Granite Troubles

We have really fallen behind on completing our bathroom. The truth is we have been catching up in some other areas of our life (yard work, a marriage conference, visiting family) and the counter top process has definitely hindered our progress.

We picked out our granite several weeks ago with the final decision being a black honed granite. This is less polished than most granite so it can stain if something oily sits on it for too long, but it’s in a bathroom and we liked the look so much more. When the granite guys came to install the piece we had a lot of trouble getting the backsplash to fit in our wall and appear straight (we put it in the wall to avoid it looking too large since we have 3cm thick granite).

After the entire piece was installed I began working on hooking up the drain and the sink. Uh-oh! The holes for the faucet were so close to the backsplash. With a high-arc faucet, the drain lever comes out at an angle towards the wall. The faucet was too close to the backsplash so the lever couldn’t lift out. Also, the gap between the handles and the backsplash was so small that you might bump your knuckles when trying to turn on the water.

So we called the granite company and they came back out several times to measure and talk about remedies. The problem is that we just got such a good deal on the faucet ($111 for a high arc widespread faucet!!) and we like it so much we didn’t that we don’t want to part with it. We carefully planned out everything in this bathroom, and we’ve already had to adjust to imperfections or compromise on other things, so we were not willing to compromise on this. The problem? The beautiful Kohler bowl that we got was just too big! The problem was not so much the size of the inside of the bowl as it was the rim around it that adheres to the counter.

The inside was a near standard 14″, but the rim around it that adheres under the counter was nearly 17″  (measured horizontally from front to back). They can’t drill the faucet holes through that because it could crack the sink, so they had to drill them right behind pushing them too far back.

So today we found out that Kohler does make one smaller sink, but it’s not available in stores. After confirming that this would work with the granite company, we ordered the new smaller Kohler sink and as soon as it comes in we will have the new piece of granite cut to the exact specifications with the faucet in mind. We were under budget on the sink, but not anymore!

The big learning piece for us: even when you are not doing the work you should think through everything before cutting. We showed them our sink and faucet, but next time we will measure ourselves, too, just to make sure!

A quick snap shot shows how close we were to being finished! On a completely related note if anyone needs a 14×17 Kohler sink be sure to drop us a line. We’re putting it on Craigslist if I can get it detached from the granite in one piece!

Update: Unfortunately this wasn’t the end of our granite troubles. Continue following the story here.

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