Cost to cut marble & granite vanity tops

BongoFebruary 16, 2014

We are renovating 3 bathrooms (master, kids and powder) and went to the stone fabricator to look at some Carara marble remnants for vanity tops. We found a remnant large enough for 2 vanities 36" each. His quote was $850 without installation or $950 with installation total for both. We then went to ReStore and found 3 vanity tops 49" inches each for $99 each (2 were marble and 1 black granite which we liked for kids bathroom). They already have cut outs for sinks and faucets. The problem is that it's too big and has to be cut to 36". The same stone fabricator told us it would be $300 per top to cut and polish edges and install the undermount sinks, which completely defeats the purpose of buying the tops at ReStore. Does this seem reasonable to you? What are our chances of finding someone who would do it for less? Should we just give up, go back to the fabricator and purchase those marble remnant vanity tops for $425 each? We are in NY/Long Island area if that matters in terms of pricing.

Thank you!

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I just looked at my invoice for my kitchen and vanities, and using my own remnant, I paid more a lot more than $450 for a 48" vanity, so I don't think it's a bad price.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 8:24PM
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Buy a wet circular saw from HD for $70 and cut it!!! Prefab is the way to go if you want to save money

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 8:37PM
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I was thinking about it myself :) but then how do we finish the edges? Also, they are only 3/4" thick, so I was a little hesitant to do it ourselves. So, I guess we learned our lesson - buying something at ReStore for less is not always cost effective? :(

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 10:52PM
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I would phone around to other granite places. Our remnant vanity top (40" long) was $300 total, including sink hole, faucet holes and finishing edges. We will install it ourselves. Finishing the edges is actually the expensive part! Same place charged us $75 for the shower niche shelf. (I thought it would have been a little less). She said it was finishing the edge (really only one 27" long edge) that cost the most.

    Bookmark   February 16, 2014 at 11:41PM
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Sophie Wheeler

The labor is most of any stone quote. $40 a square foot would be average, and maybe $30 if you were bringing them the stone, picking it up, and installing it. You stil gotta pay the light bill and all of the insurance and the note on the CNC. That doesn't get any cheaper even if the stone was free.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 7:58AM
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So if it's around $30 per sq ft, then for 22x36" vanity it should be around $180, right? Approximately 6 sq ft by $30? Is that the estimate I should be looking for? That sounds much more reasonable than the $300 we were quoted. Should that include attaching undercount sink or would that be a separate charge? The $300 we were given included the sink install. Thank you all!!!

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 9:39AM
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Meant to say "undermount" sink above.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 9:41AM
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My fabricators charge around $300-$500 to cut the undermount hole, polish the edge, and attach the sink. It depends on the size of the sink, as well as a couple of other factors.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 2:36PM
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We bought granite off of Craigslist and brought it to the fabricators with templates. The pieces for the kitchen already were the correct measurement front to back, they needed to be cut to length to fit in a u-shaped kitchen, to have one edge polished, and to have a sink hole cut. We also had another piece that needed to be cut for the bathroom vanity. The front edge was already polished but it needed to be cut to length and width, and have a hole cut for the (top mount) sink.

The total cost of fabrication for all of this was $450. It did not include mounting the sinks, or installation, or even delivery.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 2:47PM
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I think we will call some other places around but it sounds like going through the fabricator (with their remnants) is the way to go since the price is basically the same.... I may have to craigslist these vanity tops now :-)

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 6:57PM
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I thought I posted this before, call around!

I got wildly different quotes for granite tops, some fabricators might not be busy, and have some remnants sitting around. I got a top for a vessel sink (in a house Iwas selling) for $125, and others with undercount sink for about $30/foot installed, however, I also got much higher prices as well.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 7:22PM
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Ok, i will call around, thank you!!!

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 8:14PM
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Bongo, since you mentioned fabricator and their remnants, I just want to clarify that there may be granite yards, (with greater selection available) in your area with remnants available. Since you're only looking for simple 36" tops, the fabricator you go with isn't all that crucial (ie, just have the granite yard do the cutting). And, as someone else mentioned you may actually be able to find pre-formed tops with sink cut out and faucet holes already done. I did that for my basement BR. In hindsight, not that great a deal (I didn't know about dealing directly with granite yards at that time), AND it was a PITA trying to find a sink to match the hole. I also ended up having to buy a new faucet (still have the original one I bought), so in reality absolutely not the best deal! LOL

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 8:17PM
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I think you need to shop around. There are regional differences and they all charge differently anyways. Prices have come down and they seem to be quite competitive. The company you first spoke with wants to sell you his remnants, so you might not be getting a very good price on fabricating ReStore's merchandise. Maybe look for a fabricating shop that does not have a yard.

The yard I asked about remnants said they do not discount them.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 9:01PM
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Go back to your fabricator and buy the tops with installation included. Marble is a poor choice for countertops, especially vanities in my opinion.

I just charged a lady $700.00 to install 30SF of granite she bought off Craigslist for $300.00. She could have bought 3cm new for that much.

    Bookmark   February 17, 2014 at 10:30PM
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We live in a Philly Suburb and our local granite & marble shop charged us I believe $100 or $150 (can't quite remember) to cut and finish 6 marble sills. The cuts and polish were lengthwise of the sill and were used for our shower curb and niche pieces.

Our shop would not "warranty" the work...saying that they were cutting into stone that they didn't supply and were not sure where it was sourced from, quality etc. Basically they said that cheaper marbles from china break easily.

We got the sills from Lowes so I am sure it was cheap marble from China and we didn't pay too much for the sills and it was lots cheaper than having them make matching calacatta marble sills for us (they supplied our calacatta marble counter...but that cost us $200/sq ft). It was a risk we were willing to take and it turned out perfect.

Good luck.

    Bookmark   February 18, 2014 at 11:52AM
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So after shopping around, i found a number of places with much better quotes. You guys were right - calling around did help as the prices varied significantly. Usually, the smaller places or one-man shops gave me the best quotes. The larger fancier places had the highest estimates. Thank you to all for your input!!!

    Bookmark   February 19, 2014 at 8:53AM
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There are varying types of equipment used to fabricate the slabs at different shops. Some have to do more hand work (labor intensive) and some have ultra-expensive computer-run cutting machines that the bank owns and the fabricator is paying off.

As firsthome points out, the specific type and grade of stone should also play a role, if it is easy to cut or not.

    Bookmark   February 21, 2014 at 11:54AM
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