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.

The architect, developer, designer or contractor is often challenged with deciding which cabinet material is best for a high-rise residential development design project, especially for kitchen and bathroom cabinets, but it always comes down to wood vs. laminate. While there’s nothing like the beauty of natural wood, it’s not always the best option for cabinetry, especially in a multifamily development where renters may not properly maintain materials.

Thermally-fused laminate (TFL), a lower-cost, low-maintenance alternative, has become an increasingly popular choice – even in single-family homes. Using TFL makes it possible to create an affordable, customizable cabinet that is equally capable of fulfilling the vision for a project.

As with any design decision, there are a number of factors that should be considered before choosing TFL over wood. Below is a list of the pros and cons: