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Oh, you’re not BIG enough!- Remodeling on a small budget

May 11, 2010

Chers Amis,

Have you ever read your children the book The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle? It is the story of a ladybug in a snit who tries to pick a fight with a whole series of animals larger than her.  They resist, but finally say, “If you insist, ” to which she answers, “Oh, you’re not BIG enough,” and flies away.

That is the attitude I am coming up against time and again with our remodel.  We just aren’t BIG enough for many vendors to care about our business.  It is very discouraging.  Just because we don’t have a large job, does not mean that it doesn’t need to be done and done correctly.  The fact that we are working with a small budget means that we need to do it right the first time, there is no margin for do overs.

My biggest frustration has been with planning our kitchen and trying to find some unbiased design direction that was not focused on selling us cabinetry. There are wonderful kitchen designers in the Atlanta area, but most are aimed at the high end spectrum. While many of us have a small budget, that does not mean that we could not benefit from the services of a designer, but what to do?

I have been reading several good kitchen design blogs and I decided to send an e-mail to Kelly at the Kitchen Sync.  She very graciously answered my message and then wrote a lovely blog post in response and asked for comments from fellow designers.( Be sure to check out her blog!) I was thrilled to see a comment from Atlanta kitchen designer Becky Sue Becker from Designs By BSB. Unlike many designers, she is willing to work on smaller projects at an hourly rate.Perfect!  I contacted her and she will be coming out to notre moulin later this week to go over some ideas and provide me with design assistance.  Fabulous!  I’ll let you know how it goes.


To read my original letter, please click here for Kelly’s blog post response.

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