Granite Countertops are very trendy, beautiful, unlimited in color and design, and are the topic of our discussion today. My dear friend and mentor Terry, who has done several DIY projects with me over the years, shares why she loves her granite countertops.
To read about other DIY projects she has joined me in completing, Click HERE.
As a homeowner, she gives some tips if you are considering a kitchen renovation.
I ask each homeowner the top questions people want answers for before they purchase one of the biggest ticket items in a home renovation.
The videos are broken down into small segments discussing:
- Design Consistency
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It is my hope that after you watch each of the videos, you will have a clearer picture of what type of countertop will work for you and your family in your kitchen.
1. Cost of Granite Countertops
This section was a bit tricky since each kitchen is a different size. Terry gives the exact amount she paid which included the granite, the backsplash which was done with the same granite, and installation. She had to purchase two slabs of granite to complete her countertops and backsplash area. She also did the window seal and down the wall with extra pieces of granite. The average price that we list is for a 2 x 12 section. That should give you a starting point to figure out what your estimated cost could be.
The cost for your granite countertops will also vary depending on a few things:
- Size of the granite piece you are installing
- The grade of granite that you select
- Whether you add a backsplash lip or entire backsplash area in granite
- Where you purchase your granite countertops
Overall, the prices are quoted from big box home stores such as Home Depot or Lowes. There are kitchen and bath businesses in your local area that may be able to give you a better price.
If you are in our area, Terry purchased her granite countertops from C & C Granite. For more information, click HERE.
2. Cleaning Granite Countertops
Terry has several grandchildren so she has seen a mess or two. Her countertop has had four years to prove what the manufacturer said about cleaning this material. I did learn from talking to her that according to the manufacturer, you shouldn’t use soap on your granite countertops.
See what she does to keep her countertops clean and shiny!
3. Design Consistency
Because she used the same granite for her backsplash, this homeowner had to select two slabs of granite for her kitchen. She offers some tips to selecting the granite from the same lot which will be indicated on the back of the granite.
4. Maintenance of Granite Countertops
There are some variations from quartz and granite when it comes to maintenance.
Once a year, Terry uses a product called Granite Gold to seal her granite countertops. She doesn’t cut directly on the countertop so she really doesn’t think she needs to do this step since she sees no knicks or cuts on the surface. Because it is recommended, she does it once a year.
My friend does, however, put hot items directly on the countertop. I was surprised and delighted that this was tested in a home and there are no visible marks.
5. Customizing Your Granite Countertop
First, if you are looking to stay on a budget, you can save money by selecting the standard edging. However, if you want to stick with an era or style of kitchen, adding a fancy edge could be what helps you put your custom look in your space.
Second, you can choose to add a small lip or in Terry’s case, the entire backsplash, in the same granite as your countertop. This certainly sets your kitchen apart from other kitchens and adds a personal touch.
Third, adding an island area is a simple way to customize with granite because the width isn’t going to add to your overall cost since you already purchased the standard size slab of granite. You will have to decide what type of island seating you will want before you finalize your project. We will discuss countertop height variations which influence bar stool heights in an upcoming video.
6. Bonus Feature of Granite Countertops
When it came to unique features of granite, my friend added a small tip that really made me curious. She mentioned that frozen steaks defrost within an hour laying on her granite countertops. Why?
After filming this segment, I did some investigating about using a slab of granite to keep things cool or defrosting on granite which produced some interesting facts.
There is some really cool science behind why granite defrosts items. In short, granite has a very high thermal mass which means it takes a great deal of heat or cold to change the temperature. So, when you put a steak on the granite, the latent heat in the countertop thaws the steak.
Pink Party Tip: Ask your installer for an extra piece of granite from your piece. You can freeze it (or heat it!) and make desserts for special events, kids parties, or just as a really cool demonstration for your kids, grandkids, or party guests.
For a great entertaining article, read HERE
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