There is a wide variety of kitchen designs these days that are both practical and attractive. This includes creative use of kitchen cabinets to maximise space.
Remember that the whole family will use the space at some time or another, so ensure any cabinets and handles you choose are easy for everyone to use, ensuring the practicality and functionality of the space.
If your budget is smaller yet and you have to do most of the work yourself, there is still hope. Get kitchen design books and magazines to guide your design efforts. Do as much of the work as you are able to do well, then hire professionals to do what you can't. Sometimes you can hire a professional who will let you work with him to save money. You may be able to use your old cabinets if you paint them or have them refaced. You can always get a good plan from a kitchen designer and do it in stages as your budget allows.
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