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Choosing Granite Countertops to Increase Home Value

5 Jan

Choosing Granite Countertops to Increase Home Value

Granite countertop are highly desirable among homeowners and home buyers because they are durable, scratched resistant, and have a beautiful aesthetic due to the variations of the natural rock. Granite countertops are so popular, in fact, that they are one of the smartest updates you can make to your home if you are wanting to increase its resale value on the market.

There are many different variations of granite countertops that cover a wide range of colors, patterns, and structural installation. Here are the most common types of granite installation options:

  1. Slab Granite Countertops – This type of granite countertop is considered high end because it is manufactured, fabricated, and installed as onepiece of block that is usually custom-made for a specific area. The average size of slab granite is 4 to 6 feet deep and 7 to 9 feet wide. Slab granite installation is not a DIY project – you must call in experienced professionals to properly handle the task. The cost of installing slab granite countertops can vary a lot depending on what type of granite you purchase and how easy it is to obtain that type of granite near your home, but a common cost is around $50 per square foot.
  2. Modular Granite Countertops – This type of granite countertop is made of smaller slabs cut into pieces that fit your area. You can create any style of surface distribution as you want, and they are about 3 to 4 times cheaper than natural slab stone. Modular granite countertops may have zero or several seams, depending on where you’re installing it. However, since modular granite pieces are quite big, they can still cover many areas without creating seams from multiple pieces.
  3. Granite Tile Countertops – This is the most inexpensive way to install granite. In fact, you can install it yourself, which lowers the cost even more.You can purchase granite tiles any home remodelling store for as low as $4 per square foot if you use ¾ inch granite sheets.

Once you’ve installed your granite countertops, maintain and clean them properly, so they will stay in good condition for years to come. Use granite-friendly cleaning products that do not contain lemon, acids, or vinegar, which will corrodethe surface. Also avoid scrubbing powders or abrasive products, as they can leave scratches on the surface.

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent


OKC Opening Night to Celebrate the New Year

30 Dec

OKC Opening Night to Celebrate the New Year

2015 is just a few days away and everyone is excited to welcome the New Year with open arms and cheerful hearts. This coming Wednesday, the Arts Council of Oklahoma City will be hosting its Annual “Opening Night” in downtown OKC, featuring live musical entertainment as well as dances and other performances.

If you wish to make your New Year celebration the most memorable event of the year, then this year’s “Opening Night” is for you! There will be sixteen stages in eight venues around the downtown area, from 4th to Reno and E K Gaylord to Shartel.

The Opening Night will begin at 7pm and run until 12am Wednesday, December 31st. Musical performances include the Flying Okie, Sam Kahre, Paseo Street Walkers, The Wurly Birds, Nicnos, Vinace and Honey and Callen Clarke. Returning acts include Wayne McEvilly, OKC Improv, Edgar Cruz, Ambassador’s Concert Choir and David Thomas.

The Cox Convention Center will have attractions and activities for children of all ages. There are wristbands available for the event which can be purchased at the price of $8 before Wednesday and $10 on the night of the event.At midnight, countdown will start and end with a beautiful backdrop of firework show in Bicentennial Park. Don’t miss the chance to ring in the new year in the most memorable way possible!

Jennifer Fields
Oklahoma City & Edmond Real Estate Agent