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Primer on Kitchen Cabinets, Part 2

In Primer on Kitchen Cabinets – Part 1, we outlined some of the current trends in cabinet design. In this Part 2, we’re going to get specific about the various elements of cabinets, typical dimensions and measurement rules-of-thumb, and a buying guide – what you can expect to pay at differing levels of construction design and complexity. Continue reading Primer on Kitchen Cabinets, Part 2

8 Questions to ask before hiring a kitchen designer

Some of our clients are unsure about where to start in their design plans. Our advice is to ask yourself the following 8 questions before you commit to hiring a kitchen design firm. Once you’ve answered these questions of yourself, you’ll have a much better idea of what you want to accomplish and what kind of professional support will enable you to be most successful. Continue reading 8 Questions to ask before hiring a kitchen designer

6 Questions for Effective Kitchen Island Design

Get the best results from your kitchen island by asking these 6 questions:

  1. What is the island’s function? Before you start thinking about smart storage solutions and what range you want, decide what your island’s main function is going to be. Most islands have a side devoted to cooking and a side devoted to eating, but what will your emphasis be? Prep work, cooking, cleaning, eating or entertaining? Or will you use it for everything, including homework and house projects? If you want appliances and sinks in your island, you’ll need more space. If it will be used just for casual meals, seating should be your priority. “The discussion regarding a kitchen island is really just a small subset of issues which the overall kitchen design and surrounding space must resolve,” says Ahmann. “In the overall scheme, what gets delegated to the island is part of the overall flow of working and living patterns. The island is part of a solution, and this is where most of the discussion should focus. Then the details will fall into place.”

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Primer on Kitchen Cabinets, Part 1

With nearly 7.6 million homeowners remodeling their kitchens this year, the heart of the home garners plenty of attention. New cabinets can convert a dated, inefficient kitchen into a functional, organized, multitasking space. Nowadays they come with a dizzying array of finishes and options at many different price points.

Here are things we have learned about cabinets over the past 40 years.  Continue reading Primer on Kitchen Cabinets, Part 1