You will likely have heard of the term ‘offcut’ as it is often used to describe a piece of waste material left behind after cutting a larger piece. For those renovating their homes on a budget, offcuts can be a great way of saving money and saving materials from going to waste. Whether you are looking to create a stunning new granite focal point in your kitchen or modernise your bathroom space with quartz, offcuts can help you transform your space without costing the earth.
Quartz is one of the most commonly found and sought after minerals on the planet. With a Moh’s hardness rating of 7, it was only a matter of time before manufacturers realised the potential of quartz in people’s homes across the globe. These days we recognise quartz as one of the most popular materials used to create worktops for kitchens and bathrooms, but surprisingly this is a very recent discovery. Quartz has a long and illustrious history which will be briefly exploring in this article.
According to a report carried out by The Builders Practices Survey, 64% of new build homes were built with granite countertops in 2016. The trend of using natural stone materials in kitchens and bathrooms has seen no sign of stopping, being revered as the height of home luxury. Granite is undoubtedly an excellent choice for any contemporary home design and, as a result, will often increase the asking price of a new build.
Whilst everyone is looking to get the best price on their new home, as a buyer, it is essential to understand what you are buying into and see the investment you will be making. With this in mind, in this article, we will be exploring why property developers are increasingly choosing granite countertops, how it can benefit you as a homeowner and why this can increase the asking price.
Granite has been used as a luxurious building material throughout history, noted for its beauty and strength. As far back as Ancient Egypt, we can find granite being used as both a decorative addition and as a building material. The same characteristics of this mineral loved throughout the ages have transcended time and have continued to be popular in modern society. The durability, versatility, stain and heat resistance combined with its distinct natural beauty has made granite the gold standard for not only countertops but so much more.
As such, granite can not only be seen as one of the most popular materials for kitchen and bathroom countertops in homes across the globe but is also widely used in industries globally. These same characteristics that homeowners love make it a great material to be used in various settings. In this article, we will be exploring some of the key global industries that also benefit from the use of granite.