Veterans Helping Veterans Santa Ana Stand Up

Join us April 20th for the Veterans Helping Veterans Santa Ana Stand Up event. The “Stand Up for Veterans” program (originally inspired by the military term Stand Down), provides an opportunity to achieve a brief respite from the streets and immediately access needed services. Veterans will assemble in a base camp model that will include showers, meals, clothing, hygiene care kits, medical and legal advice, veteran benefit information, employment services, in a safe and supportive environment including veteran peer navigators.

Today more than 160 organizations across the country partner with local businesses, government agencies, tribal governments, community, and faith-based service providers to hold events in local communities for homeless veterans and their families. They are collaborative events, coordinated between local VA Medical Centers, other government agencies and community-based homeless service providers. For volunteer information click HERE

Kitchen Remodel Survival – Part 2

The decision to remodel your kitchen (or ANY room) is an exciting one, but it is usually made with at least a little hesitancy. There are many unknowns when first beginning your project – you have to determine an appropriate budget, find the right contractor, plan for the disruptions, and more. Many homeowners feel justifiably overwhelmed by the prospects of a remodeling project and aren't sure where to turn to get answers to their questions. To help you with this process, we have complied a series of blog posts, this one is titled Kitchen Remodel Survival – Part 2.

Establish Priorities – Needs, Wants, Desires

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To help you plan your budget, you need to develop a list of "Needs", "Wants", and "Desires". This helps you prioritize the styles and functional elements you want to see in your new kitchen and ultimately stay within your budget. To create this list, we recommend the following steps:

  • Make a list of everything you don't like about your current kitchen. Once you think you have a pretty good list of "dislikes" – you can always add more later – take a few minutes to number this list with one being the most important change you need to make.
  • Go through all of the design ideas you have gathered and make a second, separate list of every design and functional element you want to see in your new kitchen. Be sure to leave room for new ideas that come up as you're shopping. Draw three columns to the right of your list labeled "Need", "Want" and "Desire"
  • With your list of dislikes close by, begin going through your list of new features. For each one, if it clearly addresses one of the things you dislike about your current kitchen, put a check in the "Need" column If it does not, put a check in the "Want" column for something that adds value, or a check in the "Desire" column if it is simply an "oh wow" item, like docorative molding or chocolate glaze. This is one of the most important steps, and the challenge here is to remain honest with yourself.
  • Prioritize all of the items in each of "Needs", "Wants", and "Desires" columns, beginning with number one as the most important. Compare the item to what it "fixes" from your first list to help determine how important it might be. You might need to repeat this step a couple of times to make sure you are happy with the order.
  • Rewrite the entire list, in the order you have just selected. This last step may seem trivial, but it gives you a final opportunity to make changes and adds a little peace of mind that you were thorough.

Kitchen Remodel Survival – Part 1

The decision to remodel your kitchen (or ANY room) is an exciting one, but it is usually made with at least a little hesitancy. There are many unknowns when first beginning your project – you have to determine an appropriate budget, find the right contractor, plan for the disruptions, and more. Many homeowners feel justifiably overwhelmed by the prospects of a remodeling project and aren't sure where to turn to get answers to their questions. To help you with this process, we have complied a series of blog posts, this one is titled Kitchen Remodel Survival – Part 1. 

GATHER IDEAS

Although this may seem like the easiest part of the project, it is unfortunately the one that most often gets the least attention. Design ideas come from a number of valuable resources such as TV shows, websites, blogs, social media, showrooms, and magazine articles. These ideas are very personal and reflect individual style and taste as well as needs and wants. Much like a snowflake, no two kitchen projects will ever have exactly the same requirements or identical layouts.

You will need to create a folder for your design ideas. This folder should contain:

  • Magazine clippings, photos from the internet, pictures and advertisements that show styles and functional elements that you like.
  • Pictures of your existing space and the rooms that lead into it.
  • Pictures of other areas of your home that are representative of your style and taste.
  • Accurate measurements of the space you need to remodel.

Our next blog post will discuss your kitchen "wants, needs, and desires".