This remarkable kitchen remodel located in Deer Park, IL (Northwest suburbs of Chicagoland) caught my eye instantly as I was browsing through Houzz one day. It’s no wonder that this spectacular kitchen has been gaining an ample amount of attention within the industry, because it is a kitchen that dreams are made of and was 15 years in the making.
When you begin to contemplate a remodeling project, whether it be kitchen, bath or whole house, who should you have on your team to design and implement your vision? Those that could potentially be involved in a remodeling project include: architects, contractors, interior designers and/or kitchen designers. How do you know who you need to be working with?
I always love a great transformation, and I have a lovely one to share with you this month. Not only is it a visual transformation, but also a functional transformation. Before we delve into the before and after pictures, I will set the stage… a busy family of five in Chicago, all of whom use the kitchen space but for different reasons. The problem arose when those competing tasks overlapped
Hooray! Spring is right around the corner!
The work triangle is a design concept that has been around for decades and is a great guideline to use when redesigning your kitchen. Although the topic may seem intimidating at first, it’s actually a simple concept that can help you redesign your kitchen to be more efficient and functional.
Today we are in for a treat as we take a look at a inspiring kitchen project designed by Gwen Adair of Cabinet Supreme by Adair.
Even though the Laundry Room might be one of the smallest rooms in a house, that does not mean it is the easiest to design. Quite the contrary. Because of all the functional zones needing to be incorporated into a tightly defined space, there can be a lot of challenges. Fear not, I will lay out all the special considerations one should take into account when making a Laundry Room plan!
For someone with a passion for canning and crafting homemade goods, her kitchen layout caused more headaches then enjoyment. This kitchen remodel was much more than improving the day-to-day life, but also to expand and encourage their household’s emphasis on healthy, homemade meals.
This 1970s era wood burning fireplace was woefully out of date and not very energy efficient. In fact, the entire space was in need of an update and this provided the perfect opportunity to make some drastic changes.
For your next project - maybe you are thinking, “I don’t want mine to look like everyone else’s, I want it to be a meaningful space. Something I can truly call my own”. Finding inspiration for interiors doesn’t have to be difficult, one just needs to know where to look. I will give you 3 unexpected places to explore that can help drive your design.
This lower level bath, while functional, was in desperate need of an update. For some reason the previous homeowner had installed a vanity designed for a single bowl and modified the cabinet to fit two sinks. What this did was eliminate most of the drawers, allowing for very little storage.
The appeal of a laundry room on the main floor is understandable, especially if the alternative is doing laundry in a dark, dingy, unfinished basement. This main floor laundry is front and center in this 1973 ranch house. Directly opposite the front door and visible from everywhere, this room had to both look presentable as well as function as more than just a space to wash clothes.
The Powder Room is one of those rooms in a home where you can push the envelope a little further with design. It is already a small space, everyone who enters knows it's a small space, so don't worry too much about trying to make the space feel bigger, it is what it is. If you are considering re-designing a powder room, here are a few tips:
"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.