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August 10, 2017
HCP Kitchen Remodeling Questionnaire

Thinking about remodeling your kitchen? It is great to start the process early and consider design elements, colors and products that best suit you. Below we have some questions and things to think about to help determine your needs. 

Kitchen Remodel Questions

What do you like about your current kitchen?

What don’t you like about your current kitchen?

What is on your kitchen wish list?

Where do you eat your meals? Kitchen or dining room?

Do you like to entertain?  What is your entertaining style?

What other activities would you like to do in your kitchen? (Watch TV? Homework? Pay Bills?)

Is the primary cook right or left handed?

Do you have enough storage space?

What is your shopping style? Weekly? Monthly? Bulk?

Do you have enough fridge and freezer space?

Is your kitchen easy to clean?

Kitchen Features


  • Range
  • Wall Oven(s)
  • Cooktop
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage Disposal
  • Coffee/Espresso Maker
  • Vent Hood
  • Wine Chiller
  • Built-in Icemaker
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Trash Compactor
  • Microwave
  • Warming Drawer
  • Extra Refrigerator or Freezer


  • Spice Rack
  • Wine Rack
  • Pull-Out Trash
  • Tall Pantry Cabinet
  • Recycling Area
  • Divided Tray Storage
  • Cutlery Storage
  • Pull-Out Pantry
  • Small Appliance Storage
  • Computer Work Area
  • Pull-Out Trays
  • Lazy Susan Storage
  • Bookshelf for Cookbooks
  • Adjustable Shelving
  • Breadbox


  • Task Lighting
  • Recessed Lighting
  • Under Cabinet Lighting
  • Toe Kick Lighting
  • Pendant Lights or Island/Peninsula
  • Additional Outlets
  • Electronic Charging Station


  • Prep or Bar Sink
  • Pot Filler
  • Water Filter/Dispenser


  • Television
  • Audio Equipment
  • Message Center

Ready to get started on your kitchen remodel? We'd love the opportunity to work with you. Contact us today! Phone: 320-529-4800. Email: rachel@homecheckplus.com

October 23, 2014
New Cambria Colors!

Cambria Quartz is one of many great countertop material options. Here's why: 

  • There are a wide variety of colors and appearances to match anyone's style.
  • All colors are the same price! No price tiers.
  • Cambria is very durable, not as porous.
  • Low maintenance - no sealing needed.
  • Lifetime, limited warranty. Includes both residential and commercial applications.
  • Quality in fabrication and installation. Cambria fabricates all their own product installed in Minnesota and has only a select few certified installers. 

Cambria is always adding new colors to their selection. Here are some of the latest - Ellesmere, Seagrove, Nevern, Hampshire, Galloway and Wentwood. Click here to see the complete Cambria design palette

April 9, 2014
Kitchen Remodel - Before & After Photos!

We transformed this outdated 1960s kitchen into a beautiful, bright and modern kitchen. By taking out a wall, the space gained square footage and created a more open feeling. Details of this kitchen remodel include:

  • Cabinets: Painted Maple, Mission Paneled Doors and Crown Molding
  • Backsplash: White Subway Tile 
  • Floor: Hardwood Floor
  • Appliances: Stainless Steel, Double Wall Oven
  • Lighting: Recessed and Pendant
  • Countertops: Cambria Quartz Torquay
  • Fixtures: Kohler Stainless Steel
  • Large Island with Microwave Cabinet

For more photos of kitchen remodel projects, click here.









July 24, 2013
Kitchen Layouts & Floor Plans

One of the very first steps in the kitchen planning process is determining the layout. A kitchen layout is a blueprint for how your kitchen will look and function!  The work triangle serves as the basis on which all kitchen layouts are designed.  It is the imaginary line drawn from each of the main work stations in your kitchen -- the sink, refrigerator and cooktop.  When it is planned properly, food preparation is a breeze.  Check out these kitchen layout options...

U-Shaped Kitchen

Broken U-Shaped Kitchen

U-Shaped Attach Seat Kitchen

Single Wall Island Kitchen

L-Shaped Island Kitchen

L-Shaped Island Kitchen
Galley Kitchen
L-Shaped Kitchen

Images from kohler.com

July 24, 2013
What is the Kitchen Work Triangle?

When designing your kitchen, it is important to keep in mind the work triangle – the imaginary line between the sink, refrigerator and cooktop. 

The concept of the kitchen work triangle was developed in the 1940's with the goal of maximizing efficiency and creating a user-friendly space.  A lot has changed since the 40's -- kitchens now often need to accommodate two cooks and other activities.  As a result, a double triangle or "zones" have emerged.  The prep, cooking and cleaning zones are still the main areas.  However, the optional supplementary zones help create a kitchen that fits your lifestyle.  Here are some ideas:

  • Baking zone - space for rolling out dough, cabinets to store the appropriate supplies
  • Beverage or bar area with stemware & compact beverage center for entertaining
  • Second sink adds convenience and another prep station
  • Spice or wine rack or other specialty storage
  • Desk or homework zone - for multi-tasking or helping the kids with their school work
  • Communication center - look up recipes, catch the news/weather or charge your cell phone
  • Rolling cart can serve as a prep station in smaller kitchens
  • Pull out trash center in cleaning zone
  • An island is a great element that is useful in housing multiple zones

For kitchen layout ideas, click here.      

July 23, 2013
Top Kitchen & Bathroom Trends

What's the latest and greatest in kitchen and bathroom designs? Well, according to the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA), these are the top kitchen and bathroom trends for 2013...

1. Gray color schemes (grays in kitchens = 55% and grays in bathrooms = 56%)

2. LED lights and reflectivity

3. Quartz countertops

4. Ceramic and porcelain tiles

5. White cabinets and blending finishes

6. Glass, ceramic, metal backsplashes

7. Larger showers, better amenities

8. Satin nicke, bronze & oil rubbed finishes

9. Undermount sinks create extra space

10. Touch-activated faucets

We love seeing gray color schemes in bathrooms and kitchens. It is both fresh and calming. Here are some beautiful gray kitchens and baths






Click here for more gray kitchen and bathroom ideas!

May 21, 2013
6 Benefits of Kitchen Islands

Does your kitchen have issues with storage, arrangement or function? Adding a kitchen island is a way to help solve these problems and they look nice too! Below are several benefits to kitchen islands.

1. An island adds storage -- another area for drawers, pull out shelves and cabinets.

2. A kitchen island is perfect for kids -- the space can be used as a homework zone or they can help out and be involved in meal preparation.

3. Extra seating -- a kitchen island can act as an informal dining area for the kids or additional seating when entertaining.

4. A movable kitchen island adds versatility -- ideal for smaller kitchens that need the best of both worlds - counter & floor space.

5. Place additional kitchen amenities at your island -- incorporating a prep sink, refrigerator drawers or maybe a stove could make your kitchen more user-friendly.

6. Options galore -- with so many countertop & cabinetry options, you can really customize a kitchen island to suit your needs and make it a focal point in your kitchen.  

April 26, 2013
Kitchen & Bathroom Remodel Project - Before & After

Once a remodeling project is complete, we love to look at the "before" and "after" photos and see how the space was transformed. This is one of those projects that was especially fun because we remodeled our client's kitchen and bathroom! We do many kitchen and bathroom remodel projects every year and every one is unique. Between the countertops, cabinets, tile work & flooring, there are a variety of ways to put your own personal touch on the space. For this particular project, the client chose:

  • White Poplar Custom Cabinets
  • Chrome Hardware & Fixture Finishes
  • Vinyl Flooring
  • Cambria Countertops - Windermere Color
  • Marble Shower Surround
  • Pale Beige Paint Color for Walls
  • Complimentary Light Fixtures  
Kitchen Remodel
Kitchen Remodel - Before
Kitchen Remodel - After
Kitchen Remodel - Dining Room with Floating Shelf
Dining Area
Kitchen Remodel - Tile Backsplash & Cambria Countertops
Countertops & Backsplash
Bathroom Remodel - Before
Bathroom Remodel - After
Bathroom Remodel - Before
Bathroom Remodel - After - Cambria Countertops

Click here to view more project photos!

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