Granite Remnants

Flexibility is the Key to Scoring a Great Deal on Leftover Granite

Granite has gone from a truly high-end material found only in the most luxurious home to one that, in some markets, is expected. Even with supply rising to meet demand, however, granite remains one of the costlier countertop options, particularly the large granite slabs that are used for kitchen countertops. But a slab must be fabricated to fit kitchen cabinetry, and there are inevitably some leftover pieces. These pieces known as remnants are ideal for smaller projects and cost significantly less than slab granite.

Granite Remnant Uses

Remnants are typically less than 42 long, although larger pieces are not unheard of. With enough shopping around you may find a remnant that is big enough for a kitchen island. Smaller pieces are plentiful at stone yards and can be used to make bathroom vanities and other projects, including:

  • Table and desk tops
  • Planters
  • Window sills
  • Stepping stones
  • Patio pavers
  • Fireplace surrounds
  • Kitchen or bath accents
  • Landscaping accents
  • Backsplashes
  • Outdoor kitchens

Really, the only limitation on granite remnant uses is your imagination. Just remember that flexibility is the key: you are selecting among leftovers and will have to settle for stone patterns that are not your first choice. But in terms of stone quality, remnants are every bit as good as the slabs they were cut from. Plus, by using recycled materials, you are doing your part to be more eco-conscious.

Granite Remnant Costs

If you’ve already done a bit of research into granite remnants, you may have read that the remnant itself should cost next to nothing or even be free because a previous customer has already paid for the slab. According to this argument fabrication, delivery, and installation are the only pricing factors.

While this may be the case if you are buying remnants directly from a fabricator, the situation is different for stone contractors that have to purchase excess stone in order to fulfill an order. For example, assume that a customer requires 1 ¼ slabs for their new kitchen countertop. It is not possible for the contractor to buy a ¼ slab, so he must order 2 full slabs from a stone yard. In order to recoup the cost of the extra ¾ slab not needed for the customer is job, the contractor will try to sell the remnant at a fair market price.

It is a different scenario if a homeowner purchases the slab(s) direct from a stone yard. In this case, the homeowner owns the post-fabrication remnants. Often, however, the fabricator ends up owning the remnants because the homeowner does not want them (granite is heavy and difficult to machine for the average person).

Yet another scenario exists if the same company is both a stone yard and a fabricator. Such companies often allow customers to purchase the actual square footage needed (say, 1.25 slabs) and the company is the owner of the remnants.

The bottom line is that there is no hard and fast rule for how much remnants, should cost. It really depends on how the granite was originally purchased as well as the quality and rarity of the stone. Even among remnants, some types of granite are more valuable than others. And finally, you’ll still need to pay for fabrication, delivery, and installation of the granite.

Bearing in mind all of the points discussed above, here is a rough idea of what you can expect to pay for granite remnants:

  • $10 to $35 per square foot (materials only, but you may be able to find a special at a stone shop that includes basic fabrication i.e. a single sink cutout and simple edging in this price range). For a vanity-sized remnant (6-7 sq. ft.), that is a total estimated cost of $60-$250.
  • If not included, fabrication could cost an extra $150 to $300. Delivery and installation might cost another $150 to $300.
  • The total estimated cost for a granite remnant bathroom vanity is $350 to $850. If you are able to do any of the work yourself (fabricating, installing, pickup), costs will be lower. They may also be higher depending on the quality and amount of the materials, your location, how eager the seller is to offload the stone, and other factors. For the most accurate pricing, speak with a local stone supplier or contractor.

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