May 5, 2011

5 luxury items and their budget counterparts.

Here are five luxury items that to use when you update your home and their budget counterparts that give the same sense of style at significant savings.

1) Instead of a $5,800 Viking range, check out the GE "Cafe" series for $2,100. 

2) For an elegant, contemporary styled, water-wise toilet, don't spend $1,000 on Kohler's "Escale" but opt for Toto's "Aquia II" for under $500. 

3) If custom cabinetry with mortise and tenon joinery is a stretch at $25,000 for an average kitchen, try the line from Quality Cabinets which offers wood drawer boxes and cabinets at a significant savings. 

4) When replacing windows, you can use the "925 Series" by Serious Windows, or try Ply Gem's "R-5" windows which also exceed Energy Star ratings at a lower price point.

5) The stunning copper soak tub by Diamond Spas is over $20,000 so take a look at Sunrise Specialty's "Piedmont" for $7,500.