[RIBBONSTART]s-boc.place1.jpg[RIBBONEND]1. THE HOME DEPOT
Various locations in Orange County
Customer service: 800-553-3199
- Name brands in bath and kitchen hardware, sinks, vanities, toilets, and shower and bath faucets.
- Certified interior designers on staff.
- Special-order cabinets, countertops and tools for installations.
- Opened first store in 1979 in Atlanta.
Why they’re No. 1: The Home Depot offers a wide range of all the latest products to remodel any kitchen or bathroom. Homeowners can either do it themselves or use the store’s installation services. The Home Depot uses licensed local contractors who go through their screening process.
Claim to fame: For the kitchen, The Home Depot has cabinets, countertops, faucets, sinks and more from brands such as Hampton Bay, Thomasville and Kraft Maid, said Kathryn Gallagher, senior manager of public relations. Other brands offered at the store include Kohler, American Standard, Delta, Moen, Price Pfister and Pegasus.
Inside scoop: The Home Depot’s five top kitchen trends are: personalized kitchens that meet the owner’s lifestyle; multitasking islands; white kitchens with accents of bright colors; more than one cabinet or countertop style in the kitchen; and flooring as more of a style focus, Gallagher said.
Fan favorite: Customers can get hands-on experience at the free how-to clinics offered at every store every Saturday and Sunday.
Fun fact: Kitchen installation can take a weekend or several weeks.
– Lois Evezich
[RIBBONSTART]s-boc.place2.jpg[RIBBONEND]2. B & C CUSTOM HARDWARE
32 Tesla, Irvine
- Sales to contractors and the public.
- Unique and hard to find items.
- Interactive showroom.
- Opened in 1984, sold to new owners in 1997.
Claim to fame: Founded by partners Milt Bates and Don Coster, B & C knows how to help folks bring distinction to their homes. B & C carries home design elements that can’t be found anywhere else, the company says.
Inside scoop: “The whole showroom is interactive. Door handles that work, tubs with water in them to show the difference in various whirlpools and an area for shower heads and body sprays that use water. The water infiltration systems they sell have running water so customers can note the difference in tastes,” an owner said.
Fan favorite: “They have working models of tubs, and you can see how much force is coming out of a shower head. The owners have an experienced and stable sales force.” – Don Cosgrove, Orange
Fun fact: You can test the toilets in the restrooms, some with bidets with heated water.
– Lois Evezich
[RIBBONSTART]s-boc.place3.jpg[RIBBONEND]3. DREAM DESIGNS FOR LIVING
949-230-8774 or 949-702-0637
e-mail: [email protected]
- Simple redesign to whole house makeovers.
- Home staging.
Inside scoop: “Many of our clients want to address only one or two rooms, have a limited budget; or are do-it-yourselfers by nature. Design A-Click-Away lets you work at your own pace and budget with the expertise of a professional designer. ” – Kari Kahal and Michelle Cripps, owners
Fan favorite: “Working with Kari and Michelle was a fabulous experience, they are both really brilliant at spatial design and color. They reminded me to put bits of my own personality into my home, because I tend to be conservative and they gave me courage. They transformed my kitchen.” – Stacey Physioc
Fun fact: Home staging can make thousands of dollars of difference when you decide to make a move.
– Lois Evezich
Source : http://www.ocregister.com/2009/09/16/best-kitchenbath-remodeling/