The kitchen is a mix of custom and off-the-shelf items. "Because of the budgetary restraints, we planned the kitchen around Ikea's options, with the exception of the big table/work top, which we designed, sourced the laminate for, and then had our contractor build on site. We would have loved natural stone or concrete, but the budget just wouldn't allow for that," says Rios. "All in, we were able to get the multi-purpose table—prep surface, cooktop, dining table—created for 1,000 euros, exactly how we wanted it. Using an Ikea surface—with which we wouldn’t have been able to achieve the same degree of customization—would have cost double."