Editor’s note: I took the liberty of interviewing the customer, Diane Martin, and inserting some of her comments in Karla’s article.
(Karla) Diane Martin, a home rehab and resale professional, is a repeat customer with CliqStudios. She always challenges me to create a distinctive focal point in her spaces, something that marks the kitchen as unique. It definitely challenges me to be creative and think outside the box. Diane always has a clear vision of what she likes and makes decisions quickly. Sometime I have to slow her down a bit to make sure we have covered all the bases.
(Diane) I really like the CliqStudios design service. I can do aesthetics, but I need an expert in space management to help me know where things need to be. …
So, you’re going to invest in new kitchen cabinets. You may have begun research on door styles that will complement your home’s architecture, and thought about how much of your remodel budget will go to cabinets. Style and cost, however, are not the only factors to consider.
Your kitchen is a workspace, and design glitches can present real hazards and hair-pulling inefficiencies. Start with the safety basics. There are standard best practices for adequate landing spaces by cooktops, microwaves and ovens. Next are slip-resistant flooring, adequate task lighting, and safe storage for knives. Efficient kitchen design includes elements you may have never considered. For example, if you are right-handed, which side of the sink is the ideal place for your dishwasher? How do you accommodate counter heights when one …
There is not one kitchen that I have helped create that is cookie cutter. Each client has their own story, their own vision, and their own inspiration when it comes to remodeling their kitchen. While working with a client, my favorite part is learning what their unique needs are for their space and challenging myself to make their dreams come true within their budget.
I really enjoyed working with Sandi, a baking enthusiast from Northern Virginia. Sandi knew exactly what she was looking for to transform the kitchen in her 1830’s farmhouse to maintain the character of the home, add some Mediterranean flavor, and create a space she could easily bake in. She was very sweet and knew exactly what she wanted, which made me feel confident that …
There’s nothing that excites me more about a design than stepping out of the norm. By adding decorative details and mixing the finishes of the cabinetry, I truly enjoyed working on this project. It’s the largest kitchen design I’ve ever done!
From my first phone call with Heather, I knew this was going to be a fun and challenging project for me. Heather’s Connecticut home has a very large kitchen but was struggling with outdated white cabinetry and lack of pizzazz when it came to cooking and entertaining. Heather had a lot of ideas about what she was looking for in her new kitchen and made sure there were elements of the color red in my design.
Since this was the largest space I had ever …
You know your style, your kitchen space, and what you want from a kitchen remodel. So, what can a professional designer add to the mix? Our CliqStudios.com designers are there to help you achieve your custom look as economically as possible and with optimal function. They suggest solutions; you make the decisions. Although our products are cabinetry, our designers are a great source of information on appliances, lighting, flooring, countertops, backsplash, and related issues, such as hiring contractors.
In addition to formal training, your designer will have a broad perspective on kitchen design. If you have lived in your home for a while, it may be hard for you to imagine all possible uses for each space. And if this is your first kitchen remodel, it will be hard for …
If you’re part of the 66.1 percent of the American population the U.S. Census Bureau identifies as homeowners, you may considering some upgrades in the coming year, including replacing your worn-out flooring. The process begins with budgeting and choosing your new flooring, but process doesn’t end after you’ve called a contractor. Read on for important considerations that include everything from discarding old materials to potential safety hazards if you tackle the project yourself.
Flooring Types and Home Value
Metropolitan Research Center Director Arthur Nelson tells The Atlantic that, in spite of the housing slump, Americans remain as eager as ever to sell their homes. Whether your prospective sale is sparked by Baby Boomer downgrading, Gen X upgrading or a job-related move, tread lightly. Flooring considerations should be determined by the …
Kasha cooks three meals a day for their family of five. The kitchen, her center of operations, had not been upgraded since 1958. It was short on storage, short on work space, and only had one outlet!
Then, the trigger event—a box of Ziploc bags melted in the drawer beneath the oven. A replacement could only be acquired as a very expensive special order. It was time for a full remodel. Kasha didn’t know anyone who had designed and remodeled a kitchen and had reservations. She went into the project with her fingers crossed, not sure of what was ahead.
A varsity-level bargain hunter, she began shopping with research on cabinetry. Ready-to-assemble fiberboard (MDF) cabinets quickly dropped off the list. She knows kids hang on cabinet …
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 …