Tell Me About Kitchen Cabinet Options in Philadelphia

If you have started your search for new kitchen cabinets in Philadelphia, I am sure your head is spinning with all the possibilities.  I am here to help you sort out the options and come up with the kitchen cabinets in Philadelphia that best suit you and your family.IMG_1489

First, let me tell you, I do not even know all the brand names of cabinets available for sale in Philadelphia.  I did a quick internet search of Philadelphia kitchen cabinets and found thousands listed.  Even narrowing down the possibilities to kitchen cabinet retailers led me to hundreds.  Where do you start?

The place to start is to determine what category of kitchen cabinet you want, need and can afford.  Kitchen cabinets fall into one of three broad categories: RTA, Semi-custom and custom.  Below are the definitions and details about differences in finishes, sizes and storage options.  The price is the biggest variable. (more…)

Are you Nervous About Remodeling Your Philadelphia Bathroom?

Don’t be.  With the help of a professional bathroom designer and contractor the journey, while not always easy, will be at times joyful.  What brought question up is that my cousin called me today and said, “I have to remodel my Philadelphia bathroom and I AM SCARED.”  She felt as many do who have avoided doing remodeling work, that remodeling has a right and wrong way.  That the end product “should” look like….

The reasons for this feeling are as varied as people are.  In her case, she felt that because her color sense was not great, she would end up making a mess of the project.  Meade MB W1I told her that with the help of an expert, she would have a gorgeous bathroom and better yet, it would be hers.  So, what can you do to lessen those bathroom remodeling blues?  Here are three suggestions for my fellow Philadelphians. (more…)


Remodeling a Philadelphia bathroom requires attention to detail, attention to your budget and attention to the design.  With so much to pay attention to, one can easily make mistakes.  Here are some common boo-boos we have found that our clients come to us to avoid or fix.2014-12-16-10-41-30

  1. Remember bathroom ventilation. Install a fan in your bathroom, and make sure the fan is a good one.  One way to know a good quality fan from a bad one is how loudly it operates.  The days of the fan in your bathroom sounding like a jumbo jet landing are over.  Now fans are quiet and efficient.
  2. Be careful how you lay out the tile in your Philadelphia bathroom remodel. It is so easy to rush through and realize that the pattern you planned on is off-center or the last tile you put in is so tiny that it looks odd.  To get the tile layout correct, get a piece of paper, pencil and ruler.  Remember to take into account grout lines and plan the entire bathroom tile layout.  This is the time to be very anal.  After the long bathroom remodel, you would be disappointed to have to “live with” a mistake for the next 10 years.
  3. Make sure you have at least two types of lighting in the bathroom. A bathroom should have ambient or overall lighting and task lighting for shaving or makeup.  I like a combination of recessed lights and sconces or light bars around the mirror.
  4. Do Not make the Toilet the center of the room. There is nothing worse than walking into a bathroom that looks like the toilet is the central feature.  Today, we have some very cool toilets to choose from, but they are a practical element that can add to the design.  They do not make the design.
  5. .Storage..Storage. Often because bathrooms can be small, storage is forgotten.  One suggestion is, in addition to optimizing the vanity storage, use a medicine cabinet for the mirror.  Large medicine cabinets can really hold a lot of bathroom stuff.

Keep these mistakes in mind when planning for your Philadelphia bathroom remodel and you will enjoy your new bath for years to come.  To see some ideas for bathroom layouts, please visit our website at

Why Should Philadelphians Buy Custom Kitchen Cabinets?

So, you are looking at redesigning your Philadelphia kitchen and the price of kitchen cabinets is high, why go even more expensive with custom kitchen cabinets?  Below are 5 important reasons why you should.

  1. Quality

Custom kitchen cabinets are more expensive because they are designed to last and look great longer.  The parts that go into custom kitchen cabinets make all the difference.

The BOX in custom cabinets is furniture grade plywood or engineered wood.  In stock cabinetry, manufacturers use low grade particle board.Mikson W2

The JOINTS will be dovetailed or doweled with custom cabinets, and glued or screwed with stock cabinets.

The CORNER BRACES will be wood glued blocks in custom kitchen cabinets and stapled plastic corners in stock.

Finally, the DRAWER SLIDES of custom cabinets will be under mount and the stock cabinets will have side slide brackets.


How to Lower the Cost of Remodeling Your Philadelphia Bathroom

If anyone reading this has recently done bathroom remodeling in Philadelphia or knows someone who has, you probably received a huge shock at the cost.  For a moderate remodel in Philadelphia the cost is around $23,000 and a high end remodel can be well over $63,000.  Unbelievable, but true and the bathroom is not even that large.  We share some ways to save money, so keep reading.

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First the cost of a Philadelphia bathroom remodel is divided between the materials and the labor.  The split is usually 60/40, but in the city, with the higher cost of labor, the split can be closer to 50/50 so we need to look at saving money in both categories. (more…)

What is the Future of Kitchen Remodeling in Philadelphia?

Lately I have been thinking about what the future will look like for kitchen remodeling in Philadelphia.  Coming up with great ideas is easy, but getting them to the market place is rough.  However, I have come across some ideas that either look like they are ready to be introduced or are already here.  An article in this month’s issue of Elle Décor focused on some of these great ideas.   Here are a few that really resonated with me and that I want to share with all those Philadelphians who are looking to remodel their kitchen in the next decade…


My favorite one, which I have already posted about on Facebook,, is the idea of a robot that can take a recipe, make it and then clean up after itself.  The robot has to do a better than the job my 15-year-old son does, right?  Moley Robotics of London is working on this idea and they even have a few YouTube videos that you can watch.  In my opinion the robot is a little creepy, but if it cooks and cleans, who am I to care what it looks like? (more…)

What Will Your Philadelphia Bathroom Remodel Cost in 2016?

vanityI hate telling people what their Philadelphia bathroom remodel will cost…it is expensive.  Remodeling your bathroom costs more per square foot than remodeling your kitchen and we all know that kitchen remodeling is not cheap.  Giving the estimate used to be harder before I found Remodeling Magazine’s Cost vs. Value annual analysis  This resource lets clients know how Teknika Design Group prices compare to the rest of Philadelphia bathroom remodelers.  These prices are for remodeling projects that use designers and contractors.  DIY (do it yourself) projects are excluded from this survey.   So let’s get into the details of the costs. (more…)

Philadelphia Kitchen Cabinet Prices are so Different…Why?

When shopping in Philadelphia for kitchen cabinets you will notice that the price range is huge and yet the cabinets look the same except for style, wood and color differences.  Designers might also throw out words like framed versus frameless, veneer, real wood, MDF, engineered wood, thermofoil, acrylic and more.  How confusing!  Let me see if I can explain some of the cost differences while defining some of this cabinet related terminology.faceframe

First let’s start with what Philadelphia kitchen cabinets are made of, and it is not wood.  The cabinet box is made up of some type of engineered wood. Engineered wood is used because it lacks the expansion and contraction of natural wood and can also be stronger and more stable.  Many types of engineered wood, such as plywood and medium density fiberwood (MDF), are used in cabinets.  Within each type are varying grades that depict strength and overall quality.  The quality of the engineered wood is one of the biggest differences in the price of the cabinet.  You can use plywood in a cabinet and yet the strength and longevity of the cabinet can be less than other engineered wood.  It is all about the quality, and unfortunately the consumer and even the designer is unable to see the quality.  Price is a hint, but just a slight hint.  The only given is that if the cabinet is really cheap, the material used to make the cabinet is really cheap and it may have a short life. (more…)

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