Remove Lead and Asbestos from Your Home

Remove Lead and Asbestos from Your Home

A kitchen or bathroom renovation can bring many positive changes to your home, but it can also uncover some not so pleasant things lurking beneath the surface. Lead and asbestos are two of the most common hazards that are found in paint, insulation, and other materials used in older homes. If your home was built before the 1970s and hasn’t been renovated in a while, lead and asbestos abatement might be part of your remodeling project. Here are some tips on what to look for and how to make sure these hazards are removed from your kitchen or bathroom for good. Lead Health Risks Lead-based paint was not banned until 1978 and was very common in homes built before that time. According to the EPA, the older your home is, the more likely that it will have lead paint — nearly 90 percent of homes built before 1940 have it. Continue reading

All About Hanging Bath Towels and Bath Mats

All About Hanging Bath Towels and Bath Mats

Do you take your bath towels and bath mat for granted? If you’re like most of us, you probably use them every day without much thought to where they are stored or how they are preserved. Whether you have a large or small bathroom, it’s important to make sure that towels and mats have enough space to properly dry between uses. Otherwise, they’ll quickly turn musty and moldy. Maybe you’ve even experienced this in your current bathroom. Remodeling your bathroom is a great time to re-evaluate how these essentials are stored in between uses. Don’t skimp on the small stuff — here are a few ideas for caring for your bath towels and bath mats. Hooks, Bars, and Racks No matter how small your bathroom, there’s room to properly hang bath towels and a bath mat. One of the most popular options is a towel bar that’s mounted to the Continue reading

Ask These Questions Before Your Kitchen Renovation

Ask These Questions Before Your Kitchen Renovation

The kitchen is the center of many households, and the decision to remodel it is not one that should be taken lightly. Before you sink your hard-earned money into a renovation, it’s important to ask yourself some hard questions about how the space is used, how you want it to look, and how quickly you need the renovation to be complete. Coming into a consultation with honest answers to these questions will help the process run smoothly for you and your designer. Kitchen Use Everyone can say that their kitchen is used for cooking and eating, but beyond that surface level how is it really used? Factors to consider in answering this question are how many people are in your family, how often you entertain, and whether you plan to sell your home. Someone who entertains often will likely want a more open concept, while someone who is in their Continue reading

Common Mistakes in Kitchen Design

Common Mistakes in Kitchen Design

If you’re handy with tools and construction, you might be tempted to perform a kitchen remodel in your home all by yourself. However, even the handiest person might discover they will make some big mistakes while redoing their kitchen if they do not have enough experience with design and planning. Here are a few of the most common mistakes in kitchen design made during remodels: Lack of counter space. One of the biggest complaints people tend to have about kitchen designs is a lack of counter space. If you’re doing the job yourself, it can be easy to underestimate just how much space you’ll need for preparation and for placing appliances and other devices. Putting appliances too far apart. You want your refrigerator, sink and stove to be regularly close to each other, as they are the three areas of greatest activity in any kitchen. You should have easy access Continue reading

Great Lighting Tips to Consider for Your Kitchen Remodel

Great Lighting Tips to Consider for Your Kitchen Remodel

As you plan out your big kitchen remodel, don’t forget the lighting! Great lighting can really be an aspect of your kitchen that highlights all of its best aspects and can be the finishing touch you need to be fully satisfied with your upgrades. Here are a few tips to make sure you’re getting the most out of your lighting in your kitchen: Plan it out ahead of time. You want to make sure all of your lighting makes sense and flows well with your design. Before you go ahead with making any purchases, make sure you’ve got a solid plan in place for how you want your space to be lit. This will help you to avoid spending more money than you need to on redoing any areas of your lighting in the kitchen. The number of fixtures and how they’re placed will depend on the size, layout and Continue reading

Hidden Remodel Costs

Five Factors that HGTV Forgot to Mention You can’t swing a dead cat these days without hitting a designer or builder bemoaning the disservice “home renovation” shows perform when they tout ridiculously low kitchen and bath remodel costs. The Internet (that gleaming beacon of all information factual and trustworthy) can be even worse! Here’s the thing: if it were all fun and games, everybody’d be doing it. These shows paint an awfully rosy picture, but there’s a lot of information they’re leaving out. Choosing to invest in a remodel is a major financial decision for most households, and being prepared with the right information is the first step toward the success of the project. If remodeling projects were really as easy as they seem on TV that same dead cat would hit drop-dead gorgeous kitchens with every swing. Here are five hidden costs of a remodel that HGTV forgot to mention: Materials 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.    

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

Tips for Planning a Winter Remodel

The midst of winter is when we find ourselves stuck inside staring at our perhaps unsatisfactory kitchen and bath. Families come to our home and we seem to spend more and more time cooking in our kitchens as the days get shorter and colder. Winter is a fantastic time to start your kitchen and bath remodeling projects. Remodeling can be one of the more expensive and time consuming projects a home owner can start, and it’s important to make adequate plans prior to starting such an impactful project. Here are some things a homeowner should consider before taking the plunge into a kitchen or bath remodel. You can save yourself and your designer a huge headache by beginning with a budget. How much are you willing to spend to get everything you’ve ever wanted in your new kitchen or bath? Depending on how much you would like to see changed, Continue reading

What’s Taking So Long??

“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

The Designer Kitchen: Custom, Quality, Personal.

The kitchen is often the heartbeat of the home; it is where memories are made, where friends gather and where family members connect. Something this personal should not be one-size-fits-all. A designer kitchen takes a family’s needs into consideration instead of using a standard mold. “Designer” equates to a kitchen where the finishes are thoughtful and unique to the client, where the space performs at the highest level and still looks beautiful, and a comfortable and functional workspace is created. While builders or general contractors may have seen hundreds of kitchens, they don’t have the same design sensibilities as a designer, says Debra Toney. Designers like Michelle Ku ask specific questions geared toward getting to know a client well before the design and finishes are considered. Everything from how often you play bridge to how often you clean is relevant in designing a kitchen that’s catered to your needs. A Continue reading