Posts Tagged ‘Remodel’

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.

Report: Best remodel projects to invest in

October 8, 2009

Homeowners planning a remodel who also want to sell their house in the future might consider choosing a project based on its potential impact on the home’s resale value.

KARE 11 ran a story last night following Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value report, which collected data on remodeling projects in areas like Minneapolis and compared the cost of the project against the cost recouped in resale value.

Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value Report named a wooden deck addition as the project with the best return in the Minneapolis area.

Remodeling Magazine's Cost vs. Value Report named a wooden deck addition as the project with the best return in the Minneapolis area.

A wooden deck addition topped the list, with 81.8% of the project’s cost recouped, followed by vinyl siding replacement at 80.7% recoupment.

A minor kitchen remodel (about $21,000) came in third, with 79.5% costs recouped.

But Jason Fabio of Ispiri Design Build Remodel told KARE the kitchen remains your best bet if you can only pick one room to invest in.

Fabio and other remodelers say transforming a kitchen continues to give the best bang for the buck come re-sale time.

“Everyone likes to gather in a kitchen. So on a smaller kitchen we’re expanding those so people can gather. So we don’t have that capacity problem,” Fabio added.

Both a deck addition and a kitchen remodel affect spaces where family tends to spend a lot of time, so they’re good choices whether you’re eager to move or you want to be able to enjoy the space for years to come.

Fabio and the other remodelers interviewed belong to Minnesota’s chapter of National Association of Remodeling Industry (NARI), of which Warners’ Stellian is a platinum-level sponsor. NARI is a not-for-profit organization that promotes ethical and sound business practices within the industry. Choosing a NARI member for a remodel is a must for securing the investment in your project as it is committed to protecting the rights of its customers — the nation’s homeowners.

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Photo credit:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/mdu2boy/ / CC BY-ND 2.0

Would you paint your appliances?

October 5, 2009

Anyone who follows Warners’ Stellian on Twitter knows that I have a slight obsession with DIY projects. So many of our customers are in the middle of their own DIY remodels and as a hopefully soon-to-be homeowner, I plan to pump a lot of sweat equity into my investment too — especially the kitchen.

While I consider myself open-minded — and certainly cheap enough — but perhaps not adventurous enough to try an idea from “This Old House”: Update an old fridge with a faux stainless steel finish.

I downloaded some before and after shots from the company that makes the paint, Thomas’ Liquid Stainless Steel:

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The idea is innovative, and some people seem to really dig the idea, but all I can think of good intentions gone wrong.

Sure, $56 a can is palatable for most anyone, but the paint seems better suited for smaller projects. A white, black or bisque fridge generally carries a textured finish, which will never match the look of a contemporary stainless steel refrigerator. (Don’t know what I mean? Watch them paint a textured fridge in the promotional video.)

I’d love to see pictures if anyone has painted or knows someone who has painted appliances — with or without success.


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