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Feb. 9, Day Six
Its been one weekend plus two days since
any progress. That means living out of boxes for almost two
weeks now. And although living off fast food cuisine has not
exactly been a chore for me, we are looking forward to our
nice new kitchen.
Today, the granite counter top and granite
backsplash was installed, and you will not believe today's pictures! We've
seen plenty of our friends granite counter top kitchens, and they do look
good, but they do not pop - they do not grab your attention and make you
The color pattern we chose was the Tropical Brown.
Choosing it was a difficult decision, but it came out the front runner over
other patterns like Giallo Veneziano, Baltic Brown, and Uba Tuba.
We chose a mitered cut for the front
edge of the granite instead of the completely rounded off
look that you see on most granite installations.
Thats what gives the front edge of the granite the big 2 inch thick look.
As usual, the crew showed up right on time, and were
as diligent as ever. They installed the sink too, since it is an integral part
of the granite counter top. They hogged out the wood base plate that our carpenter
made so nice, and finished the rough cut in the granite for the sink that was
done before hand back at the factory.
You will see in the pictures how solid and substantial
it makes the granite slab look. It makes the 1 inch thick granite look 2 inches
thick. The edge is crisp instead of rounded, but it does have a small radius
that prevents chipping.
The granite backsplash is cut from the same one inch
thick granite slabs. Glued to the wall I suppose, and the top gap caulked.
A full height granite backsplash would have been nice, but with the kitchen
window would have looked too broken up.
Holes are cut in the granite counter top for the faucet,
air gap, and soap dispenser. This looks so much nicer than being mounted to
the sink, as tomorrow's pictures will show after the plumber does his work.
The colors and pattern distribution
in the granite slabs is exactly what we expected from our
sample chit. Very even in size and distribution of the different
color elements. The clear crystals make for an extremely rich,
3 dimensional depth.
Kind of hypnotizing. The granite counter top and granite
backsplash are so shiny that it's difficult to get a picture without some reflection
from the lighting, as you will see.
So without further delay, here is toady's granite countertop
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