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A kitchen re­model not only adds sig­nif­i­cant value to your home, but it can also im­prove your qual­ity of life. Suzanne Frost finds out how

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and lux­u­ri­ous feel­ing and an or­ganic aes­thetic. Other nat­u­ral ma­te­ri­als that are big in the kitchen en­vi­ron­ment in­clude gran­ite and com­pos­ite stone coun­ter­tops, and var­i­ous sand­stone ac­cents.

“For a more con­tem­po­rary rhetoric, the or­ganic ma­te­ri­als are amal­ga­mated with mod­ern ma­te­ri­als, such as glass, stain­less steel and lam­i­nate,” says Cosyns. 9. The lighter side of kitchens. Good light­ing is es­sen­tial.

“The key to get­ting light­ing right in the kitchen is to cre­ate a lay­ered light­ing de­sign that fo­cuses on dec­o­ra­tive, am­bi­ent, task and ac­cent light­ing. Dec­o­ra­tive light fix­tures help carry a theme or style, and sup­ple­ment the room’s over­all bright­ness. Task light­ing is usu­ally in­stalled un­der cab­i­nets or in the form of pen­dant light­ing di­rectly over the work sur­faces. Am­bi­ent light­ing is de­signed to pro­vide an over­all glow.” 10. Value and af­ford­abil­ity. Con­sumers are con­stantly on the look­out for get­ting more bang for their buck: “Af­ford­abil­ity and value for money is a big con­cern. Most con­sumers are un­der the false im­pres­sion that im­ported Ital­ian kitchens are only ac­ces­si­ble to the very rich, but there are com­pa­nies that of­fer ex­clu­sive kitchens with a clear-cut de­sign and made with care to sat­isfy a de­mand­ing pub­lic who love to cook and en­ter­tain — at an af­ford­able price.”

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