8 Questions to ask before hiring a kitchen designer

Some of our clients are unsure about where to start in their design plans. Our advice is to ask yourself the following 8 questions before you commit to hiring a kitchen design firm. Once you’ve answered these questions of yourself, you’ll have a much better idea of what you want to accomplish and what kind of professional support will enable you to be most successful. Continue reading 8 Questions to ask before hiring a kitchen designer

6 Questions for Effective Kitchen Island Design

Get the best results from your kitchen island by asking these 6 questions:

  1. What is the island’s function? Before you start thinking about smart storage solutions and what range you want, decide what your island’s main function is going to be. Most islands have a side devoted to cooking and a side devoted to eating, but what will your emphasis be? Prep work, cooking, cleaning, eating or entertaining? Or will you use it for everything, including homework and house projects? If you want appliances and sinks in your island, you’ll need more space. If it will be used just for casual meals, seating should be your priority. “The discussion regarding a kitchen island is really just a small subset of issues which the overall kitchen design and surrounding space must resolve,” says Ahmann. “In the overall scheme, what gets delegated to the island is part of the overall flow of working and living patterns. The island is part of a solution, and this is where most of the discussion should focus. Then the details will fall into place.”

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12 Kitchen Improvements that Don’t Break the Bank

I love to help homeowners make the hub of the house function and look better without breaking the bank with these 12 simple, inexpensive tips. Not every home owner can splurge on a total upscale kitchen redo, now pegged on average at $111,000, according to the latest Cost vs. Value Report from Remodeling magazine. Many home owners don’t even have the funds for a minor kitchen remodeling project, which is placed at around $20,000.

But a lack of funds isn’t necessarily the only issue. Even home owners with fat wallets and a love of congregating and cooking in a stylish kitchen may not want to invest so much, given the up-and-down nature of today’s housing market. Specifically, two factors are holding back home owners from taking on kitchen redos: Continue reading 12 Kitchen Improvements that Don’t Break the Bank

Modern Panache In Contemporary Kitchens

Consumers are starting to embrace contemporary kitchens. They’re realizing this style is more than just a clean, uncomplicated look. It also can be functional and easy to live with.

It’s been a decades-long crawl to move this approach to design out of trendsetting hubs such as New York and Los Angeles and into locations where traditional home decor has been the top choice. Continue reading Modern Panache In Contemporary Kitchens

Primer on Kitchen Cabinets, Part 1

With nearly 7.6 million homeowners remodeling their kitchens this year, the heart of the home garners plenty of attention. New cabinets can convert a dated, inefficient kitchen into a functional, organized, multitasking space. Nowadays they come with a dizzying array of finishes and options at many different price points.

Here are things we have learned about cabinets over the past 40 years.  Continue reading Primer on Kitchen Cabinets, Part 1

Organizing and De-Cluttering Closets

There’s little point in owning the latest bag or dress if you can’t find it in your closet when you’re getting dressed. A clean, well-organized wardrobe—instead of a confusing, jumbled mess of clothes and accessories—means you’ll maximize all your sartorial purchases, and come up with polished, carefully considered outfits even on hectic mornings.

The task of de-cluttering your wardrobe can be overwhelming though, so we’ve enlisted the expertise of Andrea Rapke, Founder of The Organized Move, and Melanie Charlton, CEO and Creative Director of Clos-ette. Read on for tips and tricks from these two professionals and soon you’ll not only have clothes that are well maintained but also an orderly closet.

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How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Really Cost?

How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Really Cost?
Learn what features to expect for $3,000 to $100,000-plus, to help you plan your bathroom remodel

If you’re planning to remodel your bathroom, you want to update the look, increase resale value, add functionality, amenities and storage or a combination of all or some of these. Simple enough.

But the scope of the project depends on a variety factors — most of all budget, but also how long you’ve been in the house and how long you plan to stay there. Continue reading How Much Does a Bathroom Remodel Really Cost?

Primer on Kitchen Cabinets, Part 2

In Primer on Kitchen Cabinets – Part 1, we outlined some of the current trends in cabinet design. In this Part 2, we’re going to get specific about the various elements of cabinets, typical dimensions and measurement rules-of-thumb, and a buying guide – what you can expect to pay at differing levels of construction design and complexity. Continue reading Primer on Kitchen Cabinets, Part 2

Henrico, VA: Remodeling, Custom Cabinet Design

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