Kitchen Design

We all dream of a freshly renovated kitchen – even apartment dwellers! This article in U.S. News provides great tips for homeowners to keep in mind during a kitchen remodel or renovation, with a breakdown of how big-ticket items should factor into the total project budget. We think the same tips apply to multifamily properties! As cabinetry providers, Bristol Design Group is proud to offer a wide range of cabinetry options to ensure our storage solutions align with client budgets, whether it’s a ground-up development or renovation of an existing building. But, we aren’t just order-takers. We review the overall kitchen design and make recommendations to help improve functionality and style. Read the full article here for other useful tips that apply to virtually any kitchen buildout or redesign....

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Successful bathroom design incorporates more than just the basics. And while these spaces can be an ideal canvas to experiment with different color palettes and materials, they must also be practical for everyday use. This Kitchen and Bathroom Design article addresses the need for functional storage – so each personal item has a “home” that’s tucked away, eliminating unnecessary clutter. When we work with multifamily developers to choose bathroom cabinetry, we gain an understanding of how we expect the space will be used and then model our designs accordingly by varying the depth of drawers and adding customized features like built-in storage dividers. For more on the importance of bathroom storage, read the full Kitchen and Bath Design article here....

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At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I’m going to compare kitchen cabinet design trends to fashion – again. It’s funny how there’s such a strong correlation, or maybe it’s just my passion for fashion rising to the surface. In any case, as with fashion, trends are cyclical, and when they return, there’s frequently a timely update to the style.  Cabinet color is no different. And, black as a cabinet color is back – in a chic, simple way. But before we talk about how it’s being used now, let’s look at the evolution. In the early 2000s, black was popular but not on its own; often, it was used over another color to achieve a distressed appearance with the underlying color peeking through. It was a very specific look and more popular in single-family homes than in multifamily, which at the time favored maple shaker-style cabinetry. Black has also commonly been associated with the classic bachelor pad and other designs considered to be more “masculine.” Today, black has replaced white as the preferred neutral color in kitchens. In apartments, we’re installing cabinetry that features a soft- to super-matte black finish that absorbs the light. This is sometimes carried over...

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