Buying countertop remnant on Craigslist

calizzyJune 30, 2013

I'm totally new to this whole "countertop" world and have no idea what I am doing! I need a 46 inch piece of countertop for a bathroom vanity, unfortunately standard size is 49 inch, so I can't get an inexpensive pre-made one. I see granite and quartz remnants on craigslist that would be big enough for cheaper that a custom made solid surface top from home depot. If I bought something from craigslist, would I be able to find someone to cut it to the right length and cut a sink hole? Doesn't the person who cuts this tuff usually want to sell you their own slabs? Also, I assume it's a pretty small job, can I find someone willing to do it? And what about the install? Thanks!

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Sure you find someone, but at what price? Probably end up costing you more than to buy a premade top. Also more than likely you assume the responsibility if it cracks while he is cutting it!

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 6:21PM
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I considered doing that. I saw some really good deals on granite. Unfortunately, it was no longer such a good deal when they quoted me the price to do the just wasn't worth it...It was very frustrating since I had thought I could get a good granite counter top for our bathroom for $100 or so. Didn't work out that way.

You *could* go to a stone yard - you know, where they sell huge slabs of granite. Our local stone yard has amazing remnants! You might get a better deal on the remnant and the cutting than if you went through a private party. But the cutting is still going to cost more than you'd like, probably.

This post was edited by gladys1924 on Sun, Jun 30, 13 at 18:30

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 6:23PM
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Each area is different. Some areas like mine you can't find fabricators that don't work for stone yards. I had looked at granite on craigslist but couldn't find a fabricator.

Other areas fabricators work on their own.

Have you looked at remnants from stone yards? I got my vanity for about the same cost as laminate. We had to pick it up and install ourselves which was no issue.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 6:36PM
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I had seen an ad on CL re. Remnants. I went to the place and priced out apiece for a 30 in. vanity. With me supplying the sink, quote was 390 if they in stalled and 190 if it was DIY. Not exactly the deal it was portrayed in the ad. For that kind of $ , I could go to the big box stores.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2013 at 9:35PM
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For one of my vanities, I wanted to go somewhat inexpensive. I ended up finding a company that shipped custom solid surface counters. I don't know how their prices compare to the US, but they were much cheaper than what I could get in Canada (and I didn't have to drive 5h to drop off a template and later pick up the counters).

I got a 72" corian vanity top with 2 sinks.

Here is a link that might be useful: Solid Surface

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 8:36AM
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The stone isn't the expensive part. You could get it for free and still have to pay the $30-$40 a square foot fabrication costs. It's actually cheaper to go to a fabricator who has a bone yard than it is to buy someone's scrap off of the internet. Most of the time, the stone's already been paid for, and all you are really paying for is the labor.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2013 at 9:53AM
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