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Make Custom Kitchens And Baths Pencil Out

Kitchens and baths are opportunities for a custom builder to really shine. When clients bring photos of European cabinets, pro-style gas ranges, steam showers, and other sexy features to a meeting, builders are inclined to go all out in order to please them. But because some of the costliest line items in a custom project, particularly cabinets, are allocated to the kitchen and bath, budgets can quickly spin out of control.

When It Comes to Siding, Looks Are Everything

Beauty may be skin deep, but when it comes to siding, at least, looks are everything. Google search “siding curb appeal” and help yourself to the roughly 1.5 million links on that topic, many leading to real estate agents' pages eager to point this fact out. But here’s the paradox: The people who own the house are usually in the house, looking out, not outside the house looking in. What they’re looking at right now is their kitchen, their bathroom, their boring den.

Design Your Dream Kitchen and Bathroom For Less With The Help Of Lori Garrard- Steighner

Lori Garrard-Steighner, a kitchen and bathroom designer at Von Tobel Lumber and Hardware of Valparaiso, has been with the company for several years now. She started off as a cashier, but was promoted to a kitchen and bathroom designer. “I did not go to college for designing, but Von Tobel put me through a ton of kitchen and bathroom designer training. I have visited a lot of places for seminars and training events,” stated Garrard-Steighner. The kitchen and bathroom designers at Von Tobel use a designing program called 2020 Design. “The 2020 Design program lets us layout all the kitchen and bathroom designs for the customer.