Where to Spend: Kitchen Remodel, Part Two

vinotemp cabinetry sugaston Where to Spend: Kitchen Remodel, Part Two
If you followed the first installment of the Hollywood Hills kitchen remodel, you know that Steven and Melissa saved a lot of money buying previously owned and gently used appliances on Craigslist.
But the couple’s dictum has always been, “pay retail where it counts.” Here’s where they splurged:
1. Cabinetry – At the suggestion of their architect Daniella Carter, Steven and Melissa opted for Ikea cabinetry (approximately $6,000) instead of custom (quoted at $20,000 plus). But they did invest in a professional installer for about $3,000. According to Steven, “He was worth every penny. He knows everything about Ikea and can guide you in your purchases, help identify problem areas, and create solutions on the spot.”
2. Hardware – The couple personalized the cabinetry with high-quality architectural hardware from Sugatsune.
3. Tile – Knowing that a backsplash is the focal point of any kitchen, Steven and Melissa installed a large field of white Angela Adams “corice” tiles selected from Ann Sacks Tile and Stone in Los Angeles.


4. Countertops – They chose CaesarStone – a durable quartz surface -for all the countertops, including an extra large workspace (approximately 40 inches) between the kitchen and the living area where the entire family congregates for cooking, eating meals, and doing homework.
5. Wine refrigerator – The Vinotemp may be considered a superfluous item, but because of a small scratch on the handle, the showroom deducted half off the retail price of $1000.
As a final tip for paying retail, Steven suggests that modest discounts are not uncommon … you just have to ask.
The complete kitchen remodeling series:
Where to Save on a Kitchen Remodel
Where to Spend on a Kitchen Remodel
How to Plan a Kitchen Remodel

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Jennifer M. Volland is an independent writer and curator based in Long Beach, California. She conceived and co-curated the exhibition and publication Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life for the Vancouver Art Gallery (2013). She is co-author of Edward A. Killingsworth: An Architect’s Life (Hennessey + Ingalls, 2013) and Long Beach Architecture: The Unexpected Metropolis (Hennessey + Ingalls, 2004). Her writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, CITY, Environmental Graphics Magazine, Sunset, Arcade journal for architecture and design, and Western Interiors and Design, among other print and online publications.
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  • Allison

    So refreshing to know some of it is being recycled, although certainly more is better!

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