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Appliances. Affect. Everything.

When you decide to do a remodel or are building a new home one of the first things that need to be determined is what type of appliances you are going to do. Not necessarily brand and model number, but knowing whether you want a cooktop and double oven or a freestanding range will make all the difference in your design. We are more than happy to design and give suggestions, but at the end of the day you have to choose what is right for your family. Some clients couldn’t live without their double oven…other clients end up using the extra oven to store pots and pans! There is no rule of thumb or formula for us to make these decisions for you; it’s something you have to decide. It’s not uncommon for a client to change their mind mid-planning and add an ice maker or even an extra dishwasher into the mix, but the earlier we know, the faster we will get to the kitchen design of your dreams! So, before you get too far on anything, we suggest making a trip to an appliance store and try to get somewhat of a handle on what you want. Think about things like: Cooktop or range? Built in refrigerator or standard? Where do you prefer the microwave? Paneled or unpaneled? Stainless hood or built-in wood hood? If you aren’t sure after looking, don’t be afraid to ask for our advice- we are happy to give our opinions!

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Budgets

Home Renovation and Remodel Budgets

There are many important questions to consider before beginning any project. What amount of funds do you have allotted for the project? What do you hope to accomplish? There are many different factors that can affect the cost of a project, such as materials, contractor expenses, work delays, and unforeseen issues. However, what you choose for materials will have the greatest impact on the cost of the project. As a designer, we often ask our clients about their budget to help guide us in the right direction. By going through the project and getting a list of your expectations and wants, it helps us to place you with the right cabinet line, which is one of the most crucial parts to meeting a budget.

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