Did granite countertops actually look good in the early 2000s?

Most of the stone I’ve seen with large patterns IS granite. So this post confuses me.

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Oh, and if you want to sell the house, it might be worth updating, depending on the market.

Although i thought it was weird that i looked at all these houses that had obviously just been updated, and were priced accordingly. I felt like I’d rather spend the money after i purchased and get stuff i like. But renovating is a pain, and lots of people want to just move into someplace that looks new and shiney.

I had a friend who was looking to remodel to try to get her home value increased for a refinance so she could borrow against the equity. She was having a hard time finding a remodel that provided more of a home value increase than the cost of the remodel. The less overhaul she did, the better off she was financially. This was about a year and a half ago.

…Which I guess is an argument to buy what you already like, not to buy with the intention of remodeling, which goes against how I feel in general. But, I think there’s a difference between remodeling because you’re trying to improve for resale value, and remodeling because you want your home to be what you love. I’m very in favor of the second.

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Two things. One, I agree that (in general) the cost of a remodel often exceeds the equity added by it. For a variety of reasons, including the fact that ‘the market’ might not like your taste 100%, and the fact that once the work is done, it starts aging from day one. I don’t know how HGTV gets the data but they often say you’ll get something like 70-90% ROI depending on… stuff.

Two, if you’re looking to borrow against equity, that’ll likely be based on an appraisal. And they are looking at things at a higher level, just looking at square footage, lot value, number of parking spaces, etc. Adding granite or replacing the garage door is nice, but appraisers will mark it zero.

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I would advise against quartz. It does not hold up to heat at all. A friend singed her brand-new quartz countertop because she turned her toaster oven on. There is literally nowhere in her kitchen that she can use a basic appliance, unless she sets it on top of a wooden cutting board first.

I love granite’s durability and I think it looks nice too.

That said, I would not want granite tile… or ANY tile, anywhere in the house, (Floors, counters, anywhere else) because I don’t want to deal with cleaning grout.

I thought that was a benefit of quartz, wth??? I haven’t looked much into quartz because at the price it’s not what I’d typically go for, but I thought it was bulletproof. So I’m surprised to hear that, but I’m not doubting you or anything.

I think it’s the resin, not the quartz, that’s the problem.

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I agree with you 100%. Doing everything for resale value just makes us end up with a bunch of stupid conforming houses with no character. Make it your own. Someone else will love it too.

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Granite is a lot more busy.

Marble is cleaner looking
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Plastic glasses?

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Like this granite one?

That’s marble, no?

that’s not granite

that looks like caeser stone, not granite.

Looks like the photo is from this page, the caption says calcutta white marble.

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I think MA just likes disagreeing with me

ah, i stand corrected. i knew it wasn’t granite though.

granite isn’t terrible, but if i was going to redo a kitchen now, it wouldn’t be with granite. there are nicer things out there.

speaking of, i don’t like what i think are called “beveled” edges. straight edges only.

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Have you seen the newer quartz-type products? I bet if you lined up a bunch of samples and asked me to pick out which were real marble and which were quartz, I doubt I could do very well.

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I’m all for going for the fake stuff if it’s only for the visuals (like for walls and ceilings. Real stones are harder to maintain as well.

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I kinda like slate countertops

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