3 Luxury Kitchen Design Features and Their More Affordable Alternatives

These three feature alternatives will keep your kitchen renovation manageable and on budget without sacrificing the design.

October 16, 2018


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3 Luxury Kitchen Design Features and Their More Affordable Alternatives

With the proper planning and renovation partner, your dream kitchen design should fit your budget.

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Challenges will inevitably arise when designing and creating the kitchen of your dreams. From internal debates over the ideal design to staying within your renovation budget, those issues can largely be overcome with help from an all-inclusive, design-build firm.

With a portfolio of full interior renovations throughout Manhattan and Brooklyn, a trusted home renovation partner like Gallery consistently helps residents of NYC find their creative aesthetic and design forte when remodeling their home. We customize your vision more affordably and still offer luxurious results.

How is that possible? First, we have in-depth conversations up front to identify potential feature likes and dislikes. From there, we source and implement the preferred luxury kitchen design features, without customers having to pay extravagant showroom pricing. One way we do this is by passing all vendor savings directly to our customers - a key benefit a design-build firm like Gallery brings to your renovation. Another way we help customers achieve high-end results on a tight budget is by offering affordable alternatives to in-demand design features.

Below are a few examples of some choice features and their alternatives, showing how Gallery’s always looking to offer the best of both worlds (luxury and affordability) for our clients.


Marble is a natural, luxurious stone with numerous applications, including high-end countertops in kitchens and baths. This diversity is what makes marble so appealing as a design feature. Because of marble’s luster and the natural movements within the stone, marble countertops are almost synonymous with luxury kitchen design.

However, much of that same aesthetic extravagance is found in highly affordable quartz. Much more than just a less expensive kitchen countertop alternative, quartz is manufactured to be more durable than marble, which is soft and susceptible to damage. This means quartz continues to save you money by avoiding the need for costly repairs.

Kitchen from Manhattan loft renovation in Tribeca. View full renovation before and after.


For decades, high-end brands like Sub-Zero, Viking, and Wolf made their names via stylish finishes, design versatility, and performance. That’s why many refuse to budge when choosing which kitchen appliances to include in their new kitchen design.

Those brand names do look and perform impressively, but they aren’t the only appliances that do. Lesser-known names such as Jenn-Air and Bosch are also known for high-quality performance, but don’t come with the same hefty price tags. They’re designed for average use, and their practicality means much less maintenance is required.

Jenn-Air appliances
Kitchen from gut renovation of landmarked townhome in SoHo. View full renovation before and after.


The big names in cabinetry are similarly well-known because of their quality, durability, and function. Plus, many manufacturers will custom-design cabinetry for a specific luxury kitchen layout. After all, every dream kitchen design has high-end finishes to accommodate the unique countertops and custom appliances.

Fortunately, floating shelves can create a customized and stylish alternative to wall cabinets. Plus, plenty of lesser-known brands create traditional luxury kitchen cabinets they don’t put in flashy showrooms. A resourceful design-build firm will have connections with several such brands and can offer you a variety of cabinet styles at a fraction of the price.

Open shelving

Assuming your luxury kitchen has to include the most expensive features is one of the biggest mistakes made when renovating. Finding more cost-effective alternatives might not be easy, but resourcefulness like that is expected when working with a full-service design-build firm in New York City like Gallery.

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Ben Bowdonhttps://www.gallerykbny.com/authors/ben-b

Ben Bowdon is the Marketing Director of Gallery KBNY, a full service design-build firm specializing in the design and interior renovation of apartments, townhomes, and lofts in NYC. For over a decade, Ben has navigated the ever-changing landscape of online marketing, delivering digital strategy solutions for companies of all sizes, until finding a permanent home with Gallery. As lead brand champion and curator, the proud Western Michigan Bronco strives to deliver thoughtful, industry-leading expertise to Gallery’s esteemed clientele via the most seamless omnichannel experience possible.




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