What you prioritize in a kitchen will really where you splurge and where you save. Are you an entertainer? Think about seating -- perhaps a built-in bar or island. If you are a gourmet chef who loves to experiment with weekly meals, putting money toward high-end appliances may make more sense for you. What matters is that you outline the amount you want to spend, then figure out what parts of the kitchen you want to focus on.
Unlike a budget kitchen remodel, a mid-range remodel may include a little more customization of the existing space: moving and/or replacing cabinets, changing the gas or water lines, and swapping in new countertops, and flooring.
A mid-range kitchen may often include an upgrade to a stone countertop and stone or glass tile backsplashes. While stone is often a big jump in cost from laminate or butcherblock countertops, it will last for years or even decades, especially if installed and maintained well.
Updating the cabinets is often another place where costs can drive the kitchen budget up to mid-range. Drawers, special storage areas, or custom work can make a big difference in the way you work and enjoy your kitchen.
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