What comes first, the fabricator or material?
Moving from cabinetry to countertops in my kitchen design....
We are our own GC's and I'm at a standstill on how to proceed finding a fabricator and countertop. We live in a small town and locally (outside of Lowe's), the only quotes I've gotten have been from cabinet guys throwing in a random price along with their cabinet quotes. We aren't using any of them to do the cabinets.
I found one fabricator about 30 minutes away (another small town). They use materials out of Atlanta (about 2 hours from us) and gave me a list of places I can go find the material I like, then they price it out for me. I'm not even sure I want to use them yet so I don't want to waste my time searching Atlanta stone places, only to get a quote way out of my budget. They had some reasonable ballparks (Level 1 granite would be around $40 sq/ft, so equal to Lowe's) but I plan to upgrade at least one level, maybe two, and I don't know how much they'll go up.
So how do you find stone without a fabricator when you're in a small town with limited choices? If I drive to Atlanta, I'm not sure who will install what I choose, outside of this one store. I'm not really sure how to shop around.