Planning

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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Even at a time when virtual and augmented reality tools are becoming more commonplace in sales centers as a way to showcase design features and finish options, seeing is still believing when it comes to multi-family kitchens. And while it’s still common for developers to put a kitchen mock-up in the sales center for the benefit of potential residents, building one earlier in the planning stages for the developers also offers advantages. Here at Bristol Design Group, we create mock-ups for about 80 percent of our multi-family customers. And, we do it at our cost because we believe it is a critical part of the kitchen design process. Let’s take a look at three reasons why we think this is a worthwhile investment: Does it work the way it was intended? Building a mock-up in the initial design phase allows both developers and designers to see the almost-finished product – specifically any custom-designed elements – as well as trouble-shoot any issues and confirm the kitchen functions as intended. For example, one of our recent kitchen designs included a refrigerator with a pull-out freezer drawer on the bottom. When we built the mock-up, we saw that the top of the freezer drawer was...

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When cabinets are specified for a high rise or multifamily residential project it is not only about how they fit or look in the space. It’s also about what’s on the inside – specifically, the mechanisms and construction methods that impact everything from cabinetry’s cost to functionality.

In the videos that follow, I’ll provide a brief overview of the three types of drawer box cabinet construction – the plywood drawer box, the metal drawer box and the maple dovetail drawer box – and explain the benefits of each as it relates to functionality and budget.