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I will answer questions about kitchen design, remodeling: appliances, cabinets, countertops, lighting/switching, accessible kitchens, kitchens for multiple cooks, kitchen trends, flooring, windows and doors, ventilation, safety, function, and style.

Experience in the area

25+ years as a kitchen designer; over 10 years as a Certified Master Kitchen-Bath Designer. Hundreds of projects completed, in all styles, all ranges of investment. Multiple design awards and published articles (see below). Public speaker and lecturer about home remodeling. Co-host of a local radio program for over three years, currently the host of "Today's Home" on Lifetime WebRadio every Sunday afternoon (website:


NKBA (National Kitchen and Bath Association); NAHB (National Association of Home Builders); PRO (Portland Remodelers' Organization); IDPC (Interior Design Protection Council)


"THE Survival Guide: Home Remodeling" (book published in 2003), Gentry Magazine, Designers' Illustrated Magazine, Interior Coordinator Magazine (Japan); San Jose Mercury News, San Mateo Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Oregonian, Statesman Journal Newspapers.


Multiple degrees, including bathroom design, kitchen design, lighting design, and residential interior design. Classes and seminars attended frequently, to maintain current knowledge about products, trends, codes, and technology.

Awards and Honors

Multiple certifications: Certified Master Kitchen-Bath Designer (NKBA), Certified Interior Designer (NCIDQ, National Council of Interior Design Qualification), and Certified Aging-In-Place Specialist (NAHB). Awards include: Henry Adams Designer of the Year, CoTY, Master Design, Chrysalis, Best of the Best, Excellence (Best home in its category), and NABE (Best how-to book, 2003).

Past/Present Clients

To see photos of completed projects, please visit my website:

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Recent Answers from Diane Plesset

2015-10-18 tile countertop:

Hello, Margo.    I do understand your dilemma, wanting to have a smooth-surface countertop. Unfortunately, I have not seen any videos of a concrete product like you describe. If the video you saw doesn't

2015-09-07 Kitchen sink replacement:

Hello, Len.    Removing an existing undermount sink is very challenging. It's not a D-I-Y project. In 31 years, I've never had any experience with this type of project, because my clients want to replace

2015-06-09 tile over laminate flooring??:

Hi, Debra.    Removing the tile and laminate is going to be a messy project! Until you do some exploratory de-construction, you won't know how the tile and laminate were installed. Of course, wear clothing

2015-05-22 Laminate backsplash:

Hello, Christina.    This answer is going to be fairly lengthy. If you're not an experienced D-I-Yer, I recommend NOT trying to fabricate/install your own laminate countertops and backsplash. More

2015-01-21 Kitchen Cabinet Lighting:

Hello, Steven.    I don't know who you talked with at LED Wholesalers, but it really doesn't matter.    LED strip lighting is made to be cuttable into sections, and connected to the power supply (or other


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