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Which is cheaper quartz or granite?

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, Jul 15, 2015 @ 07:07 AM

What's the cost difference between granite and quartz countertops?

Granite and quartz are both popular choices for countertops in custom home kitchens and master bathrooms.

Granite and quartz are both natural stone materials. But while granite is 100% stone, quartz can vary in composition: Quartz countertops are made of a manufactured stone, composed of crushed quartz that is mixed with pigment and resin.

Compare the pros and cons of granite and quartz -- with photos from Raleigh custom homes built by Stanton Homes. Contact us with your new home building questions, and we'll show you what it takes to build a custom home.

 



Which is more expensive, quartz or granite?

Granite and quartz countertops are purchased by size in square feet. Manufactuers often group stone countertops into levels. Each level indicates a price range.

Differences in price per square foot are based on the availability of a stone (how rare is it?), as well as its location (how far must it be shipped?), among other criteria.

In general, granite countertops are much less expensive than quartz, especially in recent years.  A granite countertop will generally start in the $45-50/sq ft range, while depending on the manufacturer and type, quartz can easily start $20-30/sq ft higher. 

Photos of Stanton Homes with granite countertops in the master bathroom:

1. Black Granite Countertops

Black granite - with hits of earthy tones - are popular in larger bathrooms, which can balance darker tones in wider spaces. 

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How do I know if the counter tops I find in photos are granite?

A quick way to spot whether or not counter tops are made of granite (rather than composite materials) is the integration of an undermount sink.

Granite counter top installers cut holes for the sink and faucet, which are installed separately. Composite countertops often come as single pieces, with a built-in sink basin.

2. Tones of Red and Brown in Granite Countertops

This single his and hers vanity extends between the tile shower and tub. An archway accent keeps the space open, and serves as a useful shelf.

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How long can a granite counter top extend?

The maximum length of a granite countertop before a seam is required varies, based on the length of the slab that the granite is to be cut from.  Many pieces are 6', 8', or 10' in length.  When a countertop is longer than that, it will generally have a seam.

3. Contemporary White Granite Countertops

Dark cabinets with light - often gray or white - countertops are popular contemporary home combinations for the granite bathroom.

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Which is more cost effective, a single, long vanity or two short, separate vanities?

Cost per vanity depends on a lot more factors than just the countertop!  A standard size vanity, such as 30" or 48", is more cost effective than a custom vanity.  A shorter vanity (or pair of shorter vanities) also may be able to use "remnants" of granite rather than a full sheet, which many installers will offer a special price on.  A longer piece of granite is more likely to need to be cut from a full sheet.

4. Traditional White Granite Countertops

In this his and hers style bathroom, the "his" vanity (pictured below) is located on the opposite wall from the "her" vanity.

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Here are answers to other common new home countertop questions:



Which is More Popular, Granite or Quartz Countertops?

While granite and quartz are both great choices for natural stone counter tops, more home buyers choose to include granite in the kitchen and bathroom

Which do you like better? When you build a custom home in the Raleigh North Carolina area, your selections are nearly endless. At Stanton Homes, your personal design consultant will meet you at vast showrooms and help with extensive selections. Learn more by contacting us here.

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Granite Counter Tops in the Master Bath

Posted by Penny Hull on Fri, Jun 29, 2012 @ 10:06 AM

Should I Add Granite in the Master Bath?

Photos and Ideas for Master Bath Granite Vanities

How much does granite cost? | Photos of master bath granite counters

 

If you are thinking about building a new home in North Carolina, you're probably looking for pictures of your favorite master bathroom design ideas.

The master bath is the place where you begin and end your day - and it should be relaxing, convenient, and most of all, elegantly designed.

 

 

How Much Does it Cost to Include Granite Counter Tops in the Master Bathroom?

Since the cost of granite has gone down over the past few years, upgrading to granite in the master bath may be a lot more reasonable than you might think. Ask Stanton Homes for an initial home plan cost estimate - and make sure to mention that you're interested in granite vanity tops.

Photos of Granite Counters in the Master Bath

Take a look at these photos of master bathroom vanity tops made of granite, and get ideas for your own custom designed, luxurious master bath.

How much does granite cost? | Photos of master bath granite counters

The master bathroom granite counter top pictured to the left is taken from a recently completed Fuquay-Varina, NC custom home.

What other special features are included in this master bath?

 - Under-counter knee space for a make-up or prep area with chair

 - Custom tile floor design with oversized 12x24 inch tiles

 - Walk-in closet with hardwood flooring

 

How much does granite cost? | Photos of master bath granite countersThe master bathroom granite counter top pictured to the right is taken from a recently completed Chapel Hill area custom home.

Granite counters come in a huge variety of colors - and can easily complement any bathroom color scheme.

Granite is a natural product harvested from quarries. Colors and patterns vary depending on the geological processes in the region where they are quarried.  

 

How much does granite cost? | Photos of master bath granite counters

 

 

The master bathroom granite counter top pictured to the left is taken from a recently completed Raleigh, NC custom home.

This angled master bath counter is completely unique to this version of The Kelley.

When making bathroom selections with a Stanton Homes interior designer, our home buyers view samples representative of a type of granite to make their color and style choices.

 

 

How much does granite cost? | Photos of master bath granite counters

 

The master bathroom granite counter top pictured to the right is taken from a recently completed Raleigh, NC contemporary style home.

These his-and-hers separate master bath counters are beautifully integrated into this version of The Worthington.

 

 

What are the Benefits of Choosing Granite Counter Tops?

So, if granite counters cost more (even if the price difference isn't as large as it used to be), why should you choose granite over other types of counters?

Granite counters are longer-lasting, offer more depth and richness in color selections (cultured marble is usually limited to neutral shades), and have a particularly appealing appearance with the wide variety of edge styles offered by Stanton Homes.

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Granite versus Laminate Countertops | Granite Edge Styles

Posted by Penny Hull on Wed, May 23, 2012 @ 09:05 AM

How Much do Granite Countertops Cost?

Kitchen Design Trends for NC New Homes - Granite Countertop Cost, Selections, and Benefits

Homebuyers in North Carolina LOVE granite countertops - and when you look at these completed home pictures, you'll see why.How Much do Granite Countertops Cost? | Granite Counter Styles

But how much do granite countertops cost?

Below is a guide discussing the features, benefits, and costs of granite counters.

All About Granite Countertop

Granite is a natural product harvested from quarries. Colors and patterns vary depending on the geological processes in the region where they are quarried.

How Much do Granite Countertops Cost? | Granite Counter StylesGranite prices start at about 3-4 times the cost of laminate counters.

Because this is a natural material, granite selections are not made from a color chart - and every counter is unique.

When making kitchen selections with a Stanton Homes interior designer, our home buyers view samples representative of a type of granite to make their color and style choices.

There are a variety of edges available at no additional charge.

Upgraded edges can include a full bullnose and ogee (graceful serpentine curve), depending on the manufacture. Ask you builder which options come standard.

Granite Counter Top Edge Style Chart

Here is a quick guide to popular granite counter top edge styles. In this style chart, you will find shapes for a beveled, bullnose, pencil round, roundover, and ogee edge.

Granite Countertop Edge Style Chart

Here is a quick guide to recently completed Stanton Homes with each of these granite counter top edge styles. Click on the image or style name to view more photos of these custom designed kitchens featuring a wide variety of granite styles.


How Much do Granite Countertops Cost? | Granite Counter Styles
1/4 Inch Beveled Edge
How Much do Granite Countertops Cost? | Granite Counter Styles
1/2 Bullnose Edge
How Much do Granite Countertops Cost? | Granite Counter Styles
Pencil Round Edge


How Much do Granite Countertops Cost? | Granite Counter Styles
Demi Bullnose Edge
How Much do Granite Countertops Cost? | Granite Counter Styles
Ogee Edge


Benefits of Choosing Granite for Your Countertop Materials

Kitchens with Granite Countertops

Granite is fairly resistant to heat and scratches. If damaged, it may be possible to polish the countertop, since it is made of the same material throughout. 

The material must be resealed about every five years to protect it from stains, and careful attention must be paid to the natural stone seams.

 

 

What is the bottom line on granite countertop cost?

Granite Countertop Style IdeasAll countertop pricing is determined by square footage.

Most standard countertops are 2 ¼ feet wide.

To find out how much countertop you need, take the length of the countertop and multiply by the width. Then multiply the total square footage by the cost per square foot for the desired material. This will give you the starting point.

But there are additional considerations as well.

The cost of backsplashes depends on material and style, as does the edge of the countertop – which can all be customized in different materials.

 

Kitchen Granite Countertops

 

Even the type of sink makes a difference in countertop cost. An under-counter mount requires a more finished edge around the sink, which raises the cost for some materials.

Additional sinks or other cut outs can add to labor and installation expenses, as well. 

Custom home builders like Stanton Homes can walk you through the costs when you plan your home, so you can decide what kind of countertop you want to live with.

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