Additions and surprises in final granite quote?
I finally came out of my decision paralysis about the counters. I had found a granite that was on "clearance" as the last slab in the warehouse of one company. I haven't seen this particular granite (Verde Lavras) at any of the other warehouses, and with a honed finish I really like it. So even though it wasn't the best priced of my quotes, I decided to go with it and the installer affiliated with that warehouse.
The installer had given me an initial quote of $1500 to install with a drop-in sink (the granite itself is selling for $20/sq/ft). The honing was to add another $5/sq.ft.
Well, he came out to template today, and informed me that since the walls were not straight, there would be an extra charge to actually scribe the granite to the wall. $200 more in fact. (If you laid a straight edge from corner to corner, the center part of the wall bows away about 1/4 inch or so from the line. This is, I think, due to the mudding done at either end. )
Is this typical? Did he seriously expect the walls to be straight in a 1941 house, or was I supposed to be okay with the gap in the middle and try to cover it with a backsplash?
Come to think of it, he didn't mention any problem with fitting the granite at the ends of the counters. Perhaps because they are short cuts?
Oh, and also, the honing was now $10/sf, not $5. There are other fabricators that do it for $5, I know -- I have those quotes.
What do you think? Should I say, "sorry, Charlie" and go with my second choice and another fabricator?