It’s easy to spend a small fortune when trying to create your dream kitchen, as marble countertops, a kitchen island, subway tiles, sub-zero freezers, and other modern appliances quickly run up the budget in luxury kitchen remodeling.

But contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to spend a fortune to transform your kitchen into a luxurious space. If you’re trying to stay within your budget but still want a Pinterest-worthy kitchen, how do you decide what to prioritize? Here are some kitchen remodeling tips that you need to know before getting started.

DO: Invest in high-quality cabinets. Many people pick their cabinets based on a first glance. Don’t be fooled by a slick appearance. While many cabinets look sleek and appealing — they may even have a higher price tag to match — the best thing to consider when it comes to kitchen cabinetry is durability. Well-constructed cabinets are more useful than pretty but flimsy ones. If you’re not 100% in love with a durable cabinet selection, it’s possible to stain the cabinets or change the fixtures. There are tons of options. Don’t skimp out.

DON’T: Avoid problem areas. When you think about it, knobs, handles, and faucets are the most commonly used fixtures in your kitchen. While you may really want to spend money on a brand new stainless steel refrigerator or a custom breakfast bar, keep in mind the items that will actually get the most use. If you have a leaky kitchen sink, you may be paying up to 10% more on your water bill than you need to, for instance. Fix the problems before you start making cosmetic changes.

DO: Create more natural light. Don’t block any existing windows. If you plan on expanding your kitchen, which many do, be sure to keep in mind that you’ll need more windows to retain the same amount of brightness that you had before.

DON’T: Overcrowd the space. Take advantage of long walls for counter space and add an island if you can. But for smaller spaces, especially, make sure that you’ll be able to open all of your appliances fully without them banging into each other. If necessary, keep all appliances along one wall.

DO: Factor in your installation costs. It’s hard to remember that while you may have allocated a sizable amount of money to the renovation, you can’t spend all of that money on designer fixtures and appliances. You should never renovate any space in your home on your own, so make sure to accurately account for installation and construction costs, too.

That’s where a kitchen remodeling company like Gabor Design Build comes into play. As a leader in kitchen remodeling services for over a decade, we can help you create your dream kitchen without going over your budget.