If asked, many of us could describe our dream kitchen. But when you’re confronting a kitchen remodel, reality intervenes. Unless you’re working with an unusually generous budget, some difficult choices must be made. How can you achieve a design that is as close to your dream kitchen as possible, but without adding excessive costs to the project?

Perhaps more importantly, which design elements are worth a splurge, and are there any areas where you can save money without sacrificing quality or your design aesthetic? Actually, yes. For your reference, we’ve compiled this handy guide to kitchen remodel elements that should become your primary focus. And we’re also including a few budget items for your consideration.

The most important elements in a kitchen remodel, that deserve more of your focus, include:

Cabinets. These are the first thing many people notice when walking into the room, and they also serve an important function. Go ahead and splurge on quality cabinets, so that you aren’t forced to redo the kitchen later.

Countertops. Countertops should stand the test of time, and upgrading to more expensive ones can help you achieve this purpose. Quality countertops will endure pretty much any abuse you can throw at them! And of course, you want to achieve a timeless look that transcends trends.

On the other hand, not every element of your kitchen remodel requires an enormous investment. The following items can be obtained at a discount, without sacrificing quality.

Backsplash. If you want to add an attractive tile backsplash, look for discontinued, clearance-price tile. The quality is just as good, and you can achieve a beautiful look at a fraction of the usual price.

Flooring. Quality flooring doesn’t have to mean top-of-the-line. Tile and laminate flooring are both plenty durable, are available in a wide variety of styles, and don’t cost a fortune.

Hardware. Unless you have your heart set on a particular trendy design, cabinet hardware doesn’t need to be expensive. Simple, clean styles provide the perfect compliment for high quality cabinets.

And of course, you might consider new appliances as part of your kitchen remodel. But do you plan to sell your home in the near future? If so, investing in the most expensive appliances might not be necessary right now.

As you plan your kitchen remodel, give us a call for assistance. We can help you make the choices that support your overall design ideas while staying within your budget.