COXHEATH, England, April 9, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- When it comes to home improvements and interior renovations, one of the things homeowners are most concerned about in the current economic climate is value for money. Value for money is usually measured in terms of quality and longevity which is why the team at http://www.henderstone.co.uk are stressing the importance of top quality materials. Kitchen renovations are among the most popular changes people make to their properties because they identify the kitchen as the ideal place to put into effect changes that impact the aesthetic appeal and the practicality of the home. Kitchens have become the real hub of home life for many people and the rise of open plan design has driven this trend further. So how do homeowners get value for money from their kitchen renovations? The experts advise the use of high quality materials - materials that last and that look great for as long as they are in place. This leads many to choose natural stone and granite which is actually sensible selection for more than just economic reasons. There are a whole host of reasons why people are choosing natural stone at a time when health, economic and ecological matters are top of their list of priorities. Natural stone is ecological in the sense that very little energy is needed to process it. The natural stone in kitchens is only a step away from its natural state. Natural stone contains no pollutants and this makes it very safe for use in areas that are primarily used for food preparation. It can be cleaned easily too, something that is very important given recent government efforts at increasing awareness of infection control. Since natural stone is so durable, it represents a very economical choice for kitchen renovations and maintenance costs are low and replacement costs are unlikely. It helps that stone ages incredibly well.