Good Morning DBP. Hope all is well. I was wondering if you can guide me. We are doing our kitchen over and I’m just confused as to where to place the island. Two kitchen people say one way one says the other. If I sent you my floor plan and a picture of the two designs can you give me your honest opinion. I’m so nervous to make the wrong decision as it’s a lot of money.
DBP: Yes, send us floor plan and pix. We will be glad to offer suggestions and advice!
Homeowner: Hi DBP Team, I totally appreciate you taking a quick look for me. Below is my floor plan as well as pictures of my current kitchen. I am confused whether I should go with the Island facing the family room or facing the kitchen table area. It's an odd layout. I really wanted an updated look and most contractors or telling me to go with an rectangular island. I currently have a U-shape very small. So, I have three plans. Island facing living room, island facing kitchen table area or L shape. Can you please give me your honest opinion.
Being in the remodeling industry in several different capacities over many years, I have witnessed many mistakes that contractors made and the poor decisions that homeowners made.
With the intent to make remodeling projects more professional and pleasant for all those involved, we created Design Build Planners
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The Design Build Planners
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Almost without exception, each homeowner that Design Build Planners
meets with has either had a bad, past remodeling experience or knows someone personally that has. The seven most common remodeling project complaints that DBP
hears begin with:
- “The project took way too long...”
- “My house and yard were a mess...”
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- “I couldn’t communicate with the workers…”
- “They would not call me back...”
- “No project schedule...”
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Regarding kitchen remodeling, almost without fail, people want an island. Ideally an island set up to accommodate seating and eating. When asked what size, most answer, “As large as you can make it.” When designing a kitchen island
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1970 called and wants their kitchen back! This ranch style home in Somerset County, New Jersey needs a new kitchen. Without a room addition, the plan is to achieve a bigger, more open kitchen. The depth of the kitchen limits the dine-at island and table options. Two of the plans include stealing some space from the adjacent den and redesigning the laundry room to become a mud room also with access to the back patio. One plan, the modest version, is a design within the same kitchen footprint. Continue reading
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There are dozens of decisions to be made when planning a NJ kitchen remodeling project. One that is unavoidable, and has greater importance than some think, is the appliance selections. The first consideration is whether or not to keep and reuse some or all of your existing kitchen appliances. Next, will the appliances be in the same location? Changing kitchen appliance locations, even if you are reusing the existing, will affect the electrical and plumbing costs. New appliances, which will vary in size and style, will affect the the kitchen cabinet sizing and spacing. Continue reading