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Streamlining The Kitchen For A Clean, Cohesive & Organized Space

Streamlined Design: This contemporary look — streamlining the kitchen — creates a cohesive, clean and organized kitchen.

While the economy continues recovering and the housing market rebounds, homeowners are looking at ways to improve their home’s value and aesthetic appeal. One of 2013’s projected enhancement trends is streamlining the kitchen’s design by matching appliances and cabinets for a contemporary, European look.

The streamlining trend began about four years ago, but when the housing bubble collapsed in 2008, much of the renovation market disappeared underneath the rubble, says Mark Dixon, a project consultant at Legacy Design Build Remodeling, a home renovation company in Scottsdale. Over the last four months, streamlining has resurrected itself in force, but Dixon says he isn’t sure if the style went on hiatus and is now coming back, or if the original surge is intensifying.

Choosing quality ingredients: How to decide upon a design

The design process can be the most difficult and time consuming aspect of revamping a kitchen. From choosing colors and a cabinet brand to deciding upon appliances, a price point and a contractor, renovating can be overwhelming. This is where designers come into play, but before enlisting their services, several options are available to narrow down possible choices.

“A homeowner needs to sit down and write these things out: What do I love about my kitchen, but what do I not like about it that I really want to see changed,” says Donna Liddle, CFO and marketing manager at Distinctive Kitchen & Bath, a renovation design firm in Phoenix.

When homeowners don’t know exactly what they want their kitchen to look like, Liddle recommends investigating cabinetry companies’ websites, most of which have a design floor simulator that allows people to match colors, cabinet styles or other elements. Another option is to visit community-driven design websites like Houzz.com, which displays completed remodeling projects.

Success is in the presentation: Achieving the streamlined effect

After gathering a project idea, home and interior designers are necessary to successfully achieve the optimal design.

“It’s helpful to bring in someone with a computer program who can lay the kitchen out and make a rendering of what it’s going to look like,” says Don Wilkerson, owner of Complete Kitchen and Bath Remodeling, a home remodeling company in Phoenix.

The program distinguishes floor space and any walls that might need to be moved. Afterward, “you have to decide what appliances you want, and then a lot of times design around the dimensions and colors of the appliances,” Wilkerson says.

To counteract appliances’ limited color scale, the renovation industry has shifted toward a trend of putting cabinet panels on refrigerators, dishwashers and trash cans to blend them with the cabinetry, Dixon says.

Baking at high elevation: Remodeling challenges to expect

The process of remodeling a kitchen has many unforeseen challenges. From finding cabinets and appliances that fit, to termites or mold and the house itself, several hindrances can pop up costing time and money.

Homeowners who educate themselves in the remodeling process won’t struggle as much compared to those who don’t, Liddle says.

One of the biggest trials that many homeowners don’t expect is the original design of their house, Wilkerson says.

For example, if someone wants to turn an older-style kitchen or a design that is not contemporary into a contemporary look, they’ll have to alter the original design of their house. This often includes reorganizing plumbing and moving walls, which can extend the process by weeks, says Carrie McCoy, a senior designer at Kitchens Southwest, a custom cabinetry designer in Scottsdale.

Making sure it doesn’t burn: Quality restoration isn’t quick, or cheap

Remodeling a kitchen is expensive and can take upward of a month from start to finish.
If the design is straightforward and only new counters, cabinets and appliances are being added, the project will likely take three to four weeks and cost between $12,000 and $25,000, McCoy says.

The price also depends on the size of the kitchen and the value of the home. For an average gut and remodel of a kitchen, Dixon says homeowners shouldn’t expect to spend less than $25,000 or $30,000.

During the renovation, McCoy says people need to be aware of the constraints placed upon their daily eating habits.

“On average, they don’t understand the process to remodel their home,” she says. “They don’t know how long it takes, how much they will be eating out for the next two to three weeks.”

Understanding that remodeling projects require a real budget, and not a figure of what’s in a homeowner’s bank account, is crucial to a project’s success Wilkerson says.

“If someone is serious about doing something, I think they should do a little research on market costs,” he adds.

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For more information about streamlining the kitchen, visit kitchenandbathphoenix.com, legacyaz.com, ckbremod.com and kitchenssouthwest.com.

Scottsdale Living Magazine Winter 2013

Personalized Remodels - Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

Homeowners Opt For A Personalized Remodel To Enjoy For Years

Investing thousands of dollars into sprucing up a room or two in a home may seem fruitless when the housing market is down and people aren’t buying. However, homeowners are continuing to remodel their homes, but for different reasons than in the past.

Personalized RemodelA personalized remodel can create a home people will love and enjoy for years to come. Whether it is a total redo of the kitchen or expanding and updating the master bathroom, homeowners at all ends of the economic spectrum are opting to remodel, local home builders and remodelers say.

“Several years ago, people felt like they could put money into their homes and get it back out easily,” says Michael Daniel, president of Legacy Design Build Remodeling. “Today … they don’t care if they’re going to get their money back. People that are remodeling now have the need for it or have been saving and have the money for what they want.”

Most people who decide to complete a remodel expect to live in their home for many years to come. They want to enjoy the remodel, so they design the room or entire home of their dreams. Daniel says the most popular rooms to get remodeled are the rooms that get the most use: kitchens and bathrooms. “It’s the time-tested, proven things of the past that people are doing,” Daniel says. In their kitchens, homeowners are focused on the cabinets, counter tops and appliances.

What’s trending? Hiding appliances is a new trend that has become popular with homeowners. “They think there is too much clutter,” Daniel says. “People like to have pretty things on the counter tops, and appliances are clutter.” Legacy recently completed a kitchen where the homeowner didn’t want the refrigerator seen. Daniel and his team eliminated the main refrigerator and installed smaller refrigerators disguised as cabinets. The dishwasher and microwave were also hidden as cabinets.

Another popular kitchen trend is making the island the focus of the kitchen.

Personalized Remodel“Kitchens are a place for entertaining, so the island is really important,” Daniel says. Legacy completed a kitchen remodel for a chef who installed a 9-by-9-foot island in her home, so it could accommodate 16 students for her home-based cooking classes.

For bathroom remodeling, many people choose to remove the bathtub and install a larger shower or add storage space.

As for counter tops, Daniel says homeowners are using onyx, a translucent material that allows light to shine through it. Different backlighting, such as LED lights, can change the look or effect of the counter top.

Homeowners looking to create extra space in rooms can install pocket sliding doors. When opened, they slide into a deep pocket in the wall, creating a more polished look.

Heading outdoors. Homeowners aren’t limiting themselves to the inside of the house. “Exterior projects are normally popular,” Daniel says. “Some of the whole house remodels do a lot outside.”

Pools, grills, gazebos and fireplaces are common installations in backyards.

Legacy is working on a home remodel on Moon Mountain that adds a guesthouse, fire pit, barbecue, garage extension, and gazebo. The designers are remodeling both the pool and the landscape, which will include a pit for the children’s trampoline.

Legacy Design Build Remodeling
7750 E. Gelding Drive, Ste. 4
(480) 991-1993

Scottsdale Living Magazine Fall 2011

2010 Best of the Best Awards

2011 Best of the Best Winners

On March 31st, the 2011 Best of the Best Awards reception and dinner was held at Camelback Inn where Ranking Arizona recognized the companies that Arizona’s public ranked as their favorites to do business with.

During this special night of networking and celebrations, Ranking Arizona presented awards to its 2010 B.O.B. winners, 2010 and 2011 Platinum Hall of Fame honorees and the 2011 B.O.B. winners.

View photos of the event on Flickr.

Video by Nick Cervi

Congratulations to the 2011 Best of the Best Winners!

Advertising, Marketing & Media

KPNX-TV Channel 12

News Talk 92.3 KTAR

The Lavidge Company

Business Services

Wist Office Products

O’Neil Printing
Jani-King Southwest


Donovan’s Steak & Chop House

T. Cook’s at Royal Palms
Vincent’s on Camelback

Finance & Professional

National Bank of Arizona

Arizona State Credit Union

Farmers Insurance Co.

Health Care

St. Joseph’s Hospital & Medical Center

Chandler Regional Medical Center
Delta Dental of Arizona

Manufacturing & Technology

The Go Daddy Group Inc.

The Boeing Company

Real Estate Commercial

CB Richard Ellis

Ryan Companies US Inc.
Adolfson & Peterson Construction

Real Estate Residential

Rossmar & Graham

Fireside at Norterra by Del Webb
Legacy Design Build Remodeling


Scottsdale Fashion Square

Molina Fine Jewelers
Camelback VOLKSWAGEN Subaru Mazda


Phoenix Convention Center

Loews Ventana Canyon Resort
Four Seasons Resort Scottsdale at Troon North

2009 Best of the Best Winners

Legacy Design Build Remodeling - Scottsdale Living March/April 2011

Legacy Design Build Remodeling Is Keeping Busy, Despite The Weak Economy

It wasn’t that long ago that million-dollar homes kept Michael Daniel and his company, Legacy Design Build Remodeling, fairly busy. However, the market for luxury home remodeling is slowing, and attitudes toward spending disposable income are changing. Still, that doesn’t mean the industry is disappearing.

For Legacy Design Build Remodeling, a company known for its million-dollar projects, the game has changed with significantly fewer high-end requests. Legacy Design Build Remodeling, however, has adapted its business model and is moving forward.

With the market more competitive than ever and trade suppliers reducing their prices to stay in business — in turn lowering the costs of remodeling projects — Legacy Design Build Remodeling is putting the budgets of its clients first and then adjusting the project accordingly.

“Two years ago, clients put more thought into what they wanted, figured out everything they wanted to do, and then figured out the cost,” says Daniel, president of Legacy Design Build Remodeling. “Now, the cost comes first. Clients won’t make the sacrifice, and we have to present a more basic, budget-minded, targeted project.”

Although there are fewer million-dollar remodeling projects, Legacy Design Build Remodeling continues to receive a growing number of requests for smaller, more budget-minded jobs, especially kitchens and bathrooms.

“Clients say, ‘Take what I have, and do what you can for less,’ ” Daniel says. “No one is nearly as willing to break down walls or make additions.”

But this doesn’t faze Daniel and his business. He takes pride in these smaller projects, some of which have won local and regional awards, including four National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s Contractor of the Year awards.

“We are more proud of the smaller projects because more creativity, design and thought goes behind them,” Daniel says. “… we want to emphasize that our projects range from $5,000 to million-dollar projects; we aren’t just a high-end company that will only take on the more expensive renovations.”

For more information about Legacy Design Build Remodeling, visit legacyaz.com or call (480) 991.1993.