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How to Afford the Kitchen You Want
Here's a savvy approach to kitchen remodeling: Take your cues from a classic cooking space with timeless good looks—like the six-figure, fully custom one shown here complete with glossy white cabinets, gleaming stretches of marble and walnut, a showy stainless-steel centerpiece, every corner as carefully tailored as a Savile Row suit. Then order it up, à la carte. READ: The Great TOH Giveaway: $530,324.52 in Amazing Home Prizes Painted wood cabinets, marble prep surfaces, wood floors, and a stone sink have been the backbone of a traditional working kitchen for centuries. Stainless-steel appliances, decorative tilework, a handsome coffered ceiling, and an elegant light fixture help elevate the once utilitarian space to a luxe one.
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Smart Homeowners Know

Want to copy the place down to the last, pricey detail? Go for it. Not in the market for major extravagance? Then maybe just steal that combination of light-reflecting woodwork and Carrara-style counters. Maybe give glass doors a pass if your dinnerware can't take the pressure. You may want to spring for the heirloom-quality faucet if you're in your forever house (just take it with you if you decide to sell). Or skip the diva range for one that offers a little less drama and a little more value. As resourceful homeowners know, the smart money is on learning to mix high-end products and materials with those on the lower end—while keeping a keen eye on quality, of course. You've probably been doing that for years yourself (which helps explain how you ended up with a $20 toaster and a $200 panini grill). Now's a good time to apply that same approach to freshening up your kitchen. Start with some of these inspiring finds. READ: 11 Ways to Save While You Splurge on DIY
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Range: Luxe

Pro-style looks and big-BTU heating are widely available. Fuel type, capacity, and features will determine the cost. Dual-fuel classic. Wolf's 48-inch "dual-fuel" range has six gas burners (one with dual simmer/boil settings) and a griddle, plus two electric ovens for even baking—a double-convection 4.5-cubic-footer and a 2.5-cubic-foot side oven. Bonus: adjustable legs for leveling. About $11,000; Sub-zero READ: DIY Hacks That Save Time and Money
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Range: Moderate

Gas-only update. If you can live without an electric oven and adjustable feet, Jenn-Air's 48-inch Pro-Style gas range has the same features, with almost the same oven capacities. About $6,399 (not including backsplash); Jenn-Air
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Range: Budget

Scaled-down dual-fuel. Four burners and one oven enough? Then consider Kenmore's 30-inch, dual-fuel Pro range. It's got the lines down pat, plus a button lock for the controls to keep kids safe. About $3,999; Sears
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Backsplash: Luxe

The elegant, diamond-shaped marble mosaic tiles on this kitchen's backsplash are definitely out of the ordinary. But there are more affordable options, too. Like most mosaics, the three tile samples shown here come attached to a mesh backing to ease installation. Multi toned marble diamonds.These polished mosaics from Walker Zanger are hand-cut from Calacatta marble. The stone's natural color variations give the tiles eye-catching depth and interest. About $46 per square foot (shown installed); Walker Zanger
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How to Afford the Kitchen You Want

Here's a savvy approach to kitchen remodeling: Take your cues from a classic cooking space with timeless good looks—like the six-figure, fully custom one shown here complete with glossy white cabinets, gleaming stretches of marble and walnut, a showy stainless-steel centerpiece, every corner as carefully tailored as a Savile Row suit. Then order it up, à la carte. READ: The Great TOH Giveaway: $530,324.52 in Amazing Home Prizes Painted wood cabinets, marble prep surfaces, wood floors, and a stone sink have been the backbone of a traditional working kitchen for centuries. Stainless-steel appliances, decorative tilework, a handsome coffered ceiling, and an elegant light fixture help elevate the once utilitarian space to a luxe one.

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