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Granite Countertops Required in Kitchen?

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Initial post: Aug 11, 2012 8:25:07 AM PDT
We are preparing to remodel our kitchen and will need a lot of new countertops. Here is my worry: Granite, etc. is expensive. This is a 60 year old ranch home in an area that becomes more diverse every day which changes the way housing is used. I need to be careful not to over improve (we have lived here 25 years.) Is granite required today?

Posted on Aug 11, 2012 5:47:53 PM PDT
Dan Edson says:
I believe that once you go and look at prices, the prices for other solid surfaces will be very close to that of granite. Even concrete is pricey if installed by someone else.

I would suggest that if your home is worth more than $250,000, I would suggest seriously considering granite.

Posted on Aug 12, 2012 6:23:13 AM PDT
K. Peterson says:
I resisted granite for yrs, but my wife won. It is true, granite is very nice and I'm hooked. If you are willing to spend the money, yes, absolutely go for the granite!

Posted on Aug 12, 2012 7:48:04 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 12, 2012 7:49:38 PM PDT

On the other hand... We remodeled our kitchen two years ago and went with WilsonArt Laminate countertops in a matte finish called Tawny Legacy-4663-60, a perfect color for the rest of the room. Our daughter and son-in-law had chosen WilsonArt for their countertops and we liked how it looked in their kitchen and how well it was holding up under heavy use.

After looking at all the other choices, including granite, we are very glad we chose to go that route as well. Not only was it more reasonable, more durable, and easier to care for than the other choices, but our house just did not warrant paying for anything grander. Although granite is beautiful, it would not have looked right in our kitchen--sort of like trying to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

There is such a thing as over-improving as you have pointed out and I think that would have been the result if we had gone with granite.

Posted on Aug 12, 2012 8:55:29 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 12, 2012 8:59:37 PM PDT
My advice would depend upon if you are planning on keeping the home for a while, or if you are planning on selling it in the next 5 years.

If you are planning on selling the home, then no, I would not upgrade the counters. If you are planning on staying in the home for at least 5 years, then yes I would definately go with the granite.

Here's my reasoning: I remodeled my kitchen with granite and it was absolutely gorgeous and, yes, I did love it to pieces. And yes, I will spend the extra money and install the granite again as soon as I build my house in a few years. I had a buyer the 1st week my house was on the market, and my kitchen was the main selling point. I got a deal at lowes and got gorgeous granite kitchen countertops for $35 sq ft (which for my kitchen which had a decent amount of counter space). It cost me $2400.00 installed. But a year after I did the remodel, we very suddenly, and very unexpectedly had to move to another state. This was what I learned: As far as the appraiser was concerned, the granite made zero difference on the appraisal. Over an acre of white vinyl fence....worth $1000.00 (the same as the chainlink comps). So my lesson learned was if you even think you may sell the house within 5 years, then save the money, install the nice laminate counters, don't spend a lot of money on new light fixtures, front doors, or other things to make the house "nice", you won't get any of it back at appraisal. If what you have installed "works", then that is it all that matters to the appraiser. The only thing you may get from installing nice new things in the house if you are going to sell it soon is the house will probably sell sooner. My house was in Louisiana.

Posted on Aug 14, 2012 12:38:52 PM PDT
Josh says:
I would upgrade the countertops to granite or quartz. In my location, even cheaper homes ($140k+) come with granite countertops in not just the kitchen but the bathrooms as well.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 17, 2012 10:03:12 AM PDT
I'd say, "Go shopping." But I don't mean for countertops. If you're really concerned with whether you're "over-improving" your house you need to get a feel for the marketplace. Get on line and look at or for homes in your region that have the same approximate square footage and appeal, see what they have and what they're fetching, and what sort of neighborhood they're in. After you look at a bunch, you'll begin to get a feel for the marketplace. Then, you can make a decision about whether you want to "set the market" or if you're content to be in the middle of the field -- which is a fine place to be. This is especially true if you're planning to sell within the next 5 years. If you're selling soon, you probably won't realize the investment in expensive countertops.

Posted on Aug 18, 2012 8:46:22 PM PDT
OldAmazonian says:
Granite may be "required" if you lust after the homeowner porn that seems to enthrall nearly everyone today. Never thought I would see the day when so many folks would tear up perfectly good kitchens and baths just to replace them with the latest fashions. My guess is, in a decade or two those fashions will impress in the same way avocado green appliances impress today.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 19, 2012 4:45:53 PM PDT

I'm so old that the first thing that comes to mind when I hear the word granite is tombstones. Perhaps that might also have something to do with the fact that I grew up in New England. By the way, Amazon sells granite pet headstones--just thought I'd mention it.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 16, 2012 1:37:31 PM PDT
I'm interested in hearing what you recommend for a durable counter top surface. I have a large family and our kitchen is used three times a day for meal prep.

Posted on May 18, 2013 10:03:29 AM PDT
I am a fabricator.

Granite is a nice option and not necessarily real expensive. Laminate will always be your cheapest option but once you decide on something better most of the "entry" level materials for granite and quartz are similarly priced. Both are often less than solid surface ("corian")

I have several builder customers that regularly put an inexpensive granite island in their new homes because they believe it helps sell the house. The only restriction I would suggest is that you avoid stone with a lot of movement or quartz with a bright solid color. Either can be very nice but you'll have a much higher probability of picking something that a potential buyer would not like.

In reply to an earlier post on May 29, 2013 1:40:24 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 29, 2013 1:41:45 PM PDT
JOEY says:
Mark maybe you can help me here. My wife and I just recently pulled the trigger on the cabinets and the granite vs quartzite is now our big concern. Granite looks wow and the quartzite we chose is Amazing also so it is a toss up. Now I go online and I see Radon being slammed all over granite countertops this basically stops me in my tracks and is making the family project more of a nightmare of worry. The quartzite is like $1000 over the $600 granite another wrenching price on top of it all. Which do you think is the best way to go and is this Radon industry hype to move people to go to engineered? I tried looking online to find something that resembles this quartzite and I am unable to this slab looks more like marble and granite than other versions I have seen online. Again though they want 1000 over a level 3 granite cut.

Posted on Jun 27, 2013 6:22:38 AM PDT
Landlady says:
If you are fixing up for resale, go with your real estate agent and see what other homes on the market in the age and price range of house are offering. You want to look as good or better than them. If you have a good supply of slightly smaller but newer homes in that same price range, go and see what countertops they are offering. I"ll bet many are offering granite. As a Realtor for over 30 years I can tell you that the younger buyers mostly expect the granite and are willing to trade off some extra square footage for a home that is move in ready. They do not have the money in their budgets to make change outs. Getting with a good kitchen remodelers can be an option. I have see some combinations that look godd also but you must have the right layout for that. In other words, coordinating laminate on most of the kitchen and showcasing granite on an island or perhaps a bar area that is seen from the living area. Good luck

Posted on Jul 3, 2013 4:25:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 3, 2013 4:30:52 PM PDT
Max Anderson says:
Granite does look wonderful, but it is very expensive and whether it's worth it depends on your specific circumstances. If you'd like to see what other remodels in your area have gone with, I find to be a great resource. It lets you look through different kitchen remodels by location and price so you can get a feel for what is the standard in your area. The site is still in beta so you have to be "invited" to use it but I found it incredibly useful for making similar decisions on my remodel. Hope that helps!

Posted on Jul 4, 2013 1:01:42 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 4, 2013 1:02:52 PM PDT
Edward says:
Granite looks nice but is impractical for a high use area like the kitchen (in my opinion) It stains, has to be sealed, polished etc. Too much trouble. However, my house is in a neighborhood where granite is expected if you ever hope to sell it. So that's a consideration, too.
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