HEADING TO HEATH:TAKING GRANITE FOR GRANTED – LESSON 4
How Much Did You Say?
You’ve only been waiting for a week, but we waited several weeks before hearing exactly how much our granite would cost. When we did we couldn’t believe it. At first, our contractor assumed someone had measured wrong. But no, the ridiculous number the fabricator quoted was actually what he expected for us to pay.
Now the kitchen wasn’t the only slab we were dealing with. When we picked out the Blue Fire, we’d picked out Carrera marble for the master bath. We’d gone through several surfaces in the Jack and Jill baths, but pretty much landed on some remnants of something we saw at our fabricators. Thankfully, in the other places with counters, we were using furniture with the top already attached.When we discovered that Blue Fire was completely out of our reach it was back to the granite slab yards.
Back to the Yards
I’ve got to tell you that inventory or no inventory, Verona has been the nicest most cooperative slab dealer we’ve dealt with. Unfortunately, another visit didn’t turn up anything we hadn’t already seen and rejected. They had something they were calling Lapidus in the Value aisle, but it didn’t approach the Lapidus Juniperious we’d seen the first time we were there. We almost settled for Golden Crystal, but it was all reserved.
After not finding exactly what we wanted there, we decided to visit a granite fabricator we’d talked to during a remodel we were working on. The skies opened and a light shown on a gorgeous piece of Lapidus Granite. They quoted us a price we could live with and we thought our troubles were over. There was the little problem of language, however.
I’m slow, but I’ve learned to stay out of the way when Bill is negotiating. I sat on a sofa playing with my phone while Bill tried to massage the price he’d been quoted on the granite. However it was pretty humorous. Bill used all his best negotiating points and MaryCarmen of Texas Granite was having none of it. That failing, he started nailing down the details of the bid. Trying to pin down MaryCarmen was like herding cats. Whatever he asked, MaryCarmen ‘splained, “Do not worry. This is only the bid. Tomorrow we measure and everything will be OK. You will see.”
When Bill posed a different sort of question, he offended MaryCarmen who snapped back, “Look into my eyes! I am honest!” At that point I nearly fell off the couch laughing, but I maintained my composure somehow. In the end, Bill scheduled a time for them to measure the kitchen and we went to celebrate…a little prematurely I’m afraid. Lesson Five is next week. “Look into my eyes!”