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5 kitchens to inspire your own chef’s dreams

By Dana Dratch • Bankrate.com

Dreaming of a new kitchen? Maybe you have visions of a large center island and plenty of space to make cookies or roll out pastry dough. Or you want to trade a cramped, claustrophobic kitchen for a room that’s open and accessible to your living space.

But a professional kitchen renovation isn’t cheap.

“The most expensive room in the house is the kitchen,” says Paul DiMeo, designer and

Hiring for a home project? Get 3 bids

By Jean Chatzky • Bankrate.com

Whether you’re prepping your home to sell or tackling projects after a long winter, you want to strike a balance between cheaping out and blowing your budget. That’s Money Rule No. 39: “Always get three bids. Never take the high one.”

Unless you’re a skilled Do-It-Yourselfer, you’re going to need to bring in the pros for most major maintenance projects. And though making time for multiple meetings

Five remodels that make good sense, and five that don’t

By Matt Clawson – Houzz Contributor

Repeat after me: I am the master of my remodel. Perhaps you should say it again, because sadly, it’s not always so. Remodels sometimes have a tendency to develop their own inertia, as decisions lead to new dilemmas, unintended consequences and surprising outcomes. In some cases, these flights of fancy are perfectly acceptable, provided the design and completed execution truly align with the vision and