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Bang-for-your-buck! Sacramento

January 13, 2010 , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

HGTV aired an episode of “Bang For Your Buck Kitchens” of Sacramento in 2009.  One of the kitchens featured was a kitchen designed and owned by Paul Almond & Pam Whitehead of Sage Architecture.  Their kitchen remodel encompassed a joint kitchen and living space that totaled $80,000.  

As architects, Paul and Pam have a sleek-contemporary design style that transferred accordingly to their own home.  They used horizontal emphasis to create a larger feeling space for their smaller Sacramento home.  Owner, Nar Bustamante of Nar Fine Carpentry had the pleasure of installing the cabinetry purchased for the home.  The cabinets are from Crystal Cabinets in a slab veneer door style in Lyptus wood with a “Blackstone” charcoal finish.  Paul & Pam combined their dark cabinetry with a light Caesarstone countertop in a honed finish and 3cm thickness.  They also used three-quarter height cabinetry to house their oven and microwave, which is a great feature to include when using a darker finished cabinetry so the darker finish does not swallow up the space.

The program took 3 kitchen remodels in Sacramento and compared which remodel would receive the greatest return for the money spent.  unfortunately Pam & Paul’s Crystal kitchen did not win the title of biggest bang-for-your-buck.  The host reasoned that because Sacramento’s general design veers toward the traditional style, Paul & Pam’s remodel would be a hard sell to the average Sacramento home buyer.  True or not, the kitchen remodel was a success, as it has left Paul & Pam’s life in their home more enriched, convenient and aesthetically pleasing.

If you would like more information on the cabinetry that Paul & Pam have, or talk with their expert cabinet installer, please contact us at Nar Fine Carpentry or call (916) 944-0906.

Photo courtesy of HGTV

by Nicolette Patton


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Nice Kitchen.
I am in South Florida and find that the Modern look is no longer just in the big cities, it is in “Fly Over” country as well.
IN Sarasota, Fla where the population is older, it is big!

Would love to know your thoughts.


Robert Foltz, CKD

January 13, 2010

If I had to put a number on it, probably 30% of our clients are contemporary. And you are correct, these aren’t typically younger clients, they are just clients that either fall in love with the look, or are looking for a low-maintenance look.

The challenge is to make it fit in a Ranch or Bungalow home without it looking out of place. Usually the “Modern” client is more committed to the style so their furnishings, lighting and artwork also help to create an integrated look.

The problem is that people are scared of how this may affect the resale value, and usually play it safe with a shaker door and granite countertops, which is why this remodel did not get chosen as the winner. The photo doesn’t give it justice- the living space turned out amazing- and also has a partially enclosed conversation area.

And we see modern architecture popping up in traditional/established neighborhoods too. I think we as designers have much to look forward to in the world of Modern/ Contemporary design- even in Sarasota and Sacramento!


January 13, 2010

Well, the old school thinking of modern was cold and very monocolor. This is what people mostly dont like. Modern could be rich in colors and textures, rich in woods and tiles. Once we mix these ideas into homes that traditionally would not fit the “modern design”, now could with creativity and the willingness to begin thinking as modern=warm and does not have to cost you an arm and a leg! Traditional is now TRANSITIONAL! We are not in England or Tuscany, we are in California, so lets give ourselves room to think in new textures and colors. We deserve to have our own style!

Nar Bustamante

January 23, 2010

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