Last month, I attended KBIS, the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show at the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando. Combined with IBS, the International Builders Show, there was 600 exhibitors with 2100 displays, within 2,100,000 square feet! Attended by 100,000 people, the show reveals the latest products and trends from kitchen & bath brands.Read More
Kitchen Design & Remodeling Blog
This Back Bay brownstone had a very small and dated kitchen. The owners also felt that the kitchen's layout made it hard to use, and that there were too few working surfaces. They often used the kitchen at the same time, bumping into each other and tripping over their dog. To maximize the amount of available space, I gutted the existing kitchen and made lots of changes to the layout.Read More
Butler's pantry have become a favorite room in today's home. Basically, a butler's pantry is a connecting space, typically from kitchen to the dining room, or living room. The primary use was as a serving station for formal gatherings. These rooms contained china and silver, and had doors with locks. The meals were plated for guests and served by butlers. There could have been a dumbwaiter.
Our clients wanted to update their worn out kitchen. Original with the house, this Wilmington MA home was built in 1958. Adding an addition was not an option; this project needed to be budget conscious for these retired sisters. They wanted a kitchen that was light in feeling and would provide more storage inside the same footprint, than the old cabinets that were built in place.
One of the first comments that a new client, Mary, said was that she wanted a better kitchen corner cabinet solution. She hated having a lazy susan cabinet. Her kitchen has the old style lazy susan - the doors are inset, even with overlay style cabinet doors for the other kitchen cabinets. The plastic trays are approx 16" diameter, on a metal pole, wasting lots of storage space. The weight of the objects cause the shelves to sag and no longer spins easily. Can you blame her? When items fall off the shelf, it jams the entire unit and prevents it from spinning.
According to a recent survey by Ricki, 11% of people surveyed cook their main dish with their microwave every day, 11% use it 5-6 days per week, 21% use it 3-4 days per week, 37% use it 1-2 days per week, and 20% don't use a microwave at all for their main dish. There are several locations that a microwave can be installed for your new kitchen, but it must be planned for, otherwise it will end up taking precious counter top space. Here are 5 microwave cabinet design options:
This family of 4 gained a fully functional, completely organized kitchen with their addition. We chose Great Northern Cabinetry, a semi-custom line willing to make the one of a kind solutions for my clients. Here are some of the kitchen cabinet ideas that helps keep everything organized.