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A trip to Kim’s Kitchen Remodel

Over at Desire to Inspire blog author Kim Johnson is undergoing her own kitchen remodel. Kim admits “I am a complete kitchen reno virgin and am learning as I go.”

Kim is allowing her readers to watch the progress with photos as the job progresses. Demo just begun. Come follow the progress at a special link called Kims Kitchen Remodel. I’ll be watching from the peanut gallery. Come watch with me.

The cabinet line she selected is made by, Green Tea, asian inspired hand-built furniture styled cabinetry from reclaimed woods. Really beautiful pieces. I admire the beautiful unfitted hand worked antique appearance of these cabinets.

Since Kim admits to being a “remodel virgin”, I offer this friendly advise to her and others who are new to the experience. Construction, a little like pregnancy, begins with joy and expectation, and almost always ends with joy and satisfaction. There will be a few points in between, however, when you may wonder “Whatever did I get myself into?” Recognizing this in advance may prove helpful in managing emotions.

My gift to you is a mood chart: a graphical representation of the changing moods during a typical design/build remodel project: Post it on your kitchen wall and remind yourself that high’s and lows are to be expected, and remember that there is a light at the end of the tunnel.



Laurie Burke, connected to the design and construction industry since 1996. A seasoned residential kitchen and bath design specialist , Laurie has designed thousands of kitchens & baths as well as other cabinetry projects requiring technical precision in design drafting utilizing state of the art 2020 software for creating accurate plans and elevations. Through on- going product knowledge training and a desire to always stay current with an evolving marketplace, Laurie Burke maintains a strong command of knowing the appropriate Fit & Finish materials required for a residential remodel to meet the budget, the timeline of a project and a client's need for a finished product that meets their satisfaction. Kitchen Designer by trade, foodie, techie, weekend traveler for fun. For more information contact me at

4 thoughts on “A trip to Kim’s Kitchen Remodel

  1. Hi Churchtown Kit Ltd, More like elation at the end of the project. Saw your website, nice work. Tell this old Yankee what is the difference between your Designer Kitchens and Inframe? We call Inframe Inset in the states. Cheers, Laurie


  2. Hey Laurie,Churchtown Kitchens in Ireland again. There can be as many differences as the customer wants. Sometimes they choose to have it handpainted, different colored edging strips around the door inset, mix of woods etc.. Limited only by ones imagination


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