Is Engineered Quartz the New Granite?

Natural stone countertops are losing popularity amongst other popular kitchen countertop materials, as reflected in Houzz’s 2024 Kitchen Trends Study. In this study, United States homeowners currently or just completed updating countertops, or remodeling their kitchen were surveyed to gather such data. “Engineered quartz has notably increased in popularity as a countertop material, rising by 4 percentage points compared with the previous year,” the study shared. The rise comes after quartz being favored by 42% of respondents in 2022 and 2023. The jump to 46%, though not significant, has the…

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Building Material Prices Continue to Rise in March

According to the most recent Producer Price Index¬†(PPI) report published by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, inputs to residential construction, goods less food and energy, increased for the fifth straight month. This index, for inputs to residential construction, goods less food and energy, represents building materials used in residential construction Following a 0.54% increase in February and a 1.25% in January, the non-seasonally adjusted index increased 0.21% in March. The index continues to grow at a faster rate than 2023 as the average monthly change in 2023 was 0.15%…

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2024 U.S. Houzz & Home Study: Renovation Trends

Houzz released its 2024 U.S. Houzz & Home Study report. The findings are supported by a total of 32,615 users, including 17,713 renovating U.S. homeowners on Houzz about their home renovations in 2023 and plans for 2024. This study is the largest survey of residential remodeling, building and decorating professionals published. Covering a wide range of renovation projects, the survey included everything from interior remodels and additions to home systems, exterior upgrades and outdoor projects. The gathered data is made up of historical and planned spends, professional involvement, motivations and…

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