Got a bottomless budget for your dream kitchen? You could pay for the sleekest pro-style appliances, the most luxurious stone countertop, and the trendiest hardwood flooring and still end up paying again to fix things that break down, crack, or dent.
Or you could use our advice to make every dollar count by sidestepping high-priced pitfalls in the first place.
And if your budget is more in the $15,000-to-$30,000 range that most homeowners spend on a renovation, relax: You can have a beautiful kitchen that's functional and efficient, and only looks expensive, like the example here. It combines semi-custom cabinets, quartz countertops, and vinyl flooring to achieve an urban sophistication befitting its city setting.