Yeah, so we had a little hiccup. The countertop people have gotten a little wacky. They were supposed to come last Thursday to demo the current counters and template the new (they claimed that because I was adding new area to the counters they had to demo to get an accurate template). They had very adamantly told me to disconnect the sink and stove an to move the stove. I had not done that last time I had templating, but I guessed with the demo I needed to. Whatever, I hired a plumber to come Wednesday.
This of course meant I'd be without a functioning kitchen for a week. The bathroom is out of commission so why the hell not add to the drama. Actually, we added further by jetting off to London to see family and look at nursing homes for said family. Oye.
Anyway, Tuesday rolled around and I called for an update on what time they'd be coming Thursday. They told me they'd call back Wednesday. At 4pm Wednesday I went ahead and called them again. They told me 11-2 Thursday. Ok. Then they said, wait, no...we already came today.
I got on the phone with the manager and wondered how on earth that happened. Ugh. He was apologetic (and confused) and said his guy was done early that day and went over and the contractor let him in. Great. Grand. Only, um, then you don't have the sink, right? Sink?!?! Yeah, numnut, the sink we bought. And we didn't get to discuss the overhang...or anything else really.
Then it came out somehow that they had not needed to demo the existing counters after all. I did not need to have my sink disconnected or my stove moved..."who told you to do that?" You did. I have the emails.
Oh, then, wow, so sorry. My bad. You don't need to do that until we install.
So I'm now without a functioning kitchen for no reason. Yay me.
And I had to drive down to the stone yard at lunch on Thursday to give them the sink. And to see the template drawn out on the stone. Because now that these guys have gone wackadoodle on me, I am taking no chances.
Luckily, the stoneyard visit was a success. I feel so, so, so much better about the project. We talked about all my options for seams and about how to handle the fact that the sink is not centered on the window. (Who designed this kitchen?!?! Oh, yeah, the same person who laid out that master bath. Sigh.) Anyway, my options:
- We could have a seam on either side of the sink, about 5" from the corners - we did not need the seam on the left, but the installer felt that if we had one seam, we should have 2 for symmetry. Unfortunately, the seam on the right would not be a perfectly matched seam, and that is the main area of the kitchen - the superstar corner, if you will - the area you see upon entering and the main work space.
- We could have 2 seams at the corners of the actual sink cut out. Advantage? 4" seams rather than the 27" seams above. And the superstar corner would be seamless, uninterrupted stone. Disadvantage? You spend a lot of time at the sink so the seams are noticed every day.
We went with option 2.
Here is my glorious slab, taped up for option 1:
For option 2 that top piece turns the corner and comes down along the left edge and the sink is cut out horizontally there where you see all the little gray veins.
And, a close up of the stone, for good juju.