This created a front-to-back living room and an open-plan kitchen/dining/family room configuration. The open kitchen got an island and peninsula to define it, plus glossy white cabinets and stainless-steel appliances to reflect the available light even more. Concrete counters and a glass-over-wallpaper backsplash help update the space.
How They Saved
Put in an unconventional backsplash: The DIY kitchen backsplash is
1⁄4-inch-thick glass over wallpaper, instead of ceramic tile. Estimated
Bought sale appliances and stored them: The couple opted for standard
30-inch-wide GE appliances over pricier pro-style models. They bought them
piecemeal as the items went on sale, then kept them in the garage.
Estimated savings: $8,000