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Just like any other product sold, it's all about supply and demand. Basically, the more rare a style of granite is, and the more “desirable” it's deemed to be, the higher it's priced. Since granite is a natural stone product, there are great variances in the color, veining, and pattern of the stone.
These variances can be found from one slab to another, and most definitely from shipment to shipment. Not only are there numerous varieties of granite, but each variety can also experience drastic differences in colors and patterns. No two stones are alike, and that’s one of the reasons that granite is such a popular natural stone for surfacing.
When choosing granite for your project, you’ll see just as many price points as you will available colors. Expensive granite prices can go over $100 per square-foot just for material alone. For example, a slab of granite that is imported, in a small quantity, will be priced far higher than a granite imported in large quantities or even and at a quarry nearby, as will those that are more rare in color.
Granite styles like Princess White, Labradorite, and Blue Bahia are some of the more high-end options. Basically, anything very rare, or anything with a blue hue, will cost more than other more plentiful options, such as Ubatuba, Tan Brown, and New Caledonia. Factors like veins, fractures, spots, clearness, and other physical attributes can also play a role with price.
Keep in mind that the level of personalization and fabrication complexity will also have an impact on price too. This includes thickness, edge treatments, backsplashes, sealing, finishing, seam placement and more. Installation costs also vary widely, as they depend on the type, experience, and quality of the installer and the complexity of the installation required, including transportation and handling. Your location also factors in. Are you in a 2nd floor kitchen or on a remote ranch?
In a nutshell, supply, demand, variety of color, and fabrication are the factors that set the price of your granite.
What is a remnant? – A “remnant” (also known as; left overs, granite remnants, scrap, or partial stone) refers to the material fabricators are left with after cutting slabs for larger projects such as a kitchen countertop. Once the stone becomes a remnant, it is sold at a discounted price for smaller projects such as; windowsills, bathroom vanities, fireplace hearths and surrounds, coffee table top, shower seats, and much more.
Every fabricator in the stone industry prices their remnants differently. We have a few different options to go about choosing and purchasing your new granite, quartz, marble, or quartzite remnant.
At Architectural Granite we have Active Colors.
Active Colors are granite, quartz, marble or quartzite that we have bought in large quantities and are sold by the square-foot for large projects.
Any partial slabs from these colors can be used on smaller projects at the pre-set & pre-leveled square-foot cost. (read that again, lol)
The advantage to the client is that there are more options then ever before!
Once the Active Color is no longer available it then becomes a Remnant and can be further discounted.
Here are a couple options to buy your remnants!
Option 1. Price for material only– Customer pays for the remnant piece in a preset lump-sum price, picks up the remnant themselves, and does the cutting, polishing, etc. of the stone remnant. This is the cheapest option for remnants since the company is not doing any fabrication. Although this is the most cost effective option it is not the most convenient for clients who do not have the tools or skills to do fabrication on the stone themselves.
Option 2. “Cash-N-Carry” – Customer provides Architectural Granite with the exact measurements of their project, selects a remnant from the remnant yard, and we then do the full fabricating of the remnant. The customer then picks up the fabricated piece from us and does the installation themselves. This option is the most practical and cost effective way for a small project.
Option 3. Full Service – Customer selects a remnant from the remnant yard, signs a contract, and Architectural Granite provides full service; meaning we will come to the customers project site, do a digital template, fabricate the material, and return to do the installation. This option is not the most cost effective but it is the “safest” option as our team of professionals are providing the full service. While the customer is still able to pay remnant pricing per square foot, the jobs usually call for such a small section that there are additional charges for the template and installation.
Keep in mind - Rare & High Value Stone Remnants – Partial Slabs or remnants from rare and expensive stone slabs such as Calcutta Gold Marble, Fusion Granite, and Taj Mahal Quartzite are priced at a higher cost than those of regular granite or marble remnants because of the rare availability and the high demand.
Where Stone Remnants Cannot be Utilized – It is not uncommon for us at Architectural Granite to receive requests for a granite remnant to be used for a full kitchen countertop project. Even though customers come in with the idea that their kitchen does not require a lot of square footage, kitchen countertops typically require a full slab of stone. It is estimated that the vast majority of smaller kitchens require 35-40 square feet of countertops, which you can rarely find in a remnant. In rare cases when a kitchen requires only a 10 foot run of countertop with one sink cut out, a customer may be able to find a partial slab to fit their project. We see this scenario in outdoor kitchens, basement bars, and bath vanities.