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Marcelle C.
great article! exactly the info I needed.
   
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nalleshouse

I would like to see a follow up to this informative article. I live in the Bay Area and the standard practice for pricing countertops (Caesarstone, granite, marble, soapstone, etc), fabrication and installation is as follows: The customer (could be the homeowner, contractor, architect, or designer) chooses a material and gives the fabricator the layout/drawings. Then the fabricator generates a quote which includes the price of the material and the fabrication fee. If the quote is acceptable to the customer, the fabricator buys the material and makes a template. The countertop is made from the template and installed. If there is any material left, the fabricator owns it unless the customer has another use (and pays an additional fabrication fee). Even though the customer is required to pay for an entire slab of the material the fabricator "owns" what is left. They can recycle it or offer it for sale to another customer. And by the way the fabricator pays a wholesale price which may range up to 20% less than the retail price. This whole process is so opaque and costly that I cannot believe it. Please write an article about this process. I'm sure it is different in various parts of the country but I think it would be worthwhile.

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Jade Brunet

Remodeling a kitchen is a difficult task. Thanks for these tips. I especially appreciated the point about sink and faucet installation. A good idea would be to hire a contractor to carry out the project with desired details. http://countertopsandlaminatedspecialties.com 

   

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