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Post-Bubble Home Improvement Rules

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Kitchens for Costco Runs

Remodeling rule: Fewer homeowners are transforming kitchens into showrooms. Consumers instead are focused on functionality such as expandable, roomy shelving and storage that can hold bulk items from your favorite wholesaler.

“Kitchens that had more islands than the Caribbean are resolving themselves into nautical efficiency,” Dickinson writes in his book.

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