kitchen design Tag

Kitchens are truly the heart of the home, and we love being involved in designing kitchens for our clients – whether as part of new construction or a remodel. This article highlights not only what buyers are looking for in their home’s kitchen, but also the shift in popular color trends for cabinetry and countertops. We agree that today's homeowners and multifamily developers must consider how to balance light vs. dark when it comes to cabinetry and finishes.  Read the full article here  >> ...

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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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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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