Save vs. Splurge

Learn where to save and where to spend.

Cottages & Bungalows - - Kitchens -


AP­PLI­ANCE. One of the ma­jor el­e­ments of a kitchen that makes it func­tional are the ap­pli­ances. That is one of the ar­eas this fam­ily chose to splurge on. “One of the things the hus­band re­ally wanted was pro­fes­sional grade ap­pli­ances, a 36-inch range with six burn­ers,” Ali­son ex­plains.

IS­LAND. If you are plan­ning to update or build in a kitchen is­land, splurge. This is a part of your kitchen that vis­i­tors will likely no­tice first. So in­vest in your kitchen when choos­ing the ma­te­ri­als and style of your kitchen is­land.


PERIME­TER COUN­TER­TOP (BLACK SATIN GRAN­ITE). The perime­ter coun­ter­top is a very im­por­tant kitchen el­e­ment. Choose some­thing that is durable and will do well over time. This fam­ily has a gran­ite as the perime­ter coun­ter­top; it’s durable and will age quite gen­tly. “You could do some­thing sim­ple with a very rea­son­ably priced solid gran­ite as the perime­ter,” says Ali­son.

TILE BACK­SPLASH. This fam­ily al­ready had a tile back­splash, but in­stead of keep­ing it white, the de­sign­ers added a sub­tle pop of color by paint­ing the tile a soft green. Sav­ing money on some­thing like the back­splash is easy. Use what is al­ready work­ing for your space, and trans­form it in a sim­ple way.

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