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Thanksgiving, Kitchens & Entertaining

Thanksgiving has changed a lot over the years, along with major lifestyle changes. Our homes are changing too, although it’s not always clear if our houses are enabling lifestyle changes or reacting to broader changes in the world around us. People aren’t moving as much, and many more are working from home at least a few days a week.

As most people are focused on traveling plans (we’re not travel agents) and/or cooking (we’re not chefs) for the Thanksgiving feast, we thought it would be fun to use this holiday as a dry run to make sure you’re prepared for the... 

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Kitchen Updates for Entertaining

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Most of us look forward to the year end holidays, when we spend more time visiting with friends and family. It’s also a time when many homeowners look at their homes and wonder if they should update their flooring, light fixtures or give their kitchen a totally new look. That’s because kitchens truly have become the heart of the home, not just for family time but also for entertaining at home.

There are many ways to give your kitchen a fresh new look. You might save up for a complete kitchen remodel, or you can make smaller changes incrementally... 

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How Much Should a Kitchen Remodel Cost?

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The time has come to remodel your kitchen. You’ve paged through the magazines and paid a visit or two to the home center, but do you really know what to expect? When it comes to kitchen remodeling, costs add up fast. If this is your first kitchen remodel, be prepared for a little sticker shock.

We’ve gathered cost estimates to help you create a realistic plan for your kitchen. With this information, you can bring the big picture into focus, but it’s best to work with your builder/remodeler to finalize your kitchen layout & estimated pricing for the features you want.

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Kitchen Islands for Home Gatherings

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While we might want to host our family gatherings and parties in the living room and dining room, people somehow migrate to the kitchen so why not make your kitchen island the center of your parties?

Kitchen islands are so practical that it seems like every house on HGTV has either a stand-alone island or at least one wall of cabinets open on both sides, often with seating “outside the kitchen”. If you don’t have a kitchen island yet, maybe you’re starting to plan one?

Funny how we’re still designing kitchens around the kitchen triangle from more than 50 years ago —... 

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Kitchen Islands and Open Floor Plans

Kitchen island remodel and design

Kitchen islands are one of the features most homeowners want when remodeling their kitchens. If you have the space required to give the necessary clearances around the island, then it’s a practical solution to add storage, more counter space and a more welcoming room for your family and guests to enjoy for years to come.

Back when kitchens were designed around the “kitchen triangle”, the goal was to have no more than 13 feet between the refrigerator, sink and stove to minimize the steps required to prepare a meal.  This “triangle” design existed years before we got dishwashers, microwaves and many... 

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