While Darryl, the installer extraordinaire, begins to work his magic in the kitchen I find myself with more decisions that need to be made before the project is complete. The critical decision at the moment is the cabinet hardware. Most installers like to have the hardware on site around the same time they start the installation. It’s typically one of the last things they do, but when they a
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The storage solutions you select for your new kitchen will make the difference between a kitchen that works, and a kitchen that works hard for you every day. After you have spent time creating the overall layout, design and color scheme for your new kitchen, the next important step is to carefully consider the storage f
The preliminary work is complete. The electrician added the necessary circuits for the microwave and range. We moved outlets, added more lighting and added switches where there were none. The plumber who also is our HVAC person moved the ducting to its new location and capped off the sink lines for the installer. We installed the tile floor and primed the walls.
Experienced kitchen designer, Kristen Peck with Knight Construction Design of Chanhassen, MN, knew this would be a challenging and rewarding project as soon as she spoke with the homeowners. With five children, their remodeled kitchen would need to comfortably accommodate their entire family. Entertaining friends and family is important to them,
One of our changes to the space is to create a real pass-through. In the original kitchen there was sort of a pass-through to the dining room; very small and too high off the countertop to have any purpose other than being a trimmed out hole in the wall. We wondered if the original contractor had framed the opening thinking that this was where the doorway was supposed to be, realized his mist
Every year The National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) surveys their members of kitchen and bath designers across the United States and Canada. Their responses provide insight into design trends that will take hold in the kitchen and bath market in 2012. While broad trends won't be evident in every local market, the following are some overall trends for kitchens and baths.
When the Squires started working with kitchen designer, Dondi Szombatfalvy, CKD (of Bella Domicile in Madison, WI), they expressed a desire for their home to reflect a blend of traditional styling with rustic influences. Entertaining and family meals within the kitchen were important, so ideally the kitchen would incorporate a large bar area so that family and guests could eat and interact wit
The kitchen design has been finalized, the appliances selected and because we’ve done this before we have decided to do the entire tear out of the existing kitchen ourselves. Demolition can be very therapeutic, but also a little nerve wracking. We are tearing into a room we use daily and will be without for several weeks.
You know the old saying "A picture is worth a thousand words", well when it comes to design nothing could be more true.
Pantone recently announced it's new "2012 Color of the Year" which gets many people in the design community talking and sharing inspired ideas. Pantone, which describes itself as "the authority on color, provider of color systems and leading technology for accurate communication of color" is one of many organizations and companies working in the field of color forecasting.
Let me preface this by saying designing your own kitchen is the most difficult project a kitchen designer can tackle. Working at Dura Supreme and walking through the factory every day I have the opportunity to see cabinetry being manufactured in every style and finish imaginable. The options are endless and it’s really difficult to narrow down your choices.
Is it time for a kitchen remodel or can you live with it for a while longer? Would diving in to a full remodel make the space better or could you get by with some minor fixes?
“The homeowner wanted a contemporary kitchen but her home had a very traditional design,” explained Elizabeth Ericksen, part of the talented design team at Ispiri, a design, build and remodel firm in Woodbury, MN (www.ispiri.com). “In order to blend the kitchen with her home, we chose a more transitional design approach to her kitchen and she loves it!”
Contemporary and transitional styling have certainly increased in popularity in the last few years and we are seeing more and more kitchens being designed to feature clean, sleek lines. A Dura Supreme kitchen designer in Albuquerque New Mexico recently completed a contemporary kitchen that we think beautifully demonstrates this popular look.
Breckenridge is often thought of as the rustic shaker, southwest, cabin, or lodge style door. We often see it in Knotty Alder which really defines that style.
For us here in the upper Midwest, a “mudroom” is considered a necessity and is an important part of a home’s floor plan. For families with kids, a mudroom is a critical consideration in building, buying or remodeling a home.
I admit I do watch a lot of HGTV (and the Food Network for that matter). It’s not all high quality programming, but some of it does have some value, sparks some creativity, or even a few “you can’t be serious” moments. There are other channels that also offer the same type of decorating shows, as my husband calls all of them, TLC, DIY, Bravo and even ABC with its Extreme Home Makeover series
When you grab the eggs and bacon out of the refrigerator to whip up breakfast why are you walking toward the patio with your arms full rather than headed straight for the range? Does that extra large metal door create a sort of obstacle course that forces you to do an end around, kicking it shut with your foot as you clear the other side?
When it comes to base cabinets, there are three typical options for the way things can be stored. Determining which method is best suited for your needs requires some thought.
Color is always a hot topic among designers and it is one of the most noticeable design elements within any home interior project. Although colors vary seasonally in the fashion industry, with home interiors we recommend taking cues from color trends and working them into a palette of classic colors and old favorites. After all, the largest investments in your home (like cabinetry, flooring,