The kitchen designer dude came out with a couple of samples. He brought two different quartz countertop samples and the backsplash sample shown below. His thought was to use the bottom sample of the board for the backsplash.
Here are the two quartz countertop samples. The brownish one is matte and the grayish one is kind of semi-matte.And here you can see them on the backsplash board.
Our thought was they are both still too dark. We really wanted something lighter colored and you can see, especially in the middle picture, that they aren't much lighter than the current countertop.
The designer's thoughts were he didn't want to go too brownish because then there would be no clear difference between three of the elements in the kitchen. Those elements being the cabinets, backsplash, and countertop. Everything would sort of blend together into one blah mess. He was also against a glass tile backsplash because he thought that it would be too dated: in ten years someone could come in and say, "Oh, this was done about ten years ago." Just like clothes have fashion, so does remodeling!
My thought is so what if I want glass tiles? It's my kitchen and if I get tired of it in ten years then I can redo it then. Regardless we made plans to meet on Monday at the countertop place and then the tile place because none of the choices he brought really excited Bill or me.
Now for the bad news.
I had been hoping to do this for about $20,000 or less. As we started doing our research I realized I would have to scale back on my plans. For example now we are planning on getting a Jennair 30" stove top instead of a Wolf 36". There will be no cabinet shifting or remodeling with the exception of a simple removal of the cabinet over the stove so the ventilation system can be installed.
We are responsible for purchasing the appliances outside of the construction contract. Jennair is having a special now so we can buy an oven, convection/microwave oven, stove top and get a free dishwasher. The appliances cost about $8,000. The designer guy said everything else (tile, countertop, installation, etc) is going to be about $21,000. So obviously that brings the total to approximately $29,000, seriously over my budget.
On Monday I'm going to propose that my husband and I do all the demo (which we've done before) and debris removal, and I will install the backsplash myself. As I told one of my sisters, I've watched enough DIY channel and HGTV so I'm sure I can do it. I don't know how much that will lower the price, but something's gotta give if this project is going to move forward.