Kitcheneering provides busy homeowners with kitchens that are functional and beautiful so that cooking and clean-up are easier, faster, and more enjoyable. Whether you are making crown roast for ten or chicken fingers for three, you’ll have more fun and spend less time in the kitchen.
Designers provide creativity, product knowledge, experience, sources, and time. If the designer is unaffiliated with a store or specific line of products, there is full flexibility on the products, appliances, installers, and contractors that may work on your remodel (update of cabinets, appliances, plumbing and lighting in existing space) or renovation (re-conceptualizing layout and flow – may involve moving walls). A full-service designer typically charges an hourly rate or project-specific flat fee. What follows is the Kitcheneering process:
1. Consultation, 5-15 hours: Help client decide what they want, need, and what their budget will accommodate. Review questionnaire. Talk with the client about kitchen design in the context of cooking, entertaining, function, and lifestyle.
2. Shop for appliances, 4-8 hours: Show client what”s available in terms of quality/function/price.
3. Create and present preliminary design plan, 15-50 hours: Show the client where the appliances go in relation to various task areas. Discuss traffic patterns, work flow, and entertaining.
4. Shop for cabinetry, 5-20 hours: Take client to various showrooms that carry cabinetry within the budget to decide on look and balance quality with price.
5. Create layout, open elevations, and perspectives, 10-20 hours: Illustrate for the client on paper just how the kitchen the kitchen will look.
6. Plan Review, 2-6 hours: Plan with the client what goes into each and every drawer and cabinet, considering frequency of use, to determine what special cabinetry is needed.
7. Shop for countertops and flooring, 5-15 hours.
8. Review lighting, electrical, and mechanical plans with the client, 5-10 hours.
9. Interview contractors with the client at the job site, 2-6 hours.
10. Follow through with job completion to ensure that all design questions are clarified, 20-60 hours.
11. Shop with client for small wares that complete the full functioning of the kitchen for cooking, entertaining, and living, 3-5 hours.
12. Cook dinner with the client in their new kitchen to showcase full functionality, 6-8 hours.
Most kitchens require 100-200 hours of a designer’s time to ensure that the kitchen the client ends up with provides decades of optimum usage and many happy memories. The money saved by doing it right with the best products budget allows more than covers the fee!]]>
Kitchen Appliances 101: What Works, What Doesn’t and Why
Today’s appliances are better than ever before, but there are more brands, more styles and more features to choose from. Your clients are looking to you for answers—not just what looks best—but what will have the cooking and performance characteristics they need to make daily life and entertaining easier and more enjoyable. Deciding what to buy becomes a great responsibility. How do you separate fact from fiction? Do you understand BTUs, CFMs, Recovery Ratios, Convection and Magnetic Induction? In this session, you will learn about all of these terms and many more. Presenter Moorea Hoffman will analyze appliances from the cook’s perspective and review trends like Steam Ovens, Microwave Drawers, Integrated Appliances, and the always evolving “Professional-Style.”
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Best Of Houzz 2014 Award
Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users
Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals
February 4, 2014 – Kitcheeneering of San Clemente, California, has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Kitcheneering was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.
The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014″ badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.
“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Moorea Hoffman among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”
With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Moorea Hoffman, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and reviewing their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.
Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality.]]>
It”s one of the largest expenditures of your life. You will live with your choices for a long time. What you choose can increase your home” value. A good designer helps focus your taste, your priorities, and your budget for an optimum result – your perfect kitchen; living space you and others will love. We are happy to help!
For help with your remodel, check out these books edited and co-authored by Kitcheneering”s owner, Moorea Hoffman
Kitchen Design with Cooking in Mind
Kitchen Appliances 101: What Works, What Doesn”t and Why]]>
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To learn more about any of these topics or discuss your own ideas, please call Moorea at 949-429-6422!]]>
Kitcheneering‘s boutique showroom is moving half a block towards the ocean to 160 Avenida Victoria in San Clemente, California as of May 15, 2013. This newer, larger space with two designated parking spaces will make it easier for clients to visit us. Please come by to see and feel cabinet samples, tile, knobs and pulls as you visualize your perfect home!