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5 Tips on Your Options for a Kitchen Remodel: An Interview with Brian Littizzio of Brian James Carpentry

By Brian Littizzio

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer

My company, Brian James Carpentry LLC, is a full service construction and remodeling contractor that has been servicing New Hampshire clients for over ten years! Over that time we've built a reputation of trust and integrity by treating our clients with warmth and respect; putting their interests first and taking the time to walk them through the difficult choices that arise during construction and remodeling projects.

Our services range from kitchen and bath remodels, to roofs and siding, as well as decks, additions, windows, flooring, and the list goes on! To sum it up simply I typically say "we can build a house from the ground up, or handle any portion of it therein"

Is there something that people can do before their remodel starts to help make the process go smoothly and make sure they end up with a kitchen they'll love?

A picture is worth a thousand words! I can't stress enough the importance of pictures to help convey ideas that are as visual and tactile as a dream kitchen. Better than having one single picture and saying "build this", which is very budget constraining; provide multiple pictures that show a range, or variance, of the same idea. This helps me to better understand your thought process and gets the creative juices flowing. If I have a clear understanding of where you're headed with an idea I'm better equipped to provide budget conscious and practical solutions to design issues that come up.

What are some of the main choices that a homeowner will need to make when they're remodeling their kitchen?

Budgets drive kitchens. Most people don't have truly unlimited resources to put towards their kitchen projects so deciding what your budget will be helps the other decisions fall into place. Once you've decided on your budget you should prioritize the importance of the main components of the project. Is high end custom cherry cabinetry a must, or will semi-custom maple with a bordeaux stain get you there? Are granite countertops do or die, or will a top quality laminate serve your purposes? Are stainless appliances a deal breaker? These are all things that come into play and having a handle on which items are negotiable, and to what degree, will help your project planning and design decisions progress with less incident.

What are the most popular countertop materials for people in the area?

Countertop choices vary as much the customers choosing them, but if I could spot a trend I would say that it leans towards the more natural materials such as granite and butcher block. Interesting to note, on the last kitchen we did we saved the sink cutout of a butcher block counter top and made a nice matching cutting board for our client!

How should people decide on the type of new flooring to have installed?

Durability should be a main concern. Kitchens tend to be a high traffic area and if your flooring degrades after a year the whole kitchen looks drab, and that's disappointing. So you'll want to find a flooring material that can keep up with the performance of the rest of your kitchen, and that will vary from customer to customer. Do you have small children? Do you wear your shoes in the house? Are you faithful with floor cleaning or does it sometimes get neglected? Those are some of the things that should be considered when selecting your kitchen flooring.

Do you have any advice for how to make a kitchen stand out while maintaining your remodeling budget?

There are some simple things you can do that will offer an increase in aesthetics while still being budget friendly. For instance; if you're doing a backsplash, use the area behind the stove to create a mosaic or a nice design that breaks up the look of the tile and creates a focal point. If your kitchen design is on the simple side, maybe a couple of wall cabinets that are a little deeper and/or taller will give the look of a higher end design with only minimal increase in cost.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

You can always get a hold of me through the contact page on my website brianjamescarpentryllc.com, or email me at brianjamescarpentry@yahoo.com. Also feel free to call me directly at (603)630-6231

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