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Different strokes for different folks, but I've always found this line of reasoning to be short-sighted. When I graduated from college (more than 15 years ago), I was making about $30k a year. I kept my living costs down by sharing a small apartment in a marginal neighborhood and eating out only a couple of times a month. I managed to scrape together a down payment in five years. Having bought my place more than 10 years ago, my monthly expenses (mortgage, maintenance and utilities) are less than $2200 for a very large one bedroom in what is now a desirable area. I saved for years and spent $35k renovating my kitchen, but I plan to be in my apartment for the long run and my monthly costs won't go up much (In fact, they'll go down substantially when I pay off my mortgage in about 7 years). My friends who are still renting are paying more than $4k a month for similar places, so I think buying in NYC was a pretty good financial decision for me.

The Budget for Jennifer's Small Space Kitchen Renovation Renovation Diary
4/15/14 10:26 AM

Yep, that's about right for NYC. My kitchen renovation was similar in scope and cost about $35k, but I didn't need an architect, so I had some small "savings" in that department!

The Budget for Jennifer's Small Space Kitchen Renovation Renovation Diary
4/10/14 02:09 PM

Joining the chorus. You need to credit that photo to Daniel at Manhattan Nest.

Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree
4/4/14 09:51 AM

Yes to the temporary kitchen and, if scheduling permits, do your kitchen renovation during warmer months when eating out is a pleasure rather than a pain and you're more likely to be happy eating endless salads for lunch and dinner, making the absence of a stove feel less inconvenient than it otherwise might.

From the Trenches: How to Survive a Kitchen Renovation
3/31/14 02:02 PM

As many here have said, breed matters far more than size. My previous upstairs neighbors had a huge Rhodesian Ridgeback and I was never bothered by any noise. They moved out, and in moved my new neighbors, with their miniature Poodle. I constantly hear that dog running around their apartment, yapping, etc. I'd much rather have the larger, more sedate, dog back.

Would You Have a Big(ish) Dog in a Small(ish) Apartment?
3/12/14 11:43 AM

I really don't understand the paranoia. I don't prepare food on my counters, I prepare food on cutting boards and the like, which are not left out for cats to walk on. When I do need to roll out dough or something similar directly on the counter, I disinfect before doing so. And, if my cat does jump up on the counter when food is present I immediately shoo her off - I don't watch as she parades around over food I'm about to serve to my guests. That's just absurd.

Tips for Keeping Cats Off Kitchen Counters Apartment Therapy's Home Remedies
3/7/14 12:11 PM

I think that's a good deal, but I live in NYC...Glossy white for the trim.

Is This a Reasonable Price for a Vintage Formica Sideboard? Good Questions
3/5/14 09:35 AM

Doesn't that dish rack grow mold and mildew down between the blades of "grass"?

Roni's List: Baby Items I'm Glad I Bought & Ones I Wish I Hadn't
2/28/14 01:53 PM

For what it's worth, I put in a Bertazzoni gas stove when I renovated my kitchen about 3 years ago, and I absolutely love it. Like Dan I have a smaller kitchen, and the fact that the Bertazzoni is counter-depth makes a huge difference, visually. Most slide-in ranges have a bull-nose feature at the front that causes them to stick out about 2-3" beyond the counter. For whatever reason, it seems that only the higher-end models come in counter-depth, so it can be pricey, but I scored a floor model at my local appliance store for about 40% off retail. :)

Dan's Kitchen: And Even More Cabinets Renovation Diary
2/21/14 03:04 PM

Agreed. Shell to shell is not difficult. This looks like one of those solutions in search of a problem.

Can You Use an Empty Water Bottle to Easily Separate Eggs? Putting Tips to the Test in The Kitchn
2/21/14 09:52 AM

That's not so much a cabinet as a wine rack. Probably not the best use of space next to a stove, although I guess you could tinker with the interior shelves and get rid of the bottle holders.

Dan's Kitchen: And Even More Cabinets Renovation Diary
2/20/14 02:32 PM

So, are we ever going to see a final reveal for this renovation?

Renovation Diary: Christine & Pierre's Kitchen
2/6/14 09:35 AM

I have a 24" Bertazzoni in my kitchen (remodeled about 2 years ago). I love, love, love my range.

Due to space constraints, I also have a narrow 10" cabinet to the left of my stove - it's the perfect spot for a utensil pot and spoon rest during cooking, and the cabinet below is great for storing all my cutting boards, cookie sheets, racks and other flat items. So, I vote for the lazy susan set-up.

Dan's Kitchen: Decisions, Decisions Renovation Diary
10/18/13 01:45 PM