Thursday, October 21, 2010

Goldilocks has decided bears are not helpful in countertop shopping.

They just keep coming up with problems...  Guess what?  The Caesarstone isn't significantly cheaper than the Cobalt Ice option.  In fact, it's approximately the same price.

I think I will apply beer to the problem later, and make the final decision that way.  'Cause you know what?  It's going to look good either way - and it's going to be more than I can really afford either way, too.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Wherein Goldilocks and the Bears tackle the problem

I have absolutely no idea why I seem to be relating to a blond-haired destructive trespasser in this case.  However.  At least there's tackling. 

After recovering from sticker shock, Goldilocks investigated some other places who fabricate and install Icestone.  The Bears came along for moral support, and the intimidation factor.

A different installer came back with a quote that was even more expensive than the first one.  However, this guy actually broke it down - it's not that they are holding Goldi over the coals on the fabrication and installation, it's that Icestone only sells FULL slabs.  So even though I don't need and won't use a full slab, I have to buy it anyway!  This guy was smart enough to offer another option - he has a remainder slab of IceStone in Cobalt Ice that is the right size, and would bring my cost down to the (still excessive) predicted amount.

Know what else this says?  That even though I have to buy the full slab, the fabricator gets to hold on and resell the rest of it.  As the biggest Bear said - "no effing way."

So, smart guy has emailed IceStone to see if they by chance have a remainder piece of Sapphire Snow lying about.  Somehow I doubt this will come through.  So now the question is:  
go with Cobalt Ice?

Or give up the recycled idea and go with something like the deep ocean from Caeserstone?  (which would be cheaper...)

Ugh.  The options.  No tile suggestions please though, I don't like it.  Goldi and the Bears are on hold, waiting for the page to turn...

Monday, October 11, 2010

This one is TOO much.

That's what Goldilocks would have said if she was countertop shopping with me.  Allow me to summarize, full story coming soon (and somehow this is more palatable as a fairy tale):
Goldilocks wanders amongst the countertop options.
"This one is too boring.  This one is too bright.  Oh look, environmentally sound made in Brooklyn!  This one is just right."
Then she tries to pick a color.
"This one is too white.  This one is too grey.  This one is bright blue - and just right!"
Finally, she thinks to actually price it, having realized that in the search for just right, she has wandered out of the easily purchased at Ikea.
"This one will not install.  This one installs but doesn't have my color.  This one is - $4K????  You must be joking.  It's only 15 sq feet!  So much for just right!"

Stay tuned while the 3 little bears provide Goldilocks with restorative beverages and help her find new options.