Category: Remodel Help

Understanding Differences in Remodeling Quotes – CCI Management Memo

Homeowners ask us all the time: “Why are there such differences in the numbers I get from various contractors?” It’s complicated to answer, but we’d like to give it a try. We know homeowners usually want to involve two or three remodelers in the estimating process. When you compare these quotes, it’s very tempting to […]

Creating the Small Kitchen of Your Dreams

Do you live in an older home? If so, chances are the original kitchen was quite small. That creates some interesting challenges when the time comes for a kitchen renovation. Back in the 1950s (and earlier), the perception of the kitchen was much different than today. This room was supposed to be just big enough […]

Our Approach to Pricing a Kitchen – CCI Management Memo

At Custom, we’ve been doing kitchen renovations since 1990. Someone here is preparing a proposal for a kitchen renovation most every day. And yet, accurately pricing out these projects is always tough. As a design/build contractor, our first responsibility is to give you a preliminary estimate of what we’ll charge to complete your project. Then, […]

How to Design a Kitchen – Kitchen Islands, Part 9

Kitchen Islands A kitchen island and its cousin, the peninsula, can vastly expand the design potential and convenience of just about any kitchen. Among the earliest islands were farm tables that gave cooks extra work surfaces and doubled as informal dining stations. Today, a homeowner has the option of islands made of the same materials […]

How to Design a Kitchen – Eat-In Kitchens, Part 8

Eat-In Kitchens The formal, separate dining room has passed in and out of vogue over the decades, but the option of eating in the kitchen has always held appeal. The informal, efficient design of an eat-in kitchen is ideal for today’s casual, fast-paced lifestyle. At the same time, today’s tastes are distinctly more luxurious than […]

How to Design a Kitchen – Kitchen Shape Considerations, Part 7

Kitchen Shape Considerations In kitchen geometry, the work triangle is the shape that connects the sink, cooktop, and refrigerator. The work triangle is the functional center of every kitchen.Studies have shown that in the most efficient kitchens, the three legs of the work triangle add up to at least 12 feet but no more than […]

How to Design a Kitchen – Kitchen Size Considerations, Part 6

Kitchen Size Considerations Picking out ingenious new appliances and beautiful new cabinets is great fun, but first you and your kitchen professional will need to figure out where those new treasures will be located. Unless your new kitchen is part of a brand-new house, you’ll need to decide how much change to make in the […]

How to Design a Kitchen – Basic Tips for Kitchen Remodeling, Part 5

Basic Tips for Kitchen Remodeling Kitchens come in all shapes and sizes, which accounts for a lot of their challenge — and a lot of their appeal. The same cabinets, appliances, and surfacing materials can look entirely different in someone else’s home than in yours. Stock cabinets can be given a unique look with virtually […]

How to Design a Kitchen – Designing a Kitchen on a Budget, Part 4

Designing a Kitchen on a Budget Of course you’re eager to get started. But heed some advice from the experts and from people who’ve done the job already: Take your time at the beginning to make sure each decision reflects your taste and meets your needs. You’ll want to live with and love this kitchen […]

How to Design a Kitchen – New Versus Remodeled Kitchen, Part 3

New Versus Remodeled Kitchen Kitchen design and construction fall under four major categories. In your pursuit of the ultimate kitchen, be sure to find the one that works for you.New Construction “New construction” refers to work done on a house that’s being entirely built from the ground up. Normally, the decision to build a new […]

How to Design a Kitchen – Assessing Your Kitchen Needs, Part 2

Assessing Your Kitchen Needs Your dream kitchen may not suit your best friend, your sister, or the family down the street. So, enjoy your family’s advice and your friends’ interest in your project. But, for guidance, look to professionals who’ll ask you a lot of questions prior to giving you a lot of advice. Before […]

How to Design a Kitchen – Kitchen Designing Overview, Part 1

A new kitchen is one of the most rewarding gifts you can give yourself and your family. The heart of your home, your kitchen is where late-night talks, homework sessions, and casual celebrations (the best kind!) happen naturally. It’s where memories are made.   ©2006 Publications International, Ltd. Whether a rehab or a complete reconstruction, […]