Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Hunt for Redesign Bargains Starts with Setting Priorities

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

The Hunt for Redesign Bargains Starts with Setting Priorities

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CAN you design a dream kitchen on a budget?

"Yes, you can," answers Jim Krengel, a nationally recognized kitchen designer. "There's an assumption that one has to spend lots of money to have a really good-looking kitchen. That's not so."

What often pushes a kitchen into the pricey range are top-of-the-line materials and fancy appliances. A built-in refrigerator may cost $3,000 versus a free-standing refrigerator for $1,000 or less. Cabinets, which the National Kitchen and Bath Association estimates cost about 43 percent of a total kitchen project, can have a big impact on price. Ready-made or stock cabinets are much less expensive than custom cabinets, for example. A sink can cost from $100 to $1,600.

"The customer is going to have to choose priorities," says Cameron Snyder, a certified kitchen designer in Norwell, Mass. "They may like granite countertops. If that's the case, they may not be able to get the best cabinet they can. I would take the customer's wish list and prioritize what is most important all the way down to what is least important. …

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