Kitchen Less Than $75,000

authors Kyle Clapham Emily Blackburn | September 16, 2020


Ealy Construction
Moscow, Idaho


Photos: Mike Beiser

Project location: Moscow, Idaho
Square footage: 580
Project cost: $65,791

After the clients discovered extensive water damage in the subfloor of their kitchen, they started to dream about what the kitchen could become: an open, bright and inviting space for family and guests alike. Separate kitchen and dining areas had left them feeling isolated and cramped when sitting around the dining table. As their frustration grew, so did the mold beneath their kitchen cabinets.

Because of budget constraints, the company had to work with the existing soffits and can-lighting locations, which left almost no room to alter the layout. Combining the kitchen and dining rooms into a communal space allowed for two breakfast bars that tie them together. The farmhouse sink and chandeliers reinforce a farmhouse theme, and relocated light switches improve functionality.


Countertop: Hanstone Quartz
Wall tile: White 3×6 subway tile
Flooring: LL Flooring
Faucet: Delta
Cabinet hardware: Amerock
Range: Samsung
Range hood: ZLINE


S&W Kitchens
Longwood, Fla.


Photos: Rickie Agapito

Designer: Sarah Kraus
Project location: Maitland, Fla.
Square footage: 174
Project cost: $25,000

The client had a clear idea when they came in of what they wanted in their kitchen: shaker cabinet doors with a creamy, warm taupe/gray color; stacked wall cabinets with a crown to the ceiling for maximized storage and to add height to the space; an island; and to incorporate the existing cooktop, hood and double wall oven.

This client was very hands-on and hand-selected pieces that were incorporated into the kitchen; they did a lot of the work themselves and wanted to use a professional for their final cabinet design and layout and execution. The challenge was to utilize every inch of space in this kitchen for maximized storage, functionality and overall aesthetics. S&W Kitchens also built a pantry with antique doors to hide away the countertop microwave, coffee maker and food.

The old doors and furniture island—along with the classic marble countertops, white subway backsplash and new shaker-style cabinets—brought out a very custom American Colonial style design.


Cabinetry: Diamond Distinctions
Countertop: Carrara Marble
Lighting: Farmhouse black matte pendants
Fixtures: Moen Single Handle Pull Down; Kohler Whitehaven Front Apron Sink
Appliances: GE induction cook top; GE French door counter depth refrigerator; GE Double Oven; GE DW Flooring Wood


Schulte Restorations
Hopewell, N.J.


Photos: Heather Raub, Front Room Images

Project location: Hopewell, N.J.
Square footage: 236
Project cost: $75,000

To meet the needs of an expanding family and the desire to maintain the appeal of this Craftsman-style home, the homeowner wanted to modify their living space to a more free-flowing design with a larger kitchen that connected to both the family room and the dining room. To accomplish the desire for a larger kitchen, the existing dining room was converted to a new kitchen, allowing space for additional cabinetry and countertops, as well as an island equipped with countertop seating.

One small challenge was to break through and expose the old-world brick fireplace in what would be the new kitchen. The relocation of plumbing for the new kitchen area was also factor requiring significant consideration. Taking advantage of the large dining room and flipping that with the smaller kitchen space allowed the team to come up with a design that met all of the client’s needs. In addition, they took advantage of the location of the original brick fireplace and used its character to bring in the “Brooklyn style” feel the homeowner desired.


Tile: Zellieg (Subway Tile)
Moulding/trim: Stock Material from Local Lumber Yard: 3” Crown Moulding, 5 1/4” Base Moulding
Lighting: Pottery Barn
Windows: Marvin Integrity Ultrex Casement
Paint: Benjamin Moore (Interior Semi-Gloss)
Cabinetry: Fieldstone Custom Cabinets
Countertop: Silestone Eternal Calacatta quartz
Sink: Kohler
Faucet: Brizo Litze
Range: KitchenAid
Exhaust hood: BEST
Oven: KitchenAid
Drawer appliances: KitchenAid
Refrigerator: KitchenAid
Dishwasher: KitchenAid


Knutson Residential Design
St. Paul, Minn.


Photos: Troy Thies

Project location: Arden Hills, Minn.
Square footage before: 110
Square footage after: 128
Project cost: $60,000

The clients purchased the 1960s mid-century modern home from its original owners, who had maintained it almost like a time capsule. Yet for all of its charms, there were a few areas that just didn’t measure up.

The kitchen was tiny and lacked the necessary counter space for two people to effectively prepare meals, and it didn’t feel stylistically integrated with the rest of the home and lacked the “wow” factor the clients desired. The kitchen also felt isolated and disconnected from the rest of the open-plan home. While there was plenty of storage in the kitchen (at the expense of counter space), there was none outside the kitchen.

The team originally planned an expansion to gain this space/counter space. Instead they borrowed 3 square feet from the dining area, removed several full-height storage cabinets, and converted an unused hallway closet into a “satellite kitchen” and bar area. This made the space feel surprisingly larger and brighter and increased counter space. They replaced the tile floor with wood to match the rest of the home and then introduced fir-faced cabinets with an open box to connect with the home’s open structure and orange/gold tones. The use of interspersed blue doors creates a unifying theme between kitchen, dining area and bar.


Refrigerator: Fisher & Paykel
Ranger: Bosch
Dishwasher: Bosch
Microwave: GE Profile Series
Range hood: Vent-a-Hood
Beverage refrigerator: KitchenAid
Countertop: Hanstone
Backsplash: Nemo
Kitchen sink: Hahn Chef
Sink faucet: Delta Trinsic
Bar sink: Elkay Crosstown
Bar sink faucet: Moen Align

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