Ok, I'll chime in...........Here's my 2 cents..............Yes, buyers LOVE granite - it's a good upgrade......
As far as color...........my personal preference would be for a lighter color.....I find black too strong, and not as universal as a softer color involving camels, charcoal, taupes, for example.......while black looks very striking and dramatic......I have had clients say they really disliked it........... never had a client be turned off by a lighter choice -
By the way - if you already ordered the black - then forget what i just said!! :)
Go terps! (I went to the Univ of MD!)
Silestone is another product that is becoming more and more popular - has a similar look to granite - it's a quartz product - a bit more expensive than granite - non porous and bacteria resistant......but for some reason, granite still has a certain ring to it!
ps it's a smart man that boasts about his wife's cooking!
I suggested to trulia that instead of "best answer", the option might be "Outstanding Answers"...this way more than 1 can be selected by the person posting the question...this is different than tumbs up, and to me means more as it is coming from the person who you've tried to help with your answer.
Granite is on its way out, but if you feel you must have it, the stone shop will gladly send a designer out to help you pick the piece that will be the most customer-dazzling.
I think it also depends on your current market, in Dallas granite counter tops and harwood flooring is two major things that attracts possible home buyers. How is your neighborhood, Have you seen a lot of homes with granite countertops? How much they sold for? Does it make any difference in that area? You may want to contact wih a local Realtor or stager in your area to learn more about it.
I have granite that cost me a bundle, Nice, light color.. beige and black and flecks and stuff.. looked great!
BUT, my wife cooks a lot.. she is a gourmet cook, yes I think the best in the world.. but man.. the oils and dough and flour and all kinds of stuff.. it penetrates the granite.. stains it. At first notice, no.. and it may not bother a ot of people but it drives me nuts. to the tune of $7,000 nuts. I hate it and want to replace it.
Yes, I know the grantie needs to be sealed and need to be blah, blah, blah... tell that to my granite.. its sealed. It is stained.
I have a friend that does kitchens and is one of the only distributors of soapstone in the area.. soapstone comes in a blackish.. maybe with dark green veins in it stone.. no staining!
I am going to try this at some point! But yes, Granite matters to a lot of people. Stay with the black!
I have also remodeled by kitchen and bathroom. I put granite in both. I really love it. I choose blue pearl for the kitchen it actually has black and gray. I used new venetian gold in the master bath. Both these colors are very popular and l have seen the new venetian gold in several model homes. Cabinet discounters in Mt. Airy gave me the best price on granite. If you have time go take a look at some models and see what color granite they use. Just make sure everything blends well with your kitchen and your neutral. Black is popular. Some of my clients have commented they didn't like the browns or greens in granite. If your granite is mostly black I would say your fine. Just make sure you kitchen isn't really dark because it will make your kitchen look smaller. I would love to take a look at your place and give you move ideas. I have several places I advertise my listings for maxium exposure. I'm one of the few agents in Frederick County that have ads that show up everytime someone pulls up Frederick listings. I'm also active on Trulia and Home Gain. Long and Foster also advertises in all the papers etc. We have so much to offer. Call or email me anytime. email@example.com or 240-405-3118.
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If all the houses have granite and it doesn't overprice you by adding it, then try and find a granite that is most common and goes with the scheme of the kitchen. Sounds like you may have chosen Uba Tuba (sp?). That used to be a very popular choice, but I have not seen it much anymore at least in my area. Some of the lighter granites such as the tan with brown specs or marbling tend to be more neutral and show less crumbs and water spots.
Granite countertops are always a nice feature in a home. Just remember that if you have light wood or white cabinets, you can go with a darker granite. If you have dark cabinets, you need to stay with a lighter color granite. You also do not want the granite to compete with your flooring. It sounds to me like you are going with the color, Ubatuba...am I right? Just don't put that dark color on a dark cabinet, it will be lost and make your kitchen too dark.
My father was a custom home builder and I used to help design kitchens in his homes. Granite will be great...just make the right choice,
A lot of it depends on your market, but I don't think you made a bad choice. Granite is beautiful and won't turn anyone off, as long as it works well with your kitchen.
Yes on granite and go with lighter colors, earthy tones. I think black would definitely make the small space look smaller.
Use accents for a pop of color - a pop of red - or that wonderful lime green - or even yellow - go neutral and then hit with an accent that is countertop for a fun eye-catching "zing".
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I strongly disagree with putting black if you are just going to sell. If you put granite, the more neutral the better. Here granite surely is desired. However going with the tan/brownish/cream granite would be a much better choice. The majority of buyers want something neutral that they can move into. Black is not highly desirable so you will potentially turn off at least 70% of the buyers. And if you are doing granite tiles instead of slab the black does not do well at all, it really stands out as tiles and the feedback I always hear is, counters gotta go.
That is just my opinion. I really do like Maria response. She had a very good alternative.
So, it my opinion (and I'm just one of many) that granite is a very nice touch in houses, however, as far as resale, the problem is getting the RIGHT color/style of granite (including the several variations of edging)....
If you only want it for resale..... consider having your home staged, put your best foot forward, and rather than spending the money now on the granite..... have the local granite company supply you with some "swatches" (so to speak) of granite....display them on the counters, and give "X" number of dollars towards the color and style of granite they like....
Now, there's some food for thought!
If you have choice options still, black may indeed be too much for a small kitchen as you indicate. However, the supplier will gladly offer you more professional advise.
Good luck Andrew. I
Most of Dallas if I can show a home as granite counter tops and hardwood flooring I am at least 75% sure family would have that property high on their list for purchase.
It all depends on decor' of your home. Black is fabulous color, however does it work with other areas of home if not you might want to try a lighter color.
SUGGESTION: Purchase small tile similar what you like buy ask friends, business associates which color they like best be amazed on answer you might receive.
Good luck on your home
i have been in numerous homes where the granite has cracked near the sink area...making for
unsightly appearance...even though owners are willing to fix...it s a horrible turnoff.
granite NEEDS MAINTENANCE.
on the other hand....SILESTONE is much more durable....actually looks better and needs
the silestone colors and patterns are much less obnoxious and readily appeal to buyers.
let me know if you want a knowlegeable agent to handly your transactions :)
If I had to choose between a cheap house with normal sideboards or one for $15k more with granite, I would go for the cheaper one.
If you are talking a $500k+ house that could change greatly. In the middle, it is area specific.
p.s. I still do not like granite. I want something that is not so hard and cold.
For example, Ceramic Tile flooring, here in the Chicago area is highly unpopular. We like our hardwood flooring. But in Miami ceramic tile flooring throughout the house seems to be the norm.
In my opinion, granite seems to be at the tail end of it's popularity... it's still popular, but I don't know how much longer it can hold on. Manmade materials such as quartzite, and coloured concrete have become very popular. But buyers are still happy when they see granite.
I'd prefer a low-key, neutral colour... but again, Miami might like Aqua. Black is my colour (or lack thereof) of choice as well. From your description, it sounds as though you have a colour called Uba-Tuba which is a very popular, high gloss black, with flecks of green metallic inside. Very popular. Personally I prefer a honed granite... which is not shiny, but requires more regular sealing.
I like black... it's always classic, as long as your kitchen isn't too small, or your cabinets too dark. You don't want to make the room appear even smaller, or darker.