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POLISHED PORCELAIN TILE, $2,670. Includes beige marble-look tiles (Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

POLISHED PORCELAIN TILE, $2,670. Includes beige marble-look tiles ($1,200) and grout-sealer ($200) supplied through the contractor; and installation ($1,270) done by Matt Florio of Florio Tile of Ridge.
PASS-THROUGH, included in price of construction. This had been a door, but they closed it off and created this pass-through to offer access to the dining area and increase the sight line of the room.
PAINT, $250 (three cans). They chose a paint-and-primer combo in a custom-mixed linen white and base white to give the room an updated look that goes along with the stainless-steel appliances and updated hardware. From Sherwin Williams, Centereach.
ANDERSEN WINDOWS, $1,492. From Century Building Materials, Lindenhurst.
MOLDING, $200. Materials from The Home Depot, installed by Katz
KITCHENAID DISHWASHER, $706. From Sears Outlet. (March 2012)

An inherited house gets a new kitchen

When Jeff Katz and Donna McCormick inherited his mother's home in Merrick, the two knew that a kitchen renovation was long overdue. "When my mother was alive, we offered, but she wouldn't let us change anything," says Katz, research director at the Custer Institute, an observatory in Southold. Katz and McCormick, who is president of the nonprofit Custer Institute, tackled a lot of the renovations themselves. It was Katz who redid the electrical and plumbing systems, while McCormick was in charge of painting and spackling. On a budget, the two turned to outlet stores and other tricks and tips to stay on track and on budget. TOTAL: About $23,000 (They estimate that they saved $21,000 in construction costs because of all the work they did.) -- Sylvia E. King-Cohen

BEFORE.
(Credit: Donna McCormick)

BEFORE.

BEFORE. McCormick, who likes to cook, says the
(Credit: Donna McCormick)

BEFORE. McCormick, who likes to cook, says the kitchen had very little counter space and a layout that was far from a chef’s dream. The couple have almost doubled the counter space and added high-end appliances. They also reconfigured the layout to make it chef-friendly.

POLISHED PORCELAIN TILE, $2,670. Includes beige marble-look tiles
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

POLISHED PORCELAIN TILE, $2,670. Includes beige marble-look tiles ($1,200) and grout-sealer ($200) supplied through the contractor; and installation ($1,270) done by Matt Florio of Florio Tile of Ridge.
PASS-THROUGH, included in price of construction. This had been a door, but they closed it off and created this pass-through to offer access to the dining area and increase the sight line of the room.
PAINT, $250 (three cans). They chose a paint-and-primer combo in a custom-mixed linen white and base white to give the room an updated look that goes along with the stainless-steel appliances and updated hardware. From Sherwin Williams, Centereach.
ANDERSEN WINDOWS, $1,492. From Century Building Materials, Lindenhurst.
MOLDING, $200. Materials from The Home Depot, installed by Katz
KITCHENAID DISHWASHER, $706. From Sears Outlet. (March 2012)

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TABLE and CHAIRS, existing. DEMOLITION, $500. Done by
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

TABLE and CHAIRS, existing.
DEMOLITION, $500. Done by a handyman
DUMPSTER RENTAL, $200. 1-800-Garbage, Deer Park
SHEETROCK REPAIR, $800. By QRP Construction, Lake Grove.
PLYWOOD SUB-FLOOR MATERIALS, $300. From The Home Depot
PLUMBING, $300. Included upgrading and hooking up the refrigerator icemaker, dishwasher, sink and range, done by LI Plumbing, Centereach.
ELECTRICAL SUPPLIES, $475. From The Home Depot.
DOOR, HARDWARE, MISCELLANEOUS, $200. From The Home Depot. (March 2012)

AMERICAN WOODMARK CABINETRY, $9,830. The style is Charlottesville
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

AMERICAN WOODMARK CABINETRY, $9,830. The style is Charlottesville Square. The cabinets are made of maple with a linen finish. Features include a pullout pot drawer, two lazy Susans, storage cubbies and easy-close drawers. The handles and drawer pulls are nickel with a satin finish. From The Home Depot, Selden.
GRANITE COUNTERTOP, $2,200.
SUBWAY TILE BACKSPLASH, $689. Includes bone porcelain tiles ($154) from Procida Tile, Coram, and installation ($575) by Matt Florio of Florio Tile. (March 2012)

KITCHENAID GAS RANGE, $1,572. From Sears Outlet. (March
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

KITCHENAID GAS RANGE, $1,572. From Sears Outlet. (March 2012)

JENN AIRE FRENCH-DOOR REFRIGERATOR, $2,242. From the Sears
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

JENN AIRE FRENCH-DOOR REFRIGERATOR, $2,242. From the Sears Outlet, West Babylon. (March 2012)

MOEN BRUSHED-NICKEL FAUCET, SOAP DISPENSER and SPRAYER, $146.
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

MOEN BRUSHED-NICKEL FAUCET, SOAP DISPENSER and SPRAYER, $146. The sink was included in the price of the countertop. From The Home Depot, Selden. (March 2012)

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KITCHENAID MICROHOOD, $286. This combination microwave and exhaust
(Credit: Danielle Finkelstein)

KITCHENAID MICROHOOD, $286. This combination microwave and exhaust hood is from the Sears Outlet. (March 2012)

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