It’s a new year. Is it time for a new kitchen?

Whether you want a fresh new look, or need to spruce up to make your home more marketable, a new kitchen is easily accomplished.

Whatever your reasons for remodeling your kitchen, there are lots of things to consider.

Are the appliances still OK? Can you refresh or even change the entire look of the cabinets with fresh paint or new doors?

Can you live with your fixtures, knobs and pulls or will new ones make a big difference?

What about the flooring and lighting?

Where do you want to spend your money?

Countertops are a huge part of your kitchen design puzzle. A new slab of stone will work wonders. There are so many new colors in granite, quartz and marble, new finishes and edge choices, that the alternatives seem endless.

Options can range from the surprisingly affordable to the stratosphere for exotic designs. But new stone is easily within reach; just choose a more common granite pattern, a simpler edge profile and limited cutouts, and you can actually spend less on granite than you would on other countertop materials.

And, don’t forget to ask to see the remnants. You’re apt to find the perfect stone for a smaller space at a great price.

White is still the most popular choice for local kitchens, and the choices are dazzling. One local stone supplier has a huge section of its vast warehouse dedicated just to white stone, especially quartz, marble and granite.

If you opt to go simple on the countertops, consider adding drama with the backsplash. By adding color, texture and pattern, you can create drama and interest for a modest investment.

Shop the local showrooms and work with a professional to consider all the alternatives to help get the kitchen you want – and deserve.

Andrea Antunes McGilton is project manager at Distinctive Granite and Marble, with showrooms in Okatie; Lady’s Island; Pooler, Ga., and on Hilton Head Island.