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Designing a New and Improved Kitchen: An Interview Sam Lisi of Village Restoration & Custom Homes

By Sam Lisi

Please tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

We are a full service company that builds new homes, constructs additions and remodels existing homes. We are a small family based company that gives hands on service with attention to detail.

When people want to design a new kitchen, where should they start?

The first thing a person should do is set a budget. It is important to shop early so that the selections are within that budget. Appliance selection is key to designing a cabinet layout so that should be first.

Try to find a cabinet company that has a designer in house. Let them know if you are working within the existing space you have or if you will be expanding the area. Most cabinet companies can provide the countertops as well and coordinate plumbing if you are staying within existing parameters. Sometimes they can arrange to have an electrician replace fixtures.

If the space needs to be expanded, call a general contractor who is experienced in remodeling.

What are some of the most important decisions homeowners will need to make during the kitchen design process?

The most important thing a homeowner can do is to set a realistic time frame and make living provisions while the kitchen is out of use. Once again, it is important to stay within budget which will take research and time. The cabinet company will be one of the most important decisions they make so getting references, seeing work will help.

How is the budget typically set? What are some ways to keep your project affordable?

The budget is set by listing all the items to be installed and shopping until you find the products you can afford and suit your needs. You must also factor in the management, labor, construction costs especially if you are expanding.

What are some of the most popular products and styles/features that people are interested in?

Today's most popular features are stone countertops, stainless steel appliances, highend plumbing fixtures and semi-custom cabinets.

Do you have any advice to help make the kitchen design process as enjoyable as possible?

The best advice I can give you is to find a great cabinet company from the start who will help you with your budget in planning a great kitchen.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

Sam Lisi
Phone: 843-971-5974

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