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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It should come as no surprise that fashion trends influences home décor and design. What may be surprising is the rapid pace of this trickle-down effect and the breadth of fashion styles that are now being interpreted in home interiors. Thanks to the popularity of social media networks such as Instagram and Pinterest, high-style fashion is accessible to larger audiences than ever before, and as a result the transition of these trends from runway to other interpretations, such as home interiors, is happening at a rapid speed.

In any home, things always look neater and cleaner when items are off the floor and put away in proper storage.

This is especially important in bathrooms, where everything from towels to toiletries must be stored while remaining accessible for everyday use. To achieve a more contemporary, streamlined look, architects and designers are incorporating elevated, or floating vanities and cabinets into bathrooms of all sizes — including those in both single-family homes and multifamily buildings.

Aside from aesthetic value, what do these elevated storage options add to a bathroom’s design? Below are just a few of the benefits that are unique to floating vanities and cabinets: