Dear Claudia: I am a resident of Ahwatukee and I used to read your columns in the Ahwatukee Foothills News. I appreciated all the design ideas. I am eager to know, when are you going to start again?

Answer:It’s my pleasure to start writing my Dear Claudia Column starting with this issue. I welcome you and all Ahwatukee Foothills News readers to ask me questions and challenge me to keep up with design trends and the housing market. I have been a resident of Ahwatukee for the last 10 years. I grew up in Tucson and attended the University of Arizona. I completed two years of architecture study, have a bachelor’s degree in social science in interior design and a bachelor’s degree in marketing. For the last 24 years, I have been helping customers with their interior designs. I specialize in new construction and remodeling. I have worked with several home owners, designers, architects, contractors and investors. I have been living my dream in helping people enhance their living spaces.

Dear Claudia: My name is Mary and I would like to remodel my kitchen. My question is where do I start, this is the first time I am involved in a kitchen remodel?

Answer:A kitchen remodel is a great investment for your home. I recommend hiring an experienced professional who will guide you through each step, you do not want to end up with costly mistakes. Start by coming up with a budget, it might be high or low but at least you have a guide. Second, research what kind of ideas and styles you would like (a great website I recommend is www.houzz.com). It is true that it might overwhelm you, but put together an idea book on the website and go by elimination. Third, interview with kitchen remodel experts and find an experienced professional who will be involved in each step of the design process to make sure all the design details are not being overlooked and that will be the one person to go to for any questions.

All the best to you with your kitchen remodel.

• Claudia Dabdoub is a resident of Ahwatukee Foothills and owner of D’amore Interior Design Studio. To ask a question for an upcoming column, reach her at (480) 751-9938 or www.damoreidsinc.com.

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