As the weather warms up and spring cleaning begins in earnest, have you

had thoughts about a refresh of your kitchen, or maybe a replacement of those old appliances, cabinets, and countertops? Perhaps you have visualized knocking out a wall, or even expanding your living space?

It is easy to get overwhelmed when deciding what the first steps should be when planning a kitchen/bath renovation project. Well, here is a quick checklist of where to begin.

(1). Review your favorite design magazines, books, and the Internet to get a general idea of the “look and feel” of what you like. What style cabinets, counters and appliances or fixtures is a good start. Do you like dark woods, neutrals, or that sleek modern door style? Is natural stone like granite what you are looking for, or will a quartz product like Caesar stone or Silestone have a color palette that interests you?

(2). Decide if other projects will be done at the same time — are you replacing your flooring with new tile, hardwood, or other material? Are you repainting other areas of the house while your kitchen is being renovated?

(3). Determine your budget. Know how much you want to spend for all aspects of the project. Or at least be prepared to tell your designer a budget range.

(4). Make a list of prospective vendors — who do you want to work with for the appliances, kitchen design, cabinets, and countertops? Who is going to do the actual renovation project?

Listen to the story of one of our clients and how she got her dream kitchen:

As a realtor planning on relocating in a couple of years, Anne knew her kitchen was in need of a “redo.” After looking into some of the options available, including cabinet re-facing, and researching various local companies, Anne decided to work with Cranbury Design Center to create a space that would transform her original kitchen into the space she had envisioned. We worked together to incorporate a new, more functional design, and create a color scheme featuring maple Waypoint cabinetry, granite countertops, and new hardwood flooring. The best part was that we were able to help her achieve all she imagined, and more, within her budget and timeframe in order to get the house on the market — just in time for spring.

“I visited Cranbury Design Center to check out the cabinet designs and colors in their showroom. I was planning to do a cabinet refacing and needed some design ideas. When the representative in the showroom told me that they could probably do an entirely new kitchen cupboard for about the same price as a reface, he had my attention. During the initial visit to my home, the rep suggested knocking out the dry wall pantry, moving the refrigerator and, enlarging the island to create a breakfast bar!

“Wow! They had me on board! And once they provided the plan and the pricing I was hooked. Not only would I have a refreshed look, I would have an entirely new kitchen configuration, more storage, and an expanded counter work area. And it would have a beautiful custom look.

“Selecting colors and door designs was daunting for me. This is not my area of expertise, but the staff at Cranbury Design Center were patient and understanding in helping me through the process.

“What I loved was the final meeting with everyone involved to go through the working plan and familiarize me with the schedule of events from the tear down of the old kitchen through to the final walk through of the finished kitchen. And with everyone on the same page, with the dates for each part of the project scheduled, it was smooth sailing through to my beautiful new custom kitchen and hardwood flooring.

“Cranbury Design made it all so easy, and my new kitchen is beautiful, everything and more than I had expected. Turns out I’m not so bad at this after all. Or did working with such experienced and sensitive professionals just make me look good?” – Anne

Please visit us online at: www.CranburyDesignCenter.com, visit our Showroom at 145 West Ward Street, Hightstown, 08520, or contact us to schedule an appointment with our designer at 609-448-5600. See ad, page 10.

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