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3 Kitchen Makeovers, 3 Budgets

Smart strategies to help you get more for your money in the kitchen.

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$70K or Under: Floor Plans(11 of 11)

Kitchen Makeover Strategy #3
Budget: $70,000 or Under

Opening up the conventional kitchen space so it blends into the dining or living room is one of the most popular high-end requests, according to Carmen Giralt, New York design director and showroom manager for Bulthaup in New York City. "Cooking becomes part of your entertainment when you host in such a well-designed and beautiful space." In one of Bulthaup's most popular new floor plans, called b3, cabinetry and appliances "float" on walls, revolutionizing the concept of "built-ins" to "bolt-ons." It's one of the latest innovations in kitchen design; that is, at least for now!

$70K Tip: When you have the ease to choose your style, consider your clutter factor. Old World styles (think rustic Tuscany or Spanish Colonial) are more forgiving of everyday kitchen messes than sleek and streamlined modern European styles, according to Costa. Driven by a minimalist aesthetic, your collectibles and family photos may look misplaced in this contemporary, utilitarian setting.

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