Cabinet Materials

It’s one thing to design a demonstration kitchen – one that’s intended to be shared periodically by residents of a multifamily building, whether for culinary programming or private events. It’s another to design a true communal kitchen – the type commonly found in co-living communities, where residents have their own private bedrooms but also spend time in shared spaces, such as kitchens, where they choose to cook and dine together on a regular basis. Co-living communities have numerous benefits, but they can also pose challenges for a designer. In a single residence, there are often multiple occupants with varying style preferences, different schedules and, in some cases, mobility challenges.   So, our goal as designers is to create dynamic spaces that serve residents of all ages, and in various stages of life. When it comes to creating cabinetry for a co-living community, we achieve this by implementing a few key design principles: Kitchens for a Crowd Co-living communities have larger kitchens than you would traditionally find in a multifamily building. There are several reasons for this. First, they have more cabinetry to allow residents to store food, cookware and dishware in their own spaces. They also feature multiple workspaces so occupants can cook simultaneously, and...

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We’ve posted previously about the use of metal finishes in the kitchen, most recently about how metals can be the perfect choice for open shelving in multifamily buildings. But if you’re considering incorporating metal finishes into your kitchen décor – or even mixing metal finishes, which is perfectly acceptable these days – there are some design rules you should follow.  This article from the Daily Herald lays out some of those rules, such as avoiding the use of matching sets, limiting how many metal finishes you mix and dispersing the various metals throughout the room.  So, feel free to be creative in your home, by including metals in various finishes and types. Think of it as jewelry: When you wear a stainless steel and gold watch, you can wear silver or gold – or both. As long as you tie everything together, it works....

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We couldn’t agree more with this article. There are so many choices that must be made when choosing kitchen cabinets – from cabinetry color and material to how they’re configured and accessorized using hardware. One of the up-and-coming trends we’re seeing is the use of display cabinets with metal grate fronts instead of traditional glass, as described in this article. The look adds a layer of sophistication to the space and matches the industrial aesthetic we are seeing in the many multifamily properties we work on. Read the full article here....

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