Home ownership is daunting.. I just spent way more than i wanted on a new kitchen.
just the micro + trim kit + wall install was 1500$
That is nuts. You need some DIY friends.
Big fancy houses are fun to look at, but I really don't understand the appeal... more to clean, furnish, repair, etc. Maybe it's because I've already renovated two larger houses. Now, I own the smallest house I could possibly fit in, and I spend my time and money elsewhere. I do need to renovate the closets so my clothes fit, though.