You’ve seen your dream kitchen in a design magazine or TV show. Maybe it has professional-grade, stainless steel appliances, a farmhouse sink and marble countertops — ideal for rolling out your pastry dough. The designers may have knocked down a few walls and added space to convert a cramped, claustrophobic kitchen to one that’s open and accessible for entertaining.
But if you’ve looked into the details on the cost of those makeovers, you know that a professional kitchen renovation isn’t cheap.
“The most expensive room in the house is the kitchen,” says Paul DiMeo, designer and builder for “Building Wild” on the National Geographic channel.
Besides being the one place in the home where plumbing, electrical wiring, lighting, furniture-quality cabinets and counters, and large appliances come together in a major way, it’s also where people tend to congregate.
Whether you’re looking to purchase a house or just want to see what’s available, here are five dream kitchens, all from homes recently on the market. Contractors and designers share their tips for getting those looks in your next remodel.