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BEFORE. The Tirinos said the old kitchen was (Credit: Pasquale Tirino Photo)

BEFORE. The Tirinos said the old kitchen was too small and was poorly laid out.

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

BEFORE. The Tirinos said the old kitchen was
(Credit: Pasquale Tirino Photo)

BEFORE. The Tirinos said the old kitchen was too small and was poorly laid out.

AFTER. CHERRY CABINETRY, $22,119. The finish is Toffee.
(Credit: Photo by Joseph D. Sullivan)

AFTER.
CHERRY CABINETRY, $22,119. The finish is Toffee. Cabinetry includes easy-glide drawers, a bread storage area, an island, a wine rack, a wine cooler and a desk area. Supplied and installed by South Shore Kitchen Designs, Moriches.
CENTER ISLAND, included with cabinetry above. “It isn’t affixed, so we can move it, shift it to the side, whatever,” Pasquale says. “The old one was stationary.” He added that the island is heavy but can be moved using felt mover pads. From South Shore Kitchen Designs.
ELECTROLUX DISHWASHER, $1,299. Dun-Rite Appliances owner Scott Roth says that in addition to bundling appliance purchases, shopping at holiday time also can save money because many manufacturers offer new rebates and price cuts. From Dun-Rite Appliances, Center Moriches.
CERAMIC PEAR, $30. Joanne seems to have developed a thing for pears. “They just started popping up in the store, and she’d pick them up,” says Pasquale of his art teacher wife. “You’d think she paid to have things decorated, but she does it herself.” From HomeGoods, Riverhead
INSTALLING WOOD FLOORS, $2,500. Pasquale says this was one of the worst parts of the makeover. “We couldn’t walk on the floor for almost two weeks while they worked on it,” he says of removing the old floor and installing the new one. Work done by Quality Flooring, Shirley.
CAMBRIA STONE COUNTERTOP, $3,000. From South Shore Kitchen Designs. (December 2010)

ELECTROLUX RANGE, $2,499. From Dun-Rite Appliances. ISLAND-STYLE HOOD,
(Credit: Photo by Joseph D. Sullivan)

ELECTROLUX RANGE, $2,499. From Dun-Rite Appliances.
ISLAND-STYLE HOOD, $999. From Dun-Rite Appliances. (December 2010)

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BACKSPLASH, $1,005. Supplied and installed by Tak-Tile, Sayville.
(Credit: Photo by Joseph D. Sullivan)

BACKSPLASH, $1,005. Supplied and installed by Tak-Tile, Sayville.
FAUCET and SINK, $675. The no-hands-needed faucet helps prevent dirty hands from contaminating other surfaces. From Home Depot, Riverhead.
WINDOW TREATMENTS, $60 (for two). From Target, Riverhead. (December 2010)

BAR AND COMPUTER DESK with matching cabinets, countertop
(Credit: Photo by Joseph D. Sullivan)

BAR AND COMPUTER DESK with matching cabinets, countertop and tiles. (December 2010)

ELECTROLUX MICROWAVE, $469. From Dun-Rite Appliances. ELECTROLUX FRENCH-DOOR
(Credit: Photo by Joseph D. Sullivan)

ELECTROLUX MICROWAVE, $469. From Dun-Rite Appliances.
ELECTROLUX FRENCH-DOOR REFRIGERATOR, $2,799. From Dun-Rite Appliances.
ELECTRICAL WORK, $2,400. Done by Moriches Bay Electrical Contracting.
The Tirinos saved some money — about 10 percent of the overall cost of the appliances — by buying multiple appliances at the same time. (December 2010)

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