"One of the most important features of this new home is the relatable and comfortable kitchen," explained kitchen designer, Megan Dent of Mingle Showroom in Plymouth, MN. "The kitchen is the hub of activity for this family of four and having a welcoming space where everyone feels "at home" was of top priority.”
I think most people can agree that efficient uses of space are a high priority in how their home is designed and how it functions. Who wouldn’t like an extra foot or two of traffic lane in their kitchen? Who wouldn’t like a staging area for all things coming and going from their home? I mention these two areas because they are high needs priorities for a majority of homeowners.
This well-loved Alaskan home has been in the family for generations but the kitchen felt dark, crowded and no-longer functional. The homeowner desperately wanted a bright, modern space with enough room to entertain. It was time for a remodel, so designer Fernanda Conrad of K&W Interiors was called in for a consultation.
The original master bath measured approximately 16’x 5’ 6”, and included a small walk-in closet, a double bowl vanity and an angled shower. It was a long, narrow rectangle with lots packed into it.
The homeowner of this fabulous double kitchen renovation has a tremendous love for creating homemade BBQ sauces and exquisite dishes. He spends a lot of time in his kitchen and his creations are so elaborate that one kitchen just wasn’t enough.
Today we are going to look at a fabulous set of before and after pictures that beautifully launch a home thirty-five years forward into the present day. Meghan Murphy, designer at Trilogy Kitchens and Remodeling in Arlington Heights, Illinois had her work cut out for her with this project.
Let’s start out with the Family Room-
The new homeowners of this 17 year old kitchen loved the quality of the original Dura Supreme Cabinetry and how well it held up over the years, but they wanted a transitional and refined look. So they searched for a local Dura Supreme Cabinetry designer.
One of the most common items on every homeowner’s wish list is more storage. In fact, I don’t think I have ever met anyone who wanted less storage. The challenge comes in finding more space to accommodate this. Many people cannot add square footage to their space due to physical or budgetary constraints, and so become stuck with what they have.
What do all the following things have in common?
Reading a book.
Watching a movie.
With every interior design project we walk the fine line between creating the perfect house we see in a magazine and creating the perfect house for who actually lives there. In order to make a house a home, the environment should feel meaningful, convey a history and reflect the homeowner.
Remodeling your kitchen is not a small project. A lot of loose ends have to come together, to avoid unexpected costs or delays. I think the best way to prevent a mistake is to know what mistakes are most commonly made. Here are my top 5 design mistakes to watch for and avoid.
We, as humans, are sensory beings. Since the dawn of mankind, our senses of touch and sight have contributed to our knowledge of the world around us, evoking emotions such as joy, fear, love and curiosity to name a few. As designers, we are charged with the task of bringing out the best of those emotions in the environments we create.
Designer Susie Johnson of Dragonfly Kitchens, Inc. in New Mexico had always dreamed of owning a vintage Airsteam trailer. After searching for over a year and a half, she finally found a classic 1965 Safari Airstream in Santa Fe, NM not far from her home. Susie immediately got on the phone and purchased it without even seeing it first-hand.
Remodeling a kitchen is a huge undertaking that involves many details, decisions, and careful thought. It helps to be aware of what to expect and to prepare for the unexpected before starting such a large, exciting endeavor.
Here are five things to consider that will go a long way towards a successful and survivable project:
Have you ever gone shopping for something, fell in love with two items, and had to make a choice? How do you decide? One item may be more practical, less costly, a better size or closer to the right color. What if many factors are similar, and the waters of comparison are muddy? Do you flip a coin? Perhaps looking to an intangible factor is in order…
The view of the water was perfect, but the layout of the home … not so much. This waterfront property located on Hopkins Creek near the Severn River in Maryland needed a fresh makeover. The homeowners aspired to bring the spectacular water view into their home so they could enjoy it to its full extent.
This oceanside home located in Fort Meyers Beach, FL was due for a fresh makeover. Looking to remodel with a clean, contemporary look, the homeowner worked with designer, Melissa Musgjerd of Studio M Interiors of Minnesota to create her vision for her kitchen. The client had seen Melissa's work and sought her expertise for the project.
The homeowners of this newly built home in Northville, MI knew the look they wanted for their new kitchen when they discovered Knotty Alder wood species. They fell in love with its rustic and informal characteristics.
With so many decisions to be made before and during a kitchen remodel project, there is a critical component of the process that cannot be overlooked. Who is going to do the cabinet installation? A good cabinet installer is worth his or her weight in gold. Their skill and expertise can make or break the project
Several decades back, in an era of not so great design, placing the hardware in the center of the cabinet doors was the “thing” to do. There’s nothing technically wrong with placing the hardware in the middle of the door, but it does date the kitchen.
When empty nesters, Bill and Anne, decided it was time to downsize they became the new owners of an almost perfect condo oozing with vintage charm. The one exception in this beautiful space was the outdated, poorly laid out, small kitchen.
It’s taken three years and we are finally finished with our remodeling projects.
The original plan for the upstairs remodel was to include a walk in closet directly off the bedroom. But when we realized that the structural things we would need to change were going to make the whole project cost prohibitive, that idea was scrapped.
Form follows function is a phrase that you learn about early in your interior design education. The concept originally was used when referring to architecture, but it also has applications for interior design as well. What this means in the world of cabinetry is that the intended purpose (function) of a cabinet or overall layout should be where the design process starts. What the design or c
After a couple of months of looking at framing and roughed in plumbing we have sheetrock! The taping, mudding and sanding are complete; it’s starting to look like a bathroom. It’s always such a change when the walls get closed up and the space is truly defined.