The Best Projects
Take One Step At A Time.

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If you have ever looked at the magnificence of a large structure, you may find it almost unbelievable that it was even possible to accomplish such a feat. You may consider pyramids, skyscrapers, the Great Wall of China, and other amazing accomplishments of mans labor by hand, and you would have to recognize the fact that they were all the result of efforts required one step at a time.

Perhaps you have been the beneficiary of the opportunity to remodel your kitchen or bathroom(s). Every one of these seemingly daunting projects also simply take one step at a time.

Though you may easily find yourself overwhelmed with decisions when it comes to color, style, capacity, watts, brand, walkway space, texture, french door, or other choices, every step has its place in the pathway of a home improvement project. Typically, one step cannot be taken before another.

My best advice, when it comes to managing which steps to take and when to take them, is to work with a professional designer and contractor. To them, these decisions are manageable and not emotional. So, put one step in front of the other and build a magnificent project!

"...They were patient when I needed time to consider my decisions. I amextremely
pleased with the finished kitchen! Thank You Portrait Kitchens."

J Richards, St George, UT 2008

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January TRIVIA Question

Question: What will make a faucet quieter when it is in operation?:

A: Volume flow restrictor

B: Higher reach

C: Two handles instead of one

D: Less air mixed with the water.

E: None of the Above.

The first correct answer faxed to 986.8323 or e-mailed to will win 2 Movie Passes to Westates Theaters!


Q: There are five ways that a sink can be mounted to a countertop: Under mount, surface mount, vessel style, integrated, and?:

Correct Answer: D: Tile-in / flush mount

Q: Is there a countertop material out there than I can change the color in a couple years, when I get tired of it, without replacing the entire countertop? Flexibility, St George UT

A: Dear Flexibility, What a great idea. We are going to have to patent that idea, and then sell it to one of the major manufacturers of countertop products. I do believe that countertops get changed on the basis of color more than anything else.

I do, however have one option for you to consider...concrete. You must make sure that it is concrete which has the wax sealer on it instead of epoxy. The wax may be removed, and new colorant or staining applied, then the wax reapplied. Work with your kitchen professional and a talented fabricator to plan this just right. What a perfect application for hotels, bed & breakfasts, entertainment kitchens, etc. where appearance is king.

Email your questions to Be sure to include your name and phone number.


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.

Melva Rasmussen of St George, UT
Ivan Marquez of Imperial, CA
Jeremy & Amy Coke of Wasilla, AK
Fawn Betty of Hurricane, UT
Joyce Runnells of Mesquite, NV

Picture Perfect Projects:
Do They Exist?

Streaming @

The Radio Remodeling Show has now been moved to a podcast program on the website. Looking longterm for a syndicated program... listen to support.

Radio Remodeling Show is all about Kitchens, Baths, Additions, and More. Listen to archive broadcasts on our website, or come back to find out where we will be live on the air again.

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News @ Portrait Kitchens!

Come check out the all new Steam-it steam cleaning wand for tile, windows, draperies, etc. Also, just need an orbiter for floor cleaning once in a while, we now offer rental services. Call for more information.

Bosch brand 27" and 30" wide convection and non-convection ovens in stainless, white, and black are going quickly. Get your kitchen plans finished, and grab them while there are still some to choose from. Remember, they are new with full manufacturer's warrany, and nearly 50% off!

Universal planning for all homes is almost necessary for today's changing family dynamics. If you have three bathrooms in your home, you may want to upgrade one to a universal design, so that almost anyone in any situation may be able to use it. A walk-in tub is a great way to get that bathroom started.

Next Month:

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

© Portrait Kitchens 2003-2010

New To The Team

Sydnee Cannon graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Interior Design in May of 2002.

She recently moved from the Salt Lake area to the St. George area when she married and became an instant mom of 6 kids. She has worked as an interior designer for two major furniture delaerships in Salt Lake City and has also worked as a drafter for an engineering firm.

Sydnee has a keen eye for color and is very detail oriented. She loves making each project reflect the needs and desires of her clients. She's excited to be with Portrait Kitchens & Baths.

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