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Unread 03-03-2006, 06:52 PM   #1
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(Another) Remodel with granite tile...

What a great resource! I've finally found some real answers about undermount sinks with granite tile. Thanks!!!

Granite slab is not in the budget, but I believe I'll be plenty happy based on the granite tile installations I've seen on this site. I really like the Benissimo System, but a quote from a local dealer indicated $20-30 for field tiles and upto $65 for an outside corner!!! That comes not much belew installed granite slab estimate. And I still have to install the tiles!!! Sorry, unless I can order for much less.

I've been impressed with the creative installs by the folks on this site using (professionally) polished/finished edges, undermounts etc. Which, will be my fallback.

Tonight I came across a dealer "Black Market Carpet" that offers a tile system that appears to be exactly the same as Benissimo (is it??), but for far less. It's still a good bit more than others though. Here's a link:

Any feedback on this "system" or company and it's prices would be very much appreciated!!! Other suggestions welcome
. I'm sure I'll be posting updates and requesting much advise I move throught the complete kitchen remodel. I'll post the pictures as I go. Thanks!!!
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Unread 03-03-2006, 09:33 PM   #2
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Welcome, Sean.

I know nothing about that company nor its product.

I think at the very least I'd take advantage of the "buy a sample" option before I made any firm decision.

My opinion; worth price charged.

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Thanks for the input CX, I'm ordering samples first thing monday. I'll let everyone know how they look.

One of the elements of the remodel will be an integrated 30' circular table at bar height. I came across a nice mosaic table top from a fabricator in China. I'm not comfortable ordering from there, but I like the idea. Anyone know where I can get my hands on one of these (see pic) domestically? I'm not sure I've got the skills/patience to make this kind of mosaic. Thanks! I'm also open to other ideas for the table top. I really want it to be one of the key design elements of the kitchen (area). THANKS!
Here's the link to the chinese vendor if any one is interested....
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Unread 03-05-2006, 10:32 AM   #4
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I have seen similar ones on Ebay. Go there and do a search on "mosaic". They could be from overseas too, not sure. Prices aren't too bad.

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Question Living Tile - foot prints etc...

OK, so what was I thinking with the compass thing??? Nice, but maybe for an outside coffee table or something. I'm now looking at some wood inlay, or possible stone inlay type tables.

I'm still waiting for my counter tile samples!!

If everyone hasn't seen these yet, I thought y'all might find this "living" tile pretty interesting. Not for my kitchen, but could be slick in a retail or contemporary casa...


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Sean, a local tile and cabinetry discounter has quite a few of these stone mosaics on a mesh of some sort. Seems like they're around 5' diameter and cost a few hundred or so.

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