Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Anatomy of a Remodel - part 1

My latest client is a real gem: she's artistic, fun, and a foodie. In fact, she's joining the cooking club. She owns a wonderful condo, but the kitchen is horribly dated. You know, drab, boring kitchen that the condo's builder put in - no frills, no fun, no life to it at all. Here are a couple of pictures to show you what I'm talking about:

Pretty blah, right?

Well, Mrs. Fun Client had some great ideas: she wanted contemporary, she wanted color, and she wanted foodie-friendly. We went through a few incarnations, but settled on this facelift:

It has color, warmth, and a personal touch. Mrs. Fun Client selected a combination of Dacor and KitchenAid appliances to feed her foodie fetish. You will also notice that there's next-to no structural changes. The only real change is the elimination of the existing soffits.

The renderings aren't perfect - you'll see that as we go along. The room is really going to be closer to a burnt orange, instead of the brick red that is depicted. You'll notice a few other tweaks as the project progresses.

In case you're interested, we are starting this project on October 1, and our target completion date is November 7.

5 1/2 weeks to get in and out. Not bad.

I'll keep you posted as the project progresses...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Movin' On Up

Have you ever had to pack up your kitchen to move? It’s time consuming, isn’t it? How about 17 kitchens? Oh yeah, and the cabinets… and the countertops… and the walls? Well, that’s what we’ve been doing at Duncan’s Creative Kitchens for the last few weeks.

Our new showroom is located in the Northwest Promenade Shopping Center, at 6705 Manatee Avenue West. You already know where it is – we’re a few doors down from M. Kesten’s Menswear, between the Beef O’Brady’s and the Good Earth Health Food Store. (Pet Supermarket used to be in the shopping center too, but they moved across the street a few months ago). Now we’re easy to find when you want to refer your friends and neighbors.

You’ll still find the same friendly faces – as well as the same relaxed, inspired, and organized service you’ve come to expect from Duncan’s Creative Kitchens. After 21 years serving Manatee County, we know what you want and expect from us – Stressless Remodeling.

Our displays still have a little way to go, but our personalized service is ready and waiting for you. If you don’t mind a little dust, stop by and say hi. We’d love to see you!