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Too Much Misinformation Makes for Unrealistic Expectations

How much will it cost to renovate a kitchen, is the number one question we are asked by visitors to our showroom. It is a difficult question to answer because the cost of a kitchen remodel depends on a number of unknowns.
Unknowns are one of the reasons why many homeowners have a difficult time determining on their own the cost of a kitchen remodel, or the information that they have gathered independently may not be complete or accurate. This is due to the fact that there is so much misinformation on the Internet that it’s almost impossible to match goals with resources realistically without the assistance of a kitchen professional. You can go online and one “expert” claims that the average price of a kitchen remodel is $21,000 and another “expert” will write that the average cost of a mid-range renovation is $63,000 while a third will tell you that an upscale full renovation will be around $125,000. Compounding the misinformation problem are reality television shows that generally do not account for the cost of labor in their budget estimates and have timetables that are only achievable on reality television. As a result, many homeowners have expectations based on unreliable and unrealistic information by the time they enter the showroom. If you are scratching your head, you are not alone.
Equally misleading are percentage estimates for different product categories that abound online such as 30 percent of the cost of a new kitchens is cabinetry. The cost of cabinetry and the percentage of a budget it represents is determined by multiple factors. There are too many variables to use online resources to estimate product and project costs. It is similar to trying to estimate the cost of a new car without knowing the model, the make and special features.
Too much information is another challenge facing many of our clients that want to build a new kitchen or bath. If you search on for a new farmhouse sink, for example, more than 77,000 options are presented. Which one will work best for your needs? That depends again on a number of factors that are not readily known.
We create value for our customers by knowing the right questions to ask to determine needs, wants and desires. If you would like to take advantage of our expertise to make your new kitchen or bath exceed your expectations, please give us a call at 630-214-9775 or visit our showroom at 2422 West Main St. St. Charles, IL 60175.

Help Selecting Kitchen Cabinetry



Selecting kitchen cabinets is one of the most important decisions to make when planning a kitchen renovation. We find that there are four factors that homeowners, Remodelers& Builders need to consider when selecting kitchen cabinets:

Form (look)


Cabinets are usually the largest expense in a kitchen renovation, representing approximately 50% of the cost of a kitchen remodeling, according to industry surveys. Cabinet budgets are affected by a number of factors. The type of drawers, finishes, and options selected will affect costs. We work with every client to help assure that the budget is sufficient to minimize surprises and to help achieve their goals.

Factors Affecting Cabinet Quality:

There are three types of cabinets offered from a kitchen and bath showroom:

Stock (good)
Semi-Custom (better)
Custom (best)

Stock cabinets are pre-manufactured in set sizes, usually in 3-inch increments. Stock cabinets do not have many custom features or options and come in a limited range of styles.

Semi-custom cabinets also are pre-manufactured but generally offer more sizes and options than stock counterparts.

Custom cabinets are built to order without restriction on size, features, finishes or materials.

Another factor influencing quality and price are the materials used to manufacturer kitchen cabinets. These include particle board, medium density fiberboard (MDF), plywood, solid wood and laminate/melamine which is laid over a substrate. Particle board is the lowest quality material, and we do not often recommend it because particle board is not moisture resistant.

Additionally, quality is influenced by the type of construction techniques used to manufacture the cabinet and the durability of the finish which we explain the differences during the selection process.


A well-designed kitchen is an organized kitchen. A great first step to create an organized kitchen is to write down everything you like and don’t like about your existing kitchen. Most semi-custom and all custom lines provide an array of storage and organizational options for most commonly used kitchen items from food to cutlery.


There are two types of cabinets: framed and frameless. Framed cabinets have a wood frame that outlines the front of the cabinet box. Hinges and door runners attach to the frame.

Frameless cabinets don’t have a frame. Hinges and door runners attach to the inside walls of the cabinet box. There are benefits to both cabinet types. Frameless cabinets provide more storage area and generally are associated with modern design motifs. Framed cabinets are typically associated with more traditional or transitional designs.

If you would like additional guidance on the factors that influence a kitchen cabinet’s style, cost, durability, and functionality, please give us a call at 630-214-9775 or visit our showroom at 2422 West Main St. St. Charles, IL.

Kitchen and Bath Industry Show 2017

We are attending The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show and The International Builders Show in Orlando this week. We have found new products from almost every vendor but here are a few new plumbing products from our preferred vendor Danze. Black finishes are becoming increasing popular and the first photo is the Mid-Town Lav faucet in the black finish followed by polished nickel finish. Also pictured are two new Kitchen faucet series The Foodie and Selene, then the redesigned Opulence.











Our Process Steps Involved in a Kitchen Renovation

        To help you better prepare to renovate your kitchen, reduce your anxiety and familiarize yourself with the remodel process, our showroom typically uses a five-step approach to a kitchen renovation. Step 1 is the initial meeting in our showroom. We want to get to know you, what you like (and what you dislike about your present kitchen),…

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Making the Most of Your Kitchen or Bath Investment

Making the Most of Your Kitchen or Bath Investment


Our Transitional Display

Our Transitional Display



A kitchen or Bath remodel is a big deal – it is a significant financial investment and also requires a lot of time and energy. We work very hard to give our clients a continuous return on their investment and recommend capitalizing on the following trends to build value that will stand the test of time.

  • White is it. White kitchens could not be hotter right now. Two thirds of National Kitchen and Bath Association members report that white is their number one choice for cabinets. That’s an increase of 20% from two years ago.
  • Stainless steel is everywhere.  While you can’t go wrong with Stainless appliances, manufacturers are producing black stainless and white glass like appliance panels.
  • Once granite counter tops were considered a luxury, now they are commonplace, and we’re seeing counter tops in a variety of other materials that include quartz, soapstone, concrete and glass.
  • There’s a revolution going on in lighting. The price of LED lamps continues to fall, providing a perfect combination of form and function.
  • Hands free faucets continue to capture client attention. Imagine how great it could be when you hands have been kneading dough and your faucet automatically turns on without have to dirty the handle?
  • Transitional designs continue to dominate. This marriage of traditional and contemporary furniture, finishes, materials and fabrics results in a classic and timeless look.