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Luxury Kitchen Ideas for Less

luxury kitchen design 2010 10 Luxury Kitchen Ideas For Fraction of the Price

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:

  1. 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.  
  2. Skip marble or travertine flooring and opt for ceramic. Ceramic has come a long way with options that mimic natural stone.
  3. Hardwood flooring more your style? A top of the line laminate can look like real wood and the upkeep is superior to hardwood.
  4. Skip the granite sink and go for a deep, stainless steel sink mounted under the counter.
  5. 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.
  6. If your cabinet boxes are in good condition, consider refacing them instead of replacing them.
  7. Those with a modern aesthetic can save a ton by choosing self-assembly cabinetry, like those you find at IKEA.
  8. Stainless steel appliances can cost a small fortune; a less expensive alternative are appliances with a stainless steel finish.
  9. 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.
  10. Eschew granite back splashes and opt for ceramic. 

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