Kitchen Remodeling


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: 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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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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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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Kitchen Remodeling Advice from Expert Kitchen Designs

Can Your Marriage Survive a Kitchen Remodel?

I recently went on a ski vacation. At Reagan National Airport, before taking off, I performed my typical earnest search for the perfect magazine to entertain me while en route. …

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How to Choose a Kitchen SInk

When you begin to think about your kitchen remodel, is the choice of kitchen sink foremost in your mind? If you are like most people, probably not. Because kitchen sinks …

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This Week’s Inspiration: “Kitchen Centric” by Mick De Giulio

Yesterday I had an appointment with another kitchen designer in Northwest D.C. It was a collaborative appointment, mainly to discuss the planning of his new showroom. He lived in London …

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7 Reasons Why You Should Hire Expert Kitchen Designs for Your Kitchen Remodel

Throughout my life, in everything I have undertaken, I set the bar high. And when I achieve my goals, I move on to the next one without much grandeur or …

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Prep Sinks and Cleanup Sinks — Why You Might Need Both

With few exceptions, the question: “Should I include a prep sink as well as a cleanup sink in my kitchen?” always arises when planning kitchens for my clients. Many clients …

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Ageless Kitchens and Your Kitchen Remodel

The title of this article has two meanings–both important and relevant to all who use the kitchen. First, for all homeowners, nothing is more rewarding than living day-to-day in a …

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Kitchen Cabinetry Finishes 101

As a professional who works with various lines of kitchen cabinetry, I find the biggest indicator of cabinet quality is its finish. Obviously, finish affects overall appearance. But more importantly …

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Top 7 Kitchen Remodeling Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Few events are more disruptive, stressful or costly in life than remodeling one’s home. In my career as a professional kitchen designer, I have observed, assisted with and managed numerous …

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Expert Kitchen Designer Sandra Brannock Explains How to Avoid Disappointment in Your Kitchen Remodeling Project

How to Avoid Disappointment With Your Kitchen Remodeling Project

You have heard the horror story a dozen different ways — at a cocktail party, from your neighbor, by the coffee machine with co-workers: the kitchen remodeling project from hell. …

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