Dear Friends,

As this is the summary of my four-part kitchen renovation series, I do hope it has been informative, and I have given you sufficient reason to pause and think.

There are many kitchens and other area of our homes which certainly do warrant a complete “tear it to the studs” renovation. Often this is due to age, wear and tear and “remuddles.”  However, my personal opinion is: Far too often, in this country particularly, we fail to have a vision for improving what is currently in place. Television and glossy magazines certainly have helped to improve the general public’s knowledge regarding the role our homes play in our daily lives. And, by their function and beauty, either do or do not enrich our lives. I applaud them for their efforts. But, at the same time, it may possibly serve us well to look beyond the word “dated.” Are the cabinets of good wood and in solid condition, does the basic layout of the room offer working efficiency, could you paint/stain if you are not happy with the colors, could you add a new countertop, sink, or vanity? Simply, have you thought through and answered all of those questions? Also, if you decide to employ a decorator/designer (there is a difference), this person should work with you. And, should want to interview you, in order to gain knowledge as to how you live daily, who lives in the home, color preferences, what is working or not working in a particular space, and particular hobbies you may enjoy.

Next, the most important issue, your budget. Renovations on any level are costly, and you want to thoroughly enjoy the end results, not worry about how you will cover the cost. My advice: go slowly and completely understand all costs up front.  Should you determine a renovation is too costly at this particular point, here are a few things to consider which can give your room a fresh appearance. First, a complete scrub down. Everything looks so much better when it is sparkling clean. Consider a new paint color for the walls and/or new fabric for the windows. Nothing, absolutely nothing, changes the personality of a room like fabric. Bring out a collection you may have. And, if you don’t have a collection, start one.   Yard sales can be a great place to discover items that spark your interest.

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Finally, I want to discuss scheduling and planning a renovation – a key responsibility of the homeowner to prevent delays for you and your tradesmen. Most contractors/tradesmen have their calendars booked several months out. Also, it can take several weeks for materials to arrive. The following was the time-line for our project. All preparation for our renovation began in September of 2015, with the order of our quartz countertop. Also in September, Ron Larry placed us on his January 2016 calendar, and Jim Marsh began cabinet work. In October 2015, the tile, cooktop, faucet and dishwasher were ordered, with delivery by December 1, 2015. Thus, preventing any delays when it was time for their installation.  An important note to remember: If you are considering a stone countertop, faucets and cooktops need to be on-site when the templet is made.

As promised, listed below are names and contact information for everyone involved in our renovation:

  • Bridgeville Appliance – Jenn Air Cooktop – 412-221-7313
  • – Brizo Faucet
  • Bad Lizard Granite and Quartz: 304-472-6483 –
    • Johnnie Rominger, Owner
    • Trevor Flanagan, Owner
    • Robbie Shaw, Lead Design Consultant
  • Hartland Planing Mill, Jim Walls – 304-624-5631
  • Home Depot – Tile
  • Ron Larry, General Contractor – 304-695-2075
  • Jim Marsh, Master Cabinet Maker – 304-669-1932

Renovation finished! Next column, In Awe of Beauty.

See you soon,


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