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October 08, 2007


Arlington Virginia Condos -- jay

That's a great post and very interesting. I've read though that granite is "old" now. I've noticed in the new constructions $1,500,000 homes in Clarendon that no builder is using granite anymore. I think they're using quartz? I'll have to find out, but it certainly wasn't granite and I had read just as much in REALTOR magazine 6 months ago. But obviously granite is MUCH better than nothing from your mini study.


p.s. How was bloggercon recently????

Danilo Bogdanovic

Thanks for the comment Jay. Yeah, quartz has been talked about a lot lately, but it's more fragile than granite from what I've heard (could be wrong). If you're like me, you'll stick with the more sturdy stuff. And if you're like me, you don't have nor need the $1.5M house.

The convention and BloggerCon were good! A lot of topics outside of blogging were discussed, which was nice. And VAR was much more receptive than we thought originally. Check out this post on our other blog - http://realdiablog.typepad.com/weblog/2007/10/realtors-show-g.html.

And check out www.var2007.wordpress.com for the official VAR Convention blog.


Most high end builders working with designers are using what's called engineered stone, which I believe you are referring to as "quartz". Engineered stone is a mix of epoxy resin and quartz particulate made to look as if it were natural stone. Its advantages over granite are its resistance to staining due to its impermeability, however, it may be that engineered stone may become the "corian" of the future -just an expensive and tacky alternative to real stone. Most of it is totally hideous and retains no movement in grain or inconsistencies.


Granite and marble additions in homes has its home price uplift impact. I have been in the business of supplying polishing equipment to renovators in the Europe and North America for some time now and I constantly see the marble/granite countertop upgrade bring great satisfaction to my customers. I think, however, that the renovator with some technical know-how and equipment can further reduce the costs of these installations. You can visit my online store at http://stores.ebay.com/Techservice-Online for details of my polishing pads. My customer feedback speaks for itself.


However, you may want to be cautious about what kind of granite you put in:


soapstone counters

Great post. I will have to bookmark your site for later reading.

prefab granite

oh my it is so expensive here, good thing I live here in Los Angeles

Mr.Granite Coutertops

Well you should move to new jersey!! Granite is getting cheaper and cheaper!

you can also visit htpp://www.innovatestones.com or http://www.tsstone.com to read more!

i hope this helps!

see you later

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