Granite, Granite, Granite. Just like paint color, flooring, cabinet selection and room layout, your counter tops can really make a room. The most affordable way to get beautiful granite counter tops is to go to a large stone company and ask to see their remnants. That is what we did. Looking at remnants also ensures you get different types of stone in each room. With a lot of fabricators, they will tell you to choose one slab and get as many cuts from it as possible. This way, you have the same stone in several different rooms. If you love the stone, then this is great and you will get the best bang for your buck and keep it simple. But if you are like me, I want every room to have a different feel and look very different. So, we chose to go the remnant route. The Stone Collection in Denver has an AMAZING selection of full slabs and remnants… seriously, you could spend all day there! Along with their unbelievable selection of over 200 granite types, they also have an amazing marble selection, natural stone selection and man made selection! We have been there 4 times. My advice is to bring each cabinet and flooring from each room with you to put it up next to the stones. This will ensure it goes well with everything you have already chosen and you can see it all together. When you do see something you like, don’t forget to take apicture of the tag!! This tells you what lot it is and ensures your slab will be similar to the one you are looking at. The lot number is basically how they cut the granite and staying within the same lot will give you the same color, veining and overall look. I would also suggest you skimp on something to ensure you get the right counter tops. Paint you can change, cabinet color you can change and even appliances you can change, but your counter tops are something you want to last for a VERY long time. Granite and natural stone are very expensive and the cost to replace them could break your budget. So plan to spend a pretty penny and get the counter tops you want and you know you will love for a VERY long time. Maybe also plan on something that can go with a variety of different colors. This way, you can change out your cabinets or paint and get a new look without breaking the bank!