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Latest Kitchen Storage and Design Options

My monthly perusal of kitchen remodeling and kitchen design trade magazines gives me new ideas for items and processes I can incorporate in my clients’ kitchen designs. Here are four …

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Kitchen Design Challenge: Traditional Tract House With Awkward Kitchen Footprint

How many times have you seen large upscale production type homes with high ceilings, chair rail moldings, a spacious master bedroom suite, 3-car garage, and an excess of diagonal angles …

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Amissville Colonial Home Kitchen Remodel

What to do with a “builder grade” kitchen whose footprint is awkward and poorly planned? I received such an inquiry from a retired couple, Jan and Michael late last summer, …

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Kitchen Design Trends for 2016: The Kitchen Pantry

As promised, here is the second part of my blog about 2016 kitchen design trends. Today’s topic is the evolving nature of the kitchen pantry. Pantries: Becoming More Beautiful Without The Laundry Room! …

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Kitchen Design Trends for 2016: Part I

Today I Googled “latest kitchen design trends” in order to compare them to some of my own observations in the market. Coincidentally, I also just received in my inbox the …

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Pay Trades People Well To Ensure the Best Remodeling Outcome

When planning a kitchen remodel or other home renovation project, it is important to leave room in your budget for quality and reputable tradespeople. Over the course of my career, …

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A Chef-Worthy $50,000 Kitchen Remodel

I was honored to be invited to contribute to the Trulia real estate blog recently on the topic of how to get a chef-worthy kitchen on a $50,000 budget. According …

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Expert Kitchen Design Tips: Keeping Cool During the Hot Remodeling Season

After nervously weathering a lull in business this past winter, I’ve been blessed with a “flash flood” of kitchen design clients over the past eight weeks. I am not alone …

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Kitchen Remodeling Success Tip #2: Timeframe

An important consideration in every kitchen remodeling project is your timeframe. You may have a high sense of urgency to complete your kitchen makeover as quickly as possible so as …

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How to Set a Realistic Kitchen Remodeling Budget

When I meet with a new kitchen remodeling client, one of the first questions I always ask is, “What is your budget for your kitchen remodel?” This is a tough …

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New Kitchen Storage Accessories — KBIS 2015

As we know, the point of any kitchen cabinet storage accessory is to make life easier for the end user. Unfortunately, in my opinion, some tend to be “space wasters” …

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KBIS 2015 in Las Vegas Part Two —Color, Finishes and Form

As promised, here is the second article about what I learned and observed at the Las Vegas 2015 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and International Building Show (IBS). Today, …

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Kitchen Appliance Innovations — KBIS 2015

What I Learned at the 2015 KBIS Show in Las Vegas I made it to the 2015 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) and International Building Show (IBS) in Las …

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Choosing the Best Color Scheme for Your Kitchen

Choosing the best color scheme for your kitchen is one of the first and most important elements that must be addressed in the course of every kitchen remodeling project. The …

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Quick Low-Cost Ways to Spruce Up Your Kitchen for the Holidays

I recently had the honor of being quoted in the Chicago Tribune as part of a larger article, Last Minute Home Fixes for the Holiday. The impending arrival of holiday …

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From CPA to Expert Kitchen Designer: Sandra Brannock’s Career Path

As human beings, decision making is an essential skill.  Unfortunately, when we enter college right out of high school, we are required to plan our future careers without the benefit of the insights we …

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Kitchen Remodeling Arlington Virginia: Tudor Home Restoration Project

Getting to Know Paul, Tom and Their “New” Old Home Last January 2014 (just before we had that wicked polar vortex descend upon us), I was asked by Commonwealth Restorations …

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Why I Love Pennville Custom Cabinetry for Kitchens

I recently had the pleasure of participating in a video commercial for Pennville Cabinetry. You can learn why Pennville Cabinetry is my top choice for custom kitchen cabinetry when you …

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Reston Town Center Kitchen Makeover Part 2: When Best Laid Plans Go Awry

Before embarking on any kitchen remodeling project, I caution my clients to prepare themselves mentally for unexpected glitches because, as the Scottish Poet Robert Burns has observed, “the best laid …

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Reston Town Center Kitchen Remodel

How do we get those cabinets and appliances up those very narrow stairs? Several weeks ago I blogged about how to pick finishes for a kitchen. The kitchen referenced in …

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