Masters Touch Shares Tips for Kitchen Remodeling

By: Steve Dubin


Be able to answer the "Why are you remodeling?" question.? When you meet with a kitchen designer, s/he will want to know why you are remodeling. Do you need more space?? Simply want a new look?? Or, maybe there are special needs to be considered, such as someone with arthritis or a home with small children.

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Maintain realistic expectations. ??If it's already mid-November, there just won't be enough time to remodel the kitchen by Christmas.? You have to have a realistic expectation on how long the project will take from when you first meet with a designer to the placement of orders to the actual work being done.?

Determine a budget.? It's imperative that you figure out what you want to spend and then share that magic number with your designer.? A good designer is not going to design a new kitchen for you that will cost $80K if s/he knows your budget is $30K.?

Show and tell.? Find examples of kitchens you like in magazines and bring them with you when you meet with a designer.? Pay attention to the details in the picture that attract you and make a note of what you like about the picture.

Needs vs. wants. ??Whether you'd like more counter space, additional storage or a trash and recycling cabinet, make separate lists of what you really need and that which you want.? Your designer will work with you (and within your budget) to make sure your needs are met, but s/he will also strive to incorporate those luxuries you'd really like.

Take inventory.? Go through your kitchen cabinets and clear out all the old stuff that is no longer needed or will never be used. ?Then, make a new inventory list of appliances, dishes and other items that you will need space for in your new kitchen.? If you shop in bulk, be sure to include those items on your inventory list.

Comfort is key.? It's important that a homeowner is comfortable with both the designer and contractor.? Look for someone with experience and ALWAYS check their references. Be sure to choose a reliable, reputable, contractor with appropriate licensing and insurance who you know will provide high-quality work

"Following these tips will get you well on your way to obtaining the kitchen you really want.? A good designer will help you execute your vision while working within your budget," explained Mary Donaruma, Kitchen Designer at Masters Touch.

With more than 20 years experience in kitchen and cabinet design, Ms. Donaruma has catered to homeowners, contractors, builders and others in kitchen design for homes, condos, multi-units and subdivisions.? She has designed kitchens for Baybrook Farms, Forest Park and Austin Farms in Mansfield and Attleboro and numerous others over the years.?

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The Masters Touch
With a team of more than 50, including architects, interior designers and project managers all working together, Masters Touch can handle all of a client's home building or improvement projects and provide expert guidance to DIY folks.

Masters Touch was founded by Doug Masters in 1997.? From high-end design and build projects; kitchen and bath renovations; exterior painting, roofing and siding projects to flooring, interior painting and decorating projects, Masters Touch caters to homeowners throughout the Metrowest area.?

Masters Touch is a Showcase Priority Dealer for Hunter Douglas and offers professional design and installation service.? The one-stop interior design and home improvement shop also offers Marvin and Harvey windows; six lines of custom and semi-custom cabinetry; over 150 types of granite and Corian countertops; paint; carpet; hardwood and tile flooring; home theater design and installation and much more.

The company offers written warrantees on all their work.? Masters Touch is located on Route 109 in Medfield, MA.? For more information contact 508-359-5900, e-mail info@masterstouchweb.com or visit www.masterstouchweb.com.

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