There’s no doubt that electrical outlets are a necessity in the kitchen, but their placement can also be problematic to say the least. Building codes mandate that there must be an electrical outlet every 4 feet, and it’s never a pretty sight when that means that an electrical outlet must be placed in a beautiful tile backsplash or in an awkward-to-use area.Read More
Kitchen Design & Remodeling Blog
If you’ve been dreaming of a kitchen renovation, you’ve most likely been turning to Houzz or Pinterest for inspirational ideas. That’s a good place to start, and it’s also a wise idea to become aware of how much the items on your wish list are likely to cost so that you can adjust your choices based on your budget if necessary.
The average cost of a kitchen remodel in the greater Boston area is $25,423, but that price range typically requires that some aspect of the current kitchen is reused, like granite countertops, for example. For complete renovations, it’s not unusual for the cost to be in the $55,000 to $60,000 ballpark.Read More
The National Association of Home Builders reports that the latest round of tariffs on imported Chinese products affects $10 billion worth of products in the home building and remodeling sectors. Of specific interest to many clients who are considering remodeling their kitchen is how these tariffs will impact the cost of quartz, which is currently a top choice for countertops.Read More
Whether you’re planning to renovate a small powder room or add a master en-suite, there’s much to consider when remodeling a bathroom. Storage is always at the heart of a bathroom remodel.Read More
Most of us wouldn’t know what to do without our kitchen pantry! In fact, I am often asked to design one into a client's new space, which can be created alongside a mudroom or powder room. Even though kitchen designs are trending larger, pantries are still crucial to modern homeowners, and the purpose of today’s kitchen pantry reflects the origins of this unique storage space.Read More
Many homeowners who are considering selling their home ask which kitchen updates are the most influential for potential buyers. For expert advice, I asked realtor Kris Lindahl to weigh in on the matter. Take it away, Kris:Read More
The kitchen sink and the area surrounding it is the most used area of the kitchen. How we prepare food, cook, and clean up centers on the kitchen sink area. When the space is less than functional it makes our work in the kitchen more tedious than enjoyable, but it doesn’t have to be that way. There are many innovative tools and smart solutions for creating a more workable kitchen sink area, and often just one or two can transform the function and appearance of your kitchen sink space.
When you have a large family, having a kitchen that doesn’t function well is really a disadvantage, to say the least. This was the case for a couple in Newton and their four children.
Both busy doctors, the husband enjoys cooking while the wife enjoys baking. However, their existing kitchen design was awkward and they longed for a space that was easy to function in and looked like their style.Read More
Much of the conventional kitchen design as we have known it came about as a result of WWII, when a record number of women entered the workforce to take on jobs typically reserved for men. With less time in the kitchen, speed became the goal of meal preparations—namely TV dinners, microwaved meals, and processed foods. However, today, more and more homeowners are turning to healthier and more mindful cooking and eating lifestyles, and they want kitchen design elements that support that trend.Read More
Remodeling your kitchen or bathroom comes with much anticipation and excitement, but it also presents challenges for how your family can comfortably live while the work is being done. If you’re remodeling your kitchen, what adjustments might you need to make in order to prepare meals? And if you’re remodeling your bathroom, how will your family members coordinate sharing another bathroom in the home? Does there need to be a porta-potty for the construction crew? Here are some practical matters to consider before your remodeling project begins:Read More