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The $70,000 Dream Kitchen Makeover

Here's how to get the most for your money in a $70,000 budget makeover.

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Photo 4 of 4Open floor plans can show off your high-end appliances, adding drama.

$70K or Under: Floor Plans (4 of 4)

Of course, to bring all these fine products together, opening up your kitchen's floor plan is a smart idea. And opening up the conventional kitchen space so it blends into the dining or living room is one of the 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 — 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 Janice Anne. Driven by a minimalism aesthetic, your collectibles and family photos may look misplaced in this contemporary, utilitarian setting.

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