Kitchen Designer Storage Favorites!!

Spices stored in a pantry cabinet....labeled on the tops.

Spices stored in a pantry cabinet….labeled on the tops.

ideas....ideas...ideas

ideas….ideas…ideas

Vertical storage for trays, sheets, boards. Nice!

Vertical storage for trays, sheets, boards. Nice!

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base roll-outs to store pots & pans & lids

base roll-outs to store pots & pans & lids

People have so much stuff! My favorite part of a kitchen remodel is when my customer gets to organize all of their “things”. Sometimes, I enjoy designing open spaces and shelves for dishes and serving pieces but usually us American homeowners want to minimize the clutter and hide our stuff. Start gathering ideas from Houzz.com (are you on Houzz yet?) and if you’re planning on remodeling and getting it done before Christmas….I suggest you get going with planning, like now!

More later!

Ciao.

Best Budget-friendly Kitchen Remodels

2-wall kitchen bright with white!

2-wall kitchen bright with white!

Add a white table and painted woodwork for a 2013 update.

Add a white table and painted woodwork for a 2013 update.

1-Cabinets are a big decision. Will you replace or paint your existing cabinets? Replacing can be budget-friendly as long as you’re (A) considering a stock cabinet line (“stock” is the buzzword for manufactured cabinets that are mass-produced) (B) Selections should be made in a standard stain, or a foil finish (C)The painter should understand proper procedure, safety, and quality level of your existing cabinets. To re-paint older cabinets is not as easy as it sounds. There could also be an issue with new countertops on old cabinets. A good kitchen design professional can give you advice on which way to go! For a smaller kitchen, plan on a moderate $3,000-$7,000 for brand new cabinets. Labor is separate.

2-Replacing your countertops will be necessary. There’s no way around it….new tops are the way to go. (A)The new high definition (HD) laminates are price-friendly and so very nice in the pattern choices. Check out the Formica brand and the Wilsonart brand. (B) If considering granite, select the more common colors usually found at home centers. Colors such as New Venetian Gold and Uba Tuba have actually gone down in price over the last few years. Stay with a standard edge treatment and no backsplash.

3-If changing your space plan, keeping your appliances in the same location will save you some electric and plumbing labor costs, and could also possibly save your flooring (only if your existing floor is wood or a well-done ceramic tile with clean joints) Update your lighting for code purposes and by all means, if you add any new lights, purchase LED. The cost savings over time will be advantageous.

Paying a qualified, experienced kitchen designer professional for a couple hours of their time can help you get started in developing your kitchen remodeling look, style and budget. I say this not just because this is my work experience…but because I know many design professionals who have helped homeowners not waste their money in remodeling. There IS a world of difference between someone who calls themselves “decorators” and those who are qualified, educated and experienced “Interior Designers” and “Kitchen Designers”. Trust me.