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Didn’t like my latest Pardon Our Dust kitchen? Try this one

ParrishReader Pat Parrish wasn’t very impressed with my most recent Pardon Our Dust feature about a Santa Barbara dream kitchen. Pat wrote: "I felt that these people paid way too much for what they got: $70,000 NOT including appliances! And 4 months!"

By the way, Pat’s was not the only complaint I received about the Santa Barbara kitchen. And let me say now to one and all: Thanks for sharing!

In defense of that kitchen, none of the photos I’ve seen so far capture the exquisite artisan beauty of the tile backsplash, the concrete counters or the magnificent wood cabinets. I know mere words seem hollow. But if you trust me at all, even a little bit, please know that what I saw in person and what you saw in print or on the Internet are vastly different. I’m sorry the beauty wasn’t captured. The beauty is there, however.

So, back to Pat, who told me she did a larger kitchen for much less money and in a shorter amount of time. So I’m like: Bring it on!

Here you see Pat’s new kitchen, and here’s what she has to say about it:

My condo kitchen is 9′ X 17′. Three years ago I gutted it and started over. I used a project manager who charged me a flat $5,000. She brought excellent workers to the job and in 2 months it was my dream kitchen. All stainless steel appliances, limestone counters (which I love), a farmhouse sink, handmade subway tiles from Ann Sacks, a raised ceiling, hardwood floors, a Miele dishwasher, maple cabinets with a mocha glaze, etc. And they cut a window into the living room.

Total cost: Under $50,000. And in 2 months.

What do you think of Pat’s new kitchen?

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