Kitchen-remodeling projects can be among the costliest to take on. Raleigh, N.C., homeowner Bryan Jones first started reining in costs by hiring architect Tina Govan to oversee his kitchen remodel. Govan suggested that Jones and his family to save money by removing walls to open the kitchen to adjacent dining and living areas rather than consider an addition. This step also improved traffic flow in the kitchen area. They also saved money by using moderately priced or refurbished materials. Govan emphasized the importance of a good lighting scheme that uses both natural and artificial sources; this kitchen has skylights and an assortment of undercabinet and hanging fixtures. In talking with the Joneses, Govan was able to determine their design goals, which focused on a simple, uncluttered look that maintains a strong connection between the indoors and outdoors.
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