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The Great Granite Debate

Due to the fact that we bought the completed house from the builder we were able to negotiate some unusual things into our contract, and one of those things was replacing the Formica counter tops that were already in the kitchen with granite.

What we didn’t anticipate was the large decision that this was going to entail which set off “The Great Granite Debate!”  Of all the finishing touches throughout the home, the cabinets and counter tops are most likely the most permanent features in the home.  They are  the most expensive and time consuming to change out later,  so whatever decision we went with we knew we had to love it for a long long looong time, as these counters are here for the long haul.

So off we went to Classic Stone in Plantsville CT.  All of the research we did online suggested bringing a drawer front or something from the kitchen to help you pick a granite color that best compliments your cabinets.  Since we do not technically own the cabinets yet this was not an option, so we had to wing it.

Another part of the conundrum the cabinets are not the color we’d always envisioned so the granite I had in my mind didn’t jive with the existing cabinets.  Had we started from ground zero and built this house from the ground up I would have gone with a much darker cabinet.  But the cabinets we have are a glazed maple (shown in the photos) that have a darker coloring within the grooves of the door than on the flat surface, and we want to compliment them the best we can.

We were however able to narrow it down to three options and bring samples to the house to compare to actual granite.  Let me know your favorite (I apologize for the horrendous quality of these photographs, the granite was extremely reflective and I’m a bad photographer)

Granite #1 A Beigey Creamy Granite with small speckles of dark brown and red.

Granite #1 A Beigey Creamy Granite with small speckles of dark brown and red.

Granite #2 - Another Beigey Creamy Granite with BIGGER speckles and swirls of dark brown and a reddish color

Granite #2 – Another Beigey Creamy Granite with BIGGER speckles and swirls of dark brown and a reddish color

Granite #3 - A Black Granite with lighter grey/dark brown specking

Granite #3 – A Black Granite with lighter grey/dark brown specking

We’ve made our decision but would love to hear what you would choose and we’ll reveal our final selection once it’s been installed!