Originally I had planned to pour concrete counter tops for the kitchen. I did it in a previous house and thought they looked awesome. But that was way back in initial planning when we were going to have hardwood floors. We ended up putting in concrete floors and we figured more concrete would have been too much. And fortunately we found some money in our budget so we decided to get granite.
We looked at a lot of granite suppliers in the Denver area and it was really hard to pick out a slab. It’s amazing how every store has just about the exact same stone and none of them really jumped out. Let me clarify, none that we could afford jumped out. There were lots of “exotic” slabs that were amazing. To make it a little more difficult, we had a long dimension on the south wall and I didn’t want to have a seam. So we needed a slab about 126″ long and most slabs are about 110″. After several days and many hours of looking at stone we finally picked a slab that was okay, but neither of us were super excited about it. Then on the way home we decided to stop in one more place we had been before and there was our slab. We were both really pleased. It has some really cool textures and we love it. On top of that, we could get all our counters out of the one slab and we even had extra for the window sills in the kitchen. I guess things happen for a reason.
Note: I made all the kitchen cabinets out of 3/4″ maple plywood. You can see the unfinished base cabinets here. I am currently in the process of making the drawer boxes and door fronts as well as the upper cabinets.