McClurg's Home Remodeling Blog

7 Tips for Determining a Kitchen Remodeling Project Budget

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Aug 17, 2010

If you’ve put together a wish list the next step is to determine how much it will cost to remodel your kitchen.

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Topics: Certifications, National Kitchen and Bath Association, Kitchens, Kitchen Design, Designs, Cost vs. Value, Appliances, Estimates, Hiring a Contractor

Universal Design: 12 Kitchen Design Ideas for Today and Tomorrow

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jun 22, 2010

Recently I met with a client who wanted to remodel a kitchen. Her house was built in 1958 and the kitchen layout and cabinets were original to the home. She told me it wasn't a practical design. She had to get down on her hands and knees to access the lower cupboards, the work triangle didn't provide for modern appliances, food prep space was scarce, the sink had an old fixture that lacked a spray to clean dishes, and the faucet was too low to fill large pots. When she was preparing meals, she often banged her head on an exhaust hood placed over a cook top on a peninsula.

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Topics: Certifications, Kitchens, Lighting, Kitchen Design, Designs, Storage, Home Remodeling, Repair and Maintenance, Appliances, Windows and Doors, Universal Design

Universal Design: 12 Tips for Creating a Safe, Comfortable Home for a Lifetime

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Jun 15, 2010

Over the course of time, we experience many changes in our lifestyles and our homes must evolve to adapt to these changes. If you're a parent of young children worried about home safety, a family caregiver attending to the needs of elderly parents, or a person with a disability, you'll want your home environment to accommodate your lifestyle.  

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Topics: National Association of Home Builders, Bathrooms, Designs, Storage, Home Remodeling, Renovating, Home Renovation, Appliances, Windows and Doors, Universal Design, Construction

The Kitchen Triangle: Still Practical in 2010?

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Apr 20, 2010

When you look at the placement of appliances in a kitchen, have you ever noticed the sink, refrigerator and stove form a triangle? It's not a coincidence. In the 1950s, the University of Illinois conducted a study to determine the most "sensible" kitchen design for a four-person home. Researchers concluded the most efficient way for a "cook" to work was to organize a kitchen's three dominant food preparation areas into a "work triangle." The concept caught on and is still used by kitchen designers today.  Kathy Petrocci, one of our Kitchen and Bath Project Consultants, notes that "small kitchens can work as well as large kitchens when functionality is achieved through applying the basic principles of the work triangle."

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Topics: Kitchens, Kitchen Design, Appliances

Five Hot Kitchen Design Trends That Add Function and Value

Posted by Brian Ciota on Tue, Mar 2, 2010

If you're planning to remodel your kitchen, no matter what style, consider these trends to add function and value to your home.

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Topics: Kitchens, Lighting, Kitchen Design, Designs, Storage, Appliances