal, I really hope he's not a hack because I already ordered the tile through him. I was surprised to find that service in small town WV, so maybe you can find someone in NY.

My next issue was making a 25+" countertop with 12" tiles. I heard some suggestions to make a really fat backsplash, or to cut skinny ripper pieces to fill in the back, but then I have a bunch of waste from the center of the tile which will have an unusable unfinished edge after cutting off the skinny pieces. I think my solution will be to have the fabricator cut some tiles each into two pieces of approx 8" and 4" lengths and bullnose the cut edges of each piece. My countertop will be from back to front: approx 5" piece of tile cut myself, 1 Full 12" tile, then the 8" tile with bullnose overhanging the front. I'll put in a 1" or so strip under the bullnose on the front, and I'll use the skinny (4") bullnose for the backsplash. I'll do my own cuts with my cheap tilesaw to cut the back tile in half to make two 5+ inch tiles with the rough cut edge hidden under the backsplash and then I'll make the front strip under the overhanging bullnose either from the leftover of the 5" + 5" + 2" piece, or from the bottom of the 4" backsplash to make it 3". That way, I have minimal waste, no skinny slices in the back, and all finished edges on the top surface. I've ordered the tiles, but haven't had the cuts made yet. Hope he can cut and bullnose well... Bedrock Creations also looks like a good way to go!

I'll have related questions in the future--don't know if I should use this thread or start a new one? Maybe some of our questions will overlap?

Good luck,

Jeff

dl
02-28-2007, 03:41 PM
> 25sq ft of counters but the slabs would run us from $1,800-$2,500.

Where are you pricing slabs? When I checked into this a while back I found slabs in the $20 to $40 per sf range depending on the color variety.

- DL

todd1313
02-28-2007, 07:42 PM
$20-$40 per square foot. I wish I could find that in my area. (South Eastern PA). The best I can find is $46. That's for the colors that most folks don't choose. It also does not include the nicer edge profiles. The nicer colors are running $63-$80. I tried the wood trim but that seemed to defeat the purpose. The granite tiles looked great but the wood did'nt hold up as well. This time I'm going to bite the bullet and go with the slab. I wish I could find nice colors for the $20-$40 range. :confused:

Marge
02-28-2007, 08:06 PM
Jeff,

I recommend you start your own thread and keep all questions for the project on the one thread. That helps us keep tabs on all your work and everyone can be of better help to you that way.

offigo
03-01-2007, 09:20 AM
I am in New York, Long Island and the cheapest prices I found for slabs were $56 and the colors were horrible, they looked like corian not granite.

dl
03-01-2007, 01:02 PM
http://www.diygranite.com/ $20, $30, and $45 psf. Not so good for east coast because of shipping, but great for west coast.

- DL