At this home in the Preston Hollow area of Dallas, family life is busy and the kitchen is at the heart of it all. We designed and remodeled this kitchen to be both beautiful and smart in a way that has allowed the whole family to come together in the space.
We are often asked if there is anyone we can do with a small kitchen and the answer is a resounding YES! Check out these right-sized kitchens that are both beautiful and smart…
We’ve recently shown some pictures of a beautiful modern kitchen in North Dallas. We became fast friends with this couple and, in addition to designing and remodeling a bathroom on their first floor, we have now taken the remodel upstairs to their master suite. A large master bedroom and bathroom are underway as well as a yoga room and general living area. We have found that many of our clients are not only re-doing their spaces for future re-sell values, but also for their own benefit as they plan to stay in their homes for several years.
A trend that we gladly support is going green! You can do this in a variety of ways, but a nice way to go green when remodeling is to donate your old and unwanted appliances and kitchen materials. Our clients are oftentimes replacing materials and appliances that are still usable with fixtures and furnishings that are more up-to-date and in line with their overall design and remodel plan. So, in 2008, we contacted Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity. With their help, we started a program whereby our clients’ used materials could be donated.
One of the most exciting parts of our work is seeing the transformation that occurs through the kitchen design and remodeling process. Here are pictures of three kitchens with the “before” picture adjacent to an “after” picture of the same angle. In some cases, the footprint did not vary greatly but the results are still dramatic. Let us know what you think about the finished results!
As I continue the series about design trends we’ve noticed over the past couple of years, I note that the second trend relates closely to the first of opening up spaces. Trend #2 is that people are going casual. Just as we used to see many more formal dining rooms, Clients are wanting to re-purpose that space for more open and casual interaction. I remember my friend’s mother who was not keen on us playing in their living room. The plastic-covered couch was off limits and the carpet was to remain pristine. A more casual and live-able style now reigns supreme.
In a series of blogs, I am going to share with you several trends that we have seen developing over the past couple of years. Some are related to bigger picture general trends like the economy, but others are direct results of the way we are choosing to live and entertain as more social and interactive beings. So, let’s get started. The biggest impact trend we’ve noticed is the desire for our clients to open up their spaces.
In this ongoing series for those thinking about re-designing and remodeling their kitchens, I will address what to expect in our first meeting with you. At Kitchen Design Concepts, this meeting is our first chance to hear your likes and dislikes as you set the stage for your ideal kitchen space. We come to understand your objectives and listen between the lines to produce a proposal that reflects you. Our goal is to hear things you say and don’t say so that when we sit down to discuss our plan, you are not only hearing back what you told us but we’ve taken it even one step further to a place you didn’t know existed. There are four key goals of this first meeting:
Because Jennifer and I come from consulting companies where we were trained to embrace process and research business situations from every angle, I often consider what it is that makes a company good at what they do. We reflect upon our own processes at Kitchen Design Concepts and we make certain that we are improving at every pinch point along the way. When you are in the market for a kitchen remodel, there are five questions to ask that stand out as super important to make sure you are going into your project with eyes wide open and expectations in check.
Are you considering a kitchen overhaul? Do you know what kitchen style and functionality you want for your lifestyle? They say pictures are worth 1,000 words and we agree, especially when it comes to finding inspiration for your kitchen design and remodel project.