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Kitchen Designs Popular This year

Posted: December 2nd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: kitchen cabinets, kitchen materials, kitchen remodeling, THe Pencil Factory | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

This year has been a special year, the home improvement suffered a lot this year due to the economic conditions we were faced with, with that being said we had a very strong and powerful year. This year we were able to start and finish numerous projects including and not limited to working on the Pencil Factory, a 93 unit building in Greenpoint, a 1200 square foot home extension and interior renovation, and a full interior re-design of a small studio in Park Slope. 2009 was a great year for us here at Artistic Kitchen Designs and we are looking forward to making 2010 a better year!

With all that being said I wanted to take the time and introduce you the projects we worked on this year. The Pencil Factory is a 93 unit residential rehab, we are contracted to supply the kitchens and the bathroom vanities.  With Phase 1 of the project being installed as I write this we will take a few pictures and put it up on the blog for everyone one to see. Phase 2 of the kitchens are going to be ordered in the next few days, and its been an exciting year to work with the architects and interior designer on this project.

The 1200 square foot extension and interior home renovation took place in Long Island’s famous Five Towns area. The home needed to be retrofit with a custom steel beam to support the upper floors and we worked hand in hand with the engineers to come up with a solution that would blow your mind. It was hard to shimmy up the beam to the existing floor without jeopardizing the higher floors and risking the entire structure collapsing. The method we used was to install temporary column supports that we needed to support all the way down to the foundation, and then we proceeded to remove chinks out of the existing beams to be able to slide and reinforce the steel beam into place. But with all that behind us we achieved an open floor plan that spaced over 18 feet! On this project we also designed the kitchen to suit the rest of the house. Pictures are coming in the next few days!

Last but not least the interior redesign of a small Park Slope studio, on this project we actually had to dig down 2 feet to lower the floor and increase the height of the ceiling. This process took us nearly 4 days to dig down because each bucket of soil needed to be hand removed from the apartment. A tedious task that we tackeled, but the out come speaks for it self:

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Kitchen Remodeling and Renovation – Popular Designs and Approaches

Posted: March 19th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: kitchen cabinets, kitchen remodeling | No Comments »

The kitchen is one of the most important room in the home. As the homeowner, you are likely to spend a large amount of time in it, preparing meals for yourself and your family. Perhaps that is why homeowners tend to spend a larger amount of time when it comes to kitchen modeling and renovation.

In the market today, there are a wide variety of designs to choose from. Most homeowners simple choose a thematic design. For example, you can choose to have a contemporary design, an Italian design, or a traditional design. The design that you choose depends on your existing interior design, as well as your own personal tastes and preferences. If you are special tastes, you may wish to consider having a custom design.

So where do you start, and how do you choose from the wide range of designs?

The most popular choice in today’s market is the contemporary design. Within this category, there are several choices to choose from. But they share similar characteristics. For instance, contemporary designs are mostly simple and elegant looking. There is not much bells and whistles, and kitchens with such designs tend to look modern, practical and functional.

Some homeowners believe that contemporary come in largely similar designs. Therefore, the appearances of the kitchens are more or less the same. However, you may be surprised to find that contemporary designs can look very different. A skillful play with lights and colors can make all the difference in the world. It all comes down to the skills and creativity of the contractor that you hire.

Recommended approach to adopt when hiring contractors.

Besides designs, you also have to face the challenge of hiring the right contractor to complete the project for you. So what is the best approach to adopt?

Some homeowners like to request for quotations straight away. That is jumping the gun. Try not to request for quotations first. Always do some background checks on the contractors that you are hiring.

For example, ask for previous samples of projects that have been completed. Ask questions about one or two projects – i.e. how the designing process flows, and how much time it takes to complete the project, etc. From the responses, you will be able to make a quick assessment.

You can always ask for references from people you know. Those with a good reputation in the marketplace are more likely to provide quality services. In addition, keep a look out for award winning contractors. Prestigious awards usually means that a contractor has been recognized for excellent work.

Finally, never base your decisions on price alone. Many homeowners run into problems with their contractors later on because they choose the cheapest quote.

A kitchen remodeling project may appear simple, but it’s actually not. There are a few components involved – kitchen cabinets, accessories, designs, lighting, and equipment. If you hire the wrong contractor, you may end up with unsatisfactory results. So make sure you spend more time on your due diligence.


Key Things to Consider When Designing a New Kitchen

Posted: September 23rd, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: kitchen remodeling | 1 Comment »

When faced with a prospect of remodeling their glaringly outdated kitchens, most homeowners get lost in the dozens of decisions they have to make over the span of the project.  After doing a countless number of kitchen remodeling projects in Brooklyn, New York we can offer some time tested advice to these homeowners.  Artistic Kitchen Designs staff has worked on all types of kitchens, ranging from ultra-modern to a more traditional family oriented décor. As a result the following strategies can apply to any homeowner, and can make any remodeling project more efficient.

Before signing a remodeling contract and allowing a building crew to start working on your house, a responsible homeowner must analyze their own particular needs. A modern style kitchen might be all the rage in your community, but it still might not be the right choice for you and your family. If you have a big family with lots of children and grandchildren in the house, a modern minimalistic kitchen might not be practical. Instead you should request a kitchen that is more traditional in appearance and allows for lots of storage. On the other hand, if you are a single individual living in a house, well then a minimalistic look might help you keep the kitchen in a tip-top shape by reducing clutter and upkeep time. The most important thing to keep in mind when starting a kitchen remodeling project is your own unique needs and responsibilities. It is up to you to analyze your must-haves!

After you have decided on the general look of your kitchen, the next step is to peruse the dozens of magazines and online articles that show you examples of the latest looks and gadgets. A responsible kitchen design company would be willing to work with you on an individual basis, and address any questions or concerns that might come up from your research. There are of course hundreds if not thousands of gadgets and design patterns out there, but a good kitchen design company would help you to narrow your focus to the products that best suit your unique needs. In general, you should always go with a company that would be able to provide you with the latest trends in your home state. Artistic Kitchen Design staff has particular expertise in kitchen remodeling projects in Brooklyn and the greater New York area. 

Once you have chosen the contractor for your project and created a general plan for your new kitchen, be sure to remain flexible during the building phase. Even the best laid plans might go wrong at some point. You might hate the color of the granite you have chosen or discover that you prefer a bigger sink. The most important thing is to remain calm in such a situation and immediately communicate your preferences to your contractor. Unless your changes are quite drastic, a contractor should be able to accommodate some changes for a reasonable fee.