Remnant Stone Countertops: Luxury on a Budget

A HELPFUL ARTICLE from our team

If you’re dreaming of luxurious stone countertops but are wary of the price tag, remnant stone could be the perfect solution. Remnants can offer the stunning beauty and superior qualities of natural stone at a fraction of the cost. Let’s consider the benefits and possible pitfalls of using remnant stone in your home remodeling project.

What is a Remnant Stone? 

In the world of stone installation, “remnant” refers to the discarded pieces of stone that remain after a large slab has been cut to size for a stone installation project. These remnants come in various shapes and sizes.

There is nothing ‘wrong’ with stone remnants. They are not defective at all, but actually retain all the beautiful patterns, colors, and durability of the original slab. They are only extra pieces that were not used in the original project.

Why Do Remnants Exist?

Remnants are a natural byproduct of stone fabrication.

For ease of transportation and uniformity in size, stone is often sold in whole slabs. They are then cut into smaller pieces and shaped to form, depending on the needs of a particular project.

While stone slabs vary in length and width, they are sold by the square foot. Price depends on the type of stone, as well as its thickness and rarity.

Many projects also require cutouts. Accommodating features like sinks and cooktops involves cutting sections out of the slab, which makes more remnants.

Regardless, many projects don’t require a full slab, which means that some unused material is common.

Remnant Stone: A Cost-Effective Option

Not all remnants are usable, of course, but many are. Stone fabricators and installers will often keep a limited stock available for browsing. For those seeking high-quality stone surfaces without breaking the bank, remnants are a fantastic option.

This is especially true if you have a small project you’d like to complete. Opting for remnants over new, full slabs can offer significant cost savings. Because remnants are just leftover materials, you will probably find them at a discounted price.

Creative Uses for Remnant Stone

Remnant Stone Countertops: Luxury on a Budget

Don’t let the term ‘leftovers’ fool you – remnants are surprisingly versatile.

But an important point to keep in mind is that remnants are only useful for smaller projects. It may be tempting to try and use a rare and valuable remnant stone for a full-sized kitchen, but most kitchens are going to need a full slab or more.

Here are some ideal projects for remnant stone material:

Bathroom Vanities: Remnants can transform a bathroom vanity into a statement piece.

Fireplace Surrounds: Add a touch of elegance to your fireplace with a custom remnant surround.

Tabletops: Create unique coffee tables, accent tables, or even small dining tables. Making a quaint outdoor kitchen countertop or elegant bar could also be an excellent use of a stone remnant.

Backsplashes: A remnant backsplash can offer a pop of color and texture in your kitchen or bathroom.

Points to Keep in Mind

Shopping for remnant stone is very different from picking out a slab of your preferred marble. There are a few points to keep in mind as you consider whether remnant pieces are right for your project.

First, there could be a ‘diamond in the rough’ piece that suits your project perfectly, has excellent veining, and is the exact color you want. However, this is likely a rare exception.

Remember that remnant pieces are leftovers from other projects. For that reason, you’ll need to be adaptable in terms of size, color, and stone type, depending on what the fabricator has available. Be patient and open-minded. Approaching available stock with preconceived notions might leave you disappointed.

With these things in mind, remnant stone can be an excellent alternative for the budget-conscious. While specific savings depend on the nature of the project, the type of stone used, and the availability of material, you might save as much as 25%.

An Affordable Option

Remnant stone offers a smart and stylish way to introduce the luxury of natural stone into your home, even on a budget. Your options will be a bit limited, but if you’re searching for affordable stone countertops, backsplashes, or other modest stone projects, don’t overlook the potential of remnants.

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