Sep 23, 2014
12 kitchen design solutions that will save you money
Bespoke or ready-made?Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Canadian Living
Ready-made isn’t always cheaper. I had sheet metal crafters make this custom cover for my exhaust flue for just $60. A prefab flue from an appliance store would run for $300 and wouldn’t have fit the range hood as seamlessly. Flue cover, Burlington Metal Supply. Threshold copper barware, target.ca.
Freestanding or built-in island?Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Canadian Living
At eight-by-15, I figured my kitchen was too small for a built-in island. What I’d envisioned at the heart of my kitchen’s new layout was a huge, worn butcher table. What I found instead was an antique store counter. Not only was it the perfect size, but it was loaded with more storage than a butcher table and topped with marble—the perfect work surface for pie dough. Antique store counter, clappisonantiques.ca.
Butcher Block or Carrara marble countertops?Source: Donna Griffith Credits: Canadian Living
Butcher block and Carrara marble are both notorious for staining and discolouration—a turnoff for most, but absolutely perfect for me. I love materials that age and develop a patina over time, and I wanted a countertop that I could read memories on years later. I ultimately chose butcher block because it provides a warm contrast to the marble top of the island, and is perfect for working pasta. I cut on it, bang on it and roll on it, then sweep all the mess into the scrap hole that empties into a compost bucket below. The scrap hole—which was cut into the countertop—is an idea I’d seen years ago on a cooking show, and I’d never, ever forgotten about it. Maple butcher block countertop, chrisstorefixtures.com. Matte black flatware, flatware caddy, indigo.ca.