One Kitchen, Two Budgets: White Kitchen

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.

Splurge or Save: Can You Guess?

We asked designer Jamie Gold to design plans for a kitchen remodel based on two different budgets­ -- a value budget and a custom budget. Can you tell from these sketches which of the kitchen plans is more expensive?

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The Value Kitchen

Choosing budget-friendly laminate flooring and solid-surfacing countertops over traditional hardwood and stone is a simple way to reduce costs.

Electrolux slide-in induction range $3,199
Bosch side-by-side Linea 300 refrigerator $1,955
Bosch Integra 800 dishwasher $1,299
Bosch over-the-range convection microwave $623

Columbia Shaker cabinets PP430 in White, with plywood door panels $14,250

Corian Private Collection solid-surfacing countertop in Jasmine $3,380
Armstrong Coastal Living laminate flooring in Oyster Bay Pine $919
American Olean Profiles 6x8-inch field tile and 2x8-inch bull nose in Ice White gloss $130
Marazzi Studio M square glass mosaic in Jive $54

LED undercabinet and recessed ceiling lights $701
Corian Integral sink #871 in White $482
Restoration Hardware Marston bin pulls and knobs in Antique Bronze $374
Ballard Designs Marcus pendant $299
Delta Trinsic faucet in Champagne Bronze $292
Ballard Designs LeMans stool in Aged Moss $278
Smith + Noble Durawood blinds in White $104
Sherwin-Williams Kilim Beige paint $94
Delta Gala soap dispenser $43

Total cost: $28,476

Prices are estimates, excluding installation

Create a White Kitchen on a Budget

Tip No. 1. Dress up stock cabinetry. Customize basic white cabinets with pretty hardware, glass fronts, or crown molding.

Create a White Kitchen on a Budget

Tip No. 2. Add colorful accents. Pops of color in paint, backsplash tile, cabinetry hardware, or accessories add interest without committing to a bold palette.

Create a White Kitchen on a Budget

Tip No. 3. Include open shelving. A monotonous run of closed-door cabinets is typical in standard builder kitchens. To create a personalized look without breaking the bank, consider replacing some upper cabinets with open shelves. It’s a quick fix that packs a big style punch.

The Custom Kitchen

An island with all the bells and whistles enhances a kitchen’s style and function.

Thermador Freedom 36-inch induction cooktop $5,549
GE Monogram 30-inch integrated refrigerator $5,200
KitchenAid combination wall oven and microwave $3,544
GE Monogram double-drawer refrigerator $1,954
Miele Futura integrated dishwasher $1,349
GE Monogram 36-inch slide-out hood $1,312
KitchenAid integrated warming drawer $837

Crystal Salinas cabinetry in Designer White $25,923

Cambria Torquay engineered-stone countertop with eased edges $6,075
Lauzon Northern Next Step Red Oak engineered-wood planks in Urbanite $2,416
Fireclay Debris series 6x12-inch white glossy subway tile $1,263

Brizo Talo SmartTouch stainless-steel pull-down and prep faucets and Traditional beverage faucet $1,349
Atlas Homewares Trocadero appliance pulls $1,224
Restoration Hardware Clemson classic pendants $1,137
LED undercabinet and recessed ceiling lights $819
S-Box iPod and power station island pop-ups $695
Blanco Cerana 30-inch reversible apron-front sink $657
Pottery Barn Wynn barstools in French White $558
Pindler & Pindler Hearst Castle Mudejar Orchid outdoor fabric custom cushions $500
Atlas Homewares Trocadero knobs and pulls $473
Blanco Cerana prep sink $357
Hunter Douglas Everwood 2-inch weathered white blinds with Redwood tape $195
Sherwin-Williams Jersey Cream paint $94

Total cost: $63,480

Prices are estimates, excluding installation

Create a Custom White Kitchen

Tip No. 1. Pay attention to detail. Distinctive architecture and top-of-the-line materials distinguish a custom kitchen. Forgo upper cabinetry in favor of larger windows, or include a one-of-a-kind feature such as a pizza oven. 

Create a Custom White Kitchen

Tip No. 2. Make it personal. A high-end kitchen design should be customized to the way you live. Think about how you like to cook, how much storage you need, and what kind of layout you prefer. And don’t forget that practical solutions can be stylish, too!

Create a Custom White Kitchen

Tip No. 3. Integrate appliances. Custom cabinetry panels disguise appliances to create a seamless, polished look.

Create a Custom White Kitchen

Tip No. 4. Don't stick with just white. To avoid a boring white-on-white look, be sure to include some contrasting textures and colors. Warm wood floors, a bright-color island or stools, or a patterned window treatment will help to balance a sea of white and give your room a unique look.

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