I got granite as a practical matter. It was super cheap, I could put a hot pot on it and it won't melt, and it didn't have the grout issue my previous crappy 4X4 bathroom ceramic tiles had. Plus it's black, so nothing shows. Everyone else I know is doing quartz, but I'm a budget person and got what I wanted without paying twice as much.
But the whole HGTV idealization of "open concept" still boggles my mind. If I had unlimited house perfecting funds, I'd add a wall and several doors....maybe even close in my front porch so the pizza guy doesn't have to come into my living room. I'm impossibly antisocial.