Kitchens

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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.

Jul 11, 2016
Author: Sandy Kloncz
Things to consider before starting a kitchen remodel

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:

Jun 20, 2016
Author: Wendy Anderson
Blueprint, impact on planet, eco friendly construction

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…

Jun 13, 2016
Author: Sandy Kloncz
Gray cabinets from Dura Supreme Cabinetry designed by Owings Brothers & Owings Home Services

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.

May 30, 2016
Industrial Syled Floating kitchen Shelf with pantry and utensil storage under a wall cabinet. Featuring Dura Supreme Cabinetry.

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…                                  

May 16, 2016
Author: Sandy Kloncz
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
Upgraded Den with Built-in Library Gray Cabinets from Dura Supreme Cabinetry

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.  

Mar 25, 2016
Author: Karen Wistrom
Tips for Kitchen Countertop Heights and Overhangs For Seating

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.

Mar 07, 2016
Author: Wendy Anderson
Oceanside Black & White Kitchen by designer Melissa Musgjerd of Studio M Interiors, MN

This oceanside home located in Fort Meyers Beach, FL was due for a fresh makeover. Looking to remodel with a clean, contemporary look, the homeowner worked with designer, Melissa Musgjerd of Studio M Interiors of Minnesota to create her vision for her kitchen.

Feb 23, 2016
Gray is a Classic and Timeless Color for Interiors

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.  

Jan 19, 2016
Author: Karen Wistrom
Planning for an Open Floor Plan

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.

Jan 07, 2016
Dreaming of a White Christmas Kitchen

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.

Dec 17, 2015
Cross Country Kitchen Remodel

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?

Dec 14, 2015
Author: Wendy Anderson
In Love with Knotty Alder. Traditional Family Room Design by Wes Boggs, AKBD, of KSI Kitchen & Bath Featuring buil-in entertainment center and bookcase cabinets from Dura Supreme Cabinetry, a fireplace and over the fireplace installed TV.

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.

Nov 24, 2015
A Kitchen that Reaches New Heights

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.

Nov 09, 2015
Voiding a Corner Cabinet in a Kitchen Design, What does that Mean?

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”.

Nov 02, 2015
Author: Wendy Anderson
Sleek Kitchen Style

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.

Oct 12, 2015
Author: Karen Wistrom
A traditional styled Dura Supreme kitchen with functional space with two seprate work zones.

"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.

Sep 28, 2015
Author: Karen Wistrom
Why Dishwasher Appliance Panels? Close up of washing dishes

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.

Jul 20, 2015
Author: Wendy Anderson
Microwave Control Panel

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. 

Jul 06, 2015
Author: Wendy Anderson
Example of a color path

One important element with any design project is the development of a "design path" (or "color path"), that creates a coherent, well-planned look for the entire space.  Oftentimes this is called a "color board" and all the swatches, finishes and fabrics are laid out together to see the entire room (or entire home) and how all the design elements coordinate and work together.

Jun 15, 2015
Author: Karen Wistrom
Kitchen color palette. How to Create Color Schemes for your Kitchen Remodel

One important element with any design project is creating a "design path", or "color path", that creates a coherent, well planned look for the entire space.  Oftentimes this is called a "color board" where all the swatches, finishes and fabrics are laid out together to see the entire room (or entire home) and how all the design elements coordinate and work together. 

May 18, 2015
Author: Karen Wistrom
Kitchen Design to Complement Entire Home in Puget Sound, Washington

Nestled along the waterfront, this home near Puget Sound in Washington had a disjointed interior that did not take advantage of the beautiful and expansive views of the water.  When the homeowners were ready to remodel, they contacted Vawn Greany of Collaborative Interiors (Mercer Island, WA).

Mar 23, 2015
Author: Karen Wistrom
Kitchen Wall Cabinets for Corners

Cabinets for corners in the kitchen are typically a diagonal, square (pie-cut) or blind.  Is one better than another?  That depends on several factors including the amount of space available, the functionality you prefer, and the overall look you are trying to achieve.

Jan 05, 2015
Author: Wendy Anderson
A Kitchen Island For a Couple who loves to Cook and Entertain Together

Originally a lumber and millwork warehouse overlooking the river in Oshkosh WI in the late 1800s, this historic building was converted to loft condos in the 1980s.  By now, the finishes and materials were dated and with the existing small, tight galley kitchen, Dennis and Nancy were ready to remodel and create a kitchen that better suited the beautiful window views and their love of cooking and

Oct 20, 2014
Author: Karen Wistrom

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