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Lots of planning yields a kitchen they love

Pasquale and Joanne Tirino of East Moriches spent two years planning their new kitchen before they contacted a single contractor or craftsman. “It was hard to work in,” Joanne says of the old kitchen. Joanne does most of the cooking for the family of four, which includes two daughters from Joanne’s previous marriage. “One of my favorite things about the new design is the openness of it,” says Pasquale, 44, a mechanical engineer for Mentor Graphics of Oregon. Joanne, 53, a teacher in the William Floyd School District, left the day-to-day contractor dealings to Pasquale, who also worked with a designer from South Shore Kitchen Designs in Moriches. They finally started the makeover after Memorial Day weekend 2010. To save money and time, Pasquale started the demolition himself that weekend. The project was finished in early August. Total: About $40,000. — SYLVIA E. KING-COHEN