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Child Friendly Kitchens

In this Issue

Child Friendly Kitchens...................1

Dirty, Dusty, or Incomplete: How Glazes Will Become Dated? ....................2

Monthly Specials .........3

So many kitchens today with growing families encounter the challenge of designing with the needs and abilities of multiple generations in mind. This most certainly includes children.

Here are a few suggestions that may make life in the kitchen...a little more “friendly”:

1. Built-in fold-up step stools on back of base cabinet doors just below or adjascent to most used areas, ie. sink, microwave, dish cabinet, etc.

2. Slip resistent flooring because smaller children don’t

usually use caution about running in the kitchen.

3. Lower microwave; the kids are going to use it anyway, make it safer and easier to use.

4. Snack fridge closer to the living area, so the children don’t have to interrupt other kitchen activities for fruit, drinks and the like.

5. Lowered baking counter not only makes baking preparation for shorter adults more convenient, but the children can join in here also. I usually recommend about 30” high countertop.

This list can be added to as technology and new design affects how we... and kids use our kitchens.

“…we are very happy with the design and results. He came up with several good suggestions that we are only too happy we used!”

Bob & Carol Lakin, St George, UT

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Q: Which flooring product should I install after the cabinetry?

A: The only product that I recommend to install ,after the cabinetry is in place, is floating wood floors. In order for the wood to expand and contract properly, it must be installed after and around all fixed items in the room, such as cabinetry.

I highly recommend, wherever possible to install tile, glue-down or nail-down wood flooring, cork, bamboo, vinyl, luxury vinyl tile, and all others to be installed previous to the installation of the cabinetry. This helps in many ways, but the two most prevalent include minimizing difficulties with changing cabinetry kitchen layout down the road, if the flooring remains. Also, if there is a leak from the refrigerator or dishwasher, it will become noticed much quicker if the flooring under the cabinets is the same level as the rest of the flooring.

You can e-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.


Question: What is a Dual fuel range?

A: Electric oven and electric cooktop.
B: Electric oven and gas cooktop
C: Gas oven and gas cooktop.
D: Gas oven and electric cooktop.

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 Westates Theaters!


Congratulations to Dana Miller:

What type of cooking can you place a paper under the pan while it is cooking without burning the paper?

Answer: D. Induction.



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.

Bradley & Karine Hall of St George

Ford and Sharron Northington of Las Vegas

Michael & Brenda McNaughton of Santa Clara

Dirty, Dusty, or Incomplete: How Glazes

Will Become Dated.

New at Portrait Kitchens!

The Kitchen Value Report helps homeowners and real estate agents alike to understand how an existing or remodeled kitchen may impact the value of their home.

Watch for more information on our website.

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Monthly Special Buys:

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Next Month:

Why Should Kitchen Designs Be Completed Before The House Plans?

Going All The Way: 3 Ways to Avoid Stop Signs in Your Kitchen Remodel.

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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.

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