Posts Tagged ‘Remodel best practices’

10 Kitchen Design Mistakes to Avoid (intro and tip #1)

Tuesday, December 11th, 2012

In this next blog series we will share an excellent article I uncovered with very valuable information regarding kitchen design mistakes to avoid. We will post one design tip at a time so stay tuned for all 10 in this series. First I must give credit to the original author: Andreea of Freshome Design & Architecture.

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A lot happens in the kitchen both — cooking and socializing — whether we’re cooking, preparing a quick snack, eating breakfast or serving a three-course dinner to family and friends. The kitchen is one place that needs to be both beautiful and functional. This raises a double challenge of do’s and don’ts in kitchen design. Specialist warn us about 10 mistakes we should avoid in order to achieve both practical and elegant kitchen design.

Tip #1 Don’t obstruct access to the kitchen work triangle.

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Tip #1 Don’t obstruct access to the kitchen work triangle.

Experts refer to the sink, stove and refrigerator as the kitchen work triangle, the area of greatest activity, and it requires careful planning and unobstructed access. Of the three, the sink will see the most action and should have easy access to the stove and refrigerator, as well as your counter top workstations.

Sinks need to be installed in close proximity to the plumbing, but often kitchens are designed with the sinks installed right above the plumbing or in a poor location. Instead of making this kitchen design mistake, consider hiring a plumber to relocate the drains and the plumbing to accommodate the best placement for the sink.

Regardless of kitchen size or layout (L-shaped kitchen, galley, U-shaped or island style), the sum of all the legs in a work triangle should not be less than 10 feet nor greater than 25 feet. If the sum of the legs in the work triangle is too small, people will be tripping over each other and if too large, food preparation could be a very tiring task.

Remodeler Best Practices: No Pressure Sales

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

As I mentioned in the previous blog post, design and remodeling contractors are under a lot of pressure in this down economy to bring on new projects. This doesn’t mean, however, that we should transfer that pressure to you!

I’ve never been a big fan of the hard sell. I know what it’s like to walk onto a used car lot. It feels a lot like being a guppy dropped into a shark tank. I never want anyone to feel like that when they pick up the phone to ask me a question, and I’m sure most of my remodeling colleagues would agree.

I’ve come across many individuals and couples who feel nervous about requesting a free consultation for their remodeling project. The fact that something is free almost always means there’s some kind of catch. In this instance, homeowners fear the catch is a hard sell.

Not with K B Design and Remodeling. I view the initial consultation as an educational opportunity for the homeowner and myself. I want to hear about your vision for the remodel and answer any questions that you have. In fact, many homeowners I visit aren’t even sure if they want a remodel yet. That’s fine. It’s important to get information on what is possible, how much certain changes will cost, and how long a remodel will take. A design and remodeling contractor can also propose great ideas for the project if you’re unsure of what you want.

On these visits, my main goal is to inform, educate and to be a resource. If I feel like the homeowner is ready to move forward with the remodel, I usually offer to quote the job. I also like to give a follow up call to all homeowners who request an initial consultation to see where they are in the planning process and if they think they might like to go ahead with the remodel.

This is about as salesy as I get. If a homeowner is ready for a remodel, I want them to know that my company can provide them with a great result for a great price. I think most people would agree this is a fair approach, especially in exchange for a free initial consultation.

What is not fair is remodelers laying on the sales pitch thick as soon as they step in the door. This approach is more likely to scare the homeowner off than provide them with the knowledge they need to make the best decision for their home, their budget and their future.

If you have ever considered a home remodel and want your questions answered, please call K B Design and Remodeling for a NO COST, NO OBLIGATION, NO PRESSURE, NO HARD SELL consultation at your home.

Contractor Best Practices: Free In-Home Consultation

Tuesday, November 8th, 2011

An in-home consultation allows the contractor to discuss your vision with you in depth and to assess your remodeling project with you.

After all, how can a contractor provide you with a realistic price range for your kitchen or bath remodel if they don’t actually visit your home and review the room in question?

A free in-home consultation is a courtesy that any professional remodeling contractor should offer, especially before they provide a preliminary price range for your job. For instance, when assessing the room, a contractor may notice some issues or concerns that may affect the outcome you desire. They may also be able to make suggestions specific to the room that will save you money or give you an alternative design option.

For the first initial appointment as a client, you shouldn’t have to drive to a contractor’s office, wait until they’re ready to see you and then try to describe your remodel vision without being able to show them the room you want to remodel.

K B Design and Remodeling offers free in-home consultations, and I know that most of my peers do as well. If you come across a contractor who refuses to come to your home, you might want to think twice before requesting a price quote from his organization. If he won’t extend you this simple courtesy, where else will he cut corners in customer service?