Utopia    Guest Blog 16 Sep 2015

Technical expert Becky Birch on how to increase your house price by using natural stone


Becky Birch, Mrs Stone Store’s technical expert, shares her top tips for increasing property price with natural stone – a material coveted by the most discerning homeowners across the country, thanks to its timeless, chic look.

Becky Birch, technical expert, Mrs Stone Store

Natural stone is among the favourite materials used by interior designers, architects and property developers alike, thanks to its durability, easy maintenance and universal appeal.

You can instantly add value to your property by using a prestigious material like natural stone in the entrance area. By incorporating natural stone in your hallway, the house will appeal to buyers as it gives the space an air of exclusivity and prestige.

The kitchen is another area you must consider when designing with natural stone – it is one of the biggest selling points of any property. According to the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors a well designed, fitted and furnished kitchen can add four per cent to the value of your property.  It’s not surprising, considering that our family lives tend to be centred around kitchens and dining areas where we catch up on the daily news and spend time together. For kitchens, our top choice is Brazilian natural slate, as it creates a sleek, dramatic floor that is aesthetically pleasing and suits both contemporary and traditional properties.

Well-designed, high-quality bathrooms are a particular focus of potential buyers – whether they are seeking a warm, child-friendly space or are looking for a spa style bathroom to enjoy after a long day. Opting for a neutral, elegant tile such as Moleanos white limestone creates a serene bathroom style that would set off a deep roll top bath or a walk-in shower.  If you prefer something earthier and warmer then natural slate is always a popular choice and using Brazilian grey slate allows you to pair it with contrasting accessories to bring in colour and fun.

Last but not least – remember that you will achieve the best result with a property in which all of the areas flow seamlessly one into another, giving it a coherent, designer look. Using natural stone throughout the house will make it feel spacious and welcoming, and the high quality of the material will encourage potential buyers to invest in the property.