A Day In The Life of a Kitchen and Bath Designer

Let’s take a walk through a typical morning for many people…

Imagine you wake up in the morning, head into your bathroom to get ready for the day and you spend the next twenty minutes in front of a vanity with no cord mess or cluttered countertops and everything organized and at your fingertips…

Apr 18, 2016
Author: Sandy Kloncz
5 Easy Steps to Personally Designing Your Bathroom Furniture with Dura Supreme Cabinetry

The new Bath Furniture Collection by Dura Supreme lets you choose from a large array of options and customize them to suit your specific space and your personal taste.

Jan 26, 2016
A Master Bath Remodel With Style

Take a dated 80’s oak bathroom, infuse it with 21st century style, and admire the stunning result!  Designer Jeff Topolinski, of Hines Supply in Buffalo Grove, Illinois, worked his creative magic to design a beautifully styled master bath retreat using cabinetry from the new Dura Supreme Bath Furniture Collection.

Aug 24, 2015
Author: Wendy Anderson
Dura Supreme floating vanity with Silverton door style.

Bathrooms and powder rooms are a popular focus for remodeling because the results can be so dramatic, creating a beautiful environment with outstanding storage and organization. In addition, bathrooms can be a less expensive room to remodel - and less disruptive to your everyday life! 

Jul 14, 2015
Author: Karen Wistrom
White bathroom cabinet with chrome handle

"Clean", contemporary design for bathrooms has become a popular look, partly because of the trend toward modern, contemporary styling and partly because of homeowners' desires for an uncluttered and sleek look for bath environments. 

Jun 29, 2015
Author: Karen Wistrom
Stylish Bathroom Linen Storage. Furniture styled linen cabinets from Dura Supreme Cabinetry

Linen storage cabinetry in the bathroom should be functional, but it can be stylish as well. The traditional tall linen cabinet with doors above and below provides a perfect spot for all those items you need close at hand in the bathroom.

Apr 27, 2015
Author: Wendy Anderson
2015 Kitchen and Bath Design Trends

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 2015. While broad trends won't be evident in every local market, the following are the top 3 overall trends for kitchens and baths.

Mar 30, 2015
Author: Anonymous (not verified)
Focus on the Modern Bathroom, featuring floating bath vanities from Dura Supreme Cabinetry

How do you achieve that clean, modern look in a bathroom?  What if you want to create the illusion of a larger room? Floating vanities are the perfect choice for that space saving, minimalistic look.

Mar 16, 2015
Author: Wendy Anderson
Bath Furniture Cabinetry. Bathroom Cabinets.

Although the kitchen is the heart of the home, bathrooms (including powder rooms and the master bath) are just as important and hard working.

Jan 19, 2015
Author: Karen Wistrom
Remodel Stories: Adding Mirror and Storage to an Unused Space

One of the key design changes in the bathroom remodel was the addition of useable storage other than the vanity.  Prior to the demolition there was a 12” base cabinet and a couple of awkwardly placed towel bars directly behind the shower wall.  It was useless and unattractive as far as I was concerned.

Jun 30, 2014
Author: Wendy Anderson
Hardware Guidelines. Should it be a knob or a pull?

Cabinet hardware, although a small part of the whole project, still requires some serious thought as to style, finish and placement on the cabinetry. Should it be a knob or a pull?  Should the finish match the faucet or appliances or should it complement the cabinetry finish?  Exactly where on the doors and drawers should they be located?

Jun 09, 2014
Author: Wendy Anderson
Form and Function and the Interior Design Process

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

May 19, 2014
Author: Wendy Anderson
Sheetrock Really Makes a Room. Bathroom Remodel Story

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. 

Apr 07, 2014
Author: Wendy Anderson
One Step Forward-Two Steps Back during a Bathroom Remodel

We continue to make slow progress on the bathroom remodel project.  Just when we think we have things figured out, structural issues seem to get in the way and it’s back to the drawing board.

Mar 17, 2014
Author: Wendy Anderson
Double sinks in the bathroom

Is there some design rule out there that states a master bath should always have two sinks?  You would think that this is true if you watch enough of those remodeling shows on television.  How often is the main focus of an outdated bathroom the fact that it only has one sink?

Feb 24, 2014
Author: Wendy Anderson
Rubber Dock in Bubbles

When our house was built the original plans called for two bedrooms and a half bath on the second floor.  I always thought that was odd and not very functional, which at some point in time the original owners must have thought so too, because the bathroom was remodeled to include a tub. 

Feb 03, 2014
Author: Wendy Anderson
Creating a Master Bathroom Retreat

Designer Jessica Allison of Essence Design Studio knew that this would be a unique and challenging project as soon as she spoke to her clients. With five kids under the age of seven, of which three were triplets, it was time to give the homeowners a space of their own to relax and unwind.

Dec 16, 2013
Author: Anonymous (not verified)
Single Hole Faucets and Undermount Sink Close Up

With popularity of single hole faucets and larger undermount sinks for both the bathroom and the kitchen there are some design and functionality things to consider when determining the placement of the faucet.

Mar 25, 2013
Author: Wendy Anderson
When a Project Delay Turns Out to Be Good

Most remodeling projects don’t go as smoothly as you would like, there is always a glitch of some kind that makes your best laid plans go out the window.  We were moving along at a pretty good clip, making the bathroom semi-presentable for the holidays. We knew trying to get a countertop installed during that time frame was going to be impossible, but we were ok to wait. 

Feb 11, 2013
Author: Wendy Anderson
Making a Fabulous Guest Bath using Parts and Pieces

It’s time for the cabinet installation!  Darryl, the installer extraordinaire, is back to work his magic just like he did in the kitchen.  To get the look I wanted without breaking the bank, I designed the entire vanity using parts and pieces.

Jan 21, 2013
Author: Wendy Anderson
Seeing the Light at the End of the Bathroom Remodel Tunnel

Over the last few weeks we have made significant progress in the new bathroom space.  In fact, that is pretty much all we have been focused on.  It’s been a lot of late evenings and long weekends, and we have the sore muscles and calluses to prove it.  The sheetrock is finished thanks to a wond

Dec 31, 2012
Author: Wendy Anderson
When You Want to Finish Up Your Project Quickly

What was going to be an ongoing weekend project that would keep us busy all winter, has now become something that we are in a rush to get to ready for sheetrock.  Demolition, although somewhat therapeutic, is still not fun.  It’s dusty, messy, and sort of dangerous.  My husband is much better with a Sawzall than I am, so he had the task of taking out the recessed closet area in the hall bath to

Dec 10, 2012
Author: Wendy Anderson
How to Agree with Your Spouse on a Bathroom Design

As the bath remodeling progresses, the clock is ticking and I realize that I had better get the cabinetry ordered.  Designing for your own space is difficult enough, factor in a spouse that somehow over the years has developed some design preferences of his own and I’ve got a major project on my han

Nov 19, 2012
Author: Wendy Anderson
First Steps in a Bathroom Remodel

Early October started off rather chilly in Minnesota, and because our plumber also does heating work he was tied up with furnace issues for the first half of the month.  So we had to wait a while longer for him to make time to tear out the fixtures we were planning on eliminating.

Oct 29, 2012
Author: Wendy Anderson
Compromise and the Budget

While I wait for the plumber to work us into his schedule, it gives me time to work on the budget.  Budgets are a necessary component of any remodeling project.  Without one you can find yourself seriously overspending or running out of money before the project is finished.  The goal is to improve, but not over improve and still be able to balance your checkbook.

Sep 17, 2012
Author: Wendy Anderson