When it comes to selling your property, first impressions are vital in how a buyer will perceive the value of your home. Before you take that big step, smart investments can significantly increase your house’s monetary and aesthetic value, through renovation or small adjustments in the early building phases. Natural stone is the perfect selection to enhance those initial buyer impressions – it is recognised for its elegance, longevity and overall luxury. Although known to be a little more costly than some other materials, with many house-hunters seeking natural stone for its timeless aesthetic and durability, you are sure to receive a solid return on your investment.
Here are some ways in which natural stone can be used to increase the value of your home:
Luxurious, Elegant and Original
One of natural stone’s greatest benefits is that it can add an extra touch of class to any space in your home. Beauty is seen in each individual stone, and no two are alike. The uniqueness in colour and texture conveys originality and sets your house apart from others. Whether it is a finer detail such as a marble staircase accent or a larger feature such as a granite countertop, value is added as the space feels instantly more elegant and the aesthetic becomes architecturally more recognised.
Whilst natural stone can appear pricier in comparison to some building materials, it is far more affordable and accessible than it has been in the past. Dependent on your budget for your new home build or renovation, the advantage is that stone can be used in a variety of ways and even the smallest touches can add some value.
By focusing on smaller accents throughout the house or larger features in places where buyers will be looking for aesthetics and durability is a way to tackle a smaller budget project. The kitchen and bathroom are smart choices as they are where people tend to spend a lot of time. Because more time is spent in these rooms, they provide the best return on investment in enjoying the stone’s aesthetic value.
Although you might be hesitant when building your home, there is a lot to be said for selectively expanding your budget. The strength and beauty of natural stone can prove to be well worth the initial cost, providing exceptional return on investment for sellers.
Natural stone can add instant economic value to any home inside and out, with a magnitude of options in colour, texture, type or style. There is without a doubt, a stone product to match the aesthetic of any homeowner and a myriad of ways to present it within your home.
An amazing attribute of natural stone is the practicality that it provides. A great example is the benefits of adding granite stone to your kitchen or bathroom. A granite benchtop can be advantageous for a potential homeowner as it is durable, heat resistant and easy to clean, whilst offering timeless natural beauty. Paired back with a granite splashback, it can completely redefine your kitchen aesthetic, while offering wall protection and a barrier to moisture. Marble is another prime choice for a kitchen or bathroom shower, floor, bath or vanity as it easy to clean and creates that sense of lavishness.
Another way to spruce up a space is by adding texture and interest through stone tiles with patterns and shapes. This could be achieved with a feature wall or floor. Texture adds originality and warmth whilst still portraying opulence. Similarly, an accent to the front of the house such as a natural stone façade or entranceway paving can convey the same prestige. Such adjustments can be a little more costly, however they add value by increasing elegance.
Overall, natural stone is highly popular for its timeless nature in terms of style as well as resistance to damage and decay. Compared to manufactured products that need to be sealed or painted regularly, its natural properties allow for the withstanding of daily wear and also make it easy to maintain. General costs for cleaning and maintenance will be reduced and the longevity and strength of the stone will add long-lasting value to your property.
Natural stone has been used throughout centuries past, with many magnificent structures and houses showcasing its strength as a building material as they remain in-tact today. With little effort required to upkeep its unique natural beauty and its practical benefits, it is a feature that many look for in the purchasing of their homes. If you are looking to renovate or build and would like advice on potential opportunities to transform your home with natural stone, contact Pietra Gallery and speak to one of our experienced team members.