Kitchen Hardware

Brass Kitchen Hardware


brass kitchen hardwareKitchen Hardware in wonderful old Brass is back.  It may be back, but of course, never quite the same.  Brushed Brass is the newest, or antiqued gold will work quite well.  But Brass hardware is being used extensively with almost every color cabinet.

But the rules of “Trends” have relaxed quite a bit.  Use what your Designer or you feel works best for your Home, and makes you happy.

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Kitchen Designer

Kitchen Designer

One of the reasons Kitchen Designer’s love what they do is that it makes such a huge impact on their customer life. It’s not just a matter of having a new , beautiful kitchen. A new Design can function better and improve the way people interact with their space, and subsequently with each.

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Kitchen Remodeling is generally an expensive remodeling project in the busiest and most valuable room in your home.  A good, or bad, kitchen remodel can easily impact the value of your home. An inexperienced person trying to design your kitchen can overlook a design solution or opportunity that can cost you functionality, aesthetics, sales ability and revenue from your home.

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One of the primary reasons a homeowner turns to a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) is to translate your vision—and often your unstated or unrealized needs—into a design that maximizes the functional use of space, desired resources and budget. NKBA designers hear it over and over from their clients: “I never knew that was even an option to consider.”

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At Your Squarefeet, Certified  Designer, (CKD), Patricia Daly Filas, is a Nationally Published, Award Winning Designer. She and her designs have been featured on HGTV.  She had been consistently selected as the Premier Designer for the Decorator Showhouses for Kitchen and Bath Remodels for the Baltimore Symphony and Historic Ellicott City Showhouses.  She is also a member in good standing with the NKBA and their continuing education program. Patricia is also a licensed General Contractor in Maryland prior to her move to No Carolina.

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Hiring a Kitchen Designer

Hiring a Kitchen Designer

For any size Kitchen Remodeling Project, first spend your money on kitchen remodeling, kitchen designa good, reputable Certified Kitchen Designer, (CKD).

Kitchen Design is a unique and detail oriented profession that must balance the architectural commandments of form and function to the highest degree. It is the juxtaposition of fine design against working functionality that must be blended to create a beautiful, and practical, Kitchen for Today’s Lifestyle.

We all know we like the high end consumer products; Mercedes, Gucci, Burberry, etc…the reason we admire them is they are functional and beautifully DESIGNED.

Design is everywhere, in every product you use, for every product you choose. We have all seen even small cottages that seem to have stepped out of a fairly tale –  there’s a great Designer behind that door.

A good Designer can take quality, moderately priced items and improve the value of your home with great design both in function kitchen designerand beauty. Whether you  meet with a designer in person, or have an online designer, your project will reap the benefits.

A kitchen can typically involve as many tradespeople as building an entire home.  A Kitchen Designer must be experienced with all trades that are involved in construction as well as constantly keeping up with all new products for the Kitchen and Bath Industry.

However you choose to remodel your Kitchen, always consider the certified kitchen designervalue of a CKD Designer, (Certified Kitchen Designer).  The right Design and the right products can optimize your initial dollars and your return on investment, in some areas, as much as 100% or more the first year, (see Cost vs Value for your area).  Hiring a Kitchen Designer for your Kitchen Remodeling project, your Home, will reap the benefits financially, functionally, and aesthetically.

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Free Initial Design Consultation

Free Initial Design Consultation

kitchen design, craftsman kitchenWe would like to offer you a Free Initial Design Consultation on your Kitchen Remodeling Project. We will need to spend a bit of time with you, at least an hour or more.  We will be exploring ideas and possibilities for your project, and understanding all your “must haves” and “would love to haves”, while guiding you through realities of construction and products. We know everyone has a “Wish List” for their project and we do our best to make that happen. Great Design is the key to a contemporary kitchensuccessful project.  A good Designer can even make a project with a very modest budget something special. If you decide you want to proceed with our Design Services, our Design Fee Schedules are posted on our full website at Your Squarefeet.

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Why Kitchen Design is so Important !

Why Kitchen Design is so Important !

Kitchen Remodeling must start with great Kitchen Design. If your design is not to its best potential, than the Kitchen Remodeling time and money invested may be wasted. A Certified Kitchen Designer, (CKD),  Kitchen Designer is essential.

What you really need to consider is the impact of a great Kitchen Design to your  Remodeling in terms of financial Value and Aesthetics. Kitchens arekitchen remodeling, kitchen design the most important space in a Home. In the Real Estate world, Kitchens are also the most valuable rooms in the Home.

For many of us, our Homes are our biggest financial asset.  There is no better reason to make sure your Kitchen Design is in the hands of an experienced and talented CKD, (Certified Kitchen Designer).

Investing in the right CKD Kitchen Designer can make the difference between a successful  Kitchen Remodeling project or something quite different.

A good CKD Kitchen Designer can help you re-evaluate your Home for proper Design  for your family’s needs,  spatial relationships, adaptive use of space, traffic patterns, function, and of course – architectural and style considerations. Best of all, you can have frank conversations about Budgets.

You need to review these options and choose carefully for the good of your Home,  and Yourself.

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Construction Horror Stories – Hard Learned Lessons

Construction Horror Stories – Hard Learned Lessons

Construction Horror Stories – think only Customers have them?  You may want to read further.

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Remodeling is no fairy tale and there’s no Mother Goose to make problems just go away. You have to get your ducks in a row with the help of Your Squarefeet!

For most of us our home is our most valuable asset. Of course, in today’s real estate market that may be an issue at the moment, but if you can’t sell your house and move, or don’t want to leave, then you should develop the right remodeling project and enjoy your home.

So – if your home is your most valuable asset, why would you possibly take the chance of messing it up. You wouldn’t consider cutting your own hair, and even if we ramp up the anxiety level and challenge you to build your own car, almost none of you would ever consider doing this. But for some primal reason you would consider DIY (do-it-yourself), and jump into tearing your house apart with little to no knowledge, usually because the idea of buying cool power tools and doing demolition is soooo appealling. After all, the “Big Box” stores have told you they have everything for your project. TV “designers” offer videos on adding a room addition, redesigning your kitchen or a bathroom remodel and they show you how to do it in a weekend! How could you possibly screw this up? Plus, you have seen the real guys working on projects and they certainly don’t look or sound like rocket scientists.You’re educated, you have the internet, you have a friend who’s a mechanical engineer – if you plan this all out correctly, what could possible go wrong. You can even buy a 3D Design program for your computer that prints out pictures for home additions or remodeling kitchens just like the Pros. Sounds like this could be great!

Then we have another foolproof scenario destined to go horrible wrong. Hiring the cheapest Contractor with no license and no office.  Granted, some of you don’t even know to look for these things, or the many other qualifiers Contractors should have – that you can learn about here. But usually the deciding factor is money.  By the time you get to the stage in life where you are remodeling a home, you should know that “you get what you pay for”. 

So here are a couple of our real Construction Horror stories, (names changed for obvious reasons), that we thought you might like to read ..


Discussions With Your Kitchen Designer

Discussions With Your Kitchen Designer

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Our Kitchen Designer designed a dining place just for me. Some rude people say I can be messy.

Meet or talk with a Certified Kitchen Designer that you have pre-qualified with your research. This means your CKD, (Certified Kitchen Designer), is a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Assn., (,  and has been awarded the accreditation of a CKD.

  • Discuss your Kitchen Design & Kitchen Remodeling Project at length together
  • Determine if you communicate well together
  • Discuss style, architecture, function, & budget
  • Discuss how involved, or not, you want to be in the Kitchen Design process
  • Understand how your drawings will be presented (ie. CAD or other hand drawn) for the Kitchen Design
  • Discuss Kitchen Design Fees for the layouts & material selections and/or Project Management fees if chosen
  • Discuss when Measurements and photos are begun
  • Discuss when Design Concept and Layouts are presented by your Kitchen Designer
  • Meeting and Reviews with Homeowners
  • Revisions to Layout, Final Plans,  Cabinet Legends, Perspectives
  • Material Selections & Alternates if any
  • Estimates and Proposal
  • Contract Documents & Specifications
  • Pre-Construction Meetings
  • On-Site Project Management (if contracted)

Having a qualified Certified Kitchen Designer working on your Kitchen Project will give you the confidence, information,  and great Design,  Function, and Home Value for a truly successful Kitchen Remodeling.

Preparing for Your Kitchen Remodel

You and your Contractor/Installer should have a Pre-Construction Meeting to Prepare for your kitchen Remodel. This meeting should cover all the topics for you to prepare your house and yourselves for the kitchen remodeling project.

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  • Empty your Kitchen Cabinets – don’t put your stuff in the path where the worker will be using, make sure you decide this with your Project Manager or Lead Carpenter
  • Most  installers will require a staging and cutting area, usually in a garage space that you may have to dedicate to them for the project
  • Temporary Kitchen – by now you will have decided where your temporary kitchen will be, (this may be your microwave, and refrigerator and coffee pot), and only keep necessary items there. Decide if and  how a temporary sink will be set up. Sometimes if there is a working sink on the same floor, you may opt to use that.
  • Clearly mark any fixtures, fittings, or cabinets that are to be salvaged for you or relocated prior to any demolition
  • Remove artwork on walls and tables from adjoining rooms, cover all furniture with drop cloths
  • Discuss where plastic protection will be hung
  • Discuss how trash will be removed, ie, dumpster, trash truck and where it will be locatedkitchen remodeling, kitchen design
  • Discuss exterior protection of landscaping, sidewalks
  • Discuss covering HVAC ducts
  • Coordinate alarm codes and key access as well as names & phone #’s of who will be contacts and on your job along with an emergency phone number
  • Discuss any issues with pets
  • Discuss family schedules to be aware of, and construction schedules that are necessary for the work to be performed.
  • Inform your neighbors of the impending work
  • Discuss signage and placement
  • Discuss Facilities for workers, ie. toilets, etc
  • Discuss communications – get all contact info and emergency number