There is no better monetary investment in your home than in the kitchen as far as the return you derive from remodeling dollars spent on your home. A kitchen facelift consisting of new cabinet doors, new countertops, updated appliances and fixtures, and new flooring can significantly increase the value of your home. Many homeowners are making other alterations to their kitchens such as the eliminating the furr downs, creating a breakfast bar, under and over cabinet lighting, and innovative cabinet design. The trend with cabinets is definitely back to a stained finish after years of painted cabinets. The variety of countertops has also expanded greatly over the last few years with solid surfaces, granite, soapstone, silestone, decorative laminate, ceramic, and other options.