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Quick- Name 10 Things You Can Do To
Your Kitchen Before the Holidays!
In this Issue
10- Things You Can Do To Your Kitchen For The Holidays....................1
Investment Return Report.......................2
What Are “Industry Standards” in Kitchen Projects?....................3

1. Paint: It can be a dreadful thought when you decide to put on the painting gloves all by yourself. So, I highly recommend to have a professional do the work.

2. New Appliances: As long as you stick with an appliance in the same dimensions, electrical demands, etc.

3. See Through: If you have doors that are made from five pieces of wood (five panel), then you can have glass inserted in place of the center panel.

4. Easy Access: Items such as roll-out shelves, spice racks, cutlery dividers, drawer organizers, cutting boards, and more.

5. Fancy Flow: A new faucet can be a quick fix. It can also be used for your future kitchen.

6. Top it Off: Crown molding can be a beautiful way to finish the cabinetry. Matching existing is hard ... be creative.

7. Floating Floors: There are some great floating wood floor products on the market now that can be installed over existing flooring and can be reused upon actual remodel of kitchen.

8. Handle It: Most cabinetry 20-30 years old did not have any hardware. Match to a trim color or other metal finishes in the room.

9. Add Some Splash: A backsplash can add artistic flair and interest to the space.

10. Let There Be Light: There are some undercabinet lights on the market that are battery powered. Easy and inexpensive.

It is true that most of the clients that I see for kitchen remodels have already gone through an assortment of the above steps and/or others. However, if you are looking for something to make a difference for a few years, an appropriate selection of these just may do the trick.

“I go in the kitchen everyday, and I think wow, I am glad that somebody was holding my hand through this project, because you think you know what you want, and you think that it’s going to turn out beautiful, but you sometimes don’t like the end project...”

Maria Downs

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Q: I would really like to have wood flooring in my kitchen, but I am concerned about the water. Are there any problems with wood flooring in the kitchen?

Portrait Kitchens Client - Santa Clara, UT

A: Dear client, wood flooring is one of the most highly used flooring products in the kitchen. Certainly too much water can damage the floor, but most of the time wood flooring companies finish the product with such a quality finish, and it is installed so that very little moisture can get into the body of the wood floors. As an additional precaution you can add another finish coat on top of the manufacturers finish for additional protection.

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.


“The bitterness of low quality lasts long after the sweetness of low price.”

Investment Return Report


Job Cost





Minor Kitchen Remodel




Bathroom Remodel, Mid-Range




Deck Addition




Major Kitchen Remodel, Upscale




Major Kitchen Remodel, Mid-Range




Report was provided by remodeling.hw.net and specpan for 2004. To represent comparisons for return on investment. Call for a current comparioson report for an investment on your upcoming project.


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:

Mr Tony Wittig referred the Hayes Family
John Davenport with Bracken Homes referred by JR Crawford

According to Money Magazine, “For return on investment, the best home renovation is to upgrade an old bathroom. Kitchens come in second. The return on investment on a mid-range bath modernization is 102% of its cost. Kitchens can add about 90% of their costs to the home’s value.”

Reported on www.nkba.org

NEW Finishes

Kitchen Accessories are where new finishes are first introduced. Don’t be surprised if your friends or family are cooking next Thanksgiving with a copper range.

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What Are “Industry Standards” in
Kitchen Projects?

You have heard of “Standards in the Industry”. And, every industry has them. Who has the priviledge to decide what is standard and what is not? Mostly this is established by the professionals in the industry as well as the consumbers for that industry. The Kitchen and Bath industry are no different.

First of all, how do you find out what the standards are? Are they just unwritten rules? To some extent yes. However, there are a few places to find some approved standards such as:

1. Local building codes.

2. NKBA National Kitchen and Bath Association.

3. Local Certified Kitchen De signer.

What are some areas to be aware that standards may be established? Well, it can be pretty much anything that has to do with the project, from design and

business practices to material construction, spacing, safety, color and pattern coordination, and certainly installation and costruction procedures.

Here are a few simple standards to keep in mind.

Design: Most important stage of the project. Usually takes 3-6 weeks for an average kitchen project.

Warranty: It is a standard expectation that products supplied for the job will have a written warranty.

Construction: No matter how we try to change it, it takes time. For a kitchen project, you should expect 6-8 weeks on average.


Which of the woods listed below are the softest?

A: Oak

B: Cherry

C: Alder

D: Maple

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 at Westates Theaters!


No one took advantage of the opportunity last month to win the movie tickets. Don’t forget to fax or email your answer to this months trivia question.



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.

John & Debbie Hayes from Richfield

The Waters Family from LaVerkin

John Davenport from St George

Troy & Joan Graf from St George

Thank you and welcome to everyone who recently joined our Portrait Kitchens family… we couldn’t do it without YOU!

You Have Always Wanted a

Front Load Washer & Dryer

For Many Years Now!

Now You Can Own Your Very Own High Quality Set
For Less Than a Mid-Range Standard Washer & Dryer.

1. 800+ RPM Rinse to reduce dry time.

2. Separate bleach control.

3. Tilted washer tub for less wet laundry mess

4. Large 6.7 Cu.ft. dryer.

5. German Engineering

Limited to supply availabe. Pedestal sold separate. Call for more details

Regular ($1,998.00)
Only $1,278.00
+Tax, Del., and install.

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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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St George, UT 84770



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