When we think about the functionality of the kitchens in our homes, we think about the most rushed or high-use times, and if there are configurations or processes that could be simplified to make our lives easier. Morning definitely qualifies as one of those times. Not only is it a busy time of the day, but people are generally less alert and less prepared to make lots of decisions.
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.
Are you a fan of electric or gas cooking or both? What if your preference is gas or induction burners and an electric or convection oven? Is the cooktop and wall oven combination your only option? Many appliance manufacturers offer a dual fuel range that combines the best of both. Gas or induction on top, electric and convection below.
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.
Remodeling a kitchen is a huge undertaking that involves many details, decisions, and careful thought. It helps to be aware of what to expect and to prepare for the unexpected before starting such a large, exciting endeavor.
Here are five things to consider that will go a long way towards a successful and survivable project:
Have you ever gone shopping for something, fell in love with two items, and had to make a choice? How do you decide? One item may be more practical, less costly, a better size or closer to the right color. What if many factors are similar, and the waters of comparison are muddy? Do you flip a coin? Perhaps looking to an intangible factor is in order…
The view of the water was perfect, but the layout of the home … not so much. This waterfront property located on Hopkins Creek near the Severn River in Maryland needed a fresh makeover. The homeowners aspired to bring the spectacular water view into their home so they could enjoy it to its full extent.
Let’s take a walk through a typical afternoon/evening for many people…
You come home and instead of tripping over shoes and seeing coats laying all over, everything is in its place in your handcrafted locker-boot bench…
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…
A multi-room makeover of this Michigan home called for the design expertise of Lindsey Markel at Dillman & Upton, Inc of Rochester, Michigan to bring together a stunning whole-home interior that blended purposeful functionality with cohesive architectural design.
When considering seating in a kitchen or bar area setting there three basic countertop heights that can be used. The most common height is level with the standard base cabinet height, approximately 36” off the floor. Another option would be bar height seating at 42” off the floor.
Designers are often asked about gray and whether or not gray color schemes in interior design (and for kitchen cabinetry) are a passing fad or a long term trend.
The homeowners of this Danville, CA home had dreamed of an open floor plan for years. They had an older styled home with a separated dining room that was rarely used. They felt their kitchen was lacking in storage and always hoped to expand it.
Are you dreaming of a white kitchen? Stylish, sleek white kitchens are a timeless look that is surging in popularity. White painted cabinetry is more popular than ever before. It’s easy to see why, white makes a room look bigger and brighter. It also creates a beautiful backdrop for emphasizing other elements of the design.
Let’s say you live on the East Coast but plan on moving to the West Coast. You have found the perfect property, but it needs some updating. How do you find a design firm that you can work with remotely?
The homeowners of this newly built home in Northville, MI knew the look they wanted for their new kitchen when they discovered Knotty Alder wood species. They fell in love with its rustic and informal characteristics.
This beautiful kitchen designed by Bella Domicile, Inc. in Madison, WI reaches new heights by taking advantage of vertical elements to add visual space to this Wisconsin kitchen.
Many kitchen layouts involve a corner or two, does it mean that you need to plan for a corner cabinet of some type to fill the space? Corner wall cabinets typically require 24” or more of space out of each corner. Base corner cabinet space requirements can range from 33” to 42” out of each corner. Blind corner cabinets utilize the standard 24” of depth, but need a minimum width of 39”.
Breaking ground on his new dream home in Florida, this Floridian knew he wanted a modern masterpiece, with ultra-sleek, minimalist style. Kitchen designer, Victoria Hessler of Distinguished Kitchens & Baths of Boca Raton, FL, actualized his vision with Dura Supreme Cabinetry.
"This couple enjoys cooking together regularly, so they each wanted designated space for cooking and prepping," explained Lindsey Markel of Dillman & Upton, Rochester, MI. Understanding how the couple works together in the kitchen was the inspiration behind Markel's creation of two separate work zones.
With so many decisions to be made before and during a kitchen remodel project, there is a critical component of the process that cannot be overlooked. Who is going to do the cabinet installation? A good cabinet installer is worth his or her weight in gold. Their skill and expertise can make or break the project
A refrigerator is often the largest appliance in the kitchen. In the last few years appliance manufacturers have made great strides in the overall look and styling of these units, but they still are big, rectangular boxes that can dominate the room. In the kitchen pictured below the beautiful stainless appliances are prominently featured.
Built in dishwashers today have several different style options to choose from. A popular choice is a model with a finish that matches the other kitchen appliances, commonly white, black or stainless steel. But, maybe you don’t want to break up the beautiful line of cabinetry with a metal box.
The science behind the microwave oven was developed after World War II, but the appliance that most of us use today did not start to become a standard in the home kitchen until the 1970s. Those early microwave ovens were huge, large enough to cook a turkey, and they sat on the counter taking up a lot of space.