With kitchen and bath trends always changing, many of my clients ask, “If I install this, will my kitchen look out of style in five years?” I get this question most frequently when discussing hardware for their kitchen cabinets. Four years ago, I was using satin nickel or oil rubbed bronze in most of my kitchen remodels,…
Free standing islands give you the option to add more counter space and storage, without the commitment of a built-in island. These islands from our cabinet manufacturers give you the look of a furniture piece and offer flexibility in sizes, wood species, styles and finishes.
Every home is unique, and the ways in which we use our kitchens vary widely from family to family. Some kitchens see daily activity, big meals prepared, lots of leftovers bundled up and stored, several pots of coffee and baked sweets made and consumed. In other homes, the kitchen may only be used on special…
Handcrafted cement tiles are coming in more sizes and colors than ever before. The look stands out on its own and can make a striking yet subtle statement. A room with these tiles does not need much else for ornamentation, and can fit into a traditional space as well as a contemporary design, like the kitchen…
Now that we’ve had a little bit of time to settle into our new kitchen, I have come to love so many things about it. But, I have to say, in addition to the great appliances, hardwood floors, beautiful backsplash and granite countertops, three things that really stand out for me are all convenience features. First, we love love love (did I say LOVE) our single basin sink. It is so fun to be able to stack all of our dishes after a meal or our large baking pans and trays in the sink out-of-sight until we’re ready to do them. Or, even if we’re ready to dig right in, we have the room to work, spray and rinse before putting even the largest pan into the dishwasher.
Let me back up and tell you a little about our kitchen before the remodel. First, it is a small space and we did not have the luxury (time or money) of being able to remove walls and re-configure. So the same footprint remained but everything else went. We live in a 1950s home and Jennifer (co-owner and general contractor) was concerned we might have some electrical and plumbing challenges. Luckily, when they opened up the walls, there were a few out-of-date issues but nothing that was not manageable (for them – wouldn’t trust an amateur here). They upgraded electrical, water shut-off valves and other stuff I don’t really understand (or want to) to make us feel nice and safe. Our cabinets and drawers were one of our biggest targets.
This became my favorite word during this project as I have to say it made the entire undertaking a breeze. From our first meeting where we talked about the scope of the project and what we liked/did not like about our current space to the final stroke of paint being brushed onto the wall, the Kitchen Design Concepts process makes for enjoyable days. I work out of my home and was a little concerned about the possible disruption, but because we had a well-planned schedule where we knew what to expect and when, I was easily able to manage all of my clients while having our kitchen taken down to the studs and rebuilt again.
If you are anything like my husband and me, then you will know what I mean when I say “Reverse Remodeling.” We have done this for the past 11 years we’ve been married. We see a little something out-of-order and think it will be a quick fix to change it out.
This is the second in a series of entries that we will offer depending on your particular use for your kitchen. We hope you enjoyed “A Kitchen for: Kids” and that you find some entertainment in this one for those who like to bake. If neither of these fit your fancy, stay tuned. There will be many more to come (for those who entertain, vegans, dog-lovers – you name it, we’ve designed it)!
Most people don’t know what kind of style they are; they just enjoy a little bit of everything. Perhaps some people know what they like, but they don’t really know what style it falls under or what to call it. Pictured below are different styles of kitchens. Kitchen Design Concepts will help you get started in deciding your style.