Seattle Kitchen Renovation – The first $30,000

It’s just about time for you to take on a Kitchen Renovation, but you want to stick to a strict budget. Maybe it feels like it’s not enough to get the kitchen of your dreams, but let’s face it, it’s not the end of the world if you know where to put your money. For argument’s sake, in this article, we’ll be sticking with where should the first $30,000 of your kitchen renovation budget go, and where is it going to affect you the most.


Not to shatter any dreams here, but most kitchens these days are going to cost us more than $30K for a semi-custom to custom look. You could potentially get away with a cheaper kitchen if you stick to pre-made box cabinets, cheaper appliances, and a cheaper countertop material. But even then, you’re choosing to sacrifice quality for a better price point. If this isn’t your dream home, then maybe this is the route for you; however, if this is your forever home (and let’s face it, many Seattle kitchen remodel projects are for the long-term), I’d highly recommend that you put your design budget toward a quality kitchen that won’t need to be replaced after 5-10 years, one that can stand the test of time and add more value to your home. Let me show you where to put your money!

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Confronting a Major Renovation

Seattle interior design and remodeling - facing your kitchen and bath remodel


You have just visited a friends home for dinner in Ballard that you haven't seen for sometime and they were anxious to show you their new kitchen remodel or maybe a master bath. You get home look around at your dated kitchen after seeing such marvels as a recycle station, pull out pantries, an integral refrigerator or a speed oven in and think, it's time for a new kitchen. Or maybe you envied their rain shower and separate soaking tub. But where do you start.

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What Drives One Man to Be a Designer

I have been intrigued with home design since I was about 7 years old. It all started with a Lincoln Log set and Erector set I got for Christmas. I eventually graduated to a plastic snap together building block system that was the early (some would say stone age) version of Legos. As I put aside the toys of childhood I graduated to collecting various architectural books and magazines and Frank Lloyd Wright and Philip Johnson became my inspiration.



Photo courtesy of Jon Jones - "Lincoln Log Cabin" Nov 25, 2011 - unedited - used with creative commons license.
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