Deep Kitchen Cabinets Worth The Money? - Houzz Question of the Week

Deep Kitchen Cabinets Worth The Money? - Houzz Question of the Week

Shead brings us this weeks question in regards to new base (lower) cabinets in their renovated kitchen. In our answer we give some insight as to why cabinets are standrad depth that we felt would be helpful to the general community. If you’d like to ask us any questions directly, hit us up, we give every project a 15 minute evaluation, free.

Bathroom Lighting Tips - Houzz Question of the Week

Zandelin brings us this weeks question in regards to their current bathroom renovation. Unfortunately, most people don't have the budget for lighting designers. In our answer we give some overall lighting guidelines we felt would be helpful to the general community. If you’d like to ask us any questions directly, hit us up, we give every project a 15 minute evaluation, free.

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I am thinking of placing 3 pendants in front of the 3 stationary mirrors to illuminate a person standing in front of the mirror.

  • There will be a ceiling fan in the toilet and shower area.

  • The bath tub will be located on the other side of the wall of the toilet cubicle.

  • The shower is between the toilet and outside wall (wall with the window).

  • The following are my questions and comments:

1. Are the pendants a good idea? Or, are down lights at the same position a better solution? What should be the distance between the mirror and the pendant? Size of pendants relative to mirror height?

2. For the rest of the spaces, what size down lights should I use and where should I place them?

4. How many lights in the toilet area? There will be no door on the opening to the toilet.

Thank you.


Hi Zandelin,

1. Consider losing the pendants to go with some recessed lighting, preferably adjustable. The distance from mirror would be determined by ceiling height to center of mirror - adjustables would also help you fudge that distance.

2. 4-5" are typical, smaller are more expensive. As to where: place them close to surfaces you touch (shelves, counters, rods) or on walls you want to feature with a different material. Talk to the supplier about recommended color temperatures to achieve your desired mood.

3. There is no three... wink emoji.

4. With that size, (1) 5" would work.

Great questions by the way - most people don't have the budget for lighting designers. Hope that helps, feel free to ask more.


But Why: Staged to Sell; How to Sell a Home Faster, for More Money


Home Staging is not just for seasoned Real Estate agents. Even one time, ‘for sale by owner’s,’ can benefit from having their home staged. Even if you think you can’t (& we’re about to show you that YOU CAN) afford staging, there’s way you can digitally stage your home for maximum profits on the sale. Below are 6 Reasons To Stage Your Home to Sell Faster, with More Money.


Your House WILL Sell For More. On average, Home Sellers will see a 10% increase in sales price. How many other investments return as much?

You WILL Sell Your Home Faster. Less time means less carrying costs. A professionally staged home spends up to 72% less time on the market.


Beat The Competition. The savvy seller is already staging their home, only a block or so from your home. The average buyer starts their search online where you’re photos will also stand out.


It Doesn’t Cost Anything [ capital gains taxes ]. On average, investing 1% of your home value on professional staging services produces a 1000% return on investment. No - we didn’t make that up - 1000%. That means a house selling for $400k & you invest $4k, the house will sell for $440k. Look into capital gains exceptions & you’re on your way.


‘Vision Goggles.’  Only 10% of home buyers can visualize a home’s potential. Not to mention they’ve probably already seen 10 other places before yours. Help them make an easy decision when they walk into your beautifully staged open house.


First Impression.  This is for sure the most important of all. Set yourself up for success because all those old cliche’s apply, ‘best foot forward, dress for success, etc.’ When the potential buyers are deciding their options, your house will stand out in their memory.

Help the home buyer, help yourself & help your agent by making the buyer’s decision easy. Good Luck!

Did I mention we’re available? Schedule a FREE 15 min. Strategy Call & we’ll talk about the top 3 things you can do right now to sell your home faster, for more money.

Forgot To Mention: 5 Things Architects Don't Want You To Know

We Love Architects. Once upon a time I was an architectural grad, working in the field, bright eyed & bushy…. Anyway, keep reading to find out find out 5 Costly Things Architects Don’t Want You To Know:


They don’t control the Contractor. The contractor works for the homeowner. At the end of the day, if a cosmetic mistake is too costly to fix, more often the plans will be changed for permit filing before the mistake is fixed.

They don't really 'do' Interior Design. Unfortunately, due to the amount of minutia they deal with from Local Governments, running a business, coordinating the necessary engineers & servicing their clients - there’s literally no time left. In fact, the architect often finds themselves overworking on the price they gave, despite the markups they’ll hit you with later. They won’t pick your paints or your vanities. Sorry.


The Building Department takes FOREVER. While not impossible, the likelihood of getting a work permit 1 week after you file with the local Building Department is a task left to a chosen few. Of course everyone says they can - but if money’s on the line expect twice as long as you heard.


There will be more.... Payments. An architect gets paid upon deliverables - and the big deliverable is your work permit, with minimal work legally required once construction actually begins. This means your contract is probably loaded with extra’s including site visits, ‘interior design,’ renderings & any extra efforts to get the permit or make changes if you’re picky.


They don't show up during Construction.  Because they don’t control the contractor. And Because they’ve met their deliverable. And Because they have to keep focused on getting new clients to sustain a viable business. Make sure your team is coordinated so no one is trying to interpret blueprints without the Architect’s input. Hiring a project manager, or at least having some kind of service agreed upon in writing will save you a lot of gray hairs and money.

Keep this in mind when you review the contract proposal you receive. Don’t blame them - it’s just years of misunderstood business advice in lieu of business classes required for an Architectural Degree. Your architect brings a lot of experience & value to the job, but they can’t often do it by themselves. You’’ll need a good team to build your dream home, you won’t regret it.

Did I mention we’re available? Schedule a FREE 15 min. Strategy Call & we’ll get you on the right path.

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