Make your kitchen more beautiful and functional

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There's no better place to spend remodeling dollars than in the kitchen. It's the heart and soul of today's home, the perfect place for casual entertaining and a room that can make or break a deal when you try to sell.

You can certainly spend a boatload of money on a kitchen makeover. A major kitchen remodeling --new cabinets, countertops, appliances, flooring, lighting and plumbing fixtures -- can easily cost $40,000 or more.

But you don't have to spend anywhere near that much to make your kitchen more attractive and functional.

Our quick guide to kitchen remodeling has lots of helpful ideas, whether you're operating on a shoestring or creating the kitchen of your dreams.

Kitchen Cabinets. These are the focal point of any kitchen, so style is a big issue. But they also have to provide lots of easy-to-use storage space and not break your budget. We've got a range of options, from painting what you've got to installing custom cabinets that rival the most exquisite furniture.

Kitchen Counters. We'll show you the six major types of counters, running down the cost and advantages for each. While granite is a beautiful choice for any kitchen, manufactured stone and laminates are attractive, less costly alternatives you should consider.

Kitchen Appliances. If you love to make gourmet meals for a crowd, you'll need larger more versatile appliances than if your idea of cooking is warming up a favorite take-out dinner. We'll help you find the right features and the right look at the right price.