The consideration for buying a house amongst most sellers has shifted from merely wanting a house to wanting a luxurious space. The need for outstanding finishes and aesthetic addition means that as you consider selling your house, interior design considerations are the secret weapon to have you listed and sold faster.
While the prospect of completely renovating your house may be daunting and expensive, there are easy ways to facelift your house without breaking the bank. Most house sellers do not like the idea of spending money to sell a house. It doesn’t make sense as most of these renovation costs could lead to an ultimate loss.
When it comes to the most desirable house features, buyers tend to look out for the kitchen space and the master bedroom. Therefore, renovation of these two rooms could instantly increase your value. For kitchen renovations, granite additions are the magic wand to splurge your kitchen new in an affordable and long-haul way.
This article will talk about the benefits of granite, the considerations before installation and the choice of installation.
Why You Should Consider Choosing Granite
Granite is a natural stone used for decorative purposes whose popularity has grown over the centuries. It was first associated with the rich and elegant because it was costly. It has, however, become more affordable as mining for granite becomes more extensive.
1. It Is A Rich Timeless Classic
All the world over, granite is highly regarded and associated with having class and elegance. It is one of the most sought after features when it comes to sales considerations. With the introduction of open space kitchen concepts, granite countertops have become the craze to show off your style to others without ever saying so much as a word.
2. It Is Durable And Easy To Clean
Granite, especially when finished well and polished, is easy to maintain and could last the house’s lifetime. The countertops made of granite can withstand high temperatures of up to 900 degrees, unlike most materials that scorch when you leave your pan on the counter.
The durability of granite results from them being more robust, more rigid, and therefore capable of lasting longer than other materials. They have a scratch-resistant, scorch-resistant and stain-resistant nature. Granite surfaces have no rings or scratches, adding to the aesthetic value of the space. What’s more, their non-porous nature means that they don’t harbor germs and bacteria in your kitchen.
The ROI on granite investments is also very high due to the durability factor. The return could be up to 80 or 100 %.
Considerations For Installing Granite
1. Cost Considerations
The cost of granite typically varies between $40 and $140 per square foot for higher grade granite. The grade of granite refers to the two veins, markings, thickness and other factors that characterize the stone’s quality.
As a result of these variables, the price of the finished project can range from $39 – $140 per square foot, installed. Most of the projects we complete for our customers fall into the range of $45 – $79 per square foot, installed.
Another cost consideration will be the installation cost. It is best to find an experienced company to install your granite correctly to avoid chips.
2. Aesthetic Considerations
Granite gives older homes a feeling of newness. To cut the cost of a full kitchen remodel, consider merely upgrading to a granite countertop. The countertops should match with or contrast with your drawers and floor plans to add a modern aesthetic touch to it.
For example, you may have black countertops with white drawers or white countertops to match an all-white drawer and floor kitchen plan. You could also opt for neutral colors and patterns that complement your kitchen. Standard neutral color palettes will appeal more to buyers and increase the potential ROI when you sell your home.
If your installations are simply for sell purposes, remember that granite is a selling feature only when the market says it is. If the other homes listed in your area have granite, then the upgrade will help you be more competitive. However, when your granite addition raises the price too much, it might be best not to consider it or put it in mild proportions.
3. Pick Out Your Slab
Most times, the slab that is in the showroom is not what is delivered to you. To avoid getting disappointed and having a pattern you disapprove of, or one that does not match your interior design vision, pick out the granite. You could place a request to approve the exact slab before it’s delivered. There will be no surprises on delivery.
It is advisable to pick out the 3cm slab for the kitchen granite addition. Slabs usually come in 2cm, 3cm and 5cm. 2cm is best for bathrooms. It may need extra support in terms of plywood. The advantages of 3cm are that:
- It doesn’t need extra support,
- It won’t run you as much as thicker options.
4. Select A Polished Finish For Easy Maintenance
Having a polished finish makes the stone pop out so beautifully. The shiny reflective surfaces of polished kitchen countertops make the kitchen look cleaner, more significant, and newer. Polish finishes are also the least porous as compared to other finishes such as honed or leathered. They are, therefore, the easiest to maintain. The other finishes will require consistent and specific.
As part of the maintenance process, you can prevent visible stains with a darker color selection and consistent sealant use. Granite is prone to staining when in contact with heat and moisture. Use darker tones for busy kitchens to conceal any stains. Apply sealant at least once a year.
5. Work With Experienced Granite Fabricator And Installation Companies
Once you have chosen which slab to use, the next thing is to work with a professional who will cut, finish and install the countertops to your specifications. When the granite countertops are not installed properly, they are prone to have cracks, chips, and stains.
The Value Of Your Kitchen In The Market
As we mentioned earlier, kitchen spaces are a huge consideration for your sale. This one space can make or break your deal. That is why a kitchen upgrade is a necessity. An installation of granite countertops may seem like an excellent upfront expense, but the value it adds in terms of durability, aesthetics, and aesthetic appeal is feasible.
A kitchen remodel with granite could potentially increase your home value up by 25%. Granite will never need to be replaced, unlike laminate, butcher block, and solid surface countertops. However, you need to make sure that you partner with experienced fabricators such as our company at St. Louis Granite.
We offer you a wide variety of services in our gallery to choose from. Explore our gallery from the comfort of your home and contact us once you are ready to make a purchase.