Are you dreaming of the day when you can update your kitchen countertops but don’t want have a lot of money to spend? Stone countertops are all the rage these days but they can be quite expensive. What if there was a way to get high-end custom stone countertops at a big discount? One option for saving big money is to purchase remnant stone slabs.
A remnant is a piece of stone, like granite or marble, that has been leftover from another countertop installation. Stone comes in slabs, so there are always pieces left over after a kitchen or bath countertop is cut. Rather than throw these extra pieces away, granite fabrication companies sell them at a discount for smaller projects.
You can save up to 80 percent off the normal retail price by using stone remnants for your home projects. It’s even possible to find remnant pieces for practically nothing. The Habitat for Humanity ReStore, has slabs for as little as a dollar. Of course you still need to spend time cutting and polishing the stone to fit your particular project, but the material price can be almost non-existent when you use a remnant.
The biggest drawback to using remnant pieces of stone is the difficulty in finding something specific. For large projects, you will have a hard time finding a remnant in a particular color that works. The same goes for your color selection. If you want a rare colored stone for your new bath vanity, you are better off using a whole new slab. Just be prepared to pay big bucks for it.
Before purchasing a new stone slab for your new countertops, look to see what remnants are available. Not only will you save money, but you may also find a very rare, high-end stone that isn’t available elsewhere.