Monday, February 23, 2015


It seems like every day at least someone comes into our showroom with a very confused and perplexed look on their face.  Sheepishly and nearly afraid to ask, they approach our designers to inquire about a kitchen or bathroom project.  “What does a kitchen or bath project cost?”  If you are like most homeowners who would very much like to update an outdated or broken space, but are terrified that a job like yours is going to cost much more than the home is worth, let us offer a warm smile and an arm around your shoulder.  Relax, help is here.

It is funny how television and the internet have both enlightened homeowners and petrified them at the same time.  There is no shortage of programs and websites touting the latest in remodeling trends.  Unfortunately, most of them never stop to educate people on the real costs of such an endeavor or explain why they cost what they do.  The price range for a typical kitchen or bathroom remodel project can actually vary thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars.  Instead of immediately worrying about what a “typical” kitchen or bath will cost to build, perhaps the best way to start with these three steps:

1.  Decide What the End Game Is.  If the intent of the remodel project is to help with the resale value of your home or to prepare it for a faster sale, than follow the rule “K-I-S-S, Keep It Simple Sweetie.”  If you won’t be there to enjoy the space for at least seven more years, than all you really want to do is spruce it up while keeping costs to a minimum.  You will also want to keep style and color choices to neutral ranges.  Follow the general style of the house and neighborhood.  Play it safe here.

However, if you have no plans to move anytime soon, feel free to insert your own tastes and desires into the equation.  You also can expand the budget and not be overly concerned about resale.  Don’t get hung-up with overspending the value of the home.  Creating a space that makes your life that much easier and enjoyable has value.  Make an honest assessment of the room: are items stored properly and easily accessible; how much walking around the space is needed to get things done; do the appliances and fixtures actually work for how you live; what things could be added or moved that would greatly improve the room; do you actually enjoy being in that space?  These are all great questions to ask and take note of.

2.  Understand Costs and Know Options.  Having an open discussion with a qualified local remodeler will be the best way to truly get a grip on what the expenses will be.  Sit down with someone who can explain what the project costs are and why things cost what they do.  There are many details that go into the remodeling of a space that, while not plainly seen, are necessary.  Also, ask about the various options for updating a space.  Options can range from budget-friendly ones that are purely cosmetic, to full-blown gutting of spaces that customize the room for specific needs and tastes.

3.  Be Mindful of the Budget, But Also Be Open to New Ideas.  Throughout the design and selection process, expect to be guided in the direction of items that fit your established budget.  Also be open to new ideas you might not have been aware of.  These may greatly help cure the pain of the room.  A good designer will help identify those pains, propose possible solutions with explanations, and let you pick and choose what is worth the added expense.  Understanding the cost vs. value of each idea can help you decide if that built-in refrigerator or heated floor is worth it to you.


Look for a licensed professional remodeler in your area who offers a variety of cabinetry and fixtures.  Bring photos of your space and measurements if possible.  That way they can fully understand the breadth of the project and give you some preliminary ideas on what can be done and rough estimates where the budget may fall.  They can also begin to show you products that would best fit within that preliminary budget.  Be wary of anyone willing to give out free estimates in writing or someone who bases pricing solely on “allowances.”  That can often lead to misunderstandings and unrealistic numbers.

CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio,6527 Jimmy Carter Blvd #C2 Norcross, GA  30071                                                         770-729-1999

Monday, October 6, 2014

Rutt HandCrafted Cabinetry has added a new door style to their Regency Series.  Called Morgan, it is a clean-lined classic Shaker style—but with a difference.  Not just a door style, but a complete system of cabinetry, Morgan blurs the line between frameless and framed cabinetry.  Horizontal and vertical members do not meet on the same plane creating shadow lines and an interesting layered effect.  With specially designed components unique to Morgan, such as soffit and base rails, light rails, and end panels, this system is a complete concept.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

The local chapter of the National Association of the Remodeling Industry, will present its Fifth Annual Tour of Remodeled Homes Saturday, Oct. 18, 2014 from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Seven private homes transformed by NARI members throughout Atlanta’s northern suburbs will be open to the public, with the remodeling teams on hand to discuss each project and answer questions.  Proceeds from the tour will benefit CURE Childhood Cancer (  The tour is self-guided and will be held rain or shine.  Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 the day of the tour, and are available at, along with a downloadable map showing each home location.  Valerie Hoff of 11Alive is the Tour’s Honorary Chair.

CSI Kitchen & Bath will be showcasing one of it's kitchen remodels in the Horse Shoe Bend neighborhood.  Stop by and see this beautiful kitchen transformation.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

CSI Kitchen & Bath is awarded 2014 Best of Houzz Award for Customer Service

CSI Kitchen and Bath Studio of Norcross, GA Receives

Best Of Houzz 2014 Award


Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users

Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals


Norcross, GA., February 4, 2014 – CSI Kitchen and Bath Studio of Norcross, GA. has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The complete design build firm and kitchen & bath studio was chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.


The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhone app and Android app. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz. 


“We are honored to have been awarded this distinction by” states Mimi Clausen V.P. of CSI Kitchen and Bath Studio.  “Customer Service is our top priority and to be recognized by Houzz in this category is very exciting.” 

“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize CSI Kitchen and Bath Studio among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”


With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like CSI Kitchen and Bath, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and reviewing their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.


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CSI Kitchen and Bath Studio is an award-winning, full service design and remodeling firm.  We have been providing exquisite kitchens, baths, closets and other rooms throughout the Atlanta area and the Southeast since 1992.  We invite you to visit one of the most exciting, comprehensive and largest kitchen and bath showrooms in the Atlanta area.  Whether you plan to remodel one room or the entire house, CSI has the experienced designers, craftsmen  and remodelers to fulfill your wishes.  We can create any look from traditional to contemporary with our fine lines of Jay Rambo Company, Leicht, Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry, Schrock and Organized Living.  In addition to these cabinetry options, we also offer high-quality appliances, countertops, and plumbing fixtures too!  We are committed to great customer service; and in turn, great customer satisfaction. CSI is a licensed and insured residential contractor.  “Others promise, CSI delivers.”



About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish - online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality. For more information, visit

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Holiday Disasters with HGTV’S Kim Myles, 2013

Holiday Disasters with HGTV’S Kim Myles, 2013

A couple of weeks ago, CSI Kitchen & Bath Studio had a very pleasant surprise.  We had the honor of hosting the filming of HGTV’s Design Star's Kim Myles' Holiday Disasters segment.  The filming took place in our very own Norcross showroom and utilized our Ruskin display by Rutt Handcrafted Cabinetry  as the set.  Kim’s segment has already aired on a number of television stations but, in case you missed it, we thought we’d share.
In her Holiday Disasters segment, Kim Myles discusses tips on how to gracefully side-step roadblocks any holiday party might throw your way.  Kim believes that the most common holiday disasters happen around food and drinks.  In her segment she covers 4 main tips to help avoid those looming holiday disasters.

Tip One | Appetizers

The key to kicking off your party right is to keep the appetizers easy…”quick and easy” to be exact.  If your party typically creeps into all corners of your home it’s a good idea to have appetizers guests can take with them.  This will allow people to get in and out of the appetizer zone and help alleviate the congestion that typically occurs around the appetizer table.

Tip Two | Drinks…and their STAINS

We all know the key to a good time is a little bubbly, but Kim suggests keeping it simple.  Your party is not the time for you to become a bartender, so a few bottles of wine and some beer should do the trick…until someone spills their red wine that is! 
Drink spillage is inevitable – it is going to happen.  So be ready.  Kim suggests having an all-purpose stain remover you can use on any surface or fabric so that when that red wine spills on your dress as it makes its way to your carpet you’ll be ready.

Tip Three | Embarrassing Moments

At every good holiday party someone is bound to get embarrassed…that’s what makes them memorable right?  But, funny and embarrassing moments aside, Kim Myles believes there is nothing more embarrassing than being stuck in the kitchen while your guests feast on the food you prepared and enjoy the party you're supposed to be hosting.  So, to help with prep and cooking time (and to make sure you join in your own festivities), go with some premade/precooked items like a Honey Baked Ham you know your guests will love.

Tip Four | Party’s Over – Get Out…please

As hosts, we’ve all been there before – the moment it’s time to call it an evening but you can’t find the right way to tell your guests it’s time to go home.  Though Kim shares a few tips on how to subtly suggest it’s time to go, she believes the sure-shot solution is to ask your guests to help clean up. 
Though Thanksgiving has come and gone, there are still a few weeks of fun and family left in this 2013 holiday season.  So be sure to check out Kim Myles’ tips on how to avoid this season’s most common holiday disasters…especially if you know you’ll be playing host.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Color Trends, 2014

Color Trends, 2014

As the New Year approaches, so do new colors.  Every year a group of people related to all fields of design get together to study the current color trends and to plan and set next year's color and palette.  And, believe it or not, their selections reflect, project, and influence the state of our contemporary lives.  From the world's current political stability to its economical circumstances, consumers, whether or not they are consciously aware of it, surround themselves in colors reflecting their mood towards contemporary society and how they see themselves in it.   So, as we continue heading into more positive political and economical times, the buzzwords around color speak to stability, endurance, and a new sense of neutrality.

In 2014 designers will be utilizing balanced color palettes to help restore equilibrium.  There is an overall focus on establishing a new sense of balance - of creating something grounded in tradition that optimistically looks forward.  The current trend is to combine vivid brights with soft pastels to create colors people can depend on.

Be it our clothes or our home, we all like to express ourselves as individuals and this upcoming season's color palette will allow us to do just that...and do it with confidence.  There is an emerging "new traditional" which mixes "safe" tones with hints of color to create "new neutrals."  These "new neutrals" express an individual's unique style while giving us all a sense of endurance normally attributed to traditionally "timeless" colors.

The "new neutrals" arose from the need to express ourselves as individuals that can endure.  While we all like the new, we still like to keep true to ourselves and this is what the "new neutrals" are all about - using colors to help bring a new sense of harmony and stability to our lives.

Be it a vivid bright mixed with a soft pastel, or a "new neutral" comprised of both, the 2014 color palette is all about harmony, equilibrium, and longevity.  With gray being "the new black" and colors that invite us to look at tradition in a new light, 2014 is going to be all about optimistic conservatism, traditional modernism...transitional colors if you will.

The New Blacks 

Traditions With A Splash of Color

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

New Introductions from Leicht

Leicht is already gearing up for the new year with a preview of new introductions for 2014. We love this new accessory bar for the backsplash area.  It features a narrow shelf at top for small items and has optional accessories like a very attractive knife block, hooks for utensils and a towel rack.

A cutlery tray is a great organizational tool for storing cooking utensils where they are needed.  These are available to fit most metric drawer sizes.

Well-known for their aesthetics, Leicht cabinets are as beautiful on the inside as they are on the outside. This photo illustrates a new interior pullout system that will be available in 2014.