Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Old Meets New in this Modern Bath

White bath vanity cabinets and mirror mounted light sconces.  Designed by Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction, West Hartford, CT
Built in 1958, this Colonial home had the space and many of the features this young professional couple desired; however as in many homes from the same time period, the master bathroom was dated and small.

In viewing the space of the second floor and the master bedroom, KBDC Design Associate Kate Yurgelun, felt that the existing bathroom could be enlarged by taking over an adjoining closet space. Incorporating classic materials such as bright white wall tile combined with period looking hexagon floor tile similar to that used in other baths of the residence, Kate was able to give this space an ageless feel that blends easily with the home’s style.

The cabinets were kept simple, a painted Maple finish in Arctic White, with Quartz countertops, shower seat and threshold. Heated flooring, brushed nickel fixtures including a handheld shower head and slide bar bring this master bath up to 21st century standards. By taking over the closet area Kate was able to give this couple the beautiful shower space they desired. Rounding out the room is a pair of oil rubbed bronze light fixtures and barn doors that warm up the otherwise white space with old world charm.

White quartz countertop, designed by Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction, West Hartford, CTHexagon floor tile and vintage touches charm this West Hartford, CT master bath by Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction.Barn doors act as an accent to this modern bath with old world touches design by Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction in West Hartford, CT.

Monday, December 7, 2015

A Dog's Kitchen; Behind the Scenes Concept Drawings

Concept drawing of console table under window by Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction, West Hartford, CT.
As part of our in-depth design process, we like to help our clients visualize what their new space could look like using 3D drawings, and I thought it would be interesting for you to see concept drawings of projects we're working on.  In the next few posts we will show you some of these "behind the scenes" drawings.

In this first "behind the scenes" post are drawings of a kitchen designed for a couple who have a pair of really BIG dogs whose food/watering needs they wanted incorporated into the design.  A dog owner myself, I love it when I get to design something for my four legged friends.

Concept drawing showing open drawer for dog feeding bowls by Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction, West Hartford, CT.
This is a small kitchen, so it is important to make use of every inch of space, especially given the request to accommodate their dogs.  Utilizing the space under the window, we created a small console table with a surprise hidden inside...feeding bowls are stored inside the "drawer".
Overhead view of kitchen concept sketch by Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction, West Hartford, CT.
Here is an overhead view of the kitchen.  The original, existing space is closed off from the dining room, and very segmented.  We have proposed removing the wall between the kitchen and dining room and also opening up the doorway that leads from the dining room to the family room for a greater sense of openness. Rather than an island, for which there is not enough space, we utilize a peninsula that can seat three.

Sketch view looking into the kitchen from the dining room by Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction, West Hartford, CT.
This view shows the space looking into the kitchen from the dining room.  Using a combination of open shelving and various sized cabinetry, we create a cohesive and unified look that adds interest as well as storage.

Concept sketch of peninsula designed by Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction, West Hartford, CT.
Here is one way we chose to address the peninsula, adding cubbies that could be used for wine bottles, water bottles or other items.  We have seating on one side and a work station on the other.

Concept sketch of dogs heading to food bowls in small kitchen by Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction, West Hartford, CT.
Here come the dogs!  Ready for their meal, the two can easily eat together side by side.  When not in use, the drawer can be closed and dishes hidden from view.  An older home, we proposed using period style light fixtures and kept with a simpler door style, cup pulls and vintage style cabinet latches.  Bon appetite! Woof

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Happy Holidays with Kitchen Bling and Thingamajigs!

Kitchen themed Christmas Tree, decorated by Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction of West Hartford, CT
Our kitchen themed tree being donated
to a local church for their Festival of Trees
celebration coming up in December.
We're getting into the holiday spirit here at Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction.  Participating in a Festival of Trees through one of the local churches in our community, we put together this cute little tree.  Thinking outside the box, our tree features kitchen themed (of course) and traditional ornaments along with a few cookie cutters, like the angel cutter on the top.  We are calling it "Kitchen Bling and Thingamajigs" and I really had fun putting it together.  The tag line for the company is "it all falls into place..."and this tree certainly did.  I will be decorating another smaller one for the showroom and am looking forward to that along with holiday baking, music, friends and all the get togethers that come with this time of year.  I am so grateful for the many people who have come into my life, both as clients and as friends.  Wishing you a happy Thanksgiving.

In Gratitude,

Friday, October 9, 2015

KBDC in Print

Our work was featured in the September issue of Hartford Magazine!

We featured this master bathroom in our blog, but it also recently appeared in an article by Nancy Schoeffler and was seen in the September issue of Hartford Magazine.  Both KBDC owner, Lorey Cavanaugh and Design Associate Kate Yurgelun, were quoted.  Read it via the link here to answer your questions on how to create a spa-like retreat in your own home.  You might also want to jump over to our page on and see pictures of more master baths we have designed. They just might spark your creativity.  What makes for a spa-like master bath? Trends discussed are installing larger floor tile, simplicity, removing the tub altogether in order to enlarge the shower, installing a glass shower surround and designing the space using a calming color scheme.  Bring your ideas to life and call us to discuss your bathroom project.  Dream, Design, Build!  

Monday, July 6, 2015

A Master Bath Redo Fit for a Queen or King

Free standing tub in master bathroom by Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction of West Hartford, CT.
A free standing tub is the focal point in this spa like master
bath.  Photo by Chrissy Racho.
Built in 1999, this spacious home has many beautiful features. The original master bathroom was dominated by a large soaking tub with a tub deck, his and hers vanities, separate water closet and high tray ceiling. The current homeowners were concerned however with a discoloration of the tile around the shower and felt a need to create a space that better reflected their style.

They came to Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction desiring a lighter and airier look, well as addressing any underlying moisture issues. Our task was to determine and remedy the moisture problem and create a functional and beautiful space that matched the rest of this stately colonial home.

Frameless glass shower with handheld slide bar by Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction, West Hartford, CT.
The new shower features a frameless glass
door and two shower seats.  Photo
by Chrissy Racho.
The client wanted to replace the built in tub with a free standing one that could become the focal point of the room.  We chose an oval shaped acrylic tub paired with a floor mounted tub filler for traditional flair and elegance.
Off-white shaker style cabinets in a master bathroom by Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction, West Hartford, CT.
Shaker style cabinets in
a color called "rag and bone"
lend a quiet stateliness.  Photo
by Chrissy Racho.
Lighter colored granite countertops in a master bathroom by Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction, West Hartford, CT.
The beautiful granite countertops blend
colors of cream, tan and gray.  Photo by
Chrissy Racho.

Painted cabinetry in a Shaker style bring a quiet stateliness, while crystal knobs add a touch of bling. To keep with the soft tones, we chose a large sized porcelain tile for the floor in a color called Linen, using the same tile on the shower walls. His and Hers vanities are topped by a lighter colored granite swirled with hues of cream, brown, and gray.  Robe hooks on the tall cabinets near tub make for a quick grab of a towel and a rain shower head in the new glass shower enclosure makes for a truly invigorating shower.
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