It is odd that everyone wants granite and an open floor plan. My dining room and living room are pretty open and I like that, but my kitchen is secluded and I prefer it that way. I don't have a dish washer and I refuse to jack up my water bill to do a couple of dishes at a time. I wait until I have a full sink. I love that when someone stops by, they don't see that sink
When we remodeled our kitchen, our cabinets were old but in great shape. We painted them and slapped on new hardware and they turned out beautifully. We also splurged and bought a granite sink. Huge mistake. We were told it would never stain or crack. It's done both. We are going to replace it soon because it's just gross. We've scrubbed and scrubbed and even tried bleach...nothing gets the stains out.