a reply to: rickymouse
I too am a builder, 42 years in the construction industry, so believe me, I'm not going at this without some forethought.
The issue which drives the granite removal is several-fold. First, this project isn't just a minor cosmetic change to the kitchen, it's a wholesale
renovation. The section of granite which needs to be removed is a 'backspash' which runs from the countertop up to the bottom of the upper cabinets.
The entire granite countertop is being removed in favor of a green-grey quartzite one which is a superior quality to the granite. So, the existing
granite matches the existing countertop which is being replaced. Therefore, it's got to go.
Second, there must have been a sale on ugly granite when the original builder built this house! That, or his dad must have owned a granite quarry,
and he got free seconds. It's a dark black color with a heavy dark brown undertone...and it's everywhere, which makes the whole kitchen "dark" and
dreary. And even though we have windows and lots of natural light, it's still not enough, and no amount of lighting will cheer the space up (we tried
that already). It'd be great for Dracula or somebody, but it's not for us.
Third, we're removing cabinets where the new range hood will go. This will leave a space not only between the cabinets, but also above the existing
granite up to the underside of the hood. Then there is also the area above the hood to the ceiling. Our intention is to lay subway tile (the real
stuff, not some kind of peel & stick crap from HD) from approximately the elevation of the countertop (but there isn't countertop at the range
location) all the way up to the ceiling.
Lastly, we bought the house new, but we didn't have it built. We always knew we were going to have to take this granite out. I know the builder (and
his father), and their specialty was foundations and framing, not interior design. This house was one of his first spec homes after his father
retired. He's a good builder, but kitchen design is definitely not one of his callings. He got all the pieces right, but all in the wrong
proportions (way wrong). For example, he put in an island (good) and made it two levels (good), but then made both levels so small that neither one
of them was usable...for anything (bad x 2). Then he tried to be cool and made the island this crazy trapezoidal shape which made it completely
dysfunctional to the point where the whole kitchen became dysfunctional, it was just a giant obstacle. That has since been completely removed, and
replaced with the new island (shown in the pictures).
So, in summary, that's why we're removing the granite.
Great input though, for others who may be contemplating upgrades. And yes, I can see why you never needed to advertise. Quality workmanship and
sensible planning always sell themselves.