The Smart $40,000 Kitchen Makeover
Smart strategies to help you get more for your $40,000 budget. Think high-end appliances that will earn their keep.
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Appliances: "This is the level where you may want to splurge on a Viking range if you're someone who entertains a lot," adds Janice Anne. Or go for a less costly cooktop like this one from Kenmore so you can splurge on reconfiguring the traffic flow in your entire kitchen.
$40K TIP: Who can forget that ubiquitous avocado green kitchen of the '70s? Before you pick out that Jadeite green countertop color, remember that neutral colors are timeless and won't date your kitchen as fast as trendy, stronger hues.
Erinn Bucklan is a New York City freelance writer.