Friday, November 14, 2014

Review: Kitchen Love Story by Camille Finan

Title: Kitchen Love Story
Author: Camille Finan
Format: Paperback
Publisher: SparksPress
Publish Date: September 30, 2014
Source: BookSparks' Fall Reading Challenge

What's the Story?:

From "Gone are the days of the traditional, ridiculously expensive kitchen remodel that's more form than function. Yes, you can have a new, beautiful, functional kitchen at a reasonable price! Camille Finan will show you how. Kitchen Love Story was written for women by a woman. Licensed contractor and cabinet builder Camille Finan, is your personal kitchen construction advocate. Throughout the book, Camille shares lessons from years of experience building and remodeling kitchens. She will inspire and empower you to solve those kitchen conundrums that drive you nuts as you create and execute a plan that is both practical and affordable. You'll get the answers to these questions and more: -Where do I start, what's DFIO and why is it so important? -Can my kitchen feel 'high end' without breaking my budget? -What's worth the money and what's not? How do I avoid being ripped off? -How do I hire contractors, sign contracts and develop an 'escape plan?' -What should I expect during the remodel experience? -How do I make sure it got done correctly? In your hand are the tools you need to get unstuck, make the right decisions for your kitchen remodel and make it happen. You can do this! Camille Finan will lead the way."

My Two Cents:

"Kitchen Love Story" is a non-fiction book geared for women and written by a female cabinetmaker (definitely not a lot of them running around). This book is supposed to be a tool to help women design kitchens that they will be able to fall in love with. This book has a very unique take on all of the various things that you have to consider in order to redecorate or renovate a kitchen.

There can be a lot to consider whenever you re-do a big room in your house, especially one that is as important as the kitchen. Our kitchens get a ton of use and as Finan points out in this book, if you want to renovate the kitchen, you want to make sure that you are going to get a lot out of whatever renovation you do. I get where the author was going and I do think that she was trying to make it easier for people to design a kitchen renovation but this book is quite basic and while it covers a lot, it may not cover enough in order to fully design a renovation but this is a good first step.

The writing of the book was fairly good. There were some parts that I thought were sort of almost talking down to the reader as the information was so basic. This may be a good pick for someone who has never considered a renovation before.



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