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Kitchen Design Checklist

What to have in place when meeting with a Kitchen Designer

Time is so valuable today. No one wants to nor has the time to make multiple trips to the showroom. We want your experience to be fun, not stressful. Preparation is key! Here are the five things you should have before coming into the showroom to maximize your time. A “wants” and “needs” list is a great way to start. Identify things you feel are necessary vs accessories that you can live without if cuts need to be made. Walk through your current kitchen and notice what you like and dislike. This will give you an idea of what you are looking for in your new kitchen.


Sounds odd to start with this? With all the decisions to be made? Not at all! Your entire kitchen design is hingent upon the appliances you pick. Does a double oven suite you and your family? Do you want a decorative all wood hood or stainless steel? Microwave in a base cabinet? Yes, they make that now! Appliances can cost as much as a small kitchen, so it is important to know what you want in order to budget your kitchen correctly.


The internet is a great place to start to find your inspiration. Websites and social media have endless pictures. This will help narrow down the style you prefer.


Are you happy with your current floor plan? A kitchen remodel used to be taking down cabinets and reinstalling new ones. Now it has taken on a whole new meaning. Imagine taking down walls, opening up spaces and adding cabinets to places you didn’t think possible.

These are questions to ask yourself:

  • Do you like the flow of your kitchen?
  • Do you have enough counter space?
  • Do you have ample storage?

We will need a rough drawing of the room outline, floor plan, and measurements

  • Doors and windows as well as their location on the wall
  • Ceiling height
  • The sink and stove location (if they’re staying in the current location)

Below is a rough idea of what your drawing should look like.

Design Plan


This is where the “wants” and “needs” lists is going to help with decisions. Have a realistic budget of what you’re looking to spend. We can provide a beautiful kitchen with just about any budget…within reason.


This first meeting is like an interview and you’re the interviewer. You’re trusting this person to design your kitchen to last the next 20+ years. It makes sense to have some questions for us. Below is a list of questions to start:

  • What is your design process? How many revisions do you typically do?
  • How long will it take to finish the drawings?
  • What does your warranty cover? For how long?

We appreciate all questions and look forward to answering all them to the best of our ability.


Crazy for Quartz

Today, homeowners have many options when selecting countertops. The choices are between a natural or a manufactured material. Quartz is considered the new kid on the block when it comes to hard surfaces. Its popularity has increased in the last 10 years, giving the consumer many options to choose from. Its durability and selection surpass other surface materials.

Ivette Ferrino, Saturday, April 16, 2022

Kitchen and Bathroom Trends For 2022

We welcome the new year with resilience – in our personal lives and in design. The last two years have taught us that our home is our sanctuary and retreat but also require strong materials that work well in our everyday lives. Analyzing trends in design and technology, we are seeing homeowners embracing natural and organic elements as well as a desire for durable simplicity and multi-functionality.

Back to Nature - Natural wood grains and wood stains for stove hoods, shelves and kitchen islands add an organic touch to your kitchen. Out is the yellow oak from your grandmother’s kitchen. In are warmer materials such as luxurious walnut and natural blonde woods. This applies to bathroom vanities as well.

Ivette Ferrino, Thursday, December 30, 2021

Fun and Easy Ways to “Remodel” for Renters

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Feeling bored with your rental? Renters often feel they are stuck with a generic looking space. Remodeling costs, lease agreements and building management can make it difficult for renters to “remodel”. There are many ways to spruce up your space without spending much and allowing you the flexibility to reverse your remodel when you move out.

Many renters are getting creative with their living space. Below are some fun and inexpensive ways to “remodel” your rental:

Ivette Ferrino, Monday, November 15, 2021

Outdoor Oversized Porcelain Pavers

As warmer days are quickly approaching, right now is the perfect time to create your perfect outdoor oasis. Outdoor porcelain pavers are an excellent way to jazz up your space. They are a great alternative to cement or conventional pavers. Combined with the latest engineering and beauty, porcelain pavers are made to stand the test of time.

Below are some benefits you should consider when shopping for hardscape material:

Ivette Ferrino, Thursday, April 22, 2021

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