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The $12,000 luxury kitchen remodel

10000luxurykitchenremodelAn enterprising homeowner in the Portland, Ore. area set out to do a luxury kitchen remodel for $10,000, according to his blog (which is anonymous, so we have to take this story with a certain amount of skepticism).

He did go a bit over budget at $12,040, he writes, but that’s not bad. He made his own cabinets, but he insisted on some luxury items like granite counters, travertine backsplash, a flat-screen TV (not for everyone), a handsome faucet and a granite sink (pictured, click to enlarge).

The granite sink came from Home Depot for $380, the blog says, and I think it looks fantastic.

Here are assorted costs:

Appliance lift – $100
Appliances – $3,270
Backsplash – $240
Bar stools – $80
Cabinet drawer hardware – $490
Cabinet lumber – $1,070
Cabinet pulls and knobs – $160
Cabinet stain and finish – $100 • Calphalon 52" pot rack – $100
Cherry beadboard and trim – $100 • Decorative Carving for hood – $50
Design software – $100 • Electrical parts – $100
Flat screen TV – $450 • Garbage disposal – $130
Granite counter top – $1,640 • Island and hutch doors – $400

See the whole cost list

How do you think this guy did with this kitchen? Take a look at it and then share your thoughts on it. Great? Graceful? Goofy?

What would you do differently for the money?

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