Higher Grounds Granite & Marble Shop

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51 Esna Park Drive, Unit #4 Markham ON L3R 1C9
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Paula J in Toronto
Paula J in Toronto
1 review Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON
10/10

Beautiful kitchen counters/backsplash and bathroom countertops

We found Jorge of Higher Grounds via these reviews.

He is very honest, professional and excellent to deal with. Jorge delivered what he promised on time. We would have no hesitation in recommending him in the future.

We had Jorge make custom counters and backsplash for our kitchen. We also had him fabricate counters with sinks for 2 bathrooms.

The installer Vahid did a great job as well.

Through Jorge we met Paul (a cabinet maker) who Jorge deals with on a regular basis. If you need cabinets, Paul is great. The two of
them have worked together for a number of years.

Between Jorge, Vahid and Paul our reno was seemless.

Jorge was always available when we went in to talk. He helped us
chose our pieces. We couldn't be happier. Just a really nice man. It was a pleasure dealing with him.

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Dave in Toronto
Dave in Toronto
2 reviews Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON
10/10

Granite counter top

Some areas of our kitchen granite counter top turned dull (particularly near the faucet) after years of calcium and lime build up. I tried several remedies without much luck. I visited Jorge, and found him most helpful. Jorge took the time to explain the care needed to keep our counters looking brand new and how to remove calcium build up to bring the shine back. While there, I was also able to see the high quality of workmanship one can expect. I was most impressed by Jorge's demeanour and care for individual customer service. I highly recommend this company.

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Don in Markham in Kitchener
Don in Markham in Kitchener
1 review Kitchener, ON
10/10

Kitchen Renovation

Terrific job by George and his team. Not only did he provide an excellent product (Caesarstone kitchen counter) and service - but he also recommended where to buy our backsplash - and provided a referral (Costa) to do the backsplash install. The job entailed about 50 square feet of countertop and 30 square feet of backsplash - plus the initial demo job which was a difficult task due to the cement-base walls of our classic, custom-built home. We also had to disconnect the plumbing, install a new sink and faucet, and disconnect/re-install our cooktop stove. My biggest fear was coordinating all the work - the demo was first, plumber, counter top install, backsplash preparation (including removal of a lot of wood trim moldings and window casements), Backsplash install, Backspash grouting, plumber for the sink install, and finally - refitting all the trim pieces. I was very worried that there would be delays/waiting between some of the steps and that I personally would be chasing people to finish the job. I needn't have worried - three days after I gave George a down payment, Costa arrived to start the demo job on a Wednesday. Between George and Costa, the entire job was completed by the following Monday morning - and I didn't have to do anything other than pick up a few supplies. Great worry-free job and the kitchen looks spectacular. I'd highly recommend the Higher Grounds team. With George on the countertops and Costa as the "Tile Guy", it was clear that the Higher Grounds Team wanted to get the job done right. Thanks Team.

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Company Response

Thank you Don for your comments, we appreciate it and inspire us to continue delivering good workmanship and installation.

saranawrap in Etobicoke, Ontario Canada M9W6L4
saranawrap in Etobicoke, Ontario Canada M9W6L4
1 review Whitchurch-Stouffville, ON
10/10

Our Quartz Counter tops and sink

My husband and I would highly recommend Higher Ground.
Our experience with George was a pleasure. He was patient and guided us through the whole process and answered all our questions. He treated us like family!
Our counters were delivered and installed perfectly and on time. We would totally recommend Higher Grounds to anyone looking for new counter tops.
A+ service!!!

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Aisha from Markham
Aisha from Markham
1 review Markham, ON
9/10

Quartz Countertops

I would highly recommend going in to Higher Ground for your quartz, marble or granite needs. George was very helpful and patient as I went through the counter selection process (it helps if you know what material you need as prices vary depending on material). The counters were delivered on time and installed as promised. George offers great service and very fair prices - I know because I shopped around and got a wide range of prices for the same material. I would recommend Higher Grounds to anyone looking for new countertops.

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Sabrina from Markham
Sabrina from Markham
1 review Markham, ON
10/10

Kitchen countertops

I was looking online for this company because I want to make another purchase years after the first one. Jorge did my kitchen countertops 4 or 5 years ago and he did an amazing job for a highly competetive price. I promised then that I would send my friends and neighbours. I have done just that because I was so happy with his work and his price. I do not recall the price now but I do recall that is was much better for a higher quality product than I could find anywhere else.

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Anna-Richmond hill
Anna-Richmond hill
4 reviews Toronto, ON
1/10

Quartz countertop for small condo appartment

I can't recommend this company. Apart from the price, everything went wrong. Instead of three pieces we paid for, they delivered two, forgetting not just deliver, but cut it. Bar piece was wrong configuration and one side was not finished. We had to pick up and install ourselves two pieces of stone, because the owner made it seems like it's our fault and wanted to charge us for second installation. He personally came to do the measurement, we had his drawings with sizing and configuration and the job was not done. I will never recommend this company and will not go back there for my kitchen granite.

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Company Response

this is wrong, we did exactly that was to be done, the customer did changes right after the measurements and change the configuration and he wants to blame us because the bar piece doesn't fit, he add another piece, this is a kind of customers that want to get benefits for free, this is not right he just try to impress with this absurd comments, he came to the shop and we speak clearly we do not understand his attitude.

hozefa
hozefa
2 reviews Markham, ON
10/10

Kitchen reno - new countertop install

I got lucky. this was my first stop when checking out countertop installers. George took his time and answered all of my (some probably silly) questions.
Vlad (le me know if i got the spelling wrong) came in to do the measurements. he took his time, and asked me what i wanted.
On the day of the install, everything went smoothly. The measurements taken were accurate. good to know that it was the same person who took the measurements, who is also installing. he also made sure the cabinets were level and added shims where needed.
best of all, everything was done within 1 week of signing the contract. and i know i got a great price!!
Thanks for an amazing service and experience.

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P & E in Stouffville
P & E in Stouffville
13 reviews STOUFFVILLE, ON
5/10

Quartz countertops for entire house

We have dealt with some of the bigger players in this space and had a hard time getting the answers we wanted. We decided to go with Higher Ground based on their reviews here and the friendliness and knowledge of Romel when we went to visit.<br><br>

Romel was able to answer all of our questions and the selection process was easy and smooth. But honestly, things went downhill from the measurement process.<br><br>

We had another company in to do measurements and they spent a good hour and half doing so. Romel was in and out in about 20 minutes. That did seem a little odd to me compared to our first experience.<br><br>

The installation crew was on time and were generally pretty careful with our house. <br><br>

We were not very happy with them though. The lead was very moody and grumpy. The other guy didn't seem to know what he was doing most of the time as the lead was always yelling at him.<br><br>

All of our questions were answered with attitude which was not appreciated.<br><br>

The biggest complaint that we had was that the attention to detail was just not there:<br><br>

- One of the countertops was over *an inch* too short. This is what happens when you rush through the measuring process. Double checking measurements is a must. Lucky for us, they
were able to get a new slab the same day and return a few days later to install it.<br><br>

- We asked for 4 inch tall backsplahes on our vanities, most of them have different heights. Not the end of the world, they look nice, but again, where is the attention to detail? 4 inches, not 3.8 inches.<br><br>

- Our slide in stove did not fit in the opening. They had to cut large chunks off to get it in but, not before refusing to do so. Again, this goes back to rushing through the measurements. Had they left without moving back the stove, we would have had to call
them in yet again to cut more of the quartz.<br><br>

- The silicone job was very sloppy. The solution? We can paint over it. Great, more work for us.<br><br>

- Since they had to come back a second time, they rushed through the final install so that they could go to their next job. We were not happy with the finishing touches but they wanted to get out.<br><br>

- We have a rather large L shape in our kitchen that required 2 pieces and thus a seam. We were told that the seam wouldn't be very visible but honestly, it is quite visible. When we asked the installer about it, his response was "I don't know".<br><br>

- The height of those 2 pieces that made up the L were not even. They were going to leave it like that, the installer didn't seem to care. We had to call Romel and have him come in to look. The solution? Grind down the one side so that it curves in and
matches the other. The whole entire piece should have been ground down to match. Not once did anyone stop to think, "this is going to make a mess, maybe you should move your dishes". We had to spend hours cleaning all of our stuff.<br><br>

- All of our baking trays got covered in epoxy when the installer was doing the seam work. Not once did he stop and say: you have some things in there that should be moved because they could get some of this one them.<br><br>

- They had to remove a few kitchen cabinet doors to do the grinding. In the process the stripped one of the mechanism which I had to replace. Plus they did not put them back on correctly.<br><br>

- They left quite a mess at the end of the day and didn't make any effort to at least try and clean up a bit.<br><br>

In the end, we had to settle with extra work for us afterwards.

========= UPDATED REVIEW ==========

Company response: It is a good thing that we take full responsibly for all measurements taken and we never leave the customer stranded. We are all human and make mistakes; unfortunately it happened to this customer. Once we realized our mistake, we wasted no time. Romel ordered another full slab of quartz to redo the one piece at no extra charge to the customer.

Customer response: as mentioned in our review, yes, another slab was ordered and the issue was resolved.

Company response: As for the joint in the kitchen, if you contact any supplier they will tell you that there is no such slab that has the exact same thickness as another. Slabs slightly differ in thickness and that is why, on occasion, during an installation we sand the bottoms of the joints to even them out at the customer’s house.

Customer response: so sanding them down on one side to create a curve is acceptable? I am fine with sanding it down but do the whole piece, not just one side.

Company response: It is a shame that the customer felt the way she did with the installer, we have never had any problems with him, maybe he was having an off day.

Customer response: have a look at your other low review and will see the same thing we wrote in our review. Obviously not a 1 time thing.

Company response: Just to inform the homeowners, caulking is a paintable material, and is a common process during kitchen renovations to protect from water damage. Some areas may look thicker than other areas due to uneven walls. Quartz is not a bendable material, therefore caulking is needed.

Customer response: please don't make us look like we don't know what we are talking about.We know silicon is paintable and we know that there will be more in areas that need more. The issue is that the application was SLOPPY. It is all over the quartz and up the walls. Yes we could paint it but why are you creating the extra work for us? Apply it properly and we wouldn't have to paint it. In fact, we have shown your "quality" job to other contractors and they just laughed.

Company response: We could have walked away from the customer and left her stranded, but we took the loss in order to do the job properly. This goes to show you our commitment and dedication to our customers, no matter what the case may be; measurements, fabrication, installation, etc. We take responsibility when you hire us!

Customer response: if you had left us stranded, you would not have been paid the outstanding amount.

You failed to respond to other concerns mentioned in our review. What about the backsplashes you cut that are all of different heights? What is the excuse there? What about the fact that the stove did not fit? What about rushing through the second day? What about the very visible seam on top of the countertop and the installer not knowing why it was that way? What about your installer getting glue all over our baking pans? What about all the quartz dust on our things? They didn't even have the decency to suggest that we move things. What about screwing up our cabinet door hinges? What about the mess left behind?

Anyways, to anyone else reading this, just beware. I am sure there is an excuse for everything.

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Company Response

It is a good thing that we take full responsibly for all measurements taken and we never leave the customer stranded. We are all human and make mistakes; unfortunately it happened to this customer. Once we realized our mistake, we wasted no time. Romel ordered another full slab of quartz to redo the one piece at no extra charge to the customer. As for the joint in the kitchen, if you contact any supplier they will tell you that there is no such slab that has the exact same thickness as another. Slabs slightly differ in thickness and that is why, on occasion, during an installation we sand the bottoms of the joints to even them out at the customer’s house.
It is a shame that the customer felt the way she did with the installer, we have never had any problems with him, maybe he was having an off day. Just to inform the homeowners, caulking is a paintable material, and is a common process during kitchen renovations to protect from water damage. Some areas may look thicker than other areas due to uneven walls. Quartz is not a bendable material, therefore caulking is needed.
We could have walked away from the customer and left her stranded, but we took the loss in order to do the job properly. This goes to show you our commitment and dedication to our customers, no matter what the case may be; measurements, fabrication, installation, etc.
We take responsibility when you hire us!

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Higher Grounds Granite and Marble Shop is located in Markham, Ontario. We service all GTA areas. We are a leading company specializing in Granite, Marble, Quartz, Onyx, counter tops, vanities, thresholds, shower jams and window ledges. Higher Grounds template, fabricate and install all jobs. We deal directly with Builders, Contractors, ...
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