One Kitchen, Two Budgets: Breakfast Nook

Most kitchen remodels begin with a budget. 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 Shelly Amoroso to sketch plans for a kitchen remodel containing a breakfast nook based on two different budgets­ -- a value budget and a custom budget. Can you tell which of these eat-in kitchen plans is more expensive?


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    The Value Kitchen

    A freestanding table with bench seating is a more affordable alternative to a built-in island or banquette.

    Bertazzoni Master Series range $3,499
    KitchenAid panel-ready French door refrigerator $3,299
    Vent-A-Hood 40-inch stainless-steel hood liner $1,066
    GE Profile panel-ready built-in dishwasher $799
    GE Profile Spacemaker II microwave and trim kit $499

    Columbia cabinets, Shaker-style door with flat recessed panel, maple wood in Antique White $15,840

    Walker Zanger limestone in Gascogne Beige $4,200
    Walker Zanger Neri backsplash tile in Bisque $405
    Benjamin Moore paint in Palace White $102

    Gus Modern plank table in walnut $1,450
    Jayons Home & Garden Benedict cabinet $1,295
    Gus Modern plank bench in walnut $1,150
    Kohler Vault dual-mount sink $605
    Hansgrohe Talis S pull-down faucet $598
    Smith and Noble linen Roman shade $534
    Anthropologie Le Versha chair in Orange $496
    Anthropologie glass melon knob in Amber $400
    CB2 Victory pendant in Gunmetal Gray $298
    John Robshaw Gent’s Vintage Stripes cushions $270

    Total cost: $36,805

    Prices are estimates, excluding installation

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    Create an Eat-In Kitchen on a Budget

    Tip No. 1. Use a freestanding table as an island. It can double as a casual dining table and prep area, and can be moved easily if needed.

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    Create an Eat-In Kitchen on a Budget

    Tip No. 2. Maximize a small space. Don't let a valuable corner go to waste; tuck in a space-saving bistro table and a small bench seat upholstered in a fun fabric to create a sweet spot for guests to relax while you cook.

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    Create an Eat-In Kitchen on a Budget

    Tip No. 3. Add a breakfast bar. If space is at a premium, consider attaching a narrow breakfast bar to an existing peninsula or unused wall. Be sure to allow a 12- to 18-inch overhang at a breakfast bar for knee space.

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    The Custom Kitchen

    A custom built-in banquette offers a cozy perch for family and friends to gather.

    Viking Professional series refrigerator $6,455
    Thermador gas range with griddle and trim $5,348
    Thermador dishwasher $3,129
    U-Line icemaker $2,149
    U-Line Wine Captain 48-bottle wine fridge $1,929
    Thermador 30-inch single oven $1,249
    Vent-A-Hood 40-inch hood liner $1,066
    Thermador microwave and trim $968

    Custom with recessed panels and full overlay $38,942

    Walker Zanger London Gray limestone countertop $5,990
    Walker Zanger Mother of Pearl granite island top $2,850
    Walker Zanger Archtype tile in White Crackle $491
    Walker Zanger Xilo metal accent tile $303
    Walker Zanger Mantra tile in Sari Blue gloss $241

    DWR Kong chair and Precision stools $4,925
    Cisco Brothers custom Moroccan table $2,375
    Blanco Precision undermount sink $1,395
    Custom Roman shade in Castel Corte Ecru fabric $1,275
    Circa Lighting Hicks pendant island lighting $1,260
    KWC Systema pullout faucet $919
    Custom pillows in Osborne and Little fabrics $734
    Boheme Langtry and Adara Eranthe Custom seat cushions in Brentano Scuba fabric $670
    KWC Systema pot filler $639
    Restoration Hardware Spritz cabinetry knobs $560
    Restoration Hardware Harmon pendant lighting $529
    Benjamin Moore paint $153

    Total cost: $86,544

    Prices are estimates, excluding installation

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    Create a Custom Eat-In Kitchen

    Tip No. 1. Design a custom banquette. Upholstered bench seating just steps from the action is the ideal way to welcome friends and family into the heart of your home. For a truly custom look, select fabrics, accessories, and lighting that match your kitchen's style.

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    Create a Custom Eat-In Kitchen

    Tip No. 2. Include multiple seating options. Take advantage of a roomy floor plan to include a variety of spots for guests to congregate. A counter overhang at the island accommodates a pair of stools, while a nearby banquette takes advantage of the view.

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    Create a Custom Eat-In Kitchen

    Tip No. 3. Expand your island. If you want to keep guests close by -- and eliminate steps when serving up dishes -- consider building a banquette into the back of your island.

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