When I first speak with a new client, they tell me all the things they hate about their current space. It may be the wall separating the kitchen and living room making the cook (mom) feel isolated from the family. Or it may be the unused, over sized tub they don't use and wish they had a huge shower instead. The flooring and countertops may be dated or the layout of the room is awkward for the family.
Countertops have come a long way since the horrid home design style of the 1970's with their dreaded orange Formica. Although Formica is still a pinch hitter in the home building and remodeling game, it is not a top contender like the many beautiful natural and man made materials we see going into homes these days.