Typhoon bordeaux granite installed, beautiful but countertop woes
Our typhoon bordeaux granite was installed yesterday. The fabricator we used is the fabricator our kitchen designer always uses and has glowing things to say about them, and the reviews we could find online were positive.
Unfortunately we were not overly impressed. I know I have perfectionist tendencies but it seems that they cut corners where possible. On cuts that butt up to the wall or cabinets, the edges are wavy and uneven. Most of this will likely be hidden by caulk but why didn't they just do it right the first time?
Here are a couple examples:
There are multiple chips on the surface of the island - around 10 or so. I wasn't there when the granite was installed but the GC who was there supervising the job, but had to leave after the countertops were set, said that he pointed out that there were lots of chips that needed to be repaired. The guy with the fabricator indicated that they would be repaired that day but when I asked the GC about the chips, he didn't know that the fabricator hadn't repaired them.
Then there is a mesh backing on the back of the slab. I did not remember this from when we picked out the slabs, and may have never known this as I don't remember ever looking at the back of the slabs. I wish the fabricator or KD would have mentioned that it would still be there on all of the slab. It is noticeably pokey in a couple of places near the edge of the overhang. I blame myself for this too. I felt like I have educated myself fairly well on the whole process but I didn't think to ask about what the underside of the granite would look like. I just assumed it would be unpolished and smooth like the other two times I had granite.
The other issue is that the overhang in a couple places is uneven. At the worst place it varies 3/16" on the countertop run to the right of the sink. The GC, who is the cabinet maker, said he can adjust for that so the overhang is consistent by the way he adjust the doors but I think he shouldn't have to compensate for the fabricators. The GC also said that an island will cabinets will flex/shift some when a heavy slab is placed on it but it doesn't seem to explain that much of a variance. At this point, I don't know what to do about it though.
From at the sink, moving away from the sink:
Anyway, if you have made it to here, thanks for reading my granite rant. I know it will all work out in the long run. The countertops really are beautiful and I will enjoy it but I might go crazy in the meantime.