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New Years Resolution: Remodel Our Kitchen [Part III]

Now that you’ve assessed your kitchen space, considered budget and potential resources, it is time to contact a few companies or contractors who might do the work. Remodeling a kitchen is like no other remodeling project as it must include both form and function. Unlike a bedroom in which furniture and furnishings may be moved around with little effort until you get the room exactly the way you want it, a kitchen includes appliances, sinks, countertops and cabinetry that will for the most part be permanent once placed. For this reason, remodeling your kitchen takes thorough research and planning. This is the biggest reason for hiring a kitchen expert, although, if you know exactly what you want, you might consult with a general contractor. A general contractor will generally be less expensive because they don’t have the overhead of a showroom, but a kitchen remodeler has deep expertise as well as samples of myriad materials that you will be able to see, touch and feel.

Whether you think you will use a contractor or a kitchen remodeler, the questions you ask should be similar in nature:

  1. what experience do you have with kitchens and may I see some of the kitchens you have remodeled (if a contractor, confirm that they did all of the work or ask about other partners they brought in)?
  2. how do you think about the design of a kitchen to make sure it will meet our personal needs and our lifestyle (it might be helpful for you to go back to the Lifestyle Assessment we introduced in Part I)?
  3. describe the scope of work and ask them for their opinions on what you describe
  4. ask for a general range of dollars that your square footage and scope of work might require
  5. ask to see sample materials and discuss high-end versus low-end in each of the component categories
  6. ask about timing – when might they have time to start such a project and when might it be completed

Once you’ve received answers to these questions and others that might be important to you (have you ever done ADA compliant work, what considerations might be important if we have young children, what if we want to stay in this house through our aging years and what implications might that have, etc.), get a sense for their honesty and integrity plus fit for your personalities. And, above else, ask for several references. It will be important for you to feel confident that you have selected the right people for your project. If you have any questions about the process, please send us an email at info@kitchendesignconcepts.com or post on our Facebook page, facebook.com/kitchendesignconcepts. And if you are in the Dallas area, we’d love for you to even stop in and see us at one of our two showrooms. Happy hunting!

Outdoor Kitchens

25may2012-1Memorial Day is my favorite of what I’ve begun calling “Good Eatin’” holidays – those where a lot of time is spent in the kitchen (both cooking and socializing) and the delicious results are always worth the work. Memorial Day tops my list because something about an extra day off work just screams barbecue. It always seems like the weather is perfect for this holiday – the Texas summer heat hasn’t fully set in and the sunshine beckons people to spend more time outside. So naturally, as I was cleaning my charcoal grill and setting up tiki torches in my backyard, I found myself daydreaming about outdoor kitchens.

Not walking back and forth to the fridge inside? Rinsing dishes in my very own outdoor sink without having to miss all the action? Pinch me when it’s true! I may be dreaming all summer, but you don’t have to: Kitchen Design Concepts can create the outdoor kitchen of your wildest imagination. Their attention to detail will create a space so summer-worthy you may never go back inside!

Kitchen Design 101

Let’s take a look at some of the projects that we have highlighted in the past and discuss some tips and processes to think about when planning your kitchen renovation.

The kitchen is one of the selling points of your home and can reap the biggest rewards of a design update. When considering a total revamp of your space the first step is to relax! We start our design projects with a lifestyle assessment form that helps to put your needs and layout desires into words. By making a list of all of the dinnerware, countertop appliances, pots, pans, and everything that is used in the kitchen we are able to create storage solutions that will house all of these items.

This kid-friendly kitchen incorporates creative storage areas while achieving a sophisticated look for the grown-ups!

kid friendly

The kitchen was redesigned so that mom could keep an eye on the kids while in the kitchen. This raised dishwasher design is a hit with empty-nesters.

dishwasher

Good design is timeless and this retro kitchen is proof!

retro

You don’t have to have a big kitchen to make it modern. This island has been scaled down to add counter space in the right proportions.

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For more tips and insights from the pros check out this article!