Are you part of the Baby Boomer revolution? If you were born between the years 1946 and 1964 you were one of an estimated 10,958 births per day in the U.S. and you are now in your 50’s to late 60’s- reaching or in retirement age. Many of today’s Boomers are planning to bypass the traditional assisted living or retirement communities and instead age-in-place. Advanced planning for retirement is a mantra to the Baby Boomer demographic and most have worked hard to ensure financial independence with the plan of remaining self-sufficient and in their homes. Would you consider your home ‘ready’ for retirement? As much as you have prepared your financial portfolio for both the expected and unexpected events that occur with the progression of age, your home will need the same considerations. Even those who maintain optimal health and wellness in advancing years still need to keep safety and quality of life Continue reading
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 download the entire class. We know you will find it helpful.
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
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
“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 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