Remodeling: Some Common Sense from Bob Vila

How much should you spend on your brand-new kitchen? The renovation guru tells how to navigate the fine line between comfort and indulgence

With a wealth of enticing high-tech and high-design appliances populating the remodeling market, the urge to indulge in a kitchen that will make you look and feel like a culinary master has never been greater. But before outfitting your space with the latest and greatest, you should carefully weigh what functions you or future owners will find practical against what value you are actually adding to your home.

"In Germany, people buy cabinets and hang them [on metal bars] to create 'arrays' around a kitchen, and when they move, they can just take them with them," says Vila. "The systems that they've developed are very simple, but very beautiful." Cabinetmakers Allmilmö and Poggenpohl, both based in Germany, distribute these types of cabinets in many parts of the U.S. With a little forethought, homeowners looking to spiff up their living space can achieve that blend of the elegant and practical without breaking the bank.

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