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What do you know about kitchen remodeling?

March 16, 2010

The following is a guest post from president of Minnesota home remodeling firm New Spaces, Shawn Nelson. Shawn is a passionate advocate of professional remodeling who is actively involved in the industry, including frequent speaking engagements and education of other remodelers. E-mail shawn@newspaces.com or find Shawn on Twitter @shawnanelson.

Kitchens are the heart of the home. They are where your family gathers, where you entertain friends — and — of course, where you prepare meals. A well-designed kitchen supports these essential functions of your lifestyle.

A poorly designed kitchen…well, we hear the complaints:

  • “I don’t enough room on the counters.”
  • “I don’t have places to put away the containers and small appliances.”
  • “Everyone walks right through the kitchen.”
  • “When we have friends over everyone is crowded into the kitchen.”
  • “We don’t have enough room for larger family gatherings.”
  • “We only use our formal spaces a couple times a year.”

Floorplan courtesy of the National Kitchen and Bath Association

Remodeling your kitchen provides you with a great opportunity to create a kitchen designed for your family. By using principles like the work triangle (see illustration), remodelers can create cooking areas with the necessary counter space and convenient storage.

By figuring out the traffic flow patterns, the cooking area can be protected from other people getting in the way. For example, some families have two or more people involved in cooking. So, design can create separate work zones.

Form follows function! Great design creates spaces that support your lifestyle and look beautiful. Kitchens offer great flexibility in combining finishes to create a particular style. How the design coordinates cabinets, countertops, flooring, lights, backsplashes — and, of course — appliances will make it “traditional,” “contemporary,” “country” or customized to your unique preference.

Learn about kitchen remodeling solutions for your kitchen. Join us for a Kitchen Workshop:

Thursday March 18, 7-8:30 p.m.

Warners’ Stellian, 3533 W. 70th St., Edina, MN 55435 (Across from the Galleria)

Please e-mail shawn@newspaces.com to RSVP

This is an interactive workshop. After you draw your kitchen, we will look at how design principles can be applied specifically to your home. Space planning and design trend examples and solutions will be covered, with examples from a variety of budgets.

Don’t worry. This workshop is not an infomercial or sales presentation, but rather a fun lesson in kitchen remodeling   from a team that has been doing it for 30 years.

About New Spaces

Fall in love with your home! Remodel your home based on your personality and style with the help of our team of talented designers and skilled lead carpenters. Find out more about us by e-mail, Twitter (@new_spaces) or Facebook.

Will you help us feed the hungry?

December 3, 2009

Pop quiz: What’s the fastest-growing group of food shelf clients?

A) Homeless

B) Unemployed

C) None of the above

Correct answer: C.

The fastest-growing group of food shelf clients is the working poor. Forty-seven percent of households using food shelves in our area report the family’s major source of income is paid employment.

Need is growing, which is why Warners’ Stellian partnered with Minnesota home remodeler New Spaces to collect food donations to benefit hunger-relief organization Second Harvest Heartland.

From Saturday, Dec. 5-12, you can drop off nonperishable food donations to any Warners’ Stellian location in the Twin Cities. New Spaces will hold an open house at its Burnsville office from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. on Saturday Dec. 5 and Saturday Dec. 12 to collect nonperishable food donations. New Spaces will offer refreshments and a tour of their product showroom during the open house.

Second Harvest Heartland distributes more than 48 million pounds of food and grocery products annually to 960 food shelves, soup kitchens, shelters and programs in Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. In the fight against hunger, every donation counts.

However, the most needed items include:

  • Meats, fish and protein—canned tuna, ham or chicken, beef stew, chili, peanut butter,canned/dried beans
  • Fruits and Vegetables—100% fruit juice, canned fruits & veggies, fruit preserves
  • Complete meals—pasta & sauce, boxed meals, hearty soups
  • Cleaning supplies—laundry detergent, paper towels, kitchen/bathroom cleaners

Please help us support those greatest in need!


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