Luxury kitchens are almost expected these days. Certainly in new construction. Ditching your digs to get the look you want isn't necessarily necessary. A few clever--and inexpensive--updates here and there can do wonders. Take these for example:
- Instead of replacing your laminate countertop, how about opting for a granite top overlay? It's less expensive, and only you will know it cost half the price.
- Skip marble or travertine flooring and opt for ceramic. Ceramic has come a long way with options that mimic natural stone.
- Hardwood flooring more your style? A top of the line laminate can look like real wood and the upkeep is superior to hardwood.
- Skip the granite sink and go for a deep, stainless steel sink mounted under the counter.
- Off the shelf varieties of faucets and fixtures cost a fraction of their special order counterparts. All the big names, like Moen and Delta, offer high-end alternatives.
- If your cabinet boxes are in good condition, consider refacing them instead of replacing them.
- Those with a modern aesthetic can save a ton by choosing self-assembly cabinetry, like those you find at IKEA.
- Stainless steel appliances can cost a small fortune; a less expensive alternative are appliances with a stainless steel finish.
- Much as faucets and fixtures, off the shelf lighting will save a bunch as well. Big box stores offer an okay selection, but for variety, hit your local lighting fixture stores.
- Eschew granite back splashes and opt for ceramic.
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