A master in low-cost design, the Swedish home store IKEA released its new modular kitchen system, Sektion, to the applaud of budget-conscious homeowners. A 10-by-10-foot kitchen fitted with Sektion cabinets ranges from around $1,300 to $2,200, excluding appliances, and comes in various color and surface options.
To cut costs, a family in Brooklyn added inexpensive IKEA drawers to the Douglas fir beams, salvaged in upstate New York and used to build the island and cabinets. The Carrara marble surrounding the sink came from an unused section of slab from a separate renovation. The family's splurge: a Viking hood that hovers above a free-standing range by Bluestar.
A tight construction budget informed the choices Sean Guess made while designing a house for a couple in Austin, Texas. Guess used inexpensive graded pine plywood for the heavy grain patterns on the surface, and painted the custom kitchen cabinets, by Austin Wood Works, in Sherwin-Williams’ Parakeet.
A designer couple in Oslo worked with custom fir plywood doors and marble countertops to make their IKEA cabinets stand out. To save even more, they completely refinished the apartment's original hardwood floors on their own.
For this small farmhouse in the Flemish town of Outgaarden, designers cut expenses by maintaining a raw, utilitarian design, interspersed with some high-end appliances and a laminate island made of Corian and walnut, as well as Carrara Bianca stone floors.
For $23,000, an architect in Bratislava renovated his 516-square-foot home. Removing walls and giving the kitchen a major overhaul with a modified IKEA cabinet system made all the difference and set the home's aesthetic tone.
In this Hollywood renovation, an architect and her partner reduced their appliances and kitchenware down to only the necessary essentials when they removed upper cabinets and added low-cost shelving to the exposed brick wall. The couple splurged on marble countertops, which double as a prep surface for baking.