11 Ways to Save on a Kitchen Redo
#4: Find deals on countertops
Have your heart set on granite? So did the Weinhardts, so they went to a local fabricator for discount slabs. "Sticking to stock colors or finding the perfect remnant can lower the price [of materials] by 5 to 35 percent," says Minneapolis kitchen designer Sarah Michalowski.
Pictured: If you're changing out your countertops, look for ways to improve function at the same time. The two-tier counter on the Weinhardts' island makes life easier. Chopping veggies can be done right by the prep sink--still in the conversation zone with anyone doing homework or working on a laptop on the counter's top tier, but yet safely tucked away.