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Today’s Disposable Kitchen

In this Issue
Today's Disposable Kitchen.......................1
Good Things Come To Those Who Wait? Was The Sacrifice Worth It?....................2

If you have ever driven past a new construction jobsite, you are familiar with the amount of trash (usable goods) thrown away for each job.

Kitchens are not much different. Especially when it comes to remodeling a kitchen. It is very common that a client will throw away the old cabinets, countertops, wood flooring, kitchen sink, and light fixtures, etc. Not all of these items are reusable, but many are.

In many of the larger markets now, there are used home product companies who are doing very well selling the reclaimed, antique, or previously loved kitchen products of yesterday. In Southern Utah, we don’t yet have this option.

With all of this in mind, the worst challenge we have faced is the kitchen poorly planned, and rushed to meet a deadline, where standards are compromised, and clients settle for something very inappropriate for the home. This causes such a rippling effect shortly down the road when the homeowner decides that the originally installed products really are not appropriate for the home. Many homeowners in the last six months have come to us only three years or less since the home was built, seeking to completely renovate the kitchen.

Proper early planning can prevent most of today’s disposable kitchens from being wasted before their lifespan is really up.

“Overall, when all said and done, it seemed like Shad had a handle over a lot of things that we needed to have the handle over.”

Gail Hansen

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Q: Which countertop is the best?

Prospective Client - Hurricane, UT

A: Dear prospective client, this is a question asked of me quite often. It is difficult to make a recommendation of a one size fits all product for a kitchen. In fact, it is not fair or reasonable to do so. Each product for each kitchen should be considered based on usage, durability, food preparation, ease of maintenance, cost, etc.

Just for one example, I would not recommend a granite countertop for a client who is looking for a contemporary look with simplistic pattern and solid coloration. Your designer really should ask many questions of you before giving a suggestion to what material would be best for your job.

mail the Expert by sending your questions to info@portraitkitchens.com. Please be sure to include your name and phone number in case additional information is required to answer your question.


What is the recommended distant that the bottom of the microwave should be mounted ?

A: 15” - 54” above the finished floor.

B: 24” - 48” above the finished floor.

C: 6” - 18” above user’s shoulder.

D: Above the countertop.

The first correct answer faxed to 986.8323 or e-mailed to info@portraitkitchens.com will be this month’s winner of 2 Movie Passes to the Westates Theaters!


Congratulations to Harold Boyd:

Which of the woods listed below are the softest?

Answer: Alder


We believe in treating all of our customers like family, just ask any of our longtime customers. We are excited to welcome each of our first time Portrait Kitchens customers. 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.

Harold & Roma Farnsworth from Bloomington
Robert & Shaunna Kilpack from Ivins
K & K Construction / Parry’s from Washington
Dave & Kathy Hall from Ivins
Chris & Ofa Chandler from Central
Fio & Lisa Antognini from St George
John & Melissa Welch from Cedar City

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait? Is The Sacrifice Worth It?

After all the blood sweat and tears used to complete your dream kitchen project, the question often comes, “What is worth it”?

Certainly the planning stage establishes what really is to come of the success of the project. Here are some substantial considerations to know if it was worth it?

1. Storage space meets the demands of the use of the kitchen.

2. Product quality is appropriate for the type of home and it’s uses.

3. Shortcuts, to save time and money, were avoided as much as possible to insure the best possible solution.

4. The value of the home has improved just because of the kitchen project.

5. Overall, fair products and fair services were received for a fair price.

Most of the time the answer is yes that the project was worth the sacrifice. Make sure that you plan well enough to be on the affirmative at the end.


We cannot thank enough everyone who has referred Portrait Kitchens to their friends or family this past month. Your kind actions are really what make us a success. While we don’t have enough room to mention everyone, here are a few:

Zeke Andelin referred the Parry Family

Morton Family referred by Jason Burr

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Friends & Family
Referral Reward Program

Many of our customers “find” us as a result of word of mouth. This simple, yet gracious, act by our customers has allowed us to be successful. To assist our customers in spreading the word about our excellent service, we have provided this convenient referral page. To take advantage of this outstanding offer, simply present this portion of this newsletter, including your name and address, at the time of your first visit. That way YOU receive the great savings and your friend receives the recognition they deserve for sending you to us!

*$100 Toward
A Kitchen Design Retainer

When you refer your friends, neighbors or family, you’ve helped our business grow. Offering you this reward is our way of letting you know just how much we appreciate your actions.

*Valid for one year from month of issue (see front page). Does not apply to product purchase or hourly design services. Discount is taken off the total initial design retainer at the time of contract and payment.

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Today’s Disposable Kitchen

Good Things Come To Those Who Wait: Is the Sacrifice Worth It?

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193 S. Bluff Street

St George, UT 84770



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