How to Choose What’s Right For You
a large kitchen with granite countertops

When you upgrade your kitchen, there are several factors to consider, and each one centers around what best suits you and your needs. Our team will listen to your requests and make your design dream a reality, but if you want some recommendations, below are some upgrades to consider based on your needs.

For The Home Chef

Having a thoughtfully designed kitchen is imperative for those who love to cook or bake. Not only is the space itself important, but the materials your kitchen is made up off has a huge impact on how you can go about cooking! Below are some of our suggested upgrades!


For the home cook, we highly recommend granite countertops. Granite is incredibly durable- meaning that it is more resistant to scratches from pots and pans, and sealed granite will ensure that no water rings are left on if you set a glass down. Another benefit is that granite is heat resistant- so, you could place pots and pans right from the oven or stove on it. It’s an easy wipe with a cloth to clean, and if you need a more in-depth cleaning, a simple granite cleaner will suffice.


For cabinet material, we recommend melamine cabinet doors or stained wood doors. Melamine doors are durable and resistant to: moisture, warping, and cracking. Melamine cabinet doors are also easy to clean, making them a top choice for kitchens. So if you’re cooking and realize that some sauce has splattered onto cabinets from the stove, or you forgot to secure the lid on your blender (we’ve all been there), worry not! Just grab a cloth, wipe the immediate mess, then clean with a cloth and mild cleaner. Melamine cabinet doors are non-porous, you don’t need to worry about staining- so go with any color you’d like!

Stained wood doors are not as resistant to moisture warping and cracking as melamine but they are the most popular choice for most homeowners in the USA. Stained wood doors have a natural wood appearance that many homeowners prefer. They are also resistant to moisture-related damage, making them a good choice for most homes in the USA. Stained wood doors are available in a variety of colors and styles. You can choose a door that matches the color scheme of your home or go for a more unique look.


We recommend upgrading your sink to a larger one, like our farmhouse sink!

For The Host

If you love hosting get-togethers, parties, or events, you want your kitchen to reflect that. While a set party, such as a dinner party, typically stays in one room or area, just having people over for a meal, or having a small party means often there will be many people in many different rooms. People tend to flock to the kitchen during parties- especially if that is where the food and drinks are!


For counters, we highly suggest Quartzite. Quartzite offers the natural stone charm of marble, but with much more benefits such as: durability, naturally antibacterial, easy maintenance, resistant to stains and scratches. So no worries if some wine spills- just a quick wipe and the party can continue!


For your perfect hosting kitchen, we recommend melamine. They’re durable, easy to clean, and come in various colors!


In your sketch or during your consultation, we recommend asking about adding a wine bar to your counter! Whether in your kitchen or an adjacent room, it’s a great place to store wine and serve drinks.

Questions to Consider

At the end of the day, it really boils down to: what do you want out of your kitchen?

Some other questions to consider are: Do you cook a lot? Do you have a large family? Do you want a kitchen island as a place to eat? How high do you want your counters?

Luckily, with Factory Plaza, you have a team of professionals waiting to assist you every step of the way! For 17 years, we have proudly helped our clients create the room of their dreams with our high-quality materials. Hundreds of glowing reviews make it easy to see why people trust us!

A huge benefit of working with us here at Factory Plaza is that you can sketch out your idea, we design it, and then we install! We offer free estimates, so when you’re ready to redesign and upgrade your kitchen or bathroom, Factory Plaza is here to help! To get started on your renovation or upgrade, visit us online or call us at 630-616-9999!


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