Insider Tip: How To Get A Designer Kitchen For Less

This approach is both environmentally and cost conscious.

With a green goal – to keep kitchens out of landfills – Renovation Angel gives wealthy donors a tax credit for their discarded kitchens while offering others the kitchen of their dreams.

“When you think ‘recycled kitchen,’” says Steve Feldman, founder of Renovation Angel, whose memory of a Greenwich, Connecticut, kitchen being thrown out inspired him to create the company, “you’re probably thinking ‘grandma’s kitchen.’ We don’t take those.”

Since its founding in 2005 in the New York City area, Renovation Angel has recycled 6,500 kitchens, created $23 million in jobs and donated $2.3 million to charities like Designs for Dignity (pro bono services for nonprofits) and Timothy Hill (a farm for at-risk youth). A Chicago location has serviced the Midwest, including
Milwaukee, since 2012.

Potential donors complete a form on the website, followed by a home inspection, to determine whether their kitchen qualifies. Kitchens must not be more than 10 years old and include appliances. Removal costs nothing. Buyers, who include architects and interior designers, simply click and pay online. Prices range from about $2,000 (for a sleek orange-red wet bar) to $160,000 (for a full kitchen still in the box with marble countertops, Arclinea cabinetry and an island), with shipping to Wisconsin costing around $1,500. Most kitchens are worth about $100,000, says Feldman.

“It creates a circular economy,” says Feldman. “For the DIYer, it’s a wonderful thing.”


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A seasoned writer, and a former editor at Milwaukee Home & Fine Living, Kristine Hansen launched her wine-writing career in 2003, covering wine tourism, wine and food pairings, wine trends and quirky winemakers. Her wine-related articles have published in Wine Enthusiast, Sommelier Journal, Uncorked (an iPad-only magazine),, and Whole Living (a Martha Stewart publication). She's trekked through vineyards and chatted up winemakers in many regions, including Chile, Portugal, California (Napa, Sonoma and Central Coast), Canada, Oregon and France (Bordeaux and Burgundy). While picking out her favorite wine is kind of like asking which child you like best, she will admit to being a fan of Oregon Pinot Noir and even on a sub-zero winter day won't turn down a glass of zippy Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.