The Big Payoff
Despite their relatively small investment, the Wildes' reaped some big dividends from their kitchen face-lift. "I cook again," Lynne says. "The refrigerator doesn't freeze the veggies into a solid block and all the burners on the range work." The kitchen eventually will include more base cabinets on one wall as well as a center island that incorporates a snack-bar eating area. But for now, the Wildes are content. "Our remodel not only improves the looks and efficiency of the kitchen, but it also makes everyday maintenance easier," says Lynne. "And, it creates the slightly more formal look we want so that everything will blend with the addition when it's time." Adding It Up: An Item-By-Item Breakdown
  • Appliances - $2,546
    Maytag: Model CME9010 over-the range microwave with ventilation ($459); Model CCRE9600 electric range ($729); Model RTT2100E refrigerator ($899); Model DW7804 dishwasher ($459)
  • Countertops - $644
    Wilsonart designer white laminate countertops with light-beige mirage Gibraltar edge ($46 per linear foot for materials, fabrication and installation)
  • Faucet - $220
    Moen Model 7385 white single-handle faucet (Series 87540)
  • Flooring - $1,575
    Wilsonart taupe fossil laminate (225 sq. ft.)
  • Paint - $128
    Sherwin-Williams Taupe Trivia paint
  • Sink - $400
    Cristalite white, triple-bowl, drop-in sink with integral drainboard
  • Tile - $640
    Florida Tile white Milano field tile ($200); square Vine insets ($60); Vine listello trim ($180); installation ($200) GRAND TOTAL: $6,153
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