People who have inefficient kitchens often think that the solution is to install more cabinetry. But if you provide the right amount of space and the right kind of storage, you don't need to fill the room with a lot of cabinets. They can make up 50 to 70 percent of a kitchen renovation's cost, so editing the number of cabinets can mean big savings.
Use less backsplash tile
You don't really need to put tile anywhere except in the practical areas—the sink and range. That's not a design compromise; it can actually look better. I wouldn't spend money on a heavily patterned, intricate tile design. It costs a fortune to buy and install, and you'll get bored with it.
Pick durable appliances
One of the best deals on the market is GE microwaves. We use them time and again—they last forever (geappliances.com).
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