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HARDWOOD FLOORS, $2,162. Includes flooring and installation, Imperial (Credit: Newsday/Ed Betz)

HARDWOOD FLOORS, $2,162. Includes flooring and installation, Imperial Flooring, Holbrook.
GE PROFILE FRENCH-DOOR REFRIGERATOR, $1,850. From Smithtown Appliances, Smithtown.
NEW RIVER CABINETRY, $23,450. It includes Lazy Susan storage, a hidden trash can and a pullout spice rack. The custom cabinetry is cherrywood with a natural stain. Knobs and drawer pulls are antique pewter from topknobs.com. Purchased ($20,000) and installed ($3,450) through Setauket Kitchen & Bath, East Setauket.
PAINT, $490. Includes Smokey Taupe for the walls and white for the ceiling by Benjamin Moore ($90 for two cans) and application ($400) by Chuck Lamitie of Ceiling to Floor Painting, Ridge
SHADE, $400. From Superior Window Treatments, Stony Brook.
FAUCET and SINK, $900. Includes an AmeriSink and Kohler Forte faucet, both supplied ($300 each) and installed ($300) through Setauket Kitchen & Bath
GRANITE COUNTERTOP, $5,200. “It was a little intimidating having to pick from all those slabs of granite,” says Marianne. “There were so many choices. We wanted something that would contrast with the floors and cabinetry.” Purchased through and installed by Gem Marble Works, Ronkonkoma BAR STOOLS, $650 (for three). These were ordered to match the breakfast table and chairs. From Top Dinette, Selden.
KITCHENAID DISHWASHER, $899. From Smithtown Appliances.

Stealing space from the den for a new kitchen

Frank and Marianne Schmidt turned a too-small, poorly organized area into a kitchen with more counter and storage space than they can fill. "We have empty shelves and drawers," says Marianne, 63, a preschool teacher, of the remodel of their South Setauket Levitt house, which was overseen by designer Linda Wilmanski of Setauket Kitchen & Bath in East Setauket. Frank, 65, who took over culinary duties once he retired, says his favorite spot is the new peninsula, where the two share breakfast and take care of household chores. The makeover included taking about 2 feet from the den and adding sliding glass doors out to the back deck. Total: About $66,500 (Includes $1,270 for appliance installation, $4,150 for construction materials, $4,850 for electrical, $1,200 for plumbing and $6,000 for construction, all through Setauket Kitchen & Bath) -- Sylvia E. King-Cohen

BEFORE.
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BEFORE.

AFTER. “The space was so choppy before we
(Credit: Photo by Ed Betz)

AFTER. “The space was so choppy before we took down the walls,” says Marianne Schmidt. Even after stealing a couple of feet from the den for the kitchen, the den is large enough when the couple’s four children and four grandchildren visit, she said. “We didn’t want that great room look. With everyone out of the house, we felt like we could downsize.”
CANADEL BIRCH BREAKFAST TABLE and CHAIRS, $2,100. From Top Dinette. (February 2012)

HARDWOOD FLOORS, $2,162. Includes flooring and installation, Imperial
(Credit: Newsday/Ed Betz)

HARDWOOD FLOORS, $2,162. Includes flooring and installation, Imperial Flooring, Holbrook.
GE PROFILE FRENCH-DOOR REFRIGERATOR, $1,850. From Smithtown Appliances, Smithtown.
NEW RIVER CABINETRY, $23,450. It includes Lazy Susan storage, a hidden trash can and a pullout spice rack. The custom cabinetry is cherrywood with a natural stain. Knobs and drawer pulls are antique pewter from topknobs.com. Purchased ($20,000) and installed ($3,450) through Setauket Kitchen & Bath, East Setauket.
PAINT, $490. Includes Smokey Taupe for the walls and white for the ceiling by Benjamin Moore ($90 for two cans) and application ($400) by Chuck Lamitie of Ceiling to Floor Painting, Ridge
SHADE, $400. From Superior Window Treatments, Stony Brook.
FAUCET and SINK, $900. Includes an AmeriSink and Kohler Forte faucet, both supplied ($300 each) and installed ($300) through Setauket Kitchen & Bath
GRANITE COUNTERTOP, $5,200. “It was a little intimidating having to pick from all those slabs of granite,” says Marianne. “There were so many choices. We wanted something that would contrast with the floors and cabinetry.” Purchased through and installed by Gem Marble Works, Ronkonkoma BAR STOOLS, $650 (for three). These were ordered to match the breakfast table and chairs. From Top Dinette, Selden.
KITCHENAID DISHWASHER, $899. From Smithtown Appliances.

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GE DOUBLE OVEN, $2,200. From Smithtown Appliances.
(Credit: Newsday/Ed Betz)

GE DOUBLE OVEN, $2,200. From Smithtown Appliances.

KITCHENAID DISHWASHER, $899. From Smithtown Appliances.
(Credit: Photo by Ed Betz)

KITCHENAID DISHWASHER, $899. From Smithtown Appliances.

PELLA SLIDING PATIO DOORS, $5,300. These include a
(Credit: Photo by Ed Betz)

PELLA SLIDING PATIO DOORS, $5,300. These include a retractable screen and internal shades. Frank says having a clear view of the backyard is one of the best features of the new kitchen. Price includes doors ($3,500) from WindowRama in Selden and installation ($1,800) by Setauket Kitchen and Baths. (February 2012)

GE MICROWAVE, $420. From Smithtown Appliances. GE ELECTRIC
(Credit: Photo by Ed Betz)

GE MICROWAVE, $420. From Smithtown Appliances.
GE ELECTRIC COOKTOP, $819. From Smithtown Appliances.
BACKSPLASH, $2,225. Includes Tuscania Avorio tile ($1,025) and Millenia Solaria accents, supplied by Old Country Tile in Port Jefferson Station, installed ($1,200) by Setauket Kitchen & Bath. (February 2012)

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