I decided I had to watch the HGTV Design Star Sunday night since they were making over two kitchens. The results were not good. The HGTV website tries to gloss over how bad the rooms are by taking photos from a distance and showcasing other areas like the Dining Room that were more the designers’ fortes.
The kitchen below was not finished. The designers did not allocate their budget or resources well. They chose to do a black ceramic tile countertop but they did not purchase enough material and did not even grout the tile they had down. No amount of accessories is going to fix this room – although they tried. The judges commented that they liked the old kitchen better. I’m not sure what the home owners thought, their reactions were not revealed. Other comments on the HGTV site are just as scathing citing the lack of lighting and bad material choices.
The “winning” kitchen was not much better. A heavy crackle finish was applied to the upper cabinets leaving the lower cabinets with only new hardware. The time spent faux painting the backsplash should have been devoted to finishing the cabinets. While the homeowners were pleased with their results, the judges commented that they should have had better.
Their is truth in hiring a Kitchen Designer to get the best results.
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With the current downturn in the housing market many homeowners are looking to remodel their kitchens and bathrooms either for their own enjoyment or for selling their home in the near future.
Especially here in Naples where builders once offered only white melamine cabinets and white laminate countertops; they are now offering granite and wood-look cabinets as a standard. This means all the homes and condos that are just a few years old are having a tough time competing with all the incentives builders are offering to unload their inventories.
So what is a homeowner to do? When budgets are limited it is always a good idea to incoporate storage aids such as lazy-susan corner cabinets and pull-out trash bins. Bathrooms can also be improved by adding linen cabinets. According to a recent survey they are the number one requested item and are sure to help improve the value of your remodel.
I always suggest my clients look at a 5-piece glazed thermofoil door. It’s similar to what the builders offer but it looks like a glaze has been applied. The glazing makes these cabinets look more expensive than they really are – a great selling bonus.
Here’s a picture showing two of the 4 finishes available through Kitchen Studio of Naples, Inc.
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