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Why Hire a Certified Kitchen Designer?

In this Issue

Why Hire a Certified Kitchen Designer?.....1

How To Pay For Your Kitchen Remodel During a Difficult Financial Market.................................2

A Certified Kitchen Designer receives their education and certification through the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). There are 60 hours of education spanning product and design, construction and business, and much much more. Then, there is a eight hour exam with both question and answer, as well as drafting to established planning guidelines. This test is only available after seven years of experience in the industry.

Needless to say, only a small percentage of those that take the test, pass.

You can find CKD's through the nkba website at www.nkba.org with a request to find a professional.

You can expect a vast amount of resources available through your CKD. You can also expect plenty of previous project experience, with perhaps a portfolio of work done.

A CKD will take the time to review your situation in detail before presenting design solutions.

A CKD is a specialist, whose training and work is focused on kitchens.

James & Athena Shannon, Mesquite, NV

"We would like to thank you for all you guys are doing- you make so easy to deal with all of this- We truly appreciate all your time, people at Portrait Kitchens are very down to earth. Love what we see on your great prints"

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Question: On average, what is the annual accumulation of grease in a home, because of poor cooking ventilation, or not use at all?

A: 1 Pint

B: 3 Quarts

C: 5 Gallons

D: 6 Quarts

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


Question: What type of refrigerant was eliminated in the 1990’s for refrigerators?

Answer: B: CFC’s

Q: We Have New Wood Floors, But Many Scratches Have Appeared. What Can We Do To Prevent More Scratches On Our Beautiful Hardwood Flooring?

A: Let’s make it simple. There are three popular culprits for damage to wood flooring. Dogs, stools, and gravel.

First, dog nails are the worst on wood flooring. If your dog is not an outside dog, you may reconsider that. Otherwise, get the nails trimmed regularly.

Next, stools can do substantial damage, especially with metal pads or bumpers on the bottoms of the feet. I have even seen some plastic tabs do quite a number on wood flooring. Many wood flooring dealers have chair and furniture pads to apply which will protect your wood flooring.

Finally, gravel is, for the most part, quartz. The only thing harder than quartz is a diamond. You might consider a welcome mat at the front door. Or, maybe it is time to go shoeless in the home.

E-mail 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.


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.

Virginia Cobb of St George
Robert & Lisa Mitchell of Winchester Hills
Mike & Annette Farrin of Santa Clara
Robert & Alexis Bailey of St George


Radio Remodeling Show about Kitchens, Baths, Additions, and More. It will be broadcast on 1450 AM in St George, and streamed live online. Shad Johnsen, CKD and Kevin Hansen will be the hosts.

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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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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.

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