One Kitchen, Two Budgets: Craftsman Style

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Before you remodel your kitchen, you need to decide on a budget. But what do you really get for the money? See one kitchen's makeover potential based on two very different budgets.

Splurge or Save: Can You Guess?

We asked designer Patricia Gaylor 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 Craftsman-style kitchen plans is more expensive?


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The Value Kitchen

Choosing stock cabinetry over pricier custom cabinetry is a smart way to keep costs in check without compromising style.

KitchenAid panel-ready French door refrigerator $3,299
Electrolux 30-inch built-in gas range $2,399
Electrolux 30-inch chimney wall-mount hood $899
Whirlpool dishwasher $589
KitchenAid microwave $500

Merillat Portrait in cherry, Paprika stain, plus oil-rubbed bronze hardware $15,325

DeNova Cosmic Black countertop $3,500
Daltile Lemon Custard subway tile $900
Marazzi Imperial Slate ceramic tile flooring $500
Motawi decorative tiles $315

Kohler undermount stainless-steel sink $631
Kohler pull-down faucet $389
Amerock appliance pulls $330
Rejuvenation lighting $115

Total cost: $29,691

Prices are estimates, excluding installatio

Create a Craftsman Kitchen on a Budget

Tip No. 1. Embrace the warmth of wood. Cherry, maple, or oak cabinetry with a simple square door style won’t date quickly -- and will enhance a Craftsman-style design. Choose stock or semicustom cabinetry to minimize costs.

Create a Craftsman Kitchen on a Budget

Tip No. 2. Build a better backsplash. Simple subway tiles are the perfect accompaniment to a Craftsman kitchen -- choose earthy colors, such as greens and browns, to complement the wood tones in flooring and cabinetry.

Create a Craftsman Kitchen on a Budget

Tip No. 3. Choose the right lighting. Period-appropriate pendants over an island -- or a flush-mount fixture over the sink -- boost task lighting and add ambience.

The Custom Kitchen

Top-of-the-line appliances, custom cabinetry, and stone countertops give this kitchen a truly custom look.

Sub-Zero 36-inch built-in, over-under refrigerator $6,795
Wolf 30-inch gas range with 10-inch riser kit $4,662
U-Line 15-inch wine cooler $1,599
Miele dishwasher $1,100
Eliza 30-inch stainless-steel vent hood $1,099
KitchenAid 24-inch warming drawer $775
GE Spacemaker microwave $350

White Woodworking cabinets $25,500

Reclaimed antique oak flooring $6,965
Soapstone and marble countertops $6,029
Wall paint $1,300
Daltile white subway tile $1,000

Perrin & Rowe bridge kitchen faucet $2,385
Shaws Original single-bowl apron-front sink $1,548
Schoolhouse Electric lighting $874
Restoration Hardware Felicity knobs and pulls $374
Mountain Plumbing cold-water dispenser $292
Classic Brass Montana hardware $292
Horton Brasses pantry latches $100

Total cost: $63,039

Prices are estimates, excluding installation

Create a Custom Craftsman Look

Tip No. 1. Invest in custom cabinetry for a distinctive look. Shaker-style doors are the perfect accompaniment to a Craftsman kitchen. For a consistent look, consider cladding the range hood in wood to complement the surrounding cabinetry.

Create a Custom Craftsman Look

Tip No. 2. Add handcrafted details. Attention to detail is the key to building lasting character. Consider adding furniturelike details to the island and perimeter cabinetry to create a personalized look.

Create a Custom Craftsman Look

Tip No. 3. Combine classic materials. A deep apron-front sink -- made from fireclay, soapstone, or granite -- paired with a shapely, vintage-inspired faucet is a timeless combination.

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