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Why Change Your Countertop?

Kitchen renovations can be a major job, especially if it includes countertop replacement. 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 countertops.

The Cost of Stone

Of course, with any renovation, the question of cost comes up almost immediately. Stone looks expensive – but is it?
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?

Other 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 chip…
  • 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?
It is a big deal. The rewards of a rejuvenated kitchen are huge.  By following a few common sense rules you should end up with the new kitchen of your dreams.

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