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Butcher Block Made Simple

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Butcher Block
Made Simple

Look Into The Future:
Planning Projects For
Future Changes.

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"What about bacteria?". "Can you cut on it?". "How do you clean it?". "How does it compare to granite?". "How long does it last?". "Can it get wet?". "Who manufactures it?". "Doesn't it damage easily?" And the questions go on and on. What is it about our culture, that good products and good designs have to skip generations?

Though I will not be taking the time to answer all the questions that come to us about butcher block, we will simplify the thinking errors, so that this generation can accept and

move on.

First of all, remember that butcher block is real solid wood. It use to be a tree, out in the sunlight, rain, and weather conditions. It was a living breathing organism. It has built-in antibacterial armies, called "enzymes".

Wood has always been a great use for shelving, table tops, coutnertops, dressers, and much more. Go to your local grocery store, and look into the bakery to see a very large butcher block working table. In my opinion, it is one of the best countertops.

"Great Service, great prices, easy to work with"
C & D Parker, Mesquite NV 2009

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

A: Reverse mount
B: Free mount
C: Step mount
D: Tile-in / flush mount

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


Question: Which ventilation type of blower is best for high performance, and low noise inside and outside? Answer: A: Inline blower.

Q: Without removing our solid surface countertops, what options do we have for changing the color and pattern?

Limited Budget, St George UT

A: Dear Limited Budget, first of all, you are one of a great population of people having to do things differently than they would have just 3-5 years ago. Anyway, remember that veneers, coatings, and topical finishes always need maintenance, care, and replacement sometime down the road. However, some countertop products can be placed right on top of the existing countertops, witch some changes to sinks, outlets, backsplashes, etc. Other alternatives would include epoxy coatings with a 15-25 year life expectancy. Some aftermarket spray on coatings I would stay away from. Not a very long life expectancy. Whatever you choose, there is nothing like doing it right the first time.

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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.

Paul & Taramie Jackman of Ivins, UT
Ann Goddard of Cedar City, UT
Sandra Goatling of Logandale, NV
Corey Cutlip of Maple Valley, WA

Look Into The Future:
Planning Projects For
Future Changes.

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 -5:00pm. Tune in to hear live discussions about remodel projects right here in Southern Utah.

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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:

Quality: Not
a Lost Art!

Just Say No To
Settling For Less.

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St George, UT 84770

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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 owner of Portrait Kitchens.

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Introducing the Beginning Of Our Contractor Sales Team

Develon Isom comes to Portrait Kitchens with approximately 15 years of experience in the construction trade. He has been involved in estimating, sales, and installation of many different facets of home construction. He is working as Assistant Sales. We are grateful for his contribution, and drive to make our company’s offering to the builders, the best we possibly can. Welcome aboard, Develon.

This Is The One Who Will Greet You.

Jostlyn Walton has joined our firm as our new Administrative Assistant. She graduated from Dixie High School in May and will continue her education at Dixie State College in the fall where she will work towards a bachelors degree in business, emphasizing in visual technology. She enjoys photography, graphic design, singing, and music in general. We extend a warm welcome to Jostlyn.

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