If you’re overdue for a new one –in fact the whole darn kitchen is in need of updating– I’ve got the scoop on just about everything you’ll want to know (NEED to know) about the process for remodeling it. Today is launch day for Kelly’s Kitchen Sync a new book written by my friend and fellow “Blogger 19” buddy Kelly Morisseau. This well-written book is an easy read (only 210 pages) containing all sorts of insider information about the processes, budgeting, pitfalls, products –yes and even the joy and satisfaction– that can result in a well-planned and executed kitchen remodel. Having read the book from cover to cover, I couldn’t think of anything she left out. However, this is not the type of book you really read from beginning to end because you’ll be drawn to the parts that relate to the stage that your project is in at the moment–though you’ll want to once you get started because there isn’t one part of your project that she doesn’t have relative information for. Hopefully you don’t read a resolution to a mistake that’s already been made!
If this is so, it’s probably because you got started on your remodel long before this book came out and you have a team of professionals that also haven’t read this book yet. This is not to say that there aren’t a whole slew of great professionals at your disposal, but I (being one of them) learned a great deal from reading Kelly’s book. Kelly has more experience in the field of kitchen and bath design than any person I know as she is a second-generation designer who grew up with it before beginning a career that has spanned 25 years of professional practice. She has attained the highest certification available by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) as a “Certified Master Kitchen and Bath Designer”, and she has also earned professional certification for the State of California as a “Certified Interior Designer.” Neither of these designations come without a whole lot of book learnin’ and experience. So I guess you could say that “This girl knows her stuff!” is an understatement. Qualifications not withstanding, Kelly has written the book with humor, and thoughtful light heartedness that is a reflection of her personality and character. (More reasons that define the readability of this book.)
There are many, many topics in the book that will give you a basis for discussion (even if after the fact) with your “project team” (designer, contractor, countertop fabricator, tile guy, appliance dealer, and spouse) regarding the planning, details, costs, project team and products you will use or have used in your project. Even if you are just at the ‘dreaming’ stage, Kelly has offered a great deal of insight into what you can glean from the myriad of resources that are available to the consumer today including the internet, design and DIY shows on cable, showrooms, and well-meaning friends and relatives who want to share their advice and experiences.
This is the book I hope every client I ever have will read (and every client I’ve ever had could have read) before embarking on a project. I’m a strong believer that the best client is the one that is informed. But getting the right information is tough these days with so much out there that misses the mark or is misleading. My dad always said: “Don’t believe everything you see on TV.” Well multiply that a hundred fold nowadays with the internet, cable TV and glossy magazines that bend the truth to meet their objectives.
So join me at Kelly’s virtual book launch party at http://kitchensync.typepad.com/ where you can follow her blog and keep up-to-date with the latest kitchen and bath info as well as other musing that pass below her radar. (She’s also introduced me to the world of Steam Punk —but that’s another story.) Kelly’s Kitchen Sync is just $19.95 –an investment that could save you thousands in do-overs and mistakes. It will only be available online at Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Kellys-Kitchen-Sync-remodeling-award-winning/dp/0982873204/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1307666959&sr=1-1, Barnes and Noble, Borders, and Chapters in Canada. I’ve come to know Kelly. She’s the real deal. When she’s not off writing books and blogs or judging design competitions, she actually designs real kitchens for real people in the San Francisco Bay Area.