After spending a little time watching a couple of design shows, and a couple of home makeover shows, and a couple of those real estate and home buying shows, I have become convinced of one thing:
Most modern Americans would buy a house with cardboard boxes as cabinets as long as the cardboard boxes had a granite countertop on top of them!
It seems a bit unfortunate that the material used on the top of cabinetry has become the tipping point for homeowners who are deciding between a great home with a tile countertop, and an obviously poorer quality home with granite countertops, as though this was the single most important criteria!
I am going to step out on a limb here and say that granite is not the best material for kitchen countertops, and has become a status symbol like wearing a Mercedes Benz hood ornament on a chain once was for hip hop and rap artists. It is just symbol of affluence.
The numbers and types of tile available today, offer an amazing array colors and textures, impervious to bacteria, attractive, and far more durable than granite. Heck, they are even available in granite if you so choose!
The new kid on the block for countertops is quartz. The material is made from ground quartz and resin, and the completed product is hard, resilient, impervious to bacteria, and comes in a wide variety of colors.
Even the plastic laminates, and other synthetic materials common a couple of decades ago still have a place and a purpose. There is nothing wrong with them, and the types, styles and colors available, and the fact that they are impervious to bacteria, and relatively low in cost, still make them a good choice.
There is nothing wrong with granite countertops, but they are probably not the best material on the market, and definitely not the best criteria for choosing a home!
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