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Your Kitchen Design

Your Kitchen Design

“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.”

Couple Reviewing Kitchen Remodeling Design, kitchen remodel, kitchen remodelingYou 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.

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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.”


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Wine Cooler for Small Kitchens

Wine Cooler for Small Kitchens

Inspired by space-saving European design, Vinotemp’s 7-Bottle Mirrored Wine Cooler is a standard industry height and depth, but measures just 5.8” wide. The cooler’s minimal footprint is complemented by a front venting system, making it an easy to specify, built-in wine storage solution. In addition to unique dimensions, the newunit also features Vinotemp’s patent-pending mirrored trim design, dual-pane glass door, vinotemp, wine cooleradjustable, touch screen temperature control and pull-out wire shelving. The cooler holds approximately seven standard wine bottles.

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Kitchen Design can Improve the Value of Your Home

Kitchen Design can Improve the Value of Your Home

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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).

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Kitchen Faucets

Kitchen Faucets

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Your Kitchen is Your Command Center

Your kitchen faucet is probably one of the most frequently used items in your home. From making your morning coffee to scrubbing the dishes at night — not to mention all the hand washing, cooking, cup filling, plant watering, crafting and cleaning that goes on in between, your faucet and sink area likely sees a lot of traffic every day. With so much action happening in one place, it’s important to find kitchen faucets, fixtures, and appliances that offer reliable, long-lasting solutions for you and your family.

Moen, the #1 faucet brand in North America, (which happen to be made in New Bern, NC),  now offers the total kitchen package: above, below and around the sink. In addition to its full portfolio of kitchen faucets and bar faucets, sinks, filtration products and accessories, Moen has a full line of garbage disposals. Now, you can rely on Moen to deliver trusted performance throughout the entire kitchen.

Prepping for spaghetti night. Bathing the baby. Watering the plants. It should come as no surprise that you spend more active time in the kitchen than any other room in the house. And from selecting a finish to starting installation, there are plenty of things for you to consider when choosing your next kitchen faucet.

When it comes to taking care of business in the kitchen, you need a faucet that’s built to handle everything you throw at it. Think about your everyday experiences and then see how the right combination of features — including handles, spout height, and sprayers — can help you create a space that works your way.


The right faucet extends beyond a functional fixture to become an expression of your unique taste. Take a moment to look around your kitchen, soak in the aesthetic and envision a faucet that doesn’t just complement the room, but makes it yours.

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Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics America to Acquire Dacor as Part of Home Appliance Portfolio Expansion into Luxury Market

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Samsung Electronics America, the South Korean electronics company announced its acquisition of Dacor, an American maker of luxury appliances known for their Android connectivity and sky-high prices. Samsung’s purchase seems to signal the company’s continued interest in expanding its own smart home offerings.
The acquisition marks Samsung’s continued investment in the home appliance market and an expansion of its portfolio to include ultra-premium home appliances under the Dacor brand.

Dacor, founded by Stanley M. Joseph, the California-based company has been designing and manufacturing American-made luxury kitchen appliances since 1965 and has emerged as a trusted industry leader. Upon completion of the acquisition, Dacor will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics America. Dacor will maintain its corporate identity and brand, with no changes to its operations and US-based manufacturing.

Samsung is America’s fastest growing home appliance brand and continues to deliver products with premium design and exemplary performance. With a deep understanding of the consumer marketplace, Samsung is redefining the appliance category with innovations that bring convenience into the modern lifestyle of consumers for a truly connected experience in the home.

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Kitchen Cabinets

All about Kitchen Cabinets – Different Boxes, Construction, Door Styles & Price Points

Quality Types of Kitchen Cabinets

kitchen cabinets, kitchen remodel, your squarefeetAll 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

  • Semi-Custom Cabinets

  • Stock 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 Cabinets is 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

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  • 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)

Cabinet Construction

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.


Door Types

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Door Types

(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.


Hiring a Kitchen Designer

Kitchen Design Advice – Hiring a Kitchen Designer


Hiring a Kitchen Designer is the most important part of your Kitchen Remodeling project. Your Squarefeet will help you achieve your visions for a beautiful and efficient Kitchen while increasing the Value of your Home aesthetically and financially.

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Our Design Services Provide Everything:

Concept Drawings – minimum of two layout concepts

Custom Cabinetry Layout

CAD Drawings

3D CAD Renderings

Material Specifications

Color Consultation

Architectural Detail

Your Squarefeet Designers and Consultants can take quality, moderately priced items and and improve the value of your home with great design both in function and beauty. Whether you  meet with a designer in person, or have an online designer, your project will reap the benefits.

A kitchen can typically involve as many tradespeople as building an entire home.  At Your Squarefeet, we are 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.

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 aga cooker, kitchen design ideas, new bern kitchen designworking functionality that must be blended to create a beautiful, and practical, Kitchen for Today’s Lifestyle.



Choosing the right design professional is an important decision for your project’s success.

  • Has demonstrated comprehensive knowledge in kitchen and bath design, as well as construction, mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems.
  • Adheres to a strict code of professional conduct.
  • Is an expert in the National Kitchen & Bath Planning Guidelines & Access Standards, which recognizes the importance of consumer health, safety, and welfare in kitchen and bath design.


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  • Is skilled at assessing consumers’ individual needs and wants and creating designs that meet and exceed these requirements.
  • Remains current on local building codes, safety and environmental regulations and the wealth of new products and equipment on the market.

Above all, you must be able to relate to and trust your Kitchen Designer.  Your Kitchen is probably the most important room in your Home.  Make sure you invest in the right people as well as the right materials.



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Kitchen Products

Kitchen Products for Remodeling

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There are almost as many products in a Kitchen Design as are in your entire house. Product review and selection prior to Kitchen Remodeling are key to a expedited and successful design & remodel.

There really are too many products to give you a review on all of them, so we will give you an overall opinion on them as you click on the categories listed under this section.  If you have specific questions, feel free to Contact Us anytime.

Products are constantly changing with today’s technology, and it is always best to research products thoroughly as well as have good recommendations from your Designer and Contractor.

Many products have long “lead” times, (they are not stocked by vendors and must be ordered).  When you do select items, always find out what the lead times are for your products.  You don’t want a surprise like your faucet will be a lead time of four months, this could put a severe crunch on your project.  You might want to re-think a product like this if you knew the lead time.

Shipping costs are also a big factor these days.  We have paid freight costs for items that are as much as the items themselves.  Check shipping costs.

Replacement parts are probably the biggest issue to be aware of when it comes to purchasing products for remodeling.  There are a great many new manufacturers and products on the market all the time.  Not only can these products become quickly “trendy” or “date” your project, but they can be very difficult to get replacement parts for if things go wrong.  We like to stay with manufacturers that have solid reputations, and especially Made in America whenever possible.

Kitchen Sink, New Bern Kitchen DesignThese Product Opinions are based solely on our experience with products we have used or are very familiar with in our industry. We have used them for remodeling kitchens, room additions, and all types of projects. These opinions are to give you information that we as professionals really feel

about these products. For detailed and technical information, you should look to their trade/manufacturing association or the product itself if we have not provided a direct link.