Hi, We are redoing our old, stained, damaged formica countertops and are looking at granite slabs. I never realized how challenging this would be for me. I have a hard time making decisions, and needless to say was a little overwhelmed after going to a granite warehouse! I don't know how anyone makes these decisions!
I am wondering if someone could answer a couple questions...
My fabricator is offering a matching backsplash for free, but I notice in most pictures people do their own backsplash with tiles (glass, ceramic, subway etc.). Are the matching granite backsplashes not popular for some reason that I am unaware of? By having one, does that mean I really can't do other tiling above it? Will that look odd?
I am unexpectedly being drawn towards light granite (whites, beiges etc). I plan to paint our cabinets a cream color. I see pictures on this site of this looking beautiful, but in these million dollar homes what wouldn't look beautiful :) Do most people generally prefer to see contrast between the cabinet and countertops? I know it is a personal thing, just looking for opinions .
I am considering using a fabricator that is a one man shop. He doesn't work for a company, he does his own work. My friend used him and he did a wonderful job and she has referred him to numerous friends who I believe have also used him. He told me has been doing this for years. I just assumed all fabricators worked for companies. Using this man would probably save me some money, as it seems he will be cheaper. Is there anything I should be concerned about? I worry mostly that if an issue arose, I would have no recourse. Is it common for people to do this kind of business on their own?
My last question is wondering if anyone can identify this granite pictured? I saw it at a plumbing supply store and thought it was beautiful, but they didn't know the name of it and I haven't been able to figure it out. Could it be Ivory fantasy?