"Of all the rooms in your home, remodeling the kitchen recoups the most value at resale. According to Remodeling Magazine's 2008-09 Cost Vs. Value Report, a minor kitchen remodel recoups 79.5 percent, and a major kitchen remodel comes in at 76 percent. ..." [From the Kohler webpage article, Kitchen Changes That Pay Back.]
You're supposed to think about resale value when building or remodeling, and we did in making a number of decisions when building our home, but we included the walk-in pantry for ourselves. Still, just because some people think laminate countertops are low end and granite and stainless steel are essential, doesn't mean that's what you need to do.
For more on remodeling and upgrades, see this Kohler webpage: KOHLER: Money Matters: Remodel Recoup: Kitchen: Articles [I do not think a kitchen needs a wall-mounted flat-screen TV!]