I had a friend who added an island in the kitchen with granite from the ReStore. Next to nothing in terms of cost.
If the kitchen is the social heart of the home, then countertops are the lifeblood of the kitchen. It's one of the most used materials in your home, so it makes sense that may homeowners spend hours struggling to select the perfect countertop material—and that countertops can be one of a kitchen remodel's biggest expenses, depending on the material you choose. But there are ways to ease both the selection process and the cost burden. Follow these 12 tips to find the perfect countertop—and save some cash while you're at it.
On behalf of the largest countertop manufacturer in the Pittsburgh area I would like to add a few thoughts to this article. It defiantly brings up some great questions to ask who you are working with and what their procedures are. You may find that some of these 12 ways will actually INCREASE your cost. It is always important be cautious of extremely low costs, chances are you aren't comparing apples to apples when it comes to the quality of fabrication.
Restaurant going out of business sales/auctions are a good option too!
Another tip for saving money on counters: go with prefabricated counter pieces. I was able to get marble for my counters and island at a fraction of the cost this way. :)