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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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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