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Our Philippine Property Challenge – Granite Counter tops

Our trials and tribulations with locating and installing granite in our Philippine home’s kitchen area and rest room counters.

We have to have looked at each and every piece of granite in Iloilo Metropolis 10 instances.  We seemed at Moostbrand,  AM Builders, Citi Components and Advantage Marble.  Merit experienced some beautiful Italian granite, but the price tag was a little bit also higher for our price range.  Much of the other granite was observed was just way too bland for us.  Finally we discovered what we have been looking for at AM Builders, Tanza, Iloilo.   If you live in Cebu or somewhere else look at out http://granite.ph

The granite we selected

The granite we selected

Here’s what it seems to be like installed:

Granite installed

Granite put in

This “Jun Li” granite is from China, as is most granite for sale in the Philippines.  The pattern is referred to as “weave white”.  The rate for every 60cm by 220cm slab was P3,990.  We expected 4 slabs to do our kitchen and a smaller counter in our toilet for a full of P15,960. Just after some haggling we paid out P13,866 like supply to Tigbauan.  AM Builder’s Depot recommended an installer.  After negotiation, we employed the advisable installer for P8,000.

The 3 installers worked pretty much 3 days.  As normal, they ended up quite great people today, but it was a aggravating system for us and for them.  They ended up seriously not professionals, just fellas with an angle grinder who put in granite.  They did not have a drill and carbide bit to make a gap for the bathroom faucet.  Instead, from the base of the slab, they cut absent the granite utilizing the angle grinder.  It was a bit barbaric.  Sadly, I had a hammer drill and carbide little bit that would have been fantastic to make the gap for the faucet, but we did not know what they have been accomplishing until it was way too late. They had been really large on epoxy.  They utilized it a lot the identical way a carpenter takes advantage of wooden filler.

Epoxy stained granite.

Epoxy stained granite.

The unpigmented epoxy soaks into the granite and stains it, most likely permanently.  Black pigmented epoxy was applied to fill joints.  That labored reasonably very well.

Like other aspects of making our property, we hoped to retain the services of people today who would do prime excellent work. The fact is that getting excellent function usually needs frequent supervision and sometimes unpleasantness. Now that the job is accomplished, it’s not great, but we are happy. Probably component of the challenge was that just right before the set up begun we had been in Manila, where we looked at some outstanding granite get the job done.

Under counter sink

Under counter sink

The whole cost of the granite and set up was P21,866 or about $490.