Cabinets, countertops, flooring—Maykut says that, in general, the old maxim holds true: "You get what you pay for." Be aware, however, that high cost doesn't always translate into durability. "Many of the most expensive materials are heavy on luxury but light on resilience," Maykut points out. That's not to say marble counters and hardwood floors aren't fine choices. But in the end, a given material is suitable for your project only if it can withstand the sort of wear and tear you anticipate. If you expect your kitchen to endure heavy traffic and hard use, it's only prudent to opt for tough materials that are up to the challenge.