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Kitchen Organization Ideas to Add to Your Remodel Plans

The kitchen serves multiple purposes, from entertaining friends to preparing delicious meals for your family. Keeping everything in your kitchen effectively organized will save many headaches and stressful moments, preventing those instances when you might struggle for just a few more inches of counter and cabinet space.

Poulin Design Center will cover all aspects of your kitchen remodel ideas. Once we have worked with you to design the kitchen of your dreams, we will complete the kitchen remodel so you can get back to entertaining and feeding your loved ones. The kitchen organization ideas below can be worked right into just about any kitchen remodel design.

Keep Items Accessible With Custom Cabinetry Inserts

Organize your counter space by adding custom cabinetry pull-out drawers to keep kitchen essentials more accessible. For instance, you can customize cabinetry inserts to slide on a track and expand to access items whenever you need them easily. Say goodbye to organizing your lower cabinets on your hands and knees.

Custom Storage Drawers for Any Kitchen Items

Adjustable dividers and drawer inserts offer a seamless kitchen organization solution with satisfying results. Use dividers to separate lids neatly from corresponding pots, reusable containers, or pans in the same drawer. Include inserts to surface drawers for adequate storage of tableware or contained spices.

Use Drawers Instead of Cabinets

Instead of reviewing endless kitchen cabinet design ideas, consider oversized drawers in your kitchen. Oversized drawers let you have a brilliant place to store plates and bowls, and they are often easier to access while offering well-organized stacks in your kitchen. Setting dishware and utensils in a drawer averts instances like dropping a dish from the upper cabinet while enabling kids to set the table readily.

Store Items Where You’ll Use Them In a Custom Space

Narrow vertical drawers under a range are ideal places to store cooking oils and spices. Creating a stylish canister on your countertop helps keep utensils handy. But if you have a cooktop, a utensil holder may affect your space’s flow. Having custom drawers with upright containers lets you store utensils alongside the range.

Add Tuck-Away Platforms For Appliances

Although your countertop offers adequate space to keep appliances, not every appliance needs to stay there. Create a tuck-away platform that promotes the workspace and provides room for storing appliances, keeping them out of sight. For instance, add a stylish storage solution for a stand mixer with built-in electricity to get more from your workspace.

Save Counter Space With Built-In Appliances

Enhancing kitchen storage and countertop space are common kitchen remodel ideas that align with creating a more organized space. Having sleek built-in appliances like microwaves and coffee machines can help you achieve this. Microwave drawers or range hoods are a perfect addition to your kitchen organization, allowing effortless reach.

Strive for Pantry Perfection

Your pantry requires attention in your kitchen organization plan. Glass canisters designed for dry goods foster a clean appearance and assist in keeping track of what you need. Basket and storage racks store smaller items, and if there is adequate space in the pantry, you can keep your appliances stored here. To see more ideas for your pantry design, see our blog here.

Customize Your Island with Open Storage

A kitchen island is the space’s centerpiece, with several ways to add storage while making it stylish. For instance, you can create an entertaining hub comprising a bar-height countertop and a built-in wine rack, as well as open storage.

Kitchen Organization In New Mexico

Achieving an elegant, organized kitchen helps create a more enjoyable space to live in and increases the value of your home. Contact us today for more information regarding ideas to remodel your kitchen in New Mexico!


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Female Hands Framing Custom Kitchen by Poulin Design Center

Small Kitchen Remodel Ideas

Trying to make it work in a small kitchen can be challenging and frustrating at times. Rather than deal with the downsides of your small kitchen, consider some easy kitchen remodel ideas that won’t break the bank. If you’re in Albuquerque or Santa Fe, NM, and searching for kitchen remodel ideas, find out how Poulin Design Center can help transform your kitchen. 

Kitchen Islands Add Storage and Prevent Clutter 

Consider adding a peninsula or a movable island cart to maximize your storage in a small kitchen. A peninsula can add seating to your kitchen, countertop space, an area for serving, and entertaining as well as extra storage. 

If you don’t have space for a peninsula, a moveable island cart can add storage to your space and be moved if you need more space. Add drawers to your kitchen, but be sure to have enough tall cabinets to store your kitchen appliances. Instead of cabinets where things can get pushed back and out of sight, consider choosing drawers to maximize storage and convenience in your small kitchen; just remember to have enough storage for your taller kitchen appliances.

Open Shelving Adds Style and Access 

Open shelving can accent many different kitchen styles. From industrial to the farmhouse kitchen, open shelving adds another element of style that cabinets would otherwise not. Open shelving is also great to balance out the design elements of your kitchen aesthetic, especially if you have many cabinets. When deciding where to install open cabinets, think about ease of access for you, the other people in your home, and your guests. 

Another idea for a small kitchen remodel would be to include a peninsula with floating shelves overhead, which is an excellent way to save cabinet space by keeping items like glasses and frequently used spices handy. 

Patterns Are Your Friends 

Your small kitchen remodel may be limited by space unless you’re going big. Some small kitchen ideas that help accentuate your style and make it pop are patterns in unexpected places. Since cabinets and shelving often take up much of any wall space, you will have to get creative on making patterns a priority. 

Adding a backsplash can instantly brighten a room and create visual interest. The backsplash will tie in the colors of your kitchen and bring cohesiveness to your design. We suggest using a timeless backsplash.

Choose Stylish and Durable Surfaces

No matter the size of your kitchen, having countertops that work as hard as you do is critical for saving you money and time. Choosing beautiful countertops has to be a choice that considers appeal, aesthetics, and durability. Choose a countertop that will withstand everyday cooking and special events.

Paint Can Change Everything 

If you are between remodels and just looking to freshen up your kitchen or add a little bit of life to a dim corner, paint can do that. There is no need for power tools, construction, or lengthy contracts; paint only takes an afternoon or less to leave your kitchen looking new again. Add an accent wall to bring out the colors in your flooring or undertones in your cabinets. 

Leave No Space Unused

When you’ve got a small kitchen, it goes without saying that you should use every little bit of space to your benefit. Having narrow pull-out cabinets installed and drawers in place of cabinets in tight spaces or deep areas where space is lost is an excellent way to maximize space. Small kitchen ideas like floating tables and mobile pantries can also help save space while removing clutter.

Professional Kitchen Remodeling in Albuquerque

Be sure to use a professional to design your kitchen according to sound design principles. The designers at Poulin Design Center follow the work triangle, which helps with strategic kitchen design, large or small! And when working on a small kitchen, you will want to design it with function, style, and sound design principles to maximize your space. 

To get started on your kitchen remodel, contact Poulin Design Center today for more information or schedule a free design consultation.

Image Source: Andy Dean Photography / Shutterstock

Top 3 Reasons to Get Your Remodel Started Now

Most of our customers like to get started on their remodel after the first of the year—the holidays are over and it’s time refresh the house and reassess life at the turn of the new year. However, this is not any normal year… this is year where we have faced secondary impacts due to the global pandemic, including supply and demand delays, labor shortages and price increases. Which is why we are encouraging our customers to get the remodel processes started now and not later.

Reason #1: Save Money

Starting any home improvement project is an investment of time and money to your home and lifestyle. We have seen multiple prices increase from our manufacturers over the last year and a half, and they’re projected to continue with inflation next year. This is the #1 reason why we want our customers to start the process now. They can lock in their price for their remodel, before new price increases hit, and save money on their remodel for next year.

Reason #2: Get Your Products Ordered NOW

I’m sure you’ve seen delays in getting products in nearly every industry— from appliances to toilet paper—the supply and demand chain is in serious condition. When you get started on the remodel process now, you can order your products to get everything in when you’re ready for the installation. Right now, receiving products are causing the longest delays to start remodel jobs for our customers.

Every one of our cabinet lines are 17-20 weeks out from when the order gets placed. Prior to COVID, we would receive cabinets within 6-8 weeks. Certain plumbing fixtures are backordered or discontinued. And appliances take an average of 6 months to get in—this one we strongly suggest ordering sooner rather than later!

Point is, once you’re happy with the new design and product line, order them now so you can plan when your home will be remodeled next spring.

Reason #3: Schedule Your Remodel

Before your remodel can be scheduled, you need to be happy with the new design and products that will be in your kitchen or bathroom. After this, we order products and wait for their arrival, and schedule a tentative start date. Once everything has arrived in our warehouse, we double and triple check the products to ensure what you want is what we have before we start demolition. There is a fine-tuning with this process to ensure everything was done accurately so that your remodel goes smoothly. We want to fully satisfy our customers through our proven production methods but will need to balance the delay between signing on and starting the remodel—patience is key in this area and we appreciate the trust you put in our company as we are being diligent through the entire waiting period.

Planning is Key

Prior to COVID, there was no need to plan your remodel so far in advance. The majority of the delays are due to manufacturing and shipping due to a limited supply of goods and a labor force shortages. We have many manufacturers stationed in the USA, however many of the components they need, like particle board for example, are from China, delaying their process.

The Poulin Way

As a team that is proactive in helping our customers, we are always strategizing ways to decrease any delays we may encounter. One such way that we have improved customer timelines is by opening up an in-house fabrication shop where we build custom Corian shower bases, wall surrounds, and countertops. This way we can better control our leads times.

Additionally, we are a franchise with Re-Bath—the #1 bathroom remodeler in the US. With Re-Bath, we have manufacturing capabilities to supply our customers with wall surrounds, shower bases, bathtubs, and walk-in tubs. Both methods have cut down the waiting period on some bathroom projects.

Lastly, we have a unique system of product selection, in which our team evaluates products for good distribution, availability, and warranty. This process helps us to not offer products that quickly get discontinued or back-ordered, due to supply shortages and high demand.

Get Started Now

If you’ve been considering a remodel for next year, please get started on the process now. Save money, order your products, and get your remodel scheduled for next year.

Call us at 505-880-2500 or click below to schedule your free design consultation.

Bathroom Tile Trends in Albuquerque

Updated: Jan 2021

Whether you are putting in a new bathroom in your Albuquerque home or are redoing your existing bathroom, one of the things you are likely going to want to update is your tile. In order to stay fresh and up to date, it is necessary to look into current bathroom tile trends and match them with your own sense of style, whether it is modern/contemporary, outdoorsy, or more classic and streamlined. Our design team at the Poulin Design Center is ready to help you create the bathroom of your dreams!

Getting the Outdoorsy Look

Rustic bathrooms have been a popular trend recently, and the look can be achieved in various ways. One way to achieve it is to have your bathroom tile installation include wood-like tile either on the floor, on the wall, or both. At first glance, this ceramic or vinyl tile looks like hardwood but has a much higher level of moisture resistance. Many people like to pair the wood tile look with greens, blues, and browns to continue the “back to nature” theme. To add in a bit more of a modern or contrasted look, glass tiles and metal fixtures can be added as well.

An Ombre Bathroom

Plain solid color tile can look a bit outdated for bathroom design these days. Ombre has become a popular trend that gives a unique look without being too drastic. An ombre color scheme uses tiles in different shades of the same color and arranges them to get progressively darker or lighter. The tiles can be cascaded in a relatively straightforward way, or show off a more zig-zag look that the southwest is known for.

Classic, With a Touch of Texture

If the solid, neutral color is your style, you can still bring a bit of pizazz to your bathroom flooring or wall tile by choosing a soft texture to the tile. This can be brought into the shower, or be a backsplash over the sink.

A bathroom is a place you want to feel comfortable, whether it is your main bathroom or an extra bathroom for guests. You also need to make sure that your style choices fit your budget. Our team at the Poulin Design Center will help you find a style that is durable, fits your needs, and is beautiful. Give us a call today for a free in-home estimate.

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remodels of 2020

Remodels of 2020

As we celebrate our 38th year in business, we wanted to look back over this last year of projects.

As an essential business, we have been fortunate to keep our customer’s projects on track while following the latest health and safety guidelines. The health of our customers and employees is at the forefront of our minds, and we want to ensure they stay safe during these uncertain times.

Although we remodeled several homes in 2020, below is just a small sample of the work our team has done. Be inspired and enjoy!

Kitchen Transformation in the Foothills

We had the opportunity to completely transform the look and feel of this home in the Sandia foothills.

✅ Created an open space concept in this home
✅ Functional space for the kitchen
✅ Updated appliances
✅ Hidden dishwasher
✅ Updated flooring


Albuquerque Kitchen & Bathroom Remodel


✅ Shaker cabinets
✅ Feature cabinet with glass
✅ Soft-close doors and drawers
✅ Quartz countertops
✅ Stylish honeycomb backsplash
✅ Slide-out drawers for expanded storage


✅ Shaker cabinets
✅ Quartz countertops
✅ Updated tub
✅ Built-in grab bars
✅ Removed old carpet and added tile
✅ Easy-to-grab hardware

Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery

We partnered with Ferguson Bath, Kitchen & Lighting Gallery to remodel a section of their showroom. You can read more about their remodel in our blog here.

✅ Area to showcase new Thermadore and Bosch appliances
✅ Bellmont 1900 contemporary cabinetry
✅ Two-tone cabinetry
✅ Oversized island with seating
✅ Quartz waterfall edge on island
✅ Unique backsplashes
✅ Sleek, clean contemporary style
✅ Area for future events


Tom’s Kitchen and Family Room Remodel

The owner of Poulin Design Center “tooled up” to remodel his own kitchen in early spring.

✅ Two-tone quartz countertops
✅ Two-tone Bellmont cabinetry
✅ NEW wood-look flooring throughout the home
✅ Stone fireplace with cedar mantle
✅ Added built-in sliding barn door to the entertainment center

To see an in-depth “Behind the Scenes” of Tom’s remodel, click here to learn more.

Santa Fe Bathroom Remodel

✅ Floating vanity with slab doors
✅ LED mirrors
✅ Floating shelves
✅ Freestanding modern tub
✅ Added door for patio access
✅ Spa-like shower with body sprays
✅ Built-in bench and niche


Los Alamos Gourmet Kitchen Remodel

✅ Black quartz countertops
✅ Expanded storage
✅ Large Island
Floating shelves with underlighting
✅ Wet area sink
✅ Pot filler

Full Home Remodel: Kitchen, 3 Bathrooms, Flooring

Master Bathroom

✅ Wood-look flooring
✅ Modern freestanding tub
✅ Corian countertops- antimicrobial
✅ Frameless shower door
✅ Built-in grab bars

Guest Bathrooms

✅ Matching products for a cohesive look
✅ Half vessels sinks
✅ Showerhead with handheld on a slide bar
✅ Wood-look flooring
✅ S-Curve shower doors


✅ Granite countertops
✅ Large island with extra storage and barstools
✅ Wine cooler
✅ Walnut shaker cabinets

Northern NM: Guest Bathrooms and Solar


Contemporary bathroom design
✅ Captured unique vision of customer
✅ Modern freestanding tub
✅ Vessel and half-vessel sinks
✅ LED mirrors


✅ Controlled energy costs
✅ Energy bill eliminated once the solar system is paid for
✅ Net metering- store excess energy on the grid for later use
✅ 26% federal tax credit
✅ 10% state tax credit
✅ $0 state sales tax
✅ $0 property tax added to system

Open Concept Kitchen

✅ Waypoint Cabinetry
✅ Quartzite countertops
✅ Waterfall edge on the island
✅ Floating shelves
✅ Black stainless steel appliances

Thank YOU

Thank you for trusting Poulin Design Center with your home remodels and solar projects! We’re looking forward to 2021, we hope that you are too!

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