In the first house that my hubby and I purchased, way back in the mists of time, we had very little money once the mortgage and the rest of the household expenses allocated. I tried budgeting really hard, putting money aside in little tins for the monthly bills etc. I wanted to allow for any refubishment and maintenance to be available without a struggle. This was a bit pie in the sky but we tried. When the kitchen needed an upgrade, we started looking at the small selection of out of town places. Everything seemed terrifyingly expensive. Then our neighbour pointed us in the direction of the local wood joinery company – his son in law was a charge hand and with their help, we got a super streamlined quality hand built kitchen for a fraction of the price expected – by utilising what could be saved and using their design experts. Fantastic memories.