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Kitchen Remodeling – Installers

Your Kitchen Remodel Installation Team

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It is critically important that you get experienced, qualified, Kitchen Remodeling Installers when undertaking a kitchen project.  I have worked with different Contractors who have experience with Kitchen installations, and ones that do not.  If your installer is not familiar with kitchen installations, your project is in jeopardy.

Because of a friend’s situation, located 500 miles away, a kitchen I designed for them was going to be installed by a Contractor that is a good friend to them.  I was hoping things would go well, even though this Contractor did mostly commercial work.  I was told he started out in residential work and was very meticulous.  So – with copious notes and drawings for a simple kitchen, I hoped for the best.  For me, the results were, at best, mediocre.

The problem is, anyone, can install a cabinet, but the devil is always in the details.  When it comes to scribing a piece of trim, or trimming an ear to properly fit crown, or even building toes for wall cabs on the floor, you need an experienced Kitchen Installer.

Always look to the NKBA members for Designers and Installers in your area.  Then you are sure to find people that are qualified and committed to their craft.


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Home Remodeling – An Emotional Roller Coaster

HAPPY DOG, new bern home remodeling, new bern kitchen designRemodeling is not easy

We have never seen a home remodeling project where everyone is happy all the time.  Except of course on TV where they do all the work and give you everything for free.  Then again,  I have actually seen recipients grumble on some of these shows also!

The biggest reasons home remodeling is tough is that your routine is upset, your unsure of your decisions, and everything is more expensive than you thought. It’s no wonder you’re grumpy.

These issues can be overcome.  The road to success in remodeling is PLANNING.     Planning involves everything from research through contracts. Even on small DIY projects, things can go horribly wrong if you have not planned the entire project through as though you were a real Contractor.

Our friend in this picture has some  stories to tell you, we call them  “Hard Learned Lessons” on our website.  You may be surprised to find out how construction horror stories really get their start.  But if you PLAN correctly, follow advice we give you and more, the biggest hardship you should still have is parting with your cash.  It’s  going to cost you, but at least if you Plan, you will know how much!

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Home Lighting for your Remodel

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Schonbek crystal chandelier

Home Lighting –  It’s not your Granny’s Chandelier anymore

My mother always told me a  little sparkle is always a good thing.  I am grateful to her for teaching me the difference between enough and too much when it comes to design. So of course, I steer away from the wild world of  “Bling”  when it comes to home lighting, where reality stars declare themselves designers.

A little sparkle, can be the jewel of your room.  After you have spent an enormous time and effort remodeling a room, one dazzling @Schonbek  light fixture can be the sparkle that brings attention to a fantastic architectural element like these Palladian windows.  This fixture is a piece of functioning artwork. Schonbek is one of YourSquarefeet’s favorite Lighting Vendors.  Their line spans contemporary through traditional. Give your space that final touch of sparkle it deserves.


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Bathroom Remodeling

Bathroom Remodeling Advice

Bathroom Tile Ideas, Bathroom Design, New Bern Bathroom Design, Your SquarefeetBathrooms can be FUN!  This is a place where you can use color to your best advantage.  Bathrooms can demand certain color spots, so take the opportunity to break away from the safe and boring beige.  You can go neutral  on the big dollar items that you know you are not going to want to change in the near future, like the bath tile and cabinetry.  An inexpensive glass backsplash tile, (there is such a thing), combined with a kiwi green Ceaserstone quartz top, can really brighten up a morning. In this eye-popping bath, even the bottom of the cabinets light up! Custom window treatments and shower drapes make the whole bath the color of wonderment!

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Kitchen Remodeling

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Kitchen Remodeling Advice

Cabinets, cabinets, cabinets….the choice seems endless. Except it’s not at all.  Advertising would have you believe there a tons of choices and vast differences between cabinets.  Not so much.  There are distinctive categories.  It starts at the least expensive, the RTA’s (Ready to Assemble), – this is the stuff you put together yourself, and to put it succinctly, you get what you pay for. Then there’s Stock cabinets, these you pull off the shelves at the Big Box stores, you just paid them for the assembly and maybe a bit better quality. Next is Semi-Custom Cabinets, now we’re getting somewhere, both in quality and price, but this level is for a Kitchen that means business. Of course the top of the list if Custom Cabinets, pretty much anything you want, with a price tag to match. All these cabinet categories have particular uses.  You first need to determine how you want and need your Kitchen to perform and for how long.  Then you can decide what category of cabinetry you should be looking at for your Kitchen remodel. Once you have your category figured out, then have the Kitchen Designer explain the nuances of that particular category of cabinets so you can be sure it fits your future.

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