Selecting a Good Contractor

Choosing a contractor is no easy task. Of course there are dozens of contractor referral website these days, but even that can be a bit of a chore to find which contractors service your area, what they will charge, and if they are the best match for your specific task.  And how do you ensure that the company you hire and give your down payment, will actually complete the work as expected? In addition to searching contractor referral websites, ask for references from friends, family or a Realtor you trust. Once you have a few names

Kitchen Remodel: Part II

In Part I, we began revamping a cramped kitchen to fit the needs of a large family with household members from age 2 to 62. We addressed many of their essential needs and in Part II we begin looking at their “wants”. Whenever I am designing a space, I try to accommodate all of the homeowners “needs” within the budget.  If the budget allows, or the homeowner approves the increased cost, we can begin to incorporate the homeowners “wants” for the space.  Some of the wants that made this kitchen a truly functional space i

Kitchen Remodel: Part I

  I recently remodeled a cramped, outdated kitchen to meet the needs of a multi-generatio nal household who ranged in ages from 2 to 62. The kitchen had multiple problems including small, dark cabinets that provided very little storage space and an oven so narrow that their cookie sheets had to sli de into the grooves that held the oven racks in order for it to fit. The burners on the electric stove were lopsided causing food to burn on one side and remain undercooked on the other side. The refrigerator leaked and turnin

Before you renovate your kitchen

The kitchen is the heart of the home. For many families, the kitchen is the most used room in the house. When the kitchen doesn’t  meet the homeowners needs or doesn’t reflect their personality, it’s felt more prominently than in other rooms. Poor layout, inadequate lighting, cramped spaces, outdated fixtures and old cabinetry are frequent complaints of homeowners. Kitchen renovations are high on the list of the most common home renovations. A renovation can be as major an undertaking as enlarging the space and re