“One of the reasons we at YourSquarefeet love what we do is that our Kitchen Design makes such a huge impact on our customers lives. It’s not just a matter of having a new, beautiful kitchen. A new Design will make your space function better and improve the way people interact with their space, and subsequently with each.”
You want the best possible Kitchen Design for your Home and your cash investment…
Consider the impact of a great Kitchen Design to your Home in terms of Financial Value and Aesthetics. Kitchens are the most important space in a Home. In the Real Estate world, Kitchens are also the most valuable rooms in the Home. Investing in the right Designer can make the difference between a successful project or something else entirely.
A Certified Kitchen Designer at Your Squarefeet can help you re-evaluate your home for proper Design in relationship to the family’s needs, traffic patterns, spatial relationships, adaptive use of space, function, and of course – architectural and style considerations.
Not only does Kitchen Design involve careful planning, but also extensive research and building knowledge. Certified Kitchen Designers are tested to rigorous and relevant standards, much like certified public accountants or financial planners are tested for their industry competencies.
One of the primary reasons a homeowner turns to Your Squarefeet is to translate your vision—and often your unstated or unrealized needs—into a design that maximizes the functional use of space, desired resources and budget. We often hear from clients: “I never knew that was even an option to consider.”
Forget bar stools and dining chairs: People are pulling living room furniture — whether comfy couches or upholstered chairs — into the same space where they cook and eat. Perhaps it’s a side effect of open floor plans, which have blurred the lines between the kitchen and the living and dining rooms. Sofas are a sophisticated way to separate spaces, after all, and beautiful banquettes and couches can create an instant breakfast nook where no built-in exists.
Or maybe it’s just an excuse to kick back while you cook. Either way, we don’t hate it. We’re all about cozying up the home, especially areas where you spend so much time. “Quite a lot of our customers do have couches and seating areas in their kitchens,” Zoe Parker of deVOL Kitchens tells CountryLiving.com. “I think the kitchen has become much less of a place to simply just prepare and cook meals, and more of a space for family and friends to gather and cook together and relax and chill out.”
Originally posted by: BY Taysha Murtaugh
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A good Certified Kitchen Designer, (CKD), can take quality, moderately priced items and and improve the value of your home with great design both in function and beauty.
Kitchen Design is a unique and detail oriented profession that must balance the architectural commandments of form and function to the highest degree. It is the juxtaposition of fine design against working functionality that must be blended to create a beautiful, and practical, Kitchen for Today’s Lifestyle.
A kitchen can typically involve as many tradespeople as building an entire home. A Kitchen Designer must be experienced with all trades that are involved in construction as well as constantly keeping up with all new products for the Kitchen and Bath Industry.
However you choose to remodel your Kitchen, always consider the value of a CKD Designer, (Certified Kitchen Designer). The right Design and the right products can optimize your return on investment, in some areas, as much as 100% or more the first year, (see Cost vs Value for your area). With the right Kitchen Designer, your Kitchen Remodeling, and your Home, will reap the benefits.
We would like to offer you a Free Initial Consultation on your Kitchen, Bath , or Home Design/Remodeling Project. We will need to spend a bit of time with you, at least an hour or more. We will be exploring ideas and possibilities for your project, and understanding all your “must haves” and “would love to haves”, while guiding you through realities of construction and products. We know everyone has a “Wish List” for their project and we do our best to make that happen. Great Design is the key to a successful project. A good Certified Kitchen Designer can even make a project with a very modest budget something special. If you decide you want to proceed with our Design Services after your consultation,we would enter into a Design Contract. (Our Design Fee Schedules are posted within this website).
One of the reasons Kitchen Designer’s love what they do is that it makes such a huge impact on their customer life. It’s not just a matter of having a new , beautiful kitchen. A new Design can function better and improve the way people interact with their space, and subsequently with each.
Kitchen Remodeling is generally an expensive remodeling project in the busiest and most valuable room in your home. A good, or bad, kitchen remodel can easily impact the value of your home. An inexperienced person trying to design your kitchen can overlook a design solution or opportunity that can cost you functionality, aesthetics, sales ability and revenue from your home.
One of the primary reasons a homeowner turns to a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) is to translate your vision—and often your unstated or unrealized needs—into a design that maximizes the functional use of space, desired resources and budget. NKBA designers hear it over and over from their clients: “I never knew that was even an option to consider.”
At Your Squarefeet, Certified Kitchen Designer, (CKD), Patricia Daly Filas, is a Nationally Published, Award Winning Designer. She and her designs have been featured on HGTV. She has been consistently selected as the Premier Designer for the Decorator Showhouses for Kitchen and Bath Remodels for the Baltimore Symphony and Historic Ellicott City Showhouses. She is also a member in good standing with the NKBA and their continuing education program. Patricia is also a licensed General Contractor
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All about Kitchen Cabinets – Different Boxes, Construction, Door Styles & Price Points
Quality Types of Kitchen Cabinets
All Kitchen Cabinets fit into one of the these categories. What you need to know first is why they are in their particular section and is there a reason you should or could switch.
Custom Kitchen Cabinets
Custom Kitchen Cabinets
Fantastico! A dream come true. Most custom cabinets companies will do anything you can imagine. We had a client that wanted 24-karat gold pinstripes on her kitchen cabinets, and she got them!
We also use custom cabinets because some manufacturers can be competitive in their prices against some semi-custom cabinets depending on what their standard no charge upgrades are vs semi-customs charging for certain upgrades you may want. Custom cabinets work well with room additions for library and bookshelf cabinets as well as built in home offices. Many custom companies have also developed semi-custom lines but still keep their finishing processes, (typically hand finished), the same on both lines which gives you the benefit of a superior finish rather than a production finish. Definitely consider the quality of cabinetry since the life span of new cabinets for anywhere in your house is usually twenty years. Consider these cabinets an investment, just as you would furniture. Look to your Designer for guidance on Custom Cabinets that have a good reputation in your area. Adelphi Kitchens and Cabinetry has been a favorite for many years for custom cabinets as well as their semi-custom line. They are a privately owned company and very proud of their reputation and customer service. No matter what the issue, they have always satisfied us and our customers, not to mention making a beautiful product.
Semi-Custom Kitchen Cabinets
A wonderful alternative to going full custom. They typically have all the bells and whistles for the interiors that custom has, and you can usually pick and choose your upgrades according to how you live with your cabinets. When remodeling kitchens, this is the number one choice. This field has many different price points, since many Stock cabinet companies have developed Semi-custom lines and Custom cabinet companies have their own Semi-Custom lines. Find out the origins of your Semi-custom line, and if it has developed from another line, find out what processes came along with it, (ie, finishes, clips, etc.). Nice Semi-Custom lines can be a good money saver, and best of all it can look very custom if you have the right Designer. Bridgewood has one of the best lines we have seen. Their semi-custom line is so versatile and complete that you can pretty much do any style possible. They also have one of the biggest selections of stains and paints and glazes that we have seen, especially on their semi-custom line. Also a great price-point, and with this cabinet line, you can go up or down in the line depending on what you need or the budget you need to be in.
Stock Kitchen Cabinets
A great solution for the budget conscious, and especially for those with a need for speed. Stock cabinets pretty much mean what they say, they are usually in stock at your local Big Box store. ( There is another even less expensive version – the kind you assemble yourself…you’re on your own for both advice and allen wrenches.) Stock cabinets can be great, nothing too fancy, limited sizes, but with the right design and a few Designer touches, nobody but the pros would ever know. Make sure you know what quality you are getting and if that will satisfy your project. Even if some of the bells and whistles are not available from the manufacturer, you can buy them aftermarket at the Big Box stores.
We think Diamond Cabinetsis one of the better stock cabinets sold by the Big Box stores. We dealt with them long before they made the decision to leave independent dealers and go to the Box stores, and they were a good product with a solid reputation. So now they have a special stock line for the Box stores, and for “off the shelf” it’s a nice product for the price.
Types of Box Construction of Cabinets
Framed or Frameless Kitchen Cabinets
Framed Box is generally the typical American cabinet that is a box with a face frame opening where the hinges are set for the door to attach. This allows for any overlay door.
Frameless Box is a box with no frame (frameless) and the hinges are set on the inside of the box for the door to attach.
(Frameless boxes always have a “Full Overlay Door”. This door type is generally considered a more custom look, and in most cases more expensive)
All Wood Cabinets– No such animal, that I know of anyway, in the manufacturing world. Maybe if you have your own woodworker you might have a chance, but the term “all wood” is loosely used. It is typically accepted to mean hardwood doors and frames while the box of the cabinet is plywood. Most of the time even the shelves may be a particle board with an upgrade to plywood. The exposed sides are usually veneered in your chosen wood. The drawer boxes are typically maple. Wood species is a wide variety, but most common is Cherry, Maple, Birch. Stains are endless, especially in the Custom world. Glazes on top of stains is still very popular giving the color a deeper look. Paints, and glazes on paints are also still prominent for European and Country styling. Of course, combinations of paints and stains ultimately gives the most unfitted look, something William and Kate would be proud to have. Particle Board Cabinets – it’s not your mother’s particle board anymore. Today’s particle board is much denser than years ago. Most people’s concerns are – “will it warp under the sink if it get wet” – well…yes, but so will wood or plywood. The other issue years ago was the screws stripping out of the frames of the doors. Since most manufacturers make the door frames out of hardwoods, this is no longer a problem. When you are in a semi-custom cabinet line, the drawer boxes usually are maple. We typically don’t recommend a particle drawer box unless it is going to get light usage. Wood species and finish treatments are the same as “All Wood” with one big exception. If you are having any special treatment like glazes or paints, make sure any exposed ends can be wood veneered rather than what may be a typical vinyl decal.
MDF, Medium Density Fiberboard, Cabinets– usually reserved for laminating or thermofoils, and sometimes painting. Laminate cabinet are making a resurgence. We have seen a comeback of the very High Gloss Laminate cabinets in some great colors.
Thermofoils– are still popular, mostly in baths – they do really well with moisture since they are basically a plastic wrap over the MDF. Painting works out well on MDF since there are no seams to split with expansion and contraction.
(1) Inset Doors– when the door fits inside the frame of the box, considered a higher end look. Watch that the reveals, (open space), are equal around the door.
(2) Full Overlay Doors – covers the box almost completely, probably the most popular door style today.
(3) Regular Overlay Doors – when you see about an inch or so of frame exposed. There are many size variations on this theme.This choice is a little more than just aesthetics. Current style trends dictate the popularity of these door types. Regular overlay is the least popular. Full overlay is the most popular, and Inset in considered the most chic.
You and your Contractor/Installer should have a Pre-Construction Meeting.This meeting should cover all the topics for Preparing for your Kitchen Remodel for your house and yourselves.
Have a list that reviews these items in preparation for your kitchen demolition and kitchen remodel:
Empty your Kitchen Cabinets – don’t put your stuff in the path where the worker will be using, make sure you decide this with your Project Manager or Lead Carpenter
Most installers will require a staging and cutting area, usually in a garage space that you may have to dedicate to them for the project
Temporary Kitchen – by now you will have decided where your temporary kitchen will be, (this may be your microwave, and refrigerator and coffee pot), and only keep necessary items there. Decide if and how a temporary sink will be set up. Sometimes if there is a working sink on the same floor, you may opt to use that.
Clearly mark any fixtures, fittings, or cabinets that are to be salvaged for you or relocated prior to any demolition
Remove artwork on walls and tables from adjoining rooms, cover all furniture with drop cloths
Discuss where plastic protection will be hung
Discuss how trash will be removed, ie, dumpster, trash truck and where it will be located
Discuss exterior protection of landscaping, sidewalks
Discuss covering HVAC ducts
Coordinate alarm codes and key access as well as names & phone #’s of who will be contacts and on your job along with an emergency phone number
Discuss any issues with pets
Discuss family schedules to be aware of, and construction schedules that are necessary for the work to be performed.
Inform your neighbors of the impending work
Discuss signage and placement
Discuss Facilities for workers, ie. toilets, etc
Discuss communications – get all contact info and emergency number
Kitchen Remodeling can be one of the larger home improvements you will do for your Home. Remodeling is an value proposition and finances must be considered. Kitchen Planning starts with establishing which direction you are headed, and why.
Do your research and find out your home’s existing fair market value. Decide how long you will be staying in your home after you remodel and allow for financial contingencies if you must move for unforseen circumstances. In other words, don’t over-improve your home unless you know you will be staying in your home long enough to prove the return-on-investment.
A general rule of thumb to spend on Kitchen Remodeling is 10%-15% of your Home’s value for and immediate ROI.
Design Factors for Types of Kitchen Remodels
If you have a good handle on your Home’s value, then you should know what you could spend on a Kitchen Remodeling Project. But there is another factor – the value of getting what you want. If you are a great cook or love to bake, then maybe certain appliances or layouts aaply to you. You have to determine cost vs value for yourself and your Home. Some people may also have to figure out exactly what type of Kitchen Remodeling project they really want and how do you decide what type of kitchen remodeling is best for you?
YourSquarefeet can always help you determine the solution to your Kitchen Remodeling.
Kitchen Makeovers are generally quick fixes, mostly done for hateful colors or to put a house up for sale. If you are going to do it , make sure you select a solid surface countertop and stainless steel appliances. Do not put a new solid surface countertop on old cabinets- especially for resale. There is typically no ROI unless you are selling the home.
Kitchen re-facing actually has come a long way. If you have a good layout and good cabinet boxes, it’s not a bad choice. The problem is that not too many kitchens have these qualities by the time someone gets around to thinking about doing this. Either the layout is out-dated or the cabinet box is shot. Plus, if you are going to replace everything else also, you are pushing into the price point of a full kitchen remodel. The ROI is limited.
Replacement in-kind kitchen remodels are basically a full kitchen remodel but using the same layout you already have. It’s always worth having a Designer take a look, there’s not much that can’t be improved upon if it’s 15-20 years old. If it’s a production home where every kitchen in the neighborhood is the same, you will increase your value with something different.
Full Kitchen Remodel
Full Kitchen Remodels are the best of all worlds. This takes full advantage of Kitchen Design and new products. Your immediate ROI is between 75-100% depending on the area of the country.