Totally agree...using more than one surface can save you $. I recently finished a kitchen with granite in the work area but wood on the desk and serving areas. I love the mix. Kitchen design keeps getting more and more exciting. Have just started a redo on a kitchen that was damaged by Sandy. The tile floor that was set in mud 25 years ago is staying, an interesting challenge
If your cabinets are in good shape and you don’t want to make changes to the layout of your kitchen, a partial renovation may be all you need. Designers sometimes refer to this type of remodel as a “pull and replace,” says Kristine Le Vernois, CKD, of the Neil Kelly Company, “because you’re not moving anything. You’re pulling out the old materials and putting in new materials or refinishing them.” Refreshing old cabinets; replacing the countertop and appliances; and installing a new sink, flooring and light fixtures are the types of projects you’ll be tackling. Depending on the size of your kitchen and any unforeseen glitches, it can take anywhere from about five weeks to two or three months and “between $40,000 and $80,000 to complete," Le Vernois says.