i was surfing Craigslist for some good deals for my kitchen appliances and came across an ad that said a granite shop was going out of business after 30 years and they were selling all their remnants at cost. It was about an hour from my house, so I packed up the children and set off. Mike, the owner was a super fun guy who spent four hours with Eric and I (he met me after work) helping us pick out what we needed to do all of our bathrooms and built-ins. Normally, you would go into his shop and he would help you pick out your stone, then he would fabricate it for you. But, with him wanting to retire, he is not doing anymore fabricating. Just selling off his remnants. Eric was very interested in fabricating our granite (which will save us close to $20,000!) and Mike was thrilled to teach him a few tricks of the trade. Eric is a dentist. From what I observed listening to the two of them, working on granite and stone is a lot like working on teeth. Just different scales. Granite is heavy. Very heavy. So this is the biggest obstacle. The rest is just time. Cutting, grinding, polishing. Eric is excited to teach Ben the polishing skills. And Ben is super excited to learn. The only piece we couldn’t buy from him was for my new kitchen island. It’s big, and he had no pieces left that were big enough. That I liked. So he sent us over to the place where he purchased the slabs of granite from wholesale. This was a huge warehouse with rows of granite slabs. It was breathtaking. Granite from all over the world. Brazil, India, Canada. We walked the isle. Slowly eliminating until we found a slab that was big enough and we both agreed beautiful to become the island top.
The next step was getting this to our house and set up for Eric to begin work on. Mike offered to deliver it which we thought was very wise to accept. He’s been transporting granite for 30 years. He knows what he’s doing. Eric had to get a huge one ton crane to use to move the granite slabs. Each weighs around 1500 lbs. And we had two. It took Eric and Mike 3 hours to unload his trailer. It was a very slow tedious process. I was stressed. Mike kept saying, “if the granite goes, just get out of the way!” It would be way to heavy to stop. But they did well. Not a single crack or chip when they were finished.
I’m excited to watch Eric and the boys fabricate this granite and marble. To take it from a raw slab of stone to a beautiful countertop. But I’m definitely going to have to be patient. Eric is thinking close to 200 hours of working on it.
The slabs of granite that we chose for my kitchen island and counters.
Mike and Eric after everything was unloaded. And nothing got broke!!