Monthly Archives: January 2015

Dos and Dont’s of Kitchen Remodeling

A kitchen remodel is one of the best ways to improve your home’s interior, functionality and value. Luckily, Homes Heart specializes in just that! From luxurious retreats, gourmet oases to functionality for the whole family the staff at Homes Heart has done it all! Take the following dos and don’ts into consideration before starting on your kitchen remodel.

Do your research

Before meeting with a contractor or interior designer, scope out ideas on Pinterest or Houzz that match your vision of the ideal kitchen. Consider the layout, appliances, functionality, finishes and color scheme. Save these ideas on your phone, tablet or laptop and bring them with when consulting with your designer. Another helpful research tool are lists. Make a list of “must haves,” “would be nice to have” and “some day” to prioritize what is most important.

Do make a budget

Tell your designer what your kitchen remodel goals are to determine a ballpark cost. Once you have an idea of the total it will be easier to establish a set budget. Keep in mind that there is always a chance of unforeseen expenses, so we recommend setting aside 10% of the budget to cover any surprises.

Do maximize the space

Homes Heart is all about making the space we have both beautiful and functional. Make the most of your kitchen remodel and take advantage of every square inch. This is especially important with smaller kitchens. Even if you’re not adding square footage, you can still gain space with a proper design. Consider extending cabinets to the ceiling, add a built in pantry or turn a corner space into a built in seating area.

Don’t rush the planning & design

It’s likely that you don’t remodel your kitchen every few years, so take your time with the planning to make it just right. While your instincts will want to quickly transition to the construction phase, it’s important to spend time visualizing the layout, design and features. The last thing you want to do is make a quick decision that doesn’t make sense in the end. But don’t worry! The staff at Homes Heart will walk you through every detail to keep the project on track.

Don’t skip the technical stuff

Where are the water lines? Where is the plumping? Where are the electrical outlets? When visualizing your new kitchen, it’s important to consider the technical details to determine the best location for things like the sink, refrigerator, windows and doors.

Homes Heart takes pride in turning our client’s vision into reality. Whether you have an idea of what you’re looking for or have not a clue where to start, we work with you from start to finish. Call us today to start a discussion about your kitchen remodel. Or, schedule a complimentary design consultation.

Announcement of Office Relocation

Homes Heart is pleased to announce that we have moved to a new office! The new space is located at:

407 E. Terra Cotta Avenue, Unit D
Crystal Lake, IL 60014

We will continue to use our present telephone number:


We spent the past few years in a building less than 3 miles from our new location. And while we made great memories (and bathrooms and kitchens) there, we couldn’t be more excited about our new space. We’re confident the new development will enable Homes Heart to accommodate its clients more efficiently and effectively.

Our new office is housed in a small business development with a full parking lot for employees and clients alike. Just minutes from the heart of Downtown Crystal Lake, clients will enjoy the easy-to-find location and friendly neighbors.

It has been an exciting 12 years for Homes Heart, and we look at this new location as the start of another chapter in our history. We are still working on getting settled in, but we’re incredibly happy to be in the new space. We will be hosting an open house in April, and encourage everyone to stop in!

Thank you for your support throughout the years and our move. We are looking forward to seeing you at our new office soon!

– The Homes Heart Staff