These are the new "as built"photos of the last kitchen remodel/refresh
(after the BEFORE pictures), and are the ones real estate broker's
photographer took for the listing.
You can now see how the old and new maple cabinets, with stain and
toner, turned out and, of course, a couple of Leon's now infamous
I like it ... these photos show what a killer job Linda does job with
interiors ... the counter tops, back splash, tile floor, as well as the
color coordination, as usual.
Don't know how long the following link will stay live, but this is the
entire remodel that is online for the listing ... not bad for five weeks
work on a late 1940's home:
Five weeks? Mais, with all those fancy tools you have, Boudreaux
coulda done that in 7 -10 days.
Excellent work. That's an impressive remodel, like having a new
home. ^5 to Linda. Take that girl out to dinner!
Looks like it has a pretty wide angle capability and the HDR is pretty
good too. Absolutely has some HDR going on.
Kitchen looks great BTY and WOW! I did not realize you doubled its
length and width!!! . :~)
Hey Karl and Leon, I would take those "Domino Drawers" and make them a
strong marketing point. Put together a strong presentation of those
drawers. I would also make up some samples that can be taken with you to
show to prospective customers. Show them the well documented process of how
the drawers are made. Show them a little something on the domino tool
itself. Emphasize the fact that this is a technology and process that is
not done by everybody. That you guys have embraced this technology because
it allows you to offer a superior product. You can also point out the the
dust extractor allows you to sand in the house with little or no dust.
I would suggest making up some samples with different kinds of wood. Give
them a choice. Between an online presentation, a portable presentation and
something that can be physically handled, you can really put it into their
hands and minds that you offer a superior product. Also do some
conventional dovetail drawers to compare them. Remember, the more choices,
the easier it is to say yes to something. With just two or three choices,
it is easier to say no.
Remember, the cardinal rule of marketing is differentiation. How am I
different than the other guys? How am I unique? Domino Drawers certainly
fills that criteria. And as a builder/cabinet maker who embraces this kind
of leading European technology, you are a modern day craftsman. And they
can expect good things from you. This, of course, would be in addition to
all the things that you obviously do well already. A little extra sparkle
and kinetic aspect to the presentation.
Just a thought I thought I would share with you guys. Some of my old
marketing background coming out I guess. I hope you don't mind.
Looks nice. Good job.
You are being too modest. I am sure that Linda definitely contributed to
the overall success of the project. But Karl, Leon and company had
something to do with it as well! ;)
Not at all, Lee. Input is always welcome. I am "portfolio" conscious and
carry one with me on my iPad at all times during work hours (there's an
app for that), and although I've always taken the time to document
projects with photographs (often to the extreme), my equipment remains
the weak link in that endeavor.
Robert/nailshooter is indeed correct about having a good camera, but I
no longer relish spending the money and/or taking the time to be
proficient with one.
And, I can, and will, talk a blue goose out of the clouds in my favor
... AAMOF, about the only one who can top me in that regard is Robert
himself ... two times.
Right Leon? :)
Only a modicum of skill is needed these days. With the advent of $150
monster cameras with really wide angle lenses, as George Lucas is
known to say about problems, "you can fix that in editing". Got this
camera about a year ago
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when my other favorite started becoming unreliable. I use both still
shots as well as short videos. I am really pleased with everything
except the fact that it records video in Quicktime. The older camera
was good for about 12 - 14,000 shots and hundreds of hours of
inspection videos, so this one is just getting broken in. And with
16GB of Class 10 memory only $15, I have stills and video everywhere.
I edit with Xnview and its plug ins. It's free and mighty easy to
use. IIRC, many, many years ago someone recommended it right here on
I take a lot of pictures these days but nothing so interesting as your
work. Most of mine is CYA stuff since almost all I do these days are
a lot of repairs. I document rotten wood, penetration points of
leaks, termites, incorrect wiring, code violations, etc. In some
cases I provide annotated pictures (CMA = cover MY ass) of serious
matters that void warranties or could create safety problems.
Sure, drag Leon in it. You don't need any help, Karl! ;^) :^)
You can hold your own, and I can take it. I have Butch on my side!
All kidding aside, that kitchen is another really nice job. You and
team "Caillouet" always do nice stuff. Unlike you, I don't mind those
remodels. If I had turned that out, I would be pretty proud.
Good eye, but alas, it is only a temporary cover, which is required for
the final inspection, so no shame involved. :)
The actual receptacle cover for the island is a wooden (maple) decorator
plate stained the same as the island.
Nice thing about these wooden plates, because they are made a bit taller
than standard plastic covers, than can also be cut down to fit with the
same angle as the raised panel. I'll try to get a photo for you this
On that note, the preference was for no electric on the island, but that
is in violation of our local NEC version, which requires at least one
receptacle on an island with a countertop space of 24" x 12" or greater.
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