Save vs. Splurge

Learn where to save and where to spend.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Cottage Kitchens -

SPLURGE

Floor­ing: This is where you can af­ford to go big and get what you want. “Floor­ing takes up a lot of real es­tate, so it makes a big im­pact on the space,” says Caitlin. “It needs to be able to han­dle abuse,” so choose some­thing durable, like the ce­ment tiles in this kitchen.

Plumb­ing Fix­tures: They may be smaller than your cab­i­nets and stove, but fix­tures play a big role in the style and func­tion of your kitchen. “Qual­ity is cru­cial to the func­tion­al­ity of your kitchen, and the faucet is a fo­cal point,” says Caitlin.

SAVE

Win­dow Treat­ments: Though im­por­tant to the aes­thetic, win­dow treat­ments don’t have to be ex­pen­sive to be func­tional. “There are great-look­ing, af­ford­able op­tions out there that work well for a mess-prone space,” says Caitlin. “It’s some­thing you’re go­ing to want to re­place ev­ery few years any­way, es­pe­cially if you go with a fab­ric ma­te­rial.”

Hard­ware: “Cabi­net pulls are like the jew­elry of your kitchen,” says Caitlin, “and it’s an easy, cost-ef­fec­tive place to make a dra­matic dif­fer­ence.” Use fresh brass and cop­per fin­ishes for a cheaper, yet stylish op­tion.

This al­cove sits right next to the kitchen and stores the washer and dryer. The cabi­net doors hide the ma­chines and pro­vide pull­out draw­ers for laun­dry sup­plies. With the flat coun­ter­top, this space dou­bles as a buf­fet area dur­ing friends’ and fam­ily vis­its, as it’s next to the din­ing room.

Be­fore

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