Designer Kitchen for Less

It's easy to spend as much as 100 thousand dollars on a new kitchen.

But what if you want a designer look without the big price tag?
Consumer Reports says you don't have to break the bank to redo your tired, old kitchen.

Jerri Karel's kitchen has definitely seen better days.

"It's now being assisted by a paper clip."

Jerri has her heart set on a new kitchen, but she doesn't want to spend a fortune.

"I certainly would Liek to spiff up everything but I also have to stay within my means."

Consumer Reports' Tobie Stanger wanted to find out if there's hope for people looking for beauty on a budget.

"We wanted to spend 20 thousand dollars or less. That's the average that people spend when they change the floor plan. We wanted to upgrade an 80's style kitchen and make it look really hot."

First decisions, cabinets, which usually eat up half your remodeling budget. If you're willing to skip upgrades such as full plywood boxes... Particle board can save you thousands.

Glazed finishes, like those pictured here are a hot trend, but going without can save you 20 percent on your cabinet costs. Tobie chose cabinets that performed well in consumer reports' tests.

Professional style appliances like this range are also popular. But they cost a pretty penny.

"You can spend 4 thousand dollars on a professional style range, but our tests show they're really not worth the price."

Tobie opted for a highly rated range that offers stainless trim like this one, it looks great but costs thousands less.

Lots of people love the look of built in refrigerators like this one. They do look great, but can cost up to 6 thousand dollars. Tobie went with another option.

"Well there are new cabinet depth refrigerators. They come out just a little bit from the counters, and they cost about half of what you'd spend for a built in."

Thanks to her careful cost cutting, Tobie stayed on budget her new kitchen range in at $19, 982. Jerri's encouraged, she started planning the kitchen of her dreams on a budget she can afford.

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