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WHERE NOT TO CUT
CORNERS IN THE KITCHEN
If an updated kitchen is part of your plans in
the coming year, be wise with your dollars. But
where should you spend your decorating
dough? Lori Carroll offers her advice.
“The one place never to skimp in a kitchen
design is on appliances,” she says. “That’s the
purpose of your kitchen. You use them day in
and day out. You design your kitchen around
them. Based on the quality of what you buy,
those are ten- to fifteen-year purchases.”
Carroll says all the top brands have their high
points, but you can still pull off a great kitchen
with medium-priced appliances. “With market
competition,” she says, “the medium-grade
companies had to improve their product, not
only for durability but also in design.”
It’s smart to cut costs where you can, but
spend your cash wisely by keeping in mind the
function of your kitchen.