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The Importance of Understanding the Timeline

Planning a new kitchen for the holiday? Well, it’s about that time to get going, as in right now, or preferably yesterday. Really though, we take our kitchens very seriously and in order to have a successful project from start to finish, we follow a meticulous timeline that details everything to be completed each week.  Everything ranging from demolition to drilling for hardware, we got it covered by our timeline. With that being said, kitchen projects run about 10 to 12 weeks (this would typically include anything from floor to ceiling). So, if you want that brand new kitchen in time for the holidays, you guessed it! Better start now!

Hold on, how do we get there?

To give you a better idea on how our projects are run, we want to share with you an example of a timeline we follow that takes us from beginning to end. Before we get to the timeline though, you should know a little on how the design process works. This includes sit down meetings where we discuss floor-plans, elevations, and select finishes, and is not included in the estimated 10 to 12 week timeline as the number of these meetings required can vary greatly from client to client. Here is a basic rundown of the entire process: home visit, initial design, construction walk-thru, finalize design, project commitment, set up of temporary kitchen, material selection, demolition, and construction/installation.

So, where does the 10 to 12 week timeline start?

Essentially, the timeline begins the day we get our hands dirty, also known as “day of demo!” This is the day where we tear out any unwanted items such as countertops, cabinets, flooring, etc. Following a timeline is an essential tool that keeps us on track and also lets our clients have an overview of “what comes next”. We break our timeline into three phases, with each phase being equally important. Let’s take a closer look:

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Wait! There’s more

In phase III you’ll see the words “Punch List”. The punch list details all the remainder items that need attention. This list could include everything and anything to complete the project. Examples would be: touch-up paint, ordering extra tile covers for client, and installation of additional shelving. Here is a real example of a punch list for one of our holiday projects:

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Last but not least, we want to leave you with a kitchen completed just in time for the Thanksgiving holiday!

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Setting Up the Temporary Kitchen

The hardest part of a kitchen remodel is surviving without a fully functioning kitchen. Depending on the extent of remodel you may have to live without water,  the oven, cooktop, the fridge, or possibly all your kitchen appliances! Don’t fret! We are here to give you the tools and tips you need to survive. Over the years we have perfected our survival guide by listening and working with our clients, and we want to share a few really good pointers with you!

  1. Don’t pack down your whole kitchen. Meaning: don’t pack the appliances that will help make your temporary kitchen successful! Think: crock-pot for delicious soups, a blender for easy breakfast smoothies, and a toaster oven for making mini pizzas. These are just a few of the appliances that will help make your remodel process a breeze.
  2. Find a good location. This is important as you will be using it every day. This location will temporarily host your morning coffee, your mini appliances, some pantry items, and probably a fridge. We’ve seen this pop-up in several locations: living rooms, dining rooms, laundry rooms, and even bedrooms! The most important thing is to keep it away from debris and pathways into the construction areas.
  3. Good time to utilize the outdoors. If you have a grill, then you’re golden when it comes to the temporary kitchen. When the weather permits, this is a perfect tool to use! The grill will become your new best friend as it will make preparing your proteins no more difficult than cooking it in your kitchen. Don’t forget those veggies also make a great grill food!
  4. Pantry staples. The time has come where it is acceptable for you to fully enjoy having a peanut butter and jelly sandwich for dinner, who wouldn’t?! This is a great time to use those staples and get creative with what you have. Get creative and think: canned goods can make a delicious soup and that tasty pasta can be made in a jiffy. For more ideas check out these awesome pantry dinner ideas from Better Homes and Gardens.
  5. Eat out. You know, we all have that drawer stashed full of take-out menus. Why not use this opportunity to scout out some of those restaurants you’ve been wanting to try? It may not seem ideal to do every day, but once or twice a week will eliminate cooking and clean up on those days.

Here are some shots from a real live temporary kitchen:

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We like to joke with our clients and say that it’s kind of like camping inside your own home, but keep in mind that it’s only temporary. Most importantly, be looking at the light at the end of the tunnel: your completed kitchen remodel!

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Designing Your TV Unit

TVs play an important role in our lives: they keep us entertained. Maybe we are watching a cooking show in our kitchen, or following along with our favorite sitcom in the living room, either way we spend a lot of time with our TVs. Wherever you have a TV mounted (the kitchen, living space, bedrooms, entertainment rooms, or all!), they all have one thing in common: the need for good design. Think about it, we need space for cords, the dvr, game consoles, dvd player, speakers, remotes, and much more. As we typically design kitchens and baths, some of our clients like to go beyond that and tie in other rooms so the design stays consistent. Here is a list of our top 6 things to keep in mind when designing your TV unit:

Scale

Scale matters, especially if you have a small TV and large scale furniture to support it. It’s going to look disproportionate. Having your TV unit drawn up to scale with the actual TV size is a good idea. This way, you have a visual of what it will look like before making any purchases.

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Open shelves or Cabinets

Having a few open shelves or open cabinets is a nice way to show off your library of books or collection of décor. This helps to “cozy” up your TV unit, especially since it’s one of the most popular rooms in the home.

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Concealed Cabinetry

This is a must! Concealed cabinetry will hide anything you will not want on display. No one wants to see cords, DVD boxes, and other eyesores when watching TV. Concealed cabinetry also allows for other storage, such as: family albums, CDs, DVDs, and other miscellaneous items. This kitchen TV unit display is a great way to include concealed cabinetry in the design.

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Variety

Although not a necessity, if you have the space, a variety of open cabinetry/shelves and concealed cabinets creates a nice balance of design. This allows you to hide things you want to hide and show things you want to show off! This TV unit displays a great way to show off décor while also concealing any miscellaneous items.

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Think Depth

Don’t forget about depth. Be sure to measure things such as the DVR and DVD players. If these are to be concealed, we need to be sure they will fit inside the cabinets. This TV unit design has thought out depth and the result is showing that no eyesores are on display!

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Material Selection

When you have an open plan, such as a kitchen open to the living space, it is nice to tie the materials together. This helps to create a united and thought-out look. The material options are endless, anywhere from a traditional look to modern, and we can help you narrow it down. Check out this amazing 20’s style TV unit that is coordinated with the kitchen style.

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