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Renovating your kitchen is no easy feat. But your dream kitchen is within reach! You just need to know which details to look for. This kind of attention to detail is what drives our team in their designs for the Martha Stewart Living Kitchens at The Home Depot.
To that end, we've compiled seven easy-to-follow cheat sheets for you to keep handy on your shopping adventures exploring new cabinets, countertops, and appliances. Go ahead, kiss buyer's remorse goodbye.
(Displayed: Gardner textured PureStyle™ cabinets in Timberline, from Martha Stewart Living™ at The Home Depot.)
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The bulk of your renovation budget will be devoted to your cabinets, which makes perfect sense. After all, that's where most of your dishware, cutlery, and smaller appliances live on a day-to-day basis. But do you know the difference between medium-density fiberboard and plywood? Material seriously matters when it comes to your cabinetry.
(Displayed: Seal Harbor PureStyle™ cabinets in Sharkey Gray, from Martha Stewart Living™ at The Home Depot.)
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Spouts, valves, finishes, and handles: There's more to a faucet than running water. Specifically, when it comes to valves, there are four main types, but do you know which model stands out among the rest?
(Displayed: Wellston PureStyle™ cabinets in Sharkey Gray and Flagstone quartz countertops, both from Martha Stewart Living™ at The Home Depot.)
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Pop quiz: What's one sign that a sink has decent drainage? (Hint: It involves checking the bottom of the bowl.) Our research delved into every kitchen detail including -- not excluding -- the kitchen sink.
(Displayed: Perry Street PureStyle™ cabinets in Sharkey Gray and Sea Salt Corian countertops, both from Martha Stewart Living™ at The Home Depot.)
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When you walk into a room, what tends to draw your eye? The backsplash, right? It rests at the focal points in your cooking space -- namely, above the sink and above the range. So why not make it stand out while it steals the spotlight from your surrounding cabinetry and countertops?
(Displayed: Dunemere PureStyle™ cabinets in Picket Fence and Bedford Marble Corian countertops and backsplash, both from Martha Stewart Living™ at The Home Depot.)
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A kitchen without an island is like a table setting without a centerpiece. It's a vital corner to what we call the kitchen triangle -- the golden rule of any kitchen.
(Displayed: Skylands PureStyle™ cabinets in Sharkey Gray from Martha Stewart Living™ at The Home Depot.)
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Quartz, granite, tile, butcher block ... so many materials, too little time. We break each of them down for you in terms of quality, expense, and convenience.
(Displayed: Sea Salt Corian countertops and assorted hardware from Martha Stewart Living™ at The Home Depot.)
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Do you opt for a top- or bottom-freezer refrigerator? How many cycle controls do you really need in a dishwasher? And the seemingly unanswerable dilemma regarding ovens: gas or electric? These make up just a few of the decisions involved in major appliances, but we have all the guidelines you'll need.
(Displayed: Skylands Maplewood cabinetry in Acorn finish from Martha Stewart Living™ at The Home Depot.)