Cost-Cutting Kitchen Remodeling Ideas

There's a new breed of homeowners redefining the way homes are built: creative individuals who thrive on the challenge of finding inexpensive materials and using them in innovative ways. Here are the results of 10 kitchen renovations.

Get Creative

In Aspen, Colo., homeowners Katie and Paul Viola put their creativity to use designing a sleek modern kitchen. Instead of spending $2,500 on a custom kitchen island, they found two premade Ikea cabinet units for $500 and sandwiched them together. In the bar area, they used a glue-laminated beam that they cut to size and stained to match the cabinets. Instead of expensive barstools, they found old soda-fountain stools online and had the builder anchor them into the floor joists.

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