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Old 03-18-2009, 12:16 PM   #61
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We love it, no regrets.

I have a neighbor who has granite and he told us that he wishes he would have went with Corian.
Gotcha, thanks for the input and not giving me hell about it.

Looks my wife wins yet again.
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Old 03-18-2009, 01:01 PM   #62
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I have granite and love the way it looks, no complaints. But to be honest I don't really care what material it is, as long as it looks nice.
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Old 03-18-2009, 04:58 PM   #63
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granite is expensive if you need a big piece without a seem in it, and I think health wise they aren't as good (from a bacteria stand-point, not the whole radon/gamma radiation thing).

I have corian, as do my parent's, and i'd do it again in a second. they can mold/cut it to any size and it looks great.
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My wife and I are buying a new home. We have already found the one we wanted and have placed an offer.

If we get this particular home we will want to redo the countertops and incorporate a bar which would T off of the breakfast bar into the kitchen nook.

I want to use granite as the surface for the counters and both bars. My wife suggested some type of "Stone something or rather" or maybe it was "Something or Rather Stone" (I only listen to half the crap she says). Anyways, whatever this material is that she is talking about is cheaper and does not require sealing.

My question is (If you know what in the hell stuff my wife is talking about) "Would you go with the granite or the other material"?


Edit: Silestone! The crap is called Silestone! Does anyone have any input on this?
The seller accepted my offer yesterday. I am psyched!
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Old 03-19-2009, 11:38 AM   #65
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granite is expensive if you need a big piece without a seem in it, and I think health wise they aren't as good (from a bacteria stand-point, not the whole radon/gamma radiation thing).

I have corian, as do my parent's, and i'd do it again in a second. they can mold/cut it to any size and it looks great.
This is a myth propogated by the quartz industry. Studies show that the quartz product do exactly what they say...but not any better than granite.
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Old 03-19-2009, 12:27 PM   #66
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The seller accepted my offer yesterday. I am psyched!
Glade to hear you got the deal and it is exciting time. Is this your first home and ehere is it located? I watch alot of theDIY network and hace you seen the new cement conter tops that they are now doing? Its pretty cool as they can add texture and can do alot with color. I saw one where they took broken glass of all colors and add into the cement mix wich they then buffed out and sealed. It looked pretty cool. This summer I'm going to widen my deck and to cover the current area where the railing attaches to the house we are going to build a bar with a sink. I'm gettin a kit to do a cement counter top to give it a try. I would not try this in my house but I'm sure their are a bunch of contractors now doing cement counter tops.
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Old 03-19-2009, 01:01 PM   #67
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The seller accepted my offer yesterday. I am psyched!
I assume you're staying in the DC area right? Whereabouts is your new place? It's a great time to buy around here. Congrats!
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This is a myth propogated by the quartz industry. Studies show that the quartz product do exactly what they say...but not any better than granite.
by consumer reports?

you have to re-seal granite too.
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by consumer reports?

you have to re-seal granite too.
Yeah they are relying on pop-science...basically buying into the solid-surface marketing machine. I have solid surface and it is great...but it isn't any more safe than granite. Especially if you clean your kitchen on a regular basis. And I personally think the sealing issue is way way way overblown. Buy the sealer and wipe it on twice a year. You spend like $10 and 5 minutes of your life a year on the "hassle" of sealing.
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I assume you're staying in the DC area right? Whereabouts is your new place? It's a great time to buy around here. Congrats!

Thanks!
I am moving from Kensington to Silver Spring. It's only about 8 miles away but this place will be my own, and yes I am a first time buyer. I have waited 2 1/2 years for this (since getting out of the Army).
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I am moving from Kensington to Silver Spring. It's only about 8 miles away but this place will be my own, and yes I am a first time buyer. I have waited 2 1/2 years for this (since getting out of the Army).
Well with the wait you now have lower prices and you will get that Obama first time home buyer thing thats around 8 grand. I didn't own my first home until I was 40 but I had purchased several comercial properties which worked out better in the long run. I don't have a MD license to sell ins. but if you have any questions about what to look for with homeowners ins let me know and I'll PM you my number so we can talk. Most homeowners policies are pretty standard but there are several things you need to make sure are in your policy.
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Thanks!
I am moving from Kensington to Silver Spring. It's only about 8 miles away but this place will be my own, and yes I am a first time buyer. I have waited 2 1/2 years for this (since getting out of the Army).
Nice. I grew up in upper NW DC, but I live just across the city line in Silver Spring right now. Let me tell you, it's come a long way in the past 7-10 years. I really love it. Welcome!
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My wife and I make too much to get the full amount of first time buyer thing, but we will get some of it...Thanks Obama! My real estate agent and my lending agent are long time friends of my wife and her family. They have been doing a great job of looking out for us at every decision.

I will not be living so close to the line, I am a few miles up 29. The area is nice and the homes are a bit more reasonably priced.
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That's awesome Angry, congrats! There is nothing like buying your first home...

What's your proximity to Four Corners?
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Old 03-20-2009, 10:59 AM   #75
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That's awesome Angry, congrats! There is nothing like buying your first home...

What's your proximity to Four Corners?
About 6 miles North East. In between Cherry Hill and Briggs Cheyney
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