Kitchen renovations can now use granite counter tops and cost a lot less than in the past.
In fact, in the past ten years, the price of granite has become very competitive with other popular counter top products. This includes even some higher quality laminate products which have traditionally been much less expensive and quartz.
A few years ago granite was installed almost exclusively in homes valued at the higher end (one million dollars or more). With homes valued at a lower price point, granite was cost prohibitive in many cases. However, prices have improved steadily in the past five or more years. Now homeowners with moderately valued homes routinely install granite in their bathroom and kitchen renovations.
Upscale Kitchen Renovations
Kitchen renovations can be taken to a higher level by using granite to upgrade a counter top, island or back splash. The look and feel of granite cannot be duplicated by any other substance. It’s not only a change; it’s a major visual improvement with incredible durability.
Homeowners can also make kitchen renovations unique by using exotic stones to add a special accent to a backsplash or island.
When To Do Kitchen Renovations With Granite?
There are at least three scenarios where it makes good sense to use granite as part of a kitchen renovation. They include:
– New homeowners just moved in and want a change
– Homeowners preparing to move and want to enhance the salability of the home – Realtors tell us sellers recover the money invested in granite
– Long-time homeowners want to change/enhance their homes look
Kitchen Renovations As Green As They Get
Granite is the original “Green” counter top. It gives homeowners a sturdy, long-lasting with no off gassing and can be re-purposed with no environmental downside.
When homeowners begin to look for ways to make their new homes or remodeling projects such as kitchen renovations as
environmentally friendly as possible, a logical place to start is with granite countertops. Because granite is natural stone quarried directly from the earth, it has no processed or artificial component to it. The colors are not dyes, and the stone is not some composite material, manufactured and glued together. The result is granite has no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC) to be off-gassed. Quartz, on the other hand, is held together with resins that can off-gas VOC’s. Corian and laminates are manufactured with various types of processed materials and plastics using petrochemicals and glues (They also off-gas).
Life After Kitchen Renovations
When the service life of your counter tops is done, the stone can be used for table tops, benches or other ornamental uses inside or out. Additionally, there are no disposal issues when granite is disposed of because it is completely natural with no chemicals to leach out and contaminate ground water.
Kitchen renovations are one of the specialties of the Schoenwalder Plumbing design staff. As you look forward to building a new home or updating you present home, please rely Schoenwalder Bath and Kitchen Design Studio and Showroom in Waukesha. It is fully functional so you can see a wide array of operating products and speak directly with experienced designers.
Please call or email for an appointment. Schoenwalder Plumbing serves Waukesha County and Lake Country including Waukesha, Brookfield, Elm Grove, Pewaukee, Delafield, Hartland, Oconomowoc WI.