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It’s no sur­prise to learn that when you’re plan­ning a new kitchen, the ap­pli­ances will rep­re­sent a big part of your cost. But di­rec­tor of The De­sig­nory, Melissa Bon­ney, says while those af­ter a kitchen like this one (left) of­ten fo­cus on fin­ishes, they should spend just as much time plan­ning — and bud­get­ing — for the func­tion­al­ity such as lay­out and stor­age sys­tems. “One of the big­gest pit­falls with a kitchen project is fo­cus­ing only on how it will look rather than how you will re­ally use it,” she says. “Al­low time to work through the fi­nal plans and men­tally al­lo­cate all of your things. “Th­ese kinds of de­tails are the dif­fer­ence be­tween a per­fectly func­tion­ing kitchen that is right for you and one that misses the mark.”

Us­ing an ex­pe­ri­enced kitchen de­signer will not only help you think through all the de­tails, from mak­ing space for your big­gest cook­ing pot to where you want to store the drink­ing glasses you use ev­ery day but, Melissa says, they can save you money be­cause of their buy­ing power and con­tacts.

“And if you’re not work­ing with a de­signer you’ll need to do the leg work your­self, so re­ally hunt down the best deal be­fore you lock it in,” she says.

Mi­nosa De­sign, mi­nosade­sign.com

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