laminate instead of granite - budget cut
We are building a home and of course are over budget. (I know, that is shocking, no one ever goes over budget when building!)
I have gotten pretty much every upgrade I want (tile shower, built in entertainment center, hardiplank siding, etc.) but now to save a little money I am thinking of going with a laminate countertop instead of granite.
The price difference is $3500 - $4000 for granite versus $980.00 for the laminate. The laminate is really close to the granite I want so I think it will look okay (New Venetian Gold granite and Milano Quartz laminate by Wilsonart if anyone is familiar).
By choosing the laminate instead of granite it will cover the expense of the stone work we would like to have done on the exterior of the house.
I told a friend yesterday what I had decided to do and she was appalled that I would build such a nice home and then install laminate to save some money. Now I am feeling kind of like a loser. I know I shouldn't let her comments make me feel that way but do you think everyone that comes to my house will think "Gosh, that is a really nice house, too bad she didn't use granite!"?
We just think we can change to granite in a couple years if it seems that important to us for not much trouble.
Of course, from reading this board it seems that every kitchen needs granite or soapstone counters.
Surely someone here has used laminate and has a beautiful kitchen...