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Posted: Friday, September 6, 2013 8:45 am

Dear Claudia: Is there still time to remodel our kitchen before the holidays? This year, our family is gathering at my house to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas. It would be a nice treat to have our kitchen remodeled.

Answer: Certainly, right now is the perfect time to remodel your kitchen before the holidays. First and foremost, hire a designer who you would like to work with and who would be available throughout the project. A kitchen remodel usually takes about two to three months, depending on the size of the kitchen. The design process starts by:

• Creating the new kitchen design renderings.

• Specifying all the products.

• Creating a budget.

• Placing the order for cabinetry and ordering products.

• Creating a tentative schedule for contractors.

• Scheduling all the contractor’s work.

• Project managing.

• Final Walk.

This is a quick overview of the design steps necessary to remodel a kitchen. Definitely it depends on the size of your kitchen; you are just in time to start your kitchen remodel and have it ready for the holidays.

Dear Claudia: We just moved to Ahwatukee Foothills and the house we bought needs to be updated; especially the kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, window treatments and the floor. Since we don’t have a big budget we are remodeling one room/thing at a time. My question is how I can start getting design ideas and a budget?

Answer: How exciting. Welcome to Ahwatukee. With technology there are many websites to go to that have tons of ideas, products and information about each project. It might get overwhelming, but gather as much as information to help you find a style you like the most as well as product information and pricing. Know that there are many websites you can research about the products you like and prices. One of my favorite websites is; you can find a local professional, make an idea book, you can see tons of pictures (before and after), and you have the opportunity to ask questions of the pros. Take advantage of websites like this one and with the help of a professional it will all come together. There are local designers, contractors and flooring places here in Ahwatukee, I invite you to shop local. Meanwhile, don’t forget that by accessorizing you can make a space look fabulous, especially now for the holidays coming up soon.

• 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

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Teacher Pily Pantoja helps Sarah Wang, 4, with the addition snake game at Keystone Montessori on Thursday, Sept. 4, 2014.

Keystone Montessori has come a long way since its founding in 1995. Back then it was operated out of the founder’s home before eventually moving on to rent rooms from Horizon Presbyterian Church. It was only in 2000 that they had gained a strong enough enrollment to move into the facility where they currently reside on Liberty Lane, just off Desert Foothills Parkway and across from the Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA.

The school services students as young as 18 years old, as part of their toddler program, and as old as ninth-graders. The current enrollment is around 320 students, who all have access to Spanish, music and arts programs in addition to the full Montessori curriculum.

“We provide an authentic Montessori education which focuses on the independence and whole development of the child, including academic as well as social and emotional growth,” said head of school Cindy Maschoff. “We want our students to become independent citizens of the world.”

The school will be taking the time to present the concept of Montessori education to the public Jan. 29 and 30. At the presentations the school will provide a clear understanding of what Montessori education looks like at each level of education. Those wanting to attend should plan on going to both meetings, with the Jan. 29 meeting going from 6-7 p.m. and the Jan. 30 meeting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The meetings require attendees to RSVP, which can be done by emailing

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• Compiled by James Gingerich.

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