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Quick Kitchen Update Ideas to try Right Now

13 min read Don’t have time or the budget to plan something big for your kitchen right now? Create a kitchen you love with a Level One quick kitchen update while you wait.

Don’t have time or the budget to plan something really big for your kitchen right now? You can still have a kitchen you love while you wait with a Level One quick kitchen update.

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Spot Your REAL Kitchen Problems … then use Design to Solve Them in a Mid-sized Remodel

14 min read Make sure you’re solving the RIGHT kitchen problems with your remodel! Let’s talk about common underlying MCM layout issues and solve them at the right scale.

Is your kitchen actually too small or does it just feel too small?  What Kitchen problems are you really trying to solve with your remodel?  Let’s make sure you know the answer!

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Yes! Your Kitchen Remodel DOES Need a Master Plan

16 min read Want a kitchen remodel that perfectly suits your home ,and balances good bones, good layout, and good looks for great design? You need a master plan.

A good kitchen remodel is more than pretty new appliances and tile.  It really needs to work on a number of levels. It needs to be sturdy and safe, it needs to be practical and it still needs to look lovely.  That’s a lot to keep track of. Which is why – like every home remodeler – you need a master plan to get the kitchen planned the right way!  Today we discuss how to put together a master plan for your remodel, what it is good for along the way and what it needs to include to do the job right!  

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How to Choose Mid-century Materials for your Kitchen

2 min read The right finishes can make or break your Kitchen update. How to choose Mid-century Materials that will make your kitchen shine!

Will your kitchen remodel stand the test of time or look dated in five short years?  One of the best ways to make sure that your kitchen update won’t feel immediately out of date is to seed it with ideas from the original idea.  So, if your house was built in the MCM era, looking to mid-century materials for inspiration is the way to go!

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Kitchen Building Code Issues to Know before you Remodel

3 min read Avoid expensive surprises when you know the kitchen building code issues that may come up during planning and construction of your MCM update!

Let’s talk about our friend the building code.  Why am I so excited about this topic that usually elicits a set  of grumpy complaints?  Because the kitchen building code and the inspectors who enforce it are meant to keep us safe and secure.

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Solving Mid-century Kitchen Layout Problems

2 min read Feeling frustrated by mid-century kitchen layout problems? Don’t reinvent the wheel; learn how other people with houses just like yours have updated their kitchens!

Today, we are going to talk about mid-century kitchen layout problems.  Nearly every ranch kitchen has a layout that can be problematic for the way a modern family likes to use their cooking and eating space.  

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The History of the Mid-Century Kitchen with Sarah Archer

2 min read Today I talk with Sarah Archer, author of The Mid-Century Kitchen: America’s Favorite Room from Workspace to Dreamscape. We dig into the history of the mid-century Kitchen and how it came to be.

Today’s episode is an interview with Sarah Archer, author of the Mid-century Kitchen. I’m so excited to share this conversation about the history of the mid-century kitchen we all love so much.

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Get What You Really Want out of your Kitchen Update

2 min read In many ways the kitchen update serves as a microcosm of your whole home remodel. It is just as complicated and important alone as a whole house overhaul can be.

There’s a saying that the kitchen is the heart of your home.  That’s a little trite, but still true.  The kitchen update is THE first element that I hear about from new clients wanting to plan a remodel.  In any house, of any era, the kitchen is one of the most complex, expensive, and personally specific parts of the house.  

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The Style Guide you need to Keep your Remodel On Track

2 min read Use a personal style guide to make choices about your remodel up: you’ll have less stress and a more beautiful result!

I’ve talked about the value of design planning SO MUCH you might be sick of it.  If so, sorry, not sorry.  Your remodel is your home. It’s important!  Creating a master plan for your home update will help you prioritize what you and your home need most … then make it happen! But you also need to keep an eye on the details. Creating a Style Guide for your project works to keep those “little” things on track the same way.

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Interview: Landscaping for your Mid-Century Home

2 min read Listen in while I chat with Landscape Designer Sara A. Meier of Green Thumb SAM about landscaping for your mid-century home.

This season has been taking a look at a lot of big picture concepts for remodeling an MCM home: preservation vs updates, adding sustainability, and design for aging in place. Today, I called on another expert to help explain landscaping for your mid-century home. Listen in while I chat with Sara A. Meier, aka Green Thumb SAM, about how to bring a mid mod vibe … to your yard!

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