Now that the old kitchen cabinets and countertops have been removed, the electrical and plumbing work has been completed, the flooring has been patched and repaired, and the new appliances and cabinetry have been delivered, it's time to begin the cabinet installation!
After months of dreaming about and planning for my new kitchen, we are finally ready for my favorite part of the process - DEMOLITION!
Now that the design and planning stage for my new kitchen is complete and the products are on order you might think I get to sit back and wait for the installation phase of the project to begin. Unfortunately, there are a few things that I as the homeowner am responsible for taking care of prior to beginning the installation phase.
Now that the design for my new kitchen is done, it's time to focus on the cabinet details and the color palette. I decided to create a Contemporary Craftsman inspired kitchen which would flow with the rest of the home's architecture, design and materials.
The design process begins by selecting which appliances I would be incorporating into my new space. As a designer, it's hard to design a space until you know what appliances will be used. For example, designing a space around a separate cooktop and oven is significantly different than designing for a freestanding or slide-in range.
The last few months have been very busy here at Dura Supreme as we have just completed the installation of a beautiful new display showcasing our Bria cabinetry.
Kitchens with a high-contrast color combination have been popular for some time now and their popularity shows no signs of waning. A combination of a dark stain and a light paint is a classic look that will age gracefully in the years to come. There certainly are some trends that can be identified in later years as a by-gone look from the 70s or 80s or even the 90s. But this classic mix of c
Kitchen design is a fashion-oriented industry and kitchen designers strive to stay on the cutting edge of trends so they can advise, recommend and deliver couture interiors for their customers.
In my last post I discussed the island as part of a kitchen layout. But what if you don’t have the space to devote to an island? The next best thing in my opinion is the peninsula layout.
When the June 2012 issue of Better Homes & Gardens “Kitchen and Bath Ideas” magazine hit the news stands, it featured a beautiful Dura Supreme kitchen on the cover that was designed by Jenny Rausch, President and Owner of Karr Bick Kitchen and Bath of Brentwood, MO.
The kitchen is finally finished!
While Darryl, the installer extraordinaire, begins to work his magic in the kitchen I find myself with more decisions that need to be made before the project is complete. The critical decision at the moment is the cabinet hardware. Most installers like to have the hardware on site around the same time they start the installation. It’s typically one of the last things they do, but when they a
The preliminary work is complete. The electrician added the necessary circuits for the microwave and range. We moved outlets, added more lighting and added switches where there were none. The plumber who also is our HVAC person moved the ducting to its new location and capped off the sink lines for the installer. We installed the tile floor and primed the walls.
Experienced kitchen designer, Kristen Peck with Knight Construction Design of Chanhassen, MN, knew this would be a challenging and rewarding project as soon as she spoke with the homeowners. With five children, their remodeled kitchen would need to comfortably accommodate their entire family. Entertaining friends and family is important to them,
One of our changes to the space is to create a real pass-through. In the original kitchen there was sort of a pass-through to the dining room; very small and too high off the countertop to have any purpose other than being a trimmed out hole in the wall. We wondered if the original contractor had framed the opening thinking that this was where the doorway was supposed to be, realized his mist
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 2012. While broad trends won't be evident in every local market, the following are some overall trends for kitchens and baths.
When the Squires started working with kitchen designer, Dondi Szombatfalvy, CKD (of Bella Domicile in Madison, WI), they expressed a desire for their home to reflect a blend of traditional styling with rustic influences. Entertaining and family meals within the kitchen were important, so ideally the kitchen would incorporate a large bar area so that family and guests could eat and interact wit
The kitchen design has been finalized, the appliances selected and because we’ve done this before we have decided to do the entire tear out of the existing kitchen ourselves. Demolition can be very therapeutic, but also a little nerve wracking. We are tearing into a room we use daily and will be without for several weeks.
Let me preface this by saying designing your own kitchen is the most difficult project a kitchen designer can tackle. Working at Dura Supreme and walking through the factory every day I have the opportunity to see cabinetry being manufactured in every style and finish imaginable. The options are endless and it’s really difficult to narrow down your choices.
“The homeowner wanted a contemporary kitchen but her home had a very traditional design,” explained Elizabeth Ericksen, part of the talented design team at Ispiri, a design, build and remodel firm in Woodbury, MN (www.ispiri.com). “In order to blend the kitchen with her home, we chose a more transitional design approach to her kitchen and she loves it!”
Contemporary and transitional styling have certainly increased in popularity in the last few years and we are seeing more and more kitchens being designed to feature clean, sleek lines. A Dura Supreme kitchen designer in Albuquerque New Mexico recently completed a contemporary kitchen that we think beautifully demonstrates this popular look.
When you grab the eggs and bacon out of the refrigerator to whip up breakfast why are you walking toward the patio with your arms full rather than headed straight for the range? Does that extra large metal door create a sort of obstacle course that forces you to do an end around, kicking it shut with your foot as you clear the other side?