Outdated and short-sighted formulas tout unreliable percentages on what a kitchen renovation is worth and on what percentage of the value of your home you should invest in a kitchen remodeling project. Real Estate websites, home improvement TV shows, and other sources quote returns on Investment, ROI’s, for a kitchen renovation between 30% and 80% depending on the renovation. Sadly, these formulas are overly simplistic and misleading.
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10 Things the best Kitchen Designers do
There are many different design techniques and backgrounds common among successful kitchen designers. Some designers are blunt, some are gentile. Some use photographs or displays as tools to explain design concepts, others use 3D software and tape measurers to convey the same design principals. Some kitchen designers help clients to discover design advantages on their own when making important decisions. Other designers take a leadership role in the designer/client relationship.
Calls with Paul: The Kitchen Design Podcast. Episode 8
Paul chats with fellow podcaster Nancy Hugo, the host of the podcast Home Design Chat with Nancy, about the most dangerous kitchen design mistakes. Nancy and Paul go over what makes these design mistakes so dangerous and discuss how common they are. This episode is a combined podcast with Nancy.
Why a DIY Kitchen is a Bad Idea
HGTV and the DIY TV Network have made “do it yourself” kitchen renovations increasingly popular. These channels tell viewers that anyone can organize, design, and renovate a kitchen successfully with a little online research, and a sense of style. The reality is quite the opposite, and a poorly designed and executed kitchen renovation will devalue a home.
Main Line Kitchen Design’s Business Model is Better
Main Line Kitchen Design has a different business model than other kitchen showrooms, designers, and cabinetry dealers. The difference helps us to do five important things better than our competitors.
Why Are So Many of the Most Expensive Kitchens So Poorly Designed?
Kitchen designers that work at showrooms and cabinet dealers that specialize in catering to the builder, contractor, and architect trade are put in a lose/lose situation. The kitchen designers that work at these companies can risk their jobs if they correct the mistakes of the professionals that bring their clients to the showroom. This got me into hot water on a regular basis at the last showroom I worked at, before starting my own company.
10 Signs That You Need a Better Kitchen Designer.
So many kitchen designers are less than competent that I thought I’d give customers a cheat sheet to help them evaluate the designer they might be working with. Here are my top ten warning signs. If several apply to your project, then you are almost certainly working with a less proficient kitchen designer.
The 108 inch tall Kitchen Ceiling Dilemma
Architects began raising the ceiling in higher priced homes in the 1980’s. Partly to make homes feel more spacious and partly as an inexpensive design feature to give homeowners more for a very small increase in price. Homes still had the same floors, basements, mechanicals, fixtures, and roofs, only the walls were stretched a little. Building products followed with 9 ft studs and drywall becoming standard, and the cost for this added feature became even less.
How Long Does a Kitchen Renovation Really Take?
How long does it take to complete a kitchen renovation? The simple answer for most people is that it takes longer than they think.