Change Your Countertop?
Kitchen renovations can be a major job, especially
if it includes countertop
At the very least it means a disruption of your normal
household patterns, and can take the most-used room in your house out of
operation. And it can be costly. The kitchen is often a tough room to design
for – there are certain fixed elements (such as appliances and wet areas) that
must be designed around. And, finally, there is an endless amount of options
for the redesign – from the colours to the materials used.
But there are many positives as well. The
most assured way to increase your home's value is to renovate the kitchen.
Cabinetry and islands are expensive, so, if you want to add a wow factor, your
best bet is a stone countertop. Marble and granite are impressive in a home –
they convey quality and style. And both marble and granite come in a wide range
of colours, and can complement an existing colour scheme or complete a new one.
A family-friendly kitchen is essential to
the success of your home. And if you want to make it look good, there's no
easier way than adding stone
Cost of Stone
Of course, with any renovation, the
question of cost comes up almost immediately. Stone looks expensive – but is
One retailer looked back at his company's
sales over the past year by the total square footage of stone (quartz or
granite) sold and worked out an average price. His tally? $80 per square foot
of countertop, or $861.12 per metre. This included the stone itself,
templating, installation, sink cuts, edging, plywood, stove cutouts, fridge
cutout, and faucet holes. In other words, his cost included everything but the
kitchen sink! It's starting to sound more affordable, isn't it?
Considerations for Replacing Your Countertop
Price should not be your only
consideration. The same retailer suggests a few other points to consider in
addition to the square foot figure:
- How long will it take to get
your countertop installed? What is your timeline?
- Does the installer also remove
the old countertop?
- Can the preparation of the new
countertop begin before the old one is removed?
- What guarantees are there for
the new countertop? Remember that any guarantee is only as good as the
existence of a company. A fly by night dealer's guarantee isn't worth a stone
- What role do you have in the
selection of the granite slab or stone?
And then there is the dealer itself. One
good clue is the length of time the company has been in business, as well as references.
Are there reports on the internet or (better yet) can you meet up with some
previous clients? And what is your chemistry with that dealer – did they take
time to really talk to you, and help you along the process?
is a big deal. The rewards of a rejuvenated kitchen
huge. By following a few common sense
rules you should end up with the new kitchen of your dreams.