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Getting Ready to Remodel? (Part III)

In part one of this series called “Getting Ready to Remodel,” I mentioned that one of the most frequent questions we hear is “How much does a kitchen remodel cost?” While there are average costs that accompany a design and remodel project, much of this is determined by your style and your preference of materials. I recently saw a statistic from a kitchen remodeling study that cited $72,000 as the average price for a kitchen remodel.

The biggest expenses in a project of this type are the cabinets and the appliances. And, as we all know, appliances can run the gamut in terms of features and accompanying costs. Do you want a standard microwave or a microwave drawer? Do you want your refrigerator to have a stainless finish or a custom-made wood front that blends in with the traditional cabinets you’ve selected. Will you have a warming drawer, an impinger, a Teppanyaki grill? All of these decisions will influence your remodel.

Now turn to cabinets. When considering your cabinet selection, we will walk you through the various manufacturers, the wood construction and the various styles. Pricing varies with each manufacturer and the construction of the cabinet box. But there are a multitude of selections you can make here too – will you have blu-motion (a wonderful feature that allows the drawer to close easily the last few inches on its own – no slamming drawers, no drawers left open and no little fingers getting mashed). Will your cabinets have a glaze and would you like the hidden hinges? Will you have full wood panels or a decorative tempered glass front to show off your heirloom china collection?

While it may seem like too many questions and be slightly overwhelming on your own, we find great joy in walking our Clients through these decisions based on their kitchen square footage, current and proposed configuration, style preferences and budgets. We have designed and remodeled a small kitchen for as little as $30,000 and moved well past the $100,000 mark based on the Client’s selections and space.

Regardless of budget, we have provided the guidance along the way that ensured that each of these cooks was pleased with the end result and are now loving their new kitchen spaces! Please check back for more on this subject – and if you’re in the Dallas area, please visit us at one of our two showroom spaces. Just contact us about a quote. And for now, happy cooking!

New Trends in and Kitchen and Bathroom Design

KBIS was great and, as promised,here are a few trends that I spied while walking the trade show floor. The thing that makes me marvel is that design continues to evolve along with technology so that we, as a company interested in both, can now offer so many great products that fit our criteria of being both functional and beautiful.

We are seeing more and more one-touch faucets that come on easily by sensing the user’s hand. What we once thought was Jetson-esque is quickly becoming every day. This same technology is being used in both kitchen and bath faucets and I personally love that they are not only easy to use but “green” as well since they automatically turn off after the motion from your hands is discontinued. Another interesting trend for our bathroom remodelers is the idea of shower doors on rollers. Fleurco, a manufacturer out of Canada, had some beautiful products in the Kinetik line that makes a truly frameless shower. It is well-designed, appears to be very durable and offers flexibility in the way of dimensions – you dream up the size, they will make the door to fit. In addition, the new colors and materials we are seeing are amazing. More later on that…

Off to KBIS

This week is THE trade show dedicated to the kitchen and bath industry – KBIS (Kitchen & Bath Industry Show). I’ve attended this remodeling show for years, and it is a marvelous opportunity to see the latest kitchen and bath products being released, gain insight into what industry-leading remodeling companies see for the future and where they will be spending their research and development monies. For example, I remember induction cooktops showed up three years ago and I knew when I came home from that show that I needed to cook on one to see if it was in fact all it appeared to be (more on that in a later blog!).

I think the most valuable take-aways from KBIS are the revelations, experiences, and thoughts of my colleagues and peers across the country. Inevitably, I meet new folks and have cocktails (it is a trade show!) with friends from prior years. I remember a recent KBIS trip where we had a 2-row bus-seat discussion on how to optimally install a marble countertop so that it would retain its cool surface temperature. In the end, our clients benefit from these robust discussions and the Kitchen Design Concepts team gets re-charged with new insights.

Well, I’m off to Chicago today. I know I’ll have fun, be exhausted at the end of each day, meet new people, and come home with several great kitchen and bath remodeling ideas – which, of course, I’ll be sharing with you.