As most of you know, we just bought our new home. We're in the planning stages of the renovation. Gut & start over kitchen, dining room & living room. Building new cherry cabinets from scratch. Trying to decide on the countertops. We've always had formica tops. Nothing really wrong with them, but this time, we really wanted to explore having an undermounted sink. Trackercasey has been encouraging me to find a source for raw materials on solid surface countertops & do it myself. I had been having no luck finding the raw materials, so I gave up & started looking at Home Depot about new tops. They had a special that fell into the price range I was willing to spend, so that's what we decided on exploring. Turns out, no colors that appealed to us in that price range, but they did have other products that appealed to us. But, it was going to run around 4k for counter tops. Jen was starting to justify in her own mind that price. I told her, we're easing into the granite price range now, if you're going to spend that much on tops, let's explore granite as well. So I got on the phone & started calling contractors that I do work for about their connections & see if we couldn't save some money. First call & I get a # for a granite guy in Columbia. Seen his work on past jobs & he does good work. He also gave me another guy to call. Turns out, I've know this guy for 20 years. He's mentored me on a lot of projects over the years & refered a lot of work our way. I show up in his shop & we get to talking. Long story shorter, he's going to get me hooked up with raw materials on some very high end product & he's going to sell it to me at cost. Now, here's the real kick in the teeth. He runs like Jenny & I, full tilt, & he's looking for a fabricator/installer for this product. He doesn't have the time to do the hands on work, & has asked us if we're willing to take it on. You guys already know how I feel about coincidence, don't believe in it. Looks like I'll be shaving about 3k off our countertops by doing it myself, & I'm going to get trained on a new business venture on my own kitchen.:dancin: Looks like we'll be picking something from this palet. He just placed a big order on raw materials. Gonna be a couple weeks before it comes in for us to make a final decision on color & pattern. http://www.mysterasurfaces.com To say she's excited about this would be an understatement.