Save vs. Splurge
Learn where to save and where to spend.
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.
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.