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Is granite passé?

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Have we fallen out of love with granite?

I would never ask this question except that an article by Liz Pulliam Weston on MSN Real Estate titled “The Hottest Remodeling Trends for 2011” suggests that, yes, granite is old school, so 1990s. It states that people once liked the sleek hardness of granite, but now they want materials that look softer.

What do they suggest? Composite countertops like Corian and Silestone, which are made of ground stone and acrylics, and which seem to be the “in” thing. Like, hip.

I’ve got a problem with that. I love granite. It speaks “earth” to me. Did you know it’s created by massive geologic actions over millions of years and comes pretty much like it is, except for the polishing, directly from the ground? Yeah. It’s that real.

Some granite has wild mineral veins. Some is mellow and predictable. I like green granite best. And tan is good. Black with shimmery specks in fun. What’s not to like, other than the cost, which is about the same as the engineered products.

Corian, I love ya, man. Silestone, dude, you’re awesome. But if I get to know you, and we end up moving in together, it will be for your qualities, not because you’re trendy.

(Photo: Palm Springs kitchen, courtesy of Nina Smith.)

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