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Construction Allowances: Are yours enough?

Kelly in the Kitchen

You’re getting this topic today due to me poking into too many forums, and it’s this: Allowances that are provided by many contractors and home builders are simply not high enough to buy the materials that the homeowners want. Here’s a very typical scenario: You tell your contractor/builder of choice that you want a new […]

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The #1 way to make your clients happy

Now you've done it.

So what’s been happening in Kelly-land lately? Well, I had an instance of a tradesperson not following up and wanted to chat with you about it. It all started when I called a plumber I’ve worked with for years and asked him to come out at his convenience for a small issue I was having […]

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A thought about kitchen appliances…

Quiet on the (kitchen) set!

Dear Appliance Manufacturers, large and small: I purchased a new toaster. It beeps, a high shrill sound when the toast is done. So does my dishwasher. My refrigerator beeps when the water filter needs replacing or I leave the door open too long. The oven beeps when it reaches its programmed heat. The microwave beeps […]

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Too many choices? Try this tip.

It's not unusual to be paralyzed by all the selections, especially if you're remodeling an entire home....

I was reading an article about Carnival cruise lines offering a “dine any time” option to attract a younger market and provide that “options all the time your way” or something like that. Instead of embracing yet another custom option, the cruisers asked the company to reinstate the traditional meals dining. (I went to look […]

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A Reader Asks: How do designers design?

In this kitchen, I designed the wall cabinet to hide the daily-use small appliances. (©Nathanael Bennett. Do not use without permission.)

What I’m wondering is how a designer gets …info of preferences from a client who may have never thought about it before – it seems very important but perhaps under the radar? From careful observation of the client’s personal style? Maybe most aren’t aware enough of their preferences but find out too late that that […]

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Spring Design Finds 2015 and #SaveWaterTips

48 Range 2

Miele Debuts 48″ Range   The oven technology offered in the range is the same technology that Miele has been perfecting since the company introduced the built-in oven category in 1974. The oven is a fully-functioning convection oven, including features like MasterChef™ and MasterChef Plus™ with over 100 semi-automatic culinary programs and 15 fully automatic […]

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