Monday, February 25, 2008

Down with Granite Counters

granitetop.jpgI'm going out on a limb and predicting that granite kitchen counters are dead. Trend over, move on. Why would I say something this crazy? Granite counters are the gold standard for kitchen remodels in this town.


Well, I read articles written by Alison Rogers who's a licensed agent in New York. She wrote a book called Diary of a Real Estate Rookie, available at Amazon. This morning I read an article she wrote for Inman News which mentioned granite counters. She says: "The kitchen countertop trend is for 'anything but granite.' Anything that can be labeled 'green' or environmentally friendly is big..."


My logic here is admittedly flawed and based on anecdotes alone. If granite counters are dead in New York, I bet they're going to be "out" here in the Valley of the Sun in a few years. Although we're the nation's 5th largest city, Phoenix is dismally slow at picking up pop culture trends. Trends out of Los Angeles hit us quicker, but it seems to me that trends out of New York take 2 to 4 years to get here. I'm just supposing it's the same with trends in the home remodeling world.


I remember watching Carrie on Sex in the City drink cosmos for at least a year before they became the drink of choice in Philadelphia where I lived in the late 90's. I was drinking Philly cosmos for at least a year or two before I moved back to Phoenix in 2001. Couldn't get a cosmo here to save me back then.


Course, I could be utterly wrong. Disagree with me about granite counters being over? Let me know, leave a comment.


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