A kitchen remodel is a large, expensive, and complex project that will affect almost every part of your home and your daily life. The good news is that it is worth the effort. Your kitchen remodel will pay for itself over time with added value to your house, and most importantly, a new design will fit your family’s lifestyle.
The timing of your kitchen remodel should be determined very early during your planning process. This will allow you and your family to prepare for changes in your living situation and give you a chance to coordinate your remodeling efforts with contractors and designers. Ultimately, you should determine when the remodel will happen based on your family’s upcoming schedule.
PLANNING, PLANNING, PLANNING
The key to a great kitchen remodel is starting …
Who doesn’t want a classy kitchen? One that will wow the neighbors and everyone will love at holidays and dinner parties. Here are five features to update in your kitchen—without completely remodeling it—that will make it the classiest in the neighborhood.
At eye level, the cabinets are usually the first aspect people notice, and in order to make a great first impression, the cabinets need to be great. Add some decorative accents to your cabinets, such as crown molding on the top, valances, or even finish molding on the bottom. You can also get decorative countertop or shelf supports to add a bit more glamour and can add a cabinet or two with glass doors to store your decorative dishes while showing them off. New knobs for the fronts …
When purchasing his home, my client Terry knew he was diving headfirst into a string of renovations. The house was originally constructed in 1847, so it surely came with a history. And history wasn’t always the kindest of friends to the home.
A home with a history
At one point, it was converted to a building with two dwellings, and at a later point, was reconverted to a single family home again. As part of his plan to progressively update the house room by room, Terry approached CliqStudios.com to help with the kitchen design.
Coming to CliqStudios.com
Terry had tried a kitchen planner program provided by a big box store, but he wasn’t confident in the appearance and durability of the cabinetry he saw firsthand. He found CliqStudios.com while …
If you would have told me a few months ago that one of my kitchens would be on a national TV show, I would have called you crazy. But as it turns out, I would have had to eat my words.
Airing three days a week on CBS, the summertime staple Big Brother marked its 15th installment in the US. Big changes were in store for the show’s big anniversary. This season, Scott Storey, the longtime production designer of the show, wanted to give the house a brand-new look.
Big changes coming
Speaking of the layout and looks of previous seasons, Scott said he “wanted none of that.” He continued, “It was time for us to mix it up a little bit more.” And mix it up they did.…
My client Todd Zitzkat, owner of Simone Development, LLC, is a contractor out on the east coast. He specializes in renovating homes with a focus on increasing energy efficiency.
I’ve worked with Todd a few times, including this complete home remodel in a rural, southern part of Connecticut. My job was to maximize the design of the space, while adhering to a strict budget.
Wide open spaces
The home’s original floorplan didn’t mesh well with today’s design expectations. To keep the space entertaining and family friendly, Todd favored an open layout. Cooking and dining go hand in hand, so I wanted to maintain this free-flowing feeling between the two spaces. The peninsula acts as a natural divider in addition to adding storage and countertop work areas.
We used the …
My client Brian knows that great style with great function doesn’t have to come from a huge budget. For his remodel, Brian was focused on packing in storage and tying the outside patio into the kitchen.
With a rough idea in mind, Brian came to me and CliqStudios.com for some fine tuning of his kitchen design.
Jampacked with storage
Due to the space limitations, we had to be smart with the cabinetry layout to achieve the storage Brian required. To maximize capacity, we used 42″ tall upper cabinets, extending them to the ceiling. In the base cabinets, we incorporated a tray organizer and deep drawers for pots and pans, along with a spice pull-out and large easy-reach cabinet on both sides of the range.
A window for entertaining
Needing to update her home’s kitchen, my client Claire came to me and CliqStudios.com with a plan for renovation in mind. Her home is located in a prestigious area of Camp Verde, Arizona called Rio Verde Ranchos. The property is heavily influenced by southwestern architecture and has a sweeping green field in the front and a view of the locale’s only river out the back. It may sound like Claire’s house has it all, but the dated cabinetry didn’t match the beauty of the home.
Objectives and challenges
The objective of Claire’s project sounded simple enough: modernize the kitchen with new cabinetry in the existing layout. In actuality, it was a little more difficult, and I was a bit skeptical if we could pull it off.
The challenge was working …
Are you struggling to find the right ideas to revamp your kitchen? These 5 renovations from actual CliqStudios.com customers may give you the inspiration you need to kick your remodel into high gear.…
Located in the northern parts of Wisconsin on a beautiful lake is my client James’s cabin. But this isn’t your ordinary weekend getaway home. When James purchased his cabin in the spring of 2012, it came with a very unique history.
A Lodge With a Story
Originally constructed in the 1920s, the building functioned as a lodge and was built by a lumber baron. Years later, the lodge traded hands to a new owner who converted it into a restaurant. A commercial kitchen was added, complete with the archetypal stainless steel appliances and red tile flooring. When the business closed, James picked up the property with an idea of turning it into a year-round cabin.
Working With the Client
James, his contractor Greg, and his architect Bill — who I …
We all know our lives at home revolve around our kitchen. It’s the room we use every day for many activities. We cook. We eat. We talk. We work. We hang out. But even though we use it for just about everything, the kitchen isn’t always as large as we want it be.
Perhaps it could use more storage. Maybe more countertop space. Or possibly a larger table would be ideal. Luckily, there are some tricks to fool the eye and make your small space feel giant.
1. Out of sight, out of mind
Too many things on the counter and walls can easily cramp your space. Pick your décor carefully and keep counters clear. Select only a few countertop “show pieces.” Your frequently used coffee maker or favorite small-size …