January 2013 “Remodeling Magazine” Digital Edition Features “Cost Vs. Value Report”

24 01 2013
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April 2011 “Remodeling Magazine” Digital Edition Features “Simply Smart” Kitchen Remodel Designs And Details

15 04 2011


Home Renovation Contractors: San Diego, CA Contractor Opened Up Wall To Expand Kitchen (Video)

21 01 2011

Kitchen Remodel Projects: Homeowners Should Use An Architect Or Interior Designer For “Luxurious” Look, Install Premium Countertops While Saving Money On Fixtures, Floors, Hardware And Appliances

23 12 2010

The PROJECT:  To create a more efficient kitchen and better flow between the kitchen,  breakfast area, living room and powder room.  A contemporary, warm style was sought that was still respectful of the old home’s character.  


Kitchen Before....




Costs were trimmed by buying much of their own fixtures such as plumbing, flooring, lighting, door hardware and appliances. Some items were ordered online and had to be returned due to scratches or imperfections. Pre-finished wood flooring was picked over traditional wood floors, while cabinetry was from Ikea. They stuck to mid-grade cabinets and appliances.


Countertops, faucets and mechanical hardware for the cabinets.


The homeowner was keen not to waste even half an inch of space, closely supervised the cabinet supplier, who still managed to order incorrect cabinets which had to be replaced three months after the project had been completed.  Some cabinet doors did not get delivered for 5 months.

“It was time consuming to order all the materials and we took on the risk or errors if the product was not right.”

....Kitchen after.


“Luckily as a professional I was aware of the pitfalls of scheduling and budget,” said homeowner. “We contracted for a 6 week project but were mostly complete in 8.”

And they were 20% over budget once the unknown construction issues were addressed.

She advised home owners looking to remodel their kitchen to use an architect or interior designer to do the layout, saying “even for a budget kitchen, one should feel they have a luxurious renovation when it is complete.”


Before commencing a remodeling project, a home owner should consider the following:

  • How do you use your kitchen/home
  • What feeling do you want to have when you are in the room
  • What style do you like. Pull out pages from magazines that respond to these questions to help you make design decisions.
  • Too many people go with a standard look. The best kitchen renovation is one that reflects your personality.

For more:  http://www.baristanet.com/2010/12/kitchen-remodeling-4-an-experts-eye/

Home Remodel Update: Homeowners Still Putting In New Kitchens But Reasons Are Different Now As They Plan To Stay In Homes Longer

27 08 2010

“There are still consumers putting in new kitchens,” Robert Niblock, the chairman and chief executive officer of Lowe’s, said in a telephone interview. “But they’re doing it because they’re going to be in their homes longer. That’s the change from the go-go days.”

Many Americans, having splurged on show kitchens, spa bathrooms and surround-sound media rooms during the housing boom, are doing the same. Spending on home renovation for the 12 months ending Sept. 30 will fall 25 percent to $107.7 billion compared with the same period in 2007, according to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies.

The pullback is hurting companies large and small — from Home Depot Inc. and Lowe’s Cos. to building contractors and interior design shops.

For more:  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2010-08-26/paint-and-caulk-replaces-show-kitchens-at-home-depot-lowe-s-amid-slowdown.html

Kitchen Design And Remodels: “Homestyler.com” Offers Free Online 3D Home Design Software (Video)

18 08 2010

Kitchen Remodeling Ideas: How To Choose a Kitchen Design Layout

Learn which of the four basic kitchen layouts fits your space and cooking personality before you visit another showroom. With simple steps and tips, professional designer Nadia Geller shows you how easy it is to be prepared and inspired using the gallery of pre-made layouts featured in Autodesk Homestyler, the free online 3D home design software.

Kitchen Remodels: Take Time During Design Process To Insure Proper Scope, Pricing, And Written Confirmations From Contractors

16 08 2010


• Don’t rush. Take time – from a few weeks to several months, depending on the scope of the project – to meet with pros, browse the Internet and visit showrooms and home centers.

A recent survey of almost 3,000 Consumer Reports readers on remodeling revealed that haste can be costly – respondents who changed their mind after the work got started typically added about $1,500 to the cost of a kitchen project.

• Don’t get stuck on a size. Bloated showpieces are out. The National Kitchen and Bath Association provides guidelines for how much space should be in between appliances, cabinets, and islands.

• Beware of budget busters. When remodeling, leave a 10 percent to 15 percent cushion for surprises such as unexpected structural repairs.

• Get everything in writing. When using a pro for a remodel, the written contract should list each phase of the project; every product, including the model number; and copies of each contractor’s license and workers compensation and liability insurance to confirm that they are still in effect.

For more:  http://azstarnet.com/real-estate/residential/article_7fc92ccc-5741-590b-9c4b-b35f11483bf9.html