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Picking out a granite slab or remanent for your bathroom remodeling project is a fun exciting way to spend a few hours so long as it doesn't become too big an undertaking. Once you've picked out the perfect granite pattern, it's really important to remember to get a sample chunk of that granite for future reference. It may not seem too important at the time, and it would really be easy to forget, but don't do it!
Later on, when you're shopping for all the other important bathroom amenities like tile, paint, the shade of wood stain for the cabinet, you'll be glad you collected that granite sample. Smart decisions become a lot easier with samples in hand.
If you've already selected your tile or paint etc, then by all means - take a sample with you to the granite yard. Either way, don't forget to collect that sample because you *will* refer to it later on - perhaps a year or even two later.
About granite selection for the bathroom - for the vast majority of us, our bathroom countertops are much smaller than our kitchen. For most bathroom projects, you can select your granite among the remanents rather than the full sized slabs.
Granite remanents are just that, the remains from the yards previous customers that had a significant amount of granite left over. Naturally, they would like to sell those remanents too, and so these pieces can be had for a couple hundred dollars or less depending on the size needed.
This makes a difference when asking for a sample though. Some granite yards will offer nicely prepared samples cut into 3 or 4 inch squares, good for the taking. These are nice and easy, but differences in batch shipments can occur, and might not be entirely representative of the end product you select.
For remanents though, it's a simple matter of having an employee break off a chunk from a corner. They use a special hand tool that does a quick easy job of busting off a chunk of stone. They might not be willing to bust a chunk of stone off a full slab, so you might be stuck with pre-cut samples if selecting a full sized granite slab.
The size of the sample need not be any more than a couple inches square. Just large enough in size to get a good blend of the colors - stand back colors - that is to say, the color of the granite overall, from a distance, not an up close analysis of the separate colors.
Keep that granite sample close to your other samples - your tiles, any wood samples, paint samples, etc. Folders, paperwork, brochures, etc. Organize all that stuff until you can recite - what was the name of that granite pattern? And the name of the tile family with trim and complimentary shades? What color stains did we use on that cherry wood cabinet? All those questions are guaranteed to come up sooner rather than later.
That way, when an envious friend or neighbor asks you about that awesome granite slab covering your bathroom vanity cabinet, you can recite with expertise, both the name of the pattern and a sample in hand for those following in your footsteps.