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Re: Granite Countertops

Post by Marcosteffano » February 11, 2019, 5:29 pm

kopkei wrote:
February 11, 2019, 4:55 pm
best way to go is have a drive around to all the shops you know to make a price comparison , about same style granite of course,((there are also shops on the road to khon kaen ,left side and opposite side but were expensive in my case ) we have used the shop on 22 , installation not really perfect , last home we used the shop mentioned here on the road to nongkhai, first price we got was from the daughter and was way more expensive than the price estimate we took 3 months later when mother present ...., what i did now is leave them cut and bring the plates and installed them our self , on the composite countertops included when we bought the kitchen , (they did cut out the sink space on the spot),and having granite in all our homes the last 18 years ,no need to seal any of them , they still all look like new ....,
sometimes when you seal them with wax , you will always need to seal again when the wax start coming off .....
as info... ;)
Yes the young girl goes by the book and deffo charges more.i go in there with odd sizes to cover small cabinet tops and rummage through the off cuts and the mother gives me discount but the daughter won't.

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Re: Granite Countertops

Post by fdimike » February 11, 2019, 9:50 pm

We used the same place macca described for our countertops, and other interior work. They normally have a good selection to choose from. I seem to recall the slabs are about 1" thick. We added another 1" thick piece along the edge to give it a better appearance (2" thick). They cut the slab to size and then finish (edging, sink cutouts. 45 deg corner cut etc) it in the home.
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Re: Granite Countertops

Post by Niggly » February 12, 2019, 12:38 am

All good stuff, thanks.
Don’t suppose anyone can give me a guesstimate Baht/sqm cost or are there too many different variations?

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Re: Granite Countertops

Post by TJ » February 12, 2019, 5:20 am

I've installed new kitchen cabinets in my U.S. condo and am about to order the countertop. The choices are among granite and quartz slabs. The slabs are one inch thick. I've viewed the warehouse supply of slabs and they all appeared to have the same thickness. Granite is very resistant to staining. I am told that quartz is more resistant to staining than granite. I will choose a quartz countertop mainly because I like their color choices better than the granite.

There are about two dozen colors of granite to choose among and about the same with quartz. A rough guess about the variation in price per square foot is that the most expensive is perhaps 30% to 40% more than the cheapest. Being ignorant I could not tell the expensive from the cheaper just from looking at the samples.

The common countertop configuration in the U.S. is a large L-shaped piece that has the sink cutout and another small maybe 18" wide piece. A stove sits between the two pieces and cabinets.

If the large L-shaped piece is in one piece without a seam, it is slightly more expensive than if the L-shaped piece is two pieces with a seam. The difference in cost was explained in that there is less waste in the slab if the L-shaped piece comes in two pieces.

The cost of the backsplash that runs along the back of the counter varies with the height. I will specify a 4" height as that is the most common and I think looks best.

I have four choices of edging styles for the front lip. The more they have to cut from the edge the greater the cost.

I have standard 24" deep cabinets. The countertop front edge usually extends an inch or so beyond the cabinet. The choice of overhang depth affects the size of the countertop and the cost.

After I have chosen the color of my counter top and provided detailed specifications to the salesman, I shall deliver the sink and faucets to the warehouse that will construct the countertops. I suspect that the salesman will require information from the warehouse before calculating the final cost to charge me.

U.S. countertop merchants vary in their practices and deals. One may offer a free sink. Another will include a charge for doing the sink cut-out and drilling the faucet holes. Some for a fee offer to do the plumbing hook ups (labor only I believe). U.S. sink plumbing is more complicated than Thai in that it involves installing a garbage disposal, hooking up to an automatic dishwasher and running a water line to a refrigerator that produces ice-cubes and dispenses cold water.

My biggest concern is that the sink cut-out location be precise. The width of sink that I have chosen has only a half-inch clearance from the cabinet walls. If they are three-fourths of an inch off, a new countertop piece will have to be manufactured

Although this information is derived from my U.S. experience, I hope it is useful to someone.

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Re: Granite Countertops

Post by kopkei » February 12, 2019, 6:44 am

different colors and quality in granite , you can buy ok one already starting at 1.200 -1.500 baht/sqmeter, the prices vary depending country of origin (and quality) ..if you buy granite at kitchen shop suppliers (index,boonthavorn...) , they will charge you 2-5 times more...as info.. ;)

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Re: Granite Countertops

Post by Niggly » February 12, 2019, 11:28 pm

TJ wrote:
February 12, 2019, 5:20 am
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Interesting & informative, many thanks.

Splashbacks! I'd not consider them, cheers

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Re: Granite Countertops

Post by PhyllisHiggins » February 13, 2019, 11:01 am

It is great to know more about Granite Countertops here.

All good stuff.

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Re: Granite Countertops

Post by pipoz4444 » February 14, 2019, 7:19 pm

Niggly wrote:
February 10, 2019, 10:50 pm
Anyone know of a stonemason or similar that can cut & finish granite to size?
Cheers
The shop on the road to Nong Khai on the left side (set back 12 meters from the road) is called Wanghin.

I bought my kitchen bench tops from their, all cut to size and with a front beveled edge. Then paid a nominal amount (about TB 1,000) for her Granite Man to come to my house and cut out the openings for the sink and cook tops, once the benchtop was fitted/cemented in place, so that it didn't crack when being transported. \:D/

The girl speaks excellent English and can understand what you want. I think their number is +66 81 9650556 :-k

Wanghin has a nice broad range of Granite with some unusual colors and patterns. The prices were not too bad, particularly if you selected from the pieces already there and did not ask them to cut to special sizes.

Some indicative prices are,
Tan Brown Counter Top - Picture 1 was TB 4,000 per m2 cut to size, then to polish the front edge and put a 7 mm bevel on it, was another TB 200 per linear meter.
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Tan Brown Granite Bench Top Picture 1
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Others colors were
Grey Granite in - Picture (3) was TB 9,000 per m2
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Grey Granite Picture 3
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Grey Haze Granite - Picture 4 was TB 5,000 per m2
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Grey Haze Granite Picture 4
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Hop this helps

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Re: Granite Countertops

Post by Niggly » February 14, 2019, 8:34 pm

Cheers Pip
Thats great information

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Re: Granite Countertops

Post by Barney » February 14, 2019, 8:57 pm

As mentioned Niggly you may want the back splash. I purchased from this shop on the Nong khai rd and had our backsplash cut at 80mm high and is sufficient. On the 2 windows the bench height was almost the same as the bottom of the window frames. I had them place the backsplash the entire length along the window then cut and place a small 25mm granite strip behind and under the sliding screens to fill the gap and prevent water ingress. This was my mistake with measurement but a good fix result.

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Re: Granite Countertops

Post by Niggly » February 14, 2019, 9:56 pm

Do they do all the measuring up, delivery & fitting? I'm a bit worried of making a calculation error or piecing it out in a not very cost effective way. I've got one length thats 7.5m which will need to be made from a few pieces & an oblong island which I'm thinking could all be cut from one piece

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Re: Granite Countertops

Post by kopkei » February 26, 2019, 6:59 pm

i did got a pm of a member asking if i was sure about granite prices starting at 1200-1500 baht/m2...
so i stopped by at the shop on road 22 , looks like (as many shops in los ) they are very low on stock (order possible)
but did have granite starting 1500 baht/m2 ...
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granite tiles 60x60cm starting at 250baht/piece....
as info... ;)

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Re: Granite Countertops

Post by Niggly » February 26, 2019, 11:08 pm

kopkei wrote:
February 26, 2019, 6:59 pm
i did got a pm of a member asking if i was sure about granite prices starting at 1200-1500 baht/m2...
so i stopped by at the shop on road 22 , looks like (as many shops in los ) they are very low on stock (order possible)
but did have granite starting 1500 baht/m2
granite tiles 60x60cm starting at 250baht/piece....
as info... ;)
Cheers, good info, thanks

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