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4 Practical Tips for an Expensive-Looking Kitchen

Discover how to get a "made in Germany" kitchen without the European price

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Photography: Dairy Darilag

Q: We've been looking at kitchens at home depots for our own house. However, we find it too expensive. A designer that we know advised us to have the kitchen cabinets customized using marine plywood. How can we get a kitchen that looks like it was made in Germany without the European price?—Nicole Arceno

A: The high prices of some German modular kitchens can be dizzying! Luckily, most skilled contractors can build a stylish kitchen for you. Bring your contractor to your favorite kitchen showrooms and show him the features that you want.

Here are a few basics to remember:

  • Choose a simple color scheme
  • Use frameless cabinets and concealed hinges for clean lines
  • Use plain bar handles and drawer pulls (Avoid handles with swirls, leaves, or floral designs!)
  • Invest in stainless steel, granite, and other expensive finishes

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Read the original article ("Ask It") in the July 2009 issue of Real Living Magazine. Download your digital copy of Real Living on the Real Living App now! Log on to summitnewsstand.com.ph/real-living for more details.

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