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How to Design the Kitchen of Your Dreams: An Interview with Joe Wasler of Bayern Builders, Inc.

By Joseph Wasler

Tell us a little bit about your company and the services you offer.

We are a full service remodeling company specializing in kitchens, with free design and estimates. We have an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau and we receive a complaint-free award every year.

What's one of the biggest mistakes you've seen people make during the kitchen design and installation process?

One of the mistakes people may make when designing a kitchen is not to go with their choice because of costs. The last thing you want to hear when the job is completed is "I wish I would of." Meaning I wish I would of spent the extra money to get that Granite I really loved. You are spending a lot of money, so I advise going that extra mile to get what you want so you are not disappointed at the end.

Also, do your homework with appliances. Before buying a unit do internet research to make sure that it has good reviews. During the installation process the biggest mistake a client can make is to not let the professional handle the project. It is alright to question the process but let the contractor dictate the way in which it is done. There is a reason for this and it is best left in our hands. That is why you are paying us.

What do you do to help homeowners avoid this mistake?

I will always tell a client if I feel they are making a bad choice. Letting them know the reason why we do things the way we recommend. Because we do so many kitchens, if we have a problem with certain appliances or materials we will advise them to stay away.

What are the basic steps of a kitchen design? Which one is the most involved and why?

The most complex item to pick out is cabinets. There are so many choices these days with door styles, handles or knobs, finishes, molding treatments and interior finishes. This could become overwhelming to a lot of people. I always advise clients to keep it simple. Take it one step at a time. Some people think about Granite and tile when they should just focus on cabinets, then move on to the next selection.

What are the most helpful things that people can do at the beginning of designing a new kitchen?

To design a kitchen it helps if the client has their appliance wish list put together. This really helps us understand what you would like to have included in your new kitchen. We then design around that and will advise if something may not work due to size or other elements needed to make it work in that location.

Also, consider if you are willing to remove walls and expand. There is a trend that more and more people are using their dining room area as part of their kitchen. Removing walls between the two and making one large room is very common these days.

What advice would you give a homeowner who wants to make the most of their budget without sacrificing any of the features they want?

Shop round for deals on appliances and other materials needed for the remodel. I am a firm believer that you get what you pay for so buyer beware. Let your contractor know your budget so we can work within those costs. This will help in the design process and speed things up. People are under the impression that they should not tell us their budget so we don't take it all. The simple fact is usually your budget is under or spot on but never over. If you tell us we have "X" amount of money to do this kitchen then we will work with that figure and keep within budget.

What's the best way for people to contact you and your company?

The best way to contact us is either by email at or call us at 630-353-0172 or 630-707-9517. Our website is

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