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Kitchen Planning Guide

Get the kitchen you want at a price you can afford

Last updated: May 2014

The open kitchen is more popular than ever—but with a twist. It’s now designed to accommodate parties, homework, and even multiple cooks. And many electronic devices are finding a new home in the kitchen. Despite all of the benefits of the social kitchen, creating one can be a challenge. Before you delve into your project, read our essential steps to creating a truly social kitchen, along with our advice for hiring professionals, planning the budget, and sidestepping those trends that haven’t stood the test of time.
 

   

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