Multifamily Development

As cabinetry providers, we’re constantly in search of kitchen design solutions that add value — both aesthetically and financially — to the multifamily projects we manage. Sometimes, going up is the best way to bring costs down without compromising style. One trend that has (literally) been on the rise in recent years is increasing the height of the backsplash to 24-inches, a small but notable increase from the standard 18-inch backsplash found in many kitchens. Multifamily developers in particular have gravitated to the style not only because of its visual appeal, but also the added functionality and cost efficiency, the latter of which has become a selling point amid rising construction costs. Visual Appeal Openness in apartments, especially those with smaller floor plans, is critical. Any trick that can make an apartment feel larger is always welcomed, and elevated cabinets do just that by giving the illusion of more space in even the tiniest of micro-units. A taller backsplash also provides the opportunity to incorporate eye-catching designs into the backsplash itself. There are a variety of tiles and treatments that, when used tastefully, can infuse personality into each unit. Functionality A taller backsplash adds more than aesthetic value to a kitchen: it also increases functionality. While...

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The appeal of micro-units is increasing, especially in urban centers where young professionals are willing to sacrifice square footage in exchange for a highly walkable, amenitized lifestyle. With the building as their living room and city as their backyard, residents spend very little time in the unit itself, reducing the amount of space they require.  Micro-units range in size from 200 to 400 square feet and are being programmed into more luxury rental towers and high-end condo buildings. For developers, these small floor plans present a jigsaw puzzle-like challenge as they look to maximize efficiency while maintaining a sophisticated design aesthetic. As cabinetry experts, we employ four strategies to incorporate appliances, workspaces and storage into an economic, cohesive design: Select smaller appliances European-sized appliances create an illusion of space. Typically, European appliances are 24 inches wide compared to the standard 30- to 36-inch width commonly found in the U.S. While a difference of 6 to 12 inches might not seem like a lot, this “found” square footage allows us to add additional cabinetry and workspace, which not only makes a kitchen more functional, but also makes the apartment appear roomier because it creates space between appliances. Fortunately, these smaller-sized appliances have become more...

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Some cabinet trends are cyclical, evolving just like fashion does. If they didn’t, we would all still have harvest-gold or avocado-green in our kitchens. Other designs are timeless, with lasting appeal. Frequently, cabinet trends are driven by which interior design styles are most popular depending on where you live. This recent realtor.com article identified the top interior design styles across the country – state by state. Turns out, the industrial aesthetic, known for its exposed brick and unfinished floors and cabinetry is tops in 12 states – spanning the entire country – from Alaska to New Hampshire and 10 others in between. While the industrial aesthetic ranked most popular, vintage and “shabby chic” ran neck-in-neck for the No. 2 and 3 spots, respectively. Noting the popularity of these three styles, we thought we would explore how they can be applied to cabinetry design, whether it’s in a single-family home or a multifamily building with a variety of unit configurations. Industrial Exposed brick and ductwork combined with high ceilings, unfinished concrete floors, large windows and expanses of open space are hallmarks of the industrial style. Homes decorated in this style also commonly feature a mix of weathered wood and metal furniture, open shelving and storage...

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