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Three Steps To Hiring a
Professional Kitchen Designer

In this Issue

Three Steps To Hiring a Professional Kitchen Designer.........................1

O The Joy In The Completion Of Your New Kitchen!..........................2

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You have been looking through glossy designer magazines dreaming of your dream kitchen for years now. You have saved up all the money you need to remodel your kitchen right the first time. You have even budgeted to hire a professional kitchen designer. Now what? Where do you find one, and how do you know if they are the best one for your project?

Here are three suggestions that should help you in determining the best designer for your kitchen remodel project:

1. Certification: For those of you who have read my articles, already know how much I push this. The NKBA has a phenomenal training and certification program for kitchen designers. They are CKD's or Certified Kitchen Designers, and must maintain their certification with many hours of continuing eduction.

2. Sample Work: A picture says a thousand words. Look for examples on websites or portfolios.

3. References: Contact previous clients to get input.

Happy designer hunting!

"Goal was to create a kitchen that would be functional for our family. We were thrilled with the results of our kitchen. We continue to get compliments about it..."

D & S Mortensen, Hurricane, Utah

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Question: What is the minum recommended (NKBA) walkway space in a kitchen for one cook?

A: 30”
B: 36”
C: 42"
D: 48”
E: B or C.

The first correct answer faxed to 986.8323 or e-mailed to info@portraitkitchens.com will win 2 Movie Passes to Westates Theaters!

Congratulations to Sherry!
Question: What is the difference between a built-in fridge and a free standing fridge? Answer: F: All the above.

Q: Our kitchen is so small, can you really do much to improve the storage or function? Northingtons, Pine Valley, UT

A: Dear Northingtons: This is a very common concern among my clients who have a small kitchen with no cost effective way to increase space. You may be surprised by what you can do.

This is the time when maximizing space is most important. So, first make sure that all the corners in the kitchen are easily accessible. Consider frameless cabinets versus framed. Your space in between cabinetry will not be wasted. Make sure that you have a deeper cabinet over the refrigerator to make use of the space that is storage anyway. If there is a way to vent directly out the back of the hood, you can get more storage. Also, increase the depth of the wall cabinets to 15". Many more ideas from where these came from...

E-mail your questions to info@portraitkitchens.com. Please be sure to include your name and phone number if additional information is required to answer your question.


We believe in treating all of our clients like family, just ask any of our longtime clients. We are excited to welcome each of our first time Portrait Kitchens clients. We appreciate the opportunity to serve you and hope to see you again very soon. Here are just a few of the new members of the family.

Anne Joseph of Michigan
John Shuster of Bloominton, Utah
Ron & Cynthia Stanphil of Parowan, Utah
Stephen Jacobsen of Mesa, Arizona

O The Joy In The Completion Of
Your New Kitchen!

The Radio Remodeling Show can be found right after Dr. Laura. We have regular trivia questions and prizes, and drawings.

Radio Remodeling Show is all about Kitchens, Baths, Additions, and More. It is broadcast live on 1450 AM in St George every Thursday afternoon from 4:00 - 4:30pm. Tune in to hear live discussions about remodel projects right here in Southern Utah.

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New To Portrait Kitchens!

Portrait Kitchens is proud to be Southern Utah’s new authorized Oreck dealer. We have quality vacuums in stock, along with air purifiers, tile and wood cleaners, orbiters, irons, and many more great products.
Come see the all new Halo. Kills bacteria w/UV

During a difficult time, it could be quite worrisome to have your wall oven go out of service. How about an obsolete model Bosch 30” convection wall oven, with full manufacturer’s warranty, still brand new in the box, for only half of it’s original price. You won’t want to miss this opportunity for a great buy.

At Portrait Kitchens, we are focusing our efforts on the needs of those who are aging, and would like to maintain mobility, independence, and comfort in their homes during the “golden years”. Our beautiful walk-in tubs make bathing a much more comfortable experience. Come by to see one for you or a loved one.

Next Month:

Theme & Style:
How To Find Yours!

Look Into The Future:
Planning Projects For
Future Changes.

Company Address
193 S. Bluff Street
St George, UT 84770

Fax: 435.986.9566

Articles and content provided by
Shad D. Johnsen, CKD
a Certified Kitchen Designer by the
National Kitchen and Bath Association,
and owner of Portrait Kitchens.

© Portrait Kitchens 2003-2009

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