Not Your Grandma’s Formica

The best designers of the day are working with an ever-expanding array of different materials, from natural stone to engineered quartz, and even… <gasp> laminate. That’s right, laminate is making a huge comeback right now, and it’s not without good reason. Laminate countertops, from such old stalwarts as Wilsonart and Formica, are a fantastic product that can lend verve and style to a kitchen or bath remodel in a way that natural materials can’t match. It’s not just for kitchens, either; laminates are being used so widely in commercial and industrial applications that few people realize just how commonplace they have become. Not only that, but it’s one of most cost-effective options to specify in a designer kitchen. When most people think about laminate countertops, the mental image is of the plastic-like material that was so commonplace in the 60s and 70s. In reality, there is very little similarity between Continue reading

The 3&1 Program Versus Traditional Design

Three Week Kitchens, Baths in a Week was borne of our appreciation of the necessity of good design coupled with the belief that it should be accessible as well as beautiful, as form should follow function. We understand that our clients look to us to provide a quick, easy and beautiful designer kitchen or bath update without the lengthy, exhausting and overwhelming traditional design process. 3&One was created is to simplify the process of selecting and specifying your remodel through all phases, from the first design meeting to the moment the project is finished. Rather than spending time at the stoneyard, the lighting showroom, the tile store and the appliance wholesaler, we’ve set out to streamline the selection process, and to lessen the challenges presented by the seemingly endless stream of choices. By choosing selections from an “a la carte” menu, our designers are able to show you the best Continue reading

How to Set a Realistic Budget for Your Remodeling Project

At the 2013 Home and Garden show in Denver Colorado Jan Neiges (CKD, LLC) presented How to Set a Realistic Budget for Your Kitchen / Bath Remodeling Project. In her presentation she has excellent tips on keeping your costs under control. One of her main points is that preparation and planning in the beginning of the project will save time and money later on. Some of her tips tell us to pick the right contractors and using their professional talents to guide the way. We have included the class outline here in PDF format to help you with your future project click below to down load the entire class. We know you will find it helpful.    

The Remodeling Process Takes Time, Here’s Why:

“Why is my remodel taking so long?” This is something I hear a lot lately, and as a person who prides herself on exceptional customer service, it makes me cringe! But it’s a question that needs answering: why is it taking so long just to get these projects designed, bid, approved by the homeowners and into the production queue? I’ve got a few ideas. Getting into the queue: Since the burst of the housing bubble, if you’re still in business, you’ve trimmed your staff significantly. For a small to mid-size architectural/design firm, that means that you’ve cut back to one or two designers who perform most all the office functions; the designers are now acting as not only designers but they answer phones, work the front desk, serve as production assistants, estimators, etc. The owner might be taking care of the sales and administration on top of being the design Continue reading

How to be a good client

We live in a world of ratings. You can choose your hotel, restaurant, car, and designer based on ratings from previous visitors, drivers, or clients. But what about you? Customers don’t get five star ratings for every time they push in their seat after eating. Here are some tips to make your time as an interior design client, easier for the designer and thus making the entire experience more enjoyable and less stressful. Be Organized: Find and organize ideas – We appreciate it when you give us help, if you have images that inspire you and you would like us to see them, please keep them organized. There are great websites out there like Houzz and Pinterest that make organizing inspiration a piece of cake. Find materials from local vendors – Three Week Kitchens loves using local materials and vendors, it helps the local economy grow and reduces time and Continue reading