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A home’s kitchen plays a vital role in you and your family’s day-to-day life. Given the fact that you’re going to be in there multiple times a day, it’s important to make sure that the space is as functional as possible. Because of its constant use, many people remodel their kitchens to increase comfort, size, and aesthetics. However, not every kitchen remodel is a cheap endeavor. Depending on how much work you’re planning on doing it can take a great deal of time and money to get it up and running. Here’s a breakdown of the cost of kitchen remodeling to help get you started.

How Much Should You Budget for a Kitchen Remodel?

So, how much money should you plan on spending on a kitchen remodel? That answer varies depending on who you ask. Kitchen remodeling entails many different things and the amount of work required can drastically change the price. For example, some kitchen projects are as simple as replacing the cabinets and flooring. Other remodeling projects require tearing everything down to add additional square footage and enlarge the space.

On average, redoing a kitchen can cost anywhere from $50,000-$150,000. This may seem a little pricey at first but you often get what you pay for and quality is very important when remodeling a kitchen. Hiring a reputable contractor helps ensure that you don’t encounter any problems down the line.

How Long Does a Kitchen Remodel Take?

A kitchen remodeling project’s length can vary depending on the workload. A good rule of thumb is to plan for a fifteen-week experience when completely redoing a kitchen. This is because professionals need time to measure and build quality custom cabinets and appliances for your home. It’s going to take some time but it’s going to pay off once you have the luxury kitchen you always wanted.

Make sure you are available to supervise the remodel. If you are present during the process you’ll be able to review the work, answer questions, and make sure everything is how you want it to be.

Ensuring that You have a Smooth Remodeling Experience

Budget for your remodeling project accordingly and set aside time for the remodel. This eliminates surprises and delays and will lead to the best possible kitchen for your household. Gather your ideas and contact a kitchen remodeler today and get the kitchen of your dreams.

Are You Ready for a Kitchen Renovation?

For over 30 years, Caruso Kitchens has created thousands of award-winning dream kitchens for Colorado residents. With over 150 years of combined experience, our skillful designers will help you create the kitchen of your dreams. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an interview, call us today. We are located in Lakewood, Colorado, and serve the entire Denver Metro Area.

Caruso Family Charities to Become a Public Foundation

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Brandon RobinsonTravis, and his wife Kathy, lived in Widefield, CO with their four children, Brandon – 13, Alex – 10, Dakota (Kodi) – 4 and Callie – 2. Formerly an Army Medic, Travis was severely injured while serving in Afghanistan and is 100% disabled. His oldest son, Brandon, was first diagnosed with brain cancer in 2003. After receiving treatment in Boston, and 5 years of remission, doctors were optimistic that Brandon was cured. Unfortunately, in 2012, Brandon experienced severe headaches and was taken to a Colorado Springs emergency room. Doctors discovered 3 new brain tumors. The cancer had returned.

After consulting with a multitude of doctors, the consensus was that Brandon’s cancer was terminal and there was nothing more they could do. Travis had to deliver the heartbreaking news to his son. Brandon replied, “I fought cancer before and won. I want to try again.” A soldier himself, Travis agreed to take up his son’s fight. He took a leave of absence from work and brought Brandon to Children’s Hospital Colorado for a succession of chemotherapy and radiation treatments. Kathy stayed behind in Widefield with Brandon’s brothers and sister.

The family was apart for months. The doctors didn’t think Brandon would make it to Christmas. Against the odds, he surprised them all. An elated Travis said, “It was the best Christmas ever. All of us were together to celebrate.”

In January, Brandon underwent a high-dose chemotherapy treatment that causes severe side effects. Despite the side effects, Brandon made a guest appearance at the Caruso Family Charities Gala. He joined his dad, mom, brothers and sister at the Gala.

Travis shared his firsthand experience taking care of Brandon. In a deeply moving speech, Travis gave the audience an account of what life is like for his family. He stated, “Caruso Family Charities saved us from financial devastation. Because of the help I received from the charity, I was able to spend time with Brandon and ensure he got the loving care and treatment he deserved. Travis concluded, “I don’t know where I’d be without the help of Caruso Family Charities. It’s been a lifesaver for my family.”

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How Supply Chain Problems Affect Cabinet Manufacturers, Contractors, and Homeowners

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During the past couple of years, many companies have suffered from major supply shortages due to one reason or another. For the most part, businesses have been able to move on from this and get things back on track. On the other hand, the building and construction industry still has a long way to go.

The sudden change in both the quality of wood being produced and the length that it takes to ship it out has greatly damaged the woodworking industry as a whole. Because supply chain problems affect cabinet manufacturers, contractors, and homeowners no one is spared from the problems that have appeared recently.

Wide-Ranging Effects

Here’s everything you need to know about the current state of woodworking.

Material Shortages

The overall material shortage present in the industry has led to a plethora of problems for those on all sides of the equation. When something becomes harder to obtain changes are going to have to be made to balance out the demand. These changes have caused many homeowners to be unhappy with the quality of their purchases. This in turn reflects poorly on the contractors and manufacturers who are constantly having to work around the supply chain problems.

Increased Prices

Because less quality wood is being produced it means that what exists is going to skyrocket in price to balance it out. This leads to cabinet manufacturers having to make a bigger investment in order to get the materials they need for the project at hand. This also means that the contractor is going to have to give a homeowner an estimate that may be higher than expected.

Delays

Most cabinet renovations are expected to take around 6-8 weeks to complete. Normally this would be an accurate estimate because the building process itself can actually go quite fast given the right situation. Unfortunately, delays have changed the length of projects greatly. Quality cabinet renovations tend to take 15-18 works in the current climate.

Workarounds

To address the issues, cabinet manufacturers have developed some workarounds.

New Suppliers

Many manufacturers are reaching out to new suppliers in order to make up for the lack of material currently available. Doing this will give them new options and opportunities to find something that works. Finding a supply chain that is devoid of problems will also lead to a reduction in price for the homeowner.

Extensive Planning

If you’re a homeowner looking to renovate your cabinets then make sure you plan accordingly for the delays that are present in the industry. If you were to start a project right now then there’s a good chance that it won’t be done for a few months. Make sure that your schedule is going to work with that before you get stuck halfway through the project.

Are You Ready for a Kitchen Renovation?

For over 30 years, Caruso Kitchens has created thousands of award-winning dream kitchens for Colorado residents. With over 150 years of combined experience, our skillful designers will help you create the kitchen of your dreams. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an interview, call us today. We are located in Lakewood, Colorado, and serve the entire Denver Metro Area.

Caruso Family Charities to Become a Public Foundation

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Caruso Family Charities is excited to announce that it is in the process of becoming a public foundation. When Caruso Family Charities originated, it was set up as a private foundation as Jerry, and Karen Caruso were unsure which direction Caruso Family Charities would go. Over the years, Caruso Family Charities has grown in ways we would never have imagined. Taking on this lengthy task of becoming a public foundation will allow us to have significantly more funding avenues such as donations from Donor Advised Funds, Colorado Gives Day, Giving Tuesday, Amazon Smile, and many more. Stay tuned for more information and ways to support us once our conversion process is complete!

Visit the Caruso Family Charities to Learn More:

https://www.carusofamilycharities.org/ 

4 Things to Consider When Choosing a Kitchen Sink

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With hundreds of premanufactured sink choices available as well as endless custom options, knowing which kitchen sink to choose from can be challenging. Here are options to consider when choosing a kitchen sink.

What are your sink options?

Choose a sink that will work well for your needs and withstand years of daily use.

Size & Shape

The size of the countertop and your sink’s use will determine the size of the sink that you need. Typically, you have three options.

1. Single Basin 

Single basins are perfect for oversized pots and larger dishes.

2. Double Basin

Double basins provide room for separate tasks, such as washing and rinsing dishes. The basins can be the same sized, or you can have one bigger and one smaller.

3. Triple Basin

Triple bowl sinks are ideal for prep work. You often have a smaller basin between two larger ones.

Installation Type

The type of countertop you choose will often determine your sink’s installation type, but you do have options.

1. Drop-In Sinks

Drop-ins are one of the most common and popular types of sinks. This is also called a top mount sink.

2. Farmhouse Sinks

This type of sink has an apron font where the sink replaces the front edge of the countertop.

3. Flush-mount Sink

These are drop-in sinks that have been inset so that they are level with the countertop.

4. Integrated Sinks

An integrated sink is molded and part of the countertop.

5. Undermount Sinks

This type of sink is ideal for granite counters.

6. Bar Sinks

This is a much smaller sink and is installed in secondary spaces such as kitchen islands.

Material & Finish

The material and finish of your kitchen sink depend on style preferences and use. How you clean your sink will be determined by the material you choose.

1. Stainless Steel

Stainless steel is durable, scratch-resistant, and modern-looking. There are special stainless steel cleaners designed to keep the sink bright and remove water stops.

2. Copper

Copper is anti-microbial, making it easy to clean. The copper patinas over time, so when choosing copper, know that there will be more upkeep than with other materials.

3. Granite Composite

Granite is non-porous and durable. It resists scratches and chipping and is easy to clean.

4. Cast Iron

Cast iron sinks have a glossy porcelain finish and come in multiple colors. They can withstand high heat but may scratch over time.

5. Fireclay

Fireclay comes in multiple colors, similar to cast iron/porcelain sinks. They are durable and non-porous for easy cleaning.

Drain Placement

Another decision you will need to make when selecting your kitchen sink is drain placement. Generally, there are three options available.

1. Off-Center

An off-center drain is placed at the right or left of the sink basin and gives you more space under the cabinet. That space can be used for taller kitchen items or for a filtration system if one is desired.

2. Centered

Center drains are the most common type of drain and allow water to drain faster. A centered drain aligns with the center faucet and makes plumbing repairs easier because of accessibility to the pipes.

3. Rear Drain

The installation of a rear drain can be tricky, but they allow lots of room under the cabinet, and pans won’t blow the drain. Food prep is easier because you have more space in the basin.

Are You Ready for a Kitchen Renovation?

For over 30 years, Caruso Kitchens has created thousands of award-winning dream kitchens for Colorado residents. With over 150 years of combined experience, our skillful designers will help you create the kitchen of your dreams. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an interview, call us today. We are located in Lakewood, Colorado, and serve the entire Denver Metro Area.

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Caruso Family Charities' Featured Story: The Ellis Family

 

This year’s featured family for the 15th Annual Caruso Family Charities Golf Tournament was the Aliveara Ellis family. Aliveara is a single mother to three kids, Joe (15), Jessiah (11), and Ak’ya (9). This family’s story is like nothing you have ever heard before and will give you a glimpse into the lives of the families we serve and the struggles they face every single day.

One day, Aliveara noticed that her son Joe wasn’t able to use his body the same way he had in the past. Aliveara took him to the doctor, and they discovered he had Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a rare genetic disease. Duchenne causes the muscles in the body to become weak and damaged over time and is eventually fatal. Duchenne is caused by a genetic mutation that prevents the body from producing dystrophin, which muscles need to work properly. Without dystrophin, muscle cells become damaged and weaken. Over time, children with Duchenne will develop problems walking and breathing, and eventually, the muscles that help them breathe and the heart will stop working. Unbeknownst to Aliveara, she is a carrier for the gene and passed this gene down to her children. It will eventually affect all of their lives in some way or another.

Aliveara is a single mother and is unable to work because of the 24-hour care the kids need. She has dedicated her life to caring for her children and is an incredible mother. The Ellis family lived in a three-story apartment building where Aliveara had to carry her two boys up and down the stairs every day. Aliveara doesn’t have a car, so she leaves the kids at home, takes the bus to the grocery store or to run errands, and comes home to continue caring for her kids. The family is homebound and doesn’t get to do a lot or go anywhere because it is simply too tricky. With the help of Caruso Family Charities, we were able to get them into a living situation without stairs to alleviate some of the physical pressure from Aliveara. While their living condition still isn’t perfect, it is better than what it was. Caruso Family Charities is dedicated to giving this family a better quality of life and is working our hardest to find them the perfect place to live. After their current year lease is up, with the help of the money raised through our golf tournament, we will be finding them a more comfortable and suitable home for their lifestyle and hope to make an impact they will never forget. This family struggles day in and day out, yet you never hear them complain about a thing. We must count our blessings each day and remember that no matter how bad things can get, there is always someone who has it worse. We have found that this is something Caruso Family Charities donors seem to understand, and we believe it allows this small non-profit to flourish and impact those in need in ways we could have never imagined. Thank you for your continued support and generosity. YOU are making an impact!

If you or your company are looking for a local non-profit to support, please consider Caruso Family Charities.

What’s the Difference Between Working with an Architect or a Certified Kitchen & Bath Designer?

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There is a big difference between architects and designers. Architects are concerned with the structure, ensuring the building is up to the required codes. Designers advise on interior elements, like the flow of spaces, style, and material selection, while using their skills to add aesthetic value.

When remodeling a kitchen, it is best to work with a designer, even if you are working with an architect. Even better is if you can hire a certified kitchen and bath designer.

What’s the difference between an interior designer and a certified kitchen and bath designer?

An interior designer works with many parts of the home and follows a theme, whereas a kitchen designer focuses on the cabinetry and function of the kitchen. A kitchen designer is like a specialist and will have in-depth knowledge and experience with the different aspects of a kitchen’s design.

What does a kitchen designer do?

A kitchen designer advises you on styles, materials, and colors and helps you with operational decisions, physical restrictions, and spatial challenges. A kitchen designer will help you create a kitchen that works for you and looks beautiful.

They will first design a kitchen layout that best serves the client and their space. They will then determine the best styles and materials to fit this layout.

Do I need a kitchen designer?

Cabinetry companies rarely sell cabinetry directly to the consumer, and therefore you will need a designer to be involved in your new kitchen.

Plus, there are additional benefits to hiring a certified kitchen designer.

  • A kitchen designer can advise on current kitchen decorating trends and help you incorporate them into your home seamlessly.
  • They help you maximize the use and function of space, improving your quality of life.
  • A designer’s professional connections can save you time, frustration, and money.

Oftentimes an architect will work with designers and vice versa. If you are building or renovating your kitchen and incorporating custom elements like cabinets, then bringing in a kitchen designer is a must. They will bring your style and function to your kitchen and their knowledge and expertise will make sure that you get the function and value you want.

Are You Ready for a Kitchen Renovation?

For over 30 years, Caruso Kitchens has created thousands of award-winning dream kitchens for Colorado residents. With over 150 years of combined experience, our skillful designers will help you create the kitchen of your dreams. If you have any further questions or would like to schedule an interview, call us today. We are located in Lakewood, Colorado, and serve the entire Denver Metro Area.

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