One Kitchen, Two Budgets: Contemporary Style

Before you start a kitchen remodeling project, you need to determine how much you're willing to spend. But what do you really get for the money? See one kitchen's makeover potential based on two very different budgets.

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  • Splurge or Save: Can You Guess?

    We asked designer Julie Clayton to sketch plans for a kitchen remodel based on two different budgets­ -- a value budget and a custom budget. Can you tell which of these contemporary kitchen plans is more expensive?

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  • The Value Kitchen

    When it comes to appliances, it's worth shopping around for the best deal. Big-box stores often offer discounts if you purchase an entire suite of appliances from a single manufacturer.

    APPLIANCES
    KitchenAid 36-inch side-by-side refrigerator $8,299
    KitchenAid combination oven and microwave $3,249
    KitchenAid 36-inch cooktop $2,949
    KitchenAid retractable downdraft ventilation $1,199
    KitchenAid Superba series dishwasher $1,099

    CABINETRY
    Martha Stewart cabinetry with Ox Hill doors $7,500

    SURFACES
    Honed Carrara marble perimeter countertop $3,750
    Antique white oak flooring $3,000
    Ann Sacks Cappricio 3x6-inch field tiles in Dove $800
    IKEA Numerar butcher-block island countertop $169

    MISCELLANEOUS
    Kohler Alcott apron-front sink $1,356
    Newport Brass 9911 faucet in polished chrome $1,025
    Schumacher High Voltage fabric in Smoke $800
    Hive Modern Charles Ghost chairs in Yellow $510
    Ralph Lauren paint in Crescent Moon and Stone $200
    West Elm globe pendants $179
    Martha Stewart 3-inch finial pulls in polished nickel $80
    Martha Stewart finial knobs in polished nickel $56

    Total cost: $36,220

    Prices are estimates, excluding installation

  • Create Contemporary Style on a Budget

    Tip No. 1. Update cabinet doors. Paint existing cabinet doors, or replace them with Shaker-style or slab doors that offer a simple, clean profile -- perfect for contemporary settings.

  • Create Contemporary Style on a Budget

    Tip No. 2. Mix countertop materials to add visual interest. For example, choose stone or laminate for the perimeter countertops and butcher-block for the island or play with light and dark tones of the same material.

  • Create Contemporary Style on a Budget

    Tip No. 3. Have fun with the backsplash. Basic white subway tile is a safe choice, but smaller-format tiles or an eye-catching mosaic adds instant personality.


  • Create Contemporary Style on a Budget

    Tip No. 4: Patterned fabric for the window treatments personalizes your kitchen and can easily be switched out down the road. Bold, geometric patterns work well in a contemporary space.

  • The Custom Kitchen

    Distinctive tilework can set a kitchen apart, but be prepared to spend a little extra for that one-of-a-kind look. 

    APPLIANCES
    Thermador built-in French door refrigerator $8,649
    Thermador stacked combination ovens $6,599
    Thermador Professional series gas cooktop $3,699
    Thermador Sapphire six-wash-cycle dishwasher $2,349
    Thermador Masterpiece downdraft ventilation $1,399

    CABINETRY
    Custom Shaker-style cabinetry $14,000

    SURFACES
    Polished Carrara marble countertops $5,950
    Antique white oak flooring $3,000
    Ann Sacks Elements collection 2x6-inch Chevron tiles in London Sky, Dense Fog, and Cloud $1,375

    MISCELLANEOUS
    Rohl Perrin & Rowe bridge faucet and side spray $1,919
    Design Within Reach Icon counter stools $1,250
    Circa Lighting large Hicks pendants $1,050
    Christopher Farr Belfour fabric in Lemon $1,000
    Design Within Reach Icon chairs $830
    Ralph Lauren paint in Crescent Moon and Stone $731
    Barclay white fireclay apron-front sink $204
    Top Knobs Nouveau III collection Square Bar pulls $200
    CB2 Odyssey white dining table $199
    Top Knobs Nouveau III collection Bergen knobs $98

    Total cost: $54,501

    Prices are estimates, excluding installation

  • Create a Custom Contemporary Look

    Tip No. 1. Splurge on custom cabinetry. Deep drawers maximize storage space. Top with oversize stainless-steel bar pulls to enhance the contemporary vibe.

  • Create a Custom Contemporary Look

    Tip No. 2. Trick out your island. Built-in appliances -- warming drawers, dishwashers, microwave drawers -- boost function in the main work core, while customized storage keeps clutter at bay.

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    Create a Custom Contemporary Look

    Tip No. 3. Make a statement with tile. Colorful rectilinear tiles are distinctly modern, particularly when paired with a sleek chimney-style range hood.

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    Create a Custom Contemporary Look

    Tip No. 4. Splurge on pro-style appliances. If you have a sizeable budget, consider customizing a standard range or cooktop with special features, such as a built-in griddle, wok burner, or steamer.

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