Thursday, September 4, 2014
I am very proud of the business model I have created for Kitchen + Bath Design + Construction.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Movement is introduced in this unique backsplash tile.
Photo by Chrissy Racho.
Over the last year or so we have seen an increased call for white or off-white cabinetry in both kitchens and baths. Simpler cabinetry styles and clean lines together with natural tones of wood and stone create a calming atmosphere in what can become two very busy spaces. Even those kitchens and baths we have remodeled that use a more decorative cabinetry style, are striving for this feeling of calm, using neutrals for a clean and crisp look.
I believe this is partly due to kitchens coming out of the back room of the home and taking center stage as the main living area. Homeowners are spending more time here as the kitchen becomes a gathering space for activities beyond cooking and eating. People want their kitchens to be as comfortable and stylish as the rest of their living spaces. As our lives become busier, the kitchen serves as a representation of nurturing, sustenance. It’s where we live and often what we associate as “home”.
Bathrooms on the other hand, are our sanctuary from the world. It's a place where we begin and end our busy days. Folks are looking for that spa-like feel; a get away place. Soothing colors help us to feel organized, peaceful and help to start the day off on the right foot.
Black, white and gray tiles are hardly
boring in this shower. They reflect a
graphic quality and the black liners on
the shower walls break up the white
of the tile. Photo by Chrissy Racho.
Neutral colors are extremely versatile and look at home in either a contemporary or traditional setting. Pops of color in accessories like soaps, towels and pillows are easy to change out with the seasons or on a whim. The array of color available now in both cookware and dishware can make anyone’s decorating a breeze.
Red stools, cookware and accent rug add
a fun element to this young family's
kitchen. Photo by Chrissy Racho.
Friday, August 1, 2014
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Thursday, July 31, 2014
Monday, July 7, 2014
|A recent kitchen remodel by Kitchen +|
Bath Design + Construction.
Photo by Chrissy Racho.
It’s a misconception shared by many that more space is better, and many a contractor or builder has given their client the extra space they requested without first learning how the family uses the space they have as well as how they would like to use this space.
Before jumping head-long into any remodeling project, especially one as involved as a kitchen remodel, there are some things that you should take into consideration.
1. Consult with a professional.
We are a design-build firm and work closely with our clients on major projects such as this to integrate a remodel into the rest of the home. You will want to consult with a professional about your project so that the end results will:
· makes sense with the other spaces in your house
· work with how you envision living and working in the space
· add value to your home, both monetarily and functionally
2. Before any construction begins, you and the professional you are working with should answer specific questions about how you use your home and how you would like it to function. These may include (but are not limited to):
· how many people make up your household
· how long do you intend to stay in the home
· do you have pets/are there considerations needed in the remodel for pets
· for a kitchen remodel, who is the main cook in your house and is there a secondary cook
· are there specific physical considerations for anyone in your home (height, handedness, limitations)
· do you have specific cooking hobbies
· how is the space used by your family (daily use, weekend use, bulk purchasing, etc.)
· how would you like the space to relate to the rest of the home
· do you entertain regularly
· are there secondary activities you would like to happen in this space
These are just a few of the questions that you should address initially. Budget and style can be discussed once these sorts of questions are answered.
3. Measure twice, cut once
Nowhere is this old adage more applicable than to any type of home remodel. Make sure your professional has a comprehensive process that includes an initial site visit, budget analysis, detail drawings and elevations, material recommendations and selections based on your project objectives, as well as a dedicated Project Manager and thorough installation process. At KBDC for example, each project employs a team of skilled subcontractors that we have long standing working relationships with. They understand and appreciate our process which includes a full time design oriented Project Manager, an inclusive job site binder complete with all floor plans, elevations, specifications and pertinent information each discipline may need. This assists with making our remodeling projects run smoothly; finish on time and on budget.
|BEFORE: The original floor plan segmented the space and cut|
the cook off from the rest of the home.
To illustrate this process are pictures of a recently completed project. The kitchen pictured here was originally cut off from the rest of the home by a narrow hallway and didn’t allow connection to the surrounding spaces including an attached 3 season porch and family room.
By answering the above listed questions and more, we learned that this client is an avid baker and cook, and wanted more connection to family during prep time, as well as a place in the kitchen for kids to hang out and do homework. Our solution was to remove the wall which separated the kitchen and dining room, creating better flow and openness to the adjoining spaces.
|AFTER: by removing a wall and relocating the powder room,|
we were able to create an open concept kitchen, a mudroom
and landing area near the front entrance.
|Appliances were reconfigured and we|
added a bar area at a bake center to
allow for interaction while in the
kitchen. Photo by Chrissy Racho.
|The new mudroom area|
allows for all of the daily
paraphernalia to be left by
Photo by Chrissy Racho.
We reconfigured the appliances, and moved the door leading from the kitchen to the sun porch for easier access to both the porch and the backyard.
An added breakfast bar at a baking center is the perfect place for kids to have a snack or do school work, and the kitchen is now open and connected to the family room, a hub of this home.
|The sink and dishwasher are in close proximity to a bake|
center and new breakfast bar. Photo by Chrissy Racho.
|A view of the breakfast|
bar which also is adjacent
to the sun room. Photo by
We hope this example of thoughtful consideration of space planning provides you with an example of the advantages of working with a design/build firm, and how it can take your remodel beyond simple aesthetics to tackling the larger (and more important) issue of function.
Friday, June 27, 2014
After: The resulting space is bright, light,
and has many new features.
During: the roof and back wall of the
the home were removed and space and
In the end this project was beautifully completed both on time with a mutally agreed upon time line, and on budget-no small feat in a project with many variables. The final design addressed each of the client’s needs which included:
A new window adds natural
- Removing the tub from the master bath and creating a new large functional shower space with seat and frameless clear glass surround
- Built in make-up vanity area
- An expanded and refurbished guest bath
- Heated floors in each remodeled bath
- Custom built-ins in the walk-in closet
- A crisp white and gray color scheme throughout
- New hardwood flooring to replace carpet in the master bedroom
A new make-up area is every woman's dream,
complete with lighted magnifying mirror.
I think you’ll find this space calming and sophisticated. The subcontractor who was instrumental in the build out of the space, a thirty year industry veteran, feels it is the best designed project he has worked on. We’re pretty proud of the final results too.