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.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

5 (More) Trends in Kitchens and Baths for 2015

Earlier this year we posted a blog on kitchen & bath trends following our Project Manager's trip to the Kitchen & Bath Industry Show (KBIS).  We have been on a photography spree lately having professional pictures taken of recently completed projects and wanted to share with you five more examples of trends in design for the year.

Shades of gray are in.  Seen here
are cabinets in 'Russian Sage', a 
greenish gray by Ultracraft.  Photo by 
Chrissy Racho.
1. Gray is in.  This trend actually hit the streets in 2014, but it has been gaining ground. We've had a number of clients looking to use gray in their kitchen or bath design. Gray is one of those colors that is flexible and can be combined with a myriad of accent colors-great for use as the canvas in a room where pillows, towels, dishware and other accessories can be changed out with the seasons or personal taste.

Storage and maximum
functionality.  Photo by
Chrissy Racho.
2. Functionality and max kitchen storage.  With so many gadgets and gizmo's out there for the cooking enthusiast, it makes sense that people want to maximize the storage space they have in the kitchen.  Clients are also requesting added functionality so that time spent in their new kitchen is as pleasant as possible.  Who doesn't know the feeling of looking for the right bowl or storage container that is buried in a jumbled mess at the back of a base cabinet you literally have to crawl into to find? To that end, pullouts and rollouts, drawers and lazy Susan's are becoming the go-to's for cabinets, pulldown faucet heads, flip up cabinet doors, hands free and touchless fixtures are among the other additions being built into a kitchen and bath design to maximize functionality.
Granite look-alikes, like this
laundry room top, are gaining
in popularity.  Photo
by Chrissy Racho.

3. Look alikes.  While granite is the ever popular countertop choice, laminates are coming back in favor.  Gone is the avocado green of the 1970's.  Manufacturers like Formica are coming out with some great granite look alike choices without the look alike cost.

      Quartz comes in a wide range of colors 
      from bright to neutral. Photo by Chrissy Racho.
4. New Quartz colors.  If you hadn't heard, Pantone's color of the year for 2015 is Marsala, an earthy red.  While a recent kitchen project didn't use this particular hue, we did use red in the countertops,  a Quartz called Red Jewel. Quartz is available in material created to represent natural stone like Carrara Marble, soothing earth tones and vibrant neon colors. for this project, we were lucky enough to have a client who welcomed and requested something so bold as red.   What color is your heart calling for?

Simple, clean lines and uncluttered
surfaces.  Photo by Chrissy Racho.
5. Simple, clean lines. Homeowners are opting for a more contemporary look with cleaner lines, less detail, open shelving and sleek European style cabinets.  With our lives becoming more and more hectic, our homes are needing to work with us rather than against us.  Between multiple electronic devices and more and more visual information, being on the go with work, school and recreational activities, people are opting for simplicity and open sight lines, getting away from elaborate, decorative cabinetry and the visual overload of cluttered countertops.

Let us know what trend you would like to incorporate into a kitchen or bath project?  Or a trend you would like to learn more about.

Thursday, May 21, 2015

For Third Year, Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction Participates in Hartford Habitat's Women Build Program

As the female business owner of a construction firm in a predominantly male field, I have a passion for helping women become empowered.   In keeping with this, for the third year I joined forces earlier in May with other humanitarian minded women to participate on a Women Build event for Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity.  If you haven't heard about Women Build, it is a nationwide program of Habitat for Humanity, held each May the week before Mother’s day.  The program’s aim is to bring together women from all walks of life to gain construction skills and to work on a Habitat project in their local area which raises money and awareness of the housing crisis that exists for women and children here in Connecticut as well as across the country and worldwide. 
With a team of 10 women made up of friends and KBDC clients, we partnered with Hartford Area Habitat, construction professionals, and another team to hang sheetrock at a project on Enfield Street in Hartford on Saturday, May 9th, 2015.  Together, Team KBDC raised over $1,000.00 for the program. We shared a great day with some terrific people working to make a difference in another person's life and community. To learn more about Hartford Area Habitat for Humanity or the Women Build program, please visit  

Friday, May 1, 2015

We Love Pancakes! The Ultimate Pancake Recipe to Treat Mom on Mother's Day (or any day!)

Photo by Chrissy Racho.

Who doesn't love pancakes?  Sometimes however they can be heavy.  This recipe however sounded so yummy, (and not too difficult) that I had to share it with you.  It's from America's Test Kitchen and uses ricotta cheese along with egg whites!  I am thinking of making myself these treats this weekend. Try the recipe below and let me know how your pancakes turned out.

Makes twelve 4-inch pancakes; serves 3 to 4

An electric griddle set at 325 degrees can also be used to cook the pancakes. We prefer the flavor of whole-milk ricotta, but part-skim will work, too; avoid nonfat ricotta. Serve with honey, confectioners’ sugar, or a fruit topping.


  • 2/3 cups (3 1/3 ounces) all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces (1 cup) whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 2 large eggs, separated, plus 2 large whites
  • 1/3 cup whole milk
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon zest plus 4 teaspoons juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup (1 3/4 ounces) sugar
  • 1 - 2 teaspoons vegetable oil


  1. 1. Adjust oven rack to middle position and heat oven to 200 degrees. Spray wire rack set in rimmed baking sheet with vegetable oil spray and place in oven. Whisk flour, baking soda, and salt together in medium bowl and make well in center. Add ricotta, egg yolks, milk, lemon zest and juice, and vanilla and whisk until just combined. Gently stir in melted butter.
    2. Using stand mixer fitted with whisk, whip egg whites on medium-low speed until foamy, about 1 minute. Increase speed to medium-high and whip whites to soft, billowy mounds, about 1 minute. Gradually add sugar and whip until glossy, soft peaks form, 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer one-third of whipped egg whites to batter and whisk gently until mixture is lightened. Using rubber spatula, gently fold remaining egg whites into batter.
    3. Heat 1 teaspoon oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until shimmering. Using paper towels, wipe out oil, leaving thin film on bottom and sides of pan. Using ¼-cup measure or 2-ounce ladle, portion batter into pan in 3 places, leaving 2 inches between portions. Gently spread each portion into 4-inch round. Cook until edges are set and first side is deep golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes. Using thin, wide spatula, flip pancakes and continue to cook until second side is golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes longer. Serve pancakes immediately or transfer to prepared wire rack in preheated oven. Repeat with remaining batter, using remaining oil as needed.
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