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The Dilemma Of The Three R’s (reface, refinish, replace)

You’ve probably heard that refacing or refinishing your old cabinets will save you tons of money. You’ve noticed that your old cabinets are all wood and you think they have “good bones”. Maybe you’ve heard that “they don’t build ’em…

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The “Work Triangle”, The “Work Square”… How About The “Work Pentagon”?

Who hasn’t heard of the legendary work triangle? It’s an important concept in kitchen design. After all,it’s been around since the 1940’s! But do you think your kitchen is the same as it would be in the 40’s? Probably not….

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Not Sure How Big Your Island Should Be? Make A Template.

Some of us have a gift for visualizing what’s not there. Most of us don’t. Many people need some sort of aid to help them see “what could be.” Here at Platinum Kitchens, we love our design software – It…

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So You Think Your Kitchen’s Small?…

This is to show you that there is probably something that can be done with your space too. This kitchen was defined by a peninsula that stuck out into the room, cutting the space in half. With some imagination and…

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Granite vs Quartz products – In layman’s terms

Have you heard that granite is no longer a viable counter-top option? Well it’s not true. There are many more choices now than ever before but that does not mean that granite is “out” or ever going out for that…

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Kitchen Design Tip: Chords!

They are everywhere! A jumbled, tangled Medusa hair mess lurks in every kitchen (or bedroom, or den, or office). When designing new kitchens, we try to consider a strategic location for all of your handheld mobile devices. All of those…

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Kitchen Design Secret: Microwave drawer

PKD tip for July 2013: Another ingenious appliance invention has yet again made life easier for both homeowners AND kitchen designers! The microwave drawer is the perfect solution for open concept kitchens shy on upper cabinets and in smaller kitchens…

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Two Ovens In The Space Of One

One of THE most frequently requested items that we are tasked with by our clients is the dire need for MORE COUNTER SPACE!! Followed by the frantic statement of WE ALSO NEED MORE THAN ONE OVEN!! Fortunately, the appliance industry…

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Kitchen Design Secret: Refrigerator

Before buying your next refrigerator consider the space – most traditional refrigerators protrude ten to twelve inches past the Countertop! Shallower but taller refrigerators formerly only available from very high end brands are now available from most manufactures and can…

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Enlarge Your Kitchen Footprint

Are you thinking of renovating your kitchen and wish that you could not only improve the finishes, but also expand the space? It may not be necessary to add a costly exterior addition. Homes in Georgia often have separate formal…

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Spring Design Tip

Even in the current housing market, Money magazine and top real estate websites still tout kitchen renovations as one of the highest return on investment home improvement projects. Still standing at nearly 80% in the Atlanta market! But building a…

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Does Your Re-faced Kitchen Now Need to Be Replaced?

Here’s an unfortunate scenario that we have encountered much too frequently lately – a client purchases a new home with what appears to be a new kitchen. However, a few months into living in the new home, they start to…

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Are Your Cabinets “Smiling”?

When cabinets “smile”, we frown. What do we mean? Well, as with almost every product, it was just a matter of time before the kitchen industry was inundated with inferior imported cabinets from overseas. Too often, these cabinets are made…

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Unpleasant Chore Made Easy!

My least favorite chore: cleaning the tops of my kitchen cabinets! We have 9′ ceilings in our kitchen and our cabinetry does not extend all of the way up leaving a 12″ space which allows for a lovely accumulation of…

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Spring Cleaning…*sigh*

Spring is here and it’s time (again, sigh) for spring cleaning. Don’t forget to clean your cabinets too. But be careful, not every household cleaner is safe to use on wood or painted cabinets. It’s important to use a Ph…

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Creating the Illusion of More Space!

Does your kitchen feel small, dark & crowded? Here are a few tips that work like magic to create the look of more space in your kitchen: The first is obvious: Declutter! Beyond that, painting the kitchen and all adjoining…

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January Design Tip

Do you have a kitchen pantry filled with that white builder-grade wire shelving? Are your cereal boxes and canned goods constantly tipping over? Measure your shelves, take your measurements to your local hardware store, have them cut melamine shelves or…

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Need More Countertop Space for Baking?

We love to bake and entertain at home during the holidays, but are always in need of more kitchen counter top space! Over the years we’ve learned a few tricks for creating a little more room: Your kitchen table is…

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Holiday Meal Design Secret

Hosting a large holiday meal can be stressful no matter how large your kitchen might be. But for those of us with more modest kitchens, it can be a logistical challenge to orchestrate the meal preparation so all of the…

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What to Do With All Those Tiny Spice Jars

Fall and football are finally here and it’s time for chili, apple cider & soon, pumpkin pie. All foods that make the house smell wonderful, but require many expensive spices. Do you have a jumbled heap of barely consumed little…

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