In a previous blog post I talked about how fashion influences design. In fact, fashion makes a great analogy for many different aspects of kitchen design, and it’s one I use to guide many conversations with our multi-family building clients – especially when it comes to choosing cabinetry.To continue that analogy in thinking about kitchen design in terms of important “wardrobe staples,” I consider cabinetry to be the kitchen’s “little black dress” – something that is a classic, must-have element that serves as a canvas to reflect our own personal style. And, like the little black dress, cabinetry comes in a variety of styles and price points, and can be dressed up or down with “accessories” like hardware, backsplashes and other kitchen elements. So, it makes sense when designing a kitchen that cabinets are an important selection that sets the tone for the entire space. Here are some key considerations that go into that choice:The Style VisionJust like most women choose a little black dress that really reflects their individual style aesthetic, the first decision that guides cabinet selection is the overall design vision for the kitchen. For example, at The Marlowe, a new-construction multifamily building in Chicago’s trendy River...

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We couldn’t agree more with this perspective on the importance of thoughtful design when it comes to renovating and preserving a historic building. It's a privilege and an exciting challenge to be involved with choosing new elements - such as cabinetry - that highlight and honor the history of a property while also reflecting its future. Read on for insights into the historic property renovation process as highlighted in a recent Multifamily Executive article.Read the full articles 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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