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The Best Kitchen Design Trends for 2015

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Feb 24, 2015

The newest and best design trends coming in 2015 were recently debuted at the annual Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS). For over 50 years, KBIS has showcased the latest industry products, trends and technologies. We've picked some of our favorite products from this year's show for you to consider for your kitchen.

KBIS Picks for the Top Kitchen Products of 2015

The KBIS organizers select a series of the "best" products at the show as standards in the industry for the coming year. Winners were selected based on functionality, quality & durability, flexibility, aesthetics & style, and innovation.

  • Best of Show: Tech Top Wireless Charging Surface - Bring wireless technology into your kitchen with LG's new Charging Surfaces. With the charging base embedded into the countertop surface, you will be able to charge your LG phone without being restricted by outlets or cords and you won't be giving up any valuable counter space. It's as simple as putting down your phone.
  • Best of Kitchen (Gold Medal): Brizo Articulating Faucet - A streamlined design that is inspired by the classic architect's lamp, this faucet is created to make the most of function and style. The structure itself is able to move in the standard side-to-side motion, but the height can also be adjusted. The stylish faucet also features a detachable spray wand to allow full range of motion in the sink.
  • Best of Kitchen (Silver Medal): Brondell Integrated Faucets – If you've been getting your drinking water somewhere other than your tap, then Brondell has your solution. Brondell has released their line of Integrated Faucets that will dispense filtered drinking water as well as your normal tap water from a single device. Best of all, they can be installed in your existing faucet space. You won't have to drill any holes or rely on your refrigerator for pure drinking water; it's all here in one faucet at your kitchen sink.
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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Countertops

Soaker Tub Style Options For Your Luxury Bath

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Feb 17, 2015

It’s not merely a blast from the past- soaker tubs are coming back into style. They create a luxurious experience that has a design to fit every style from traditional to the most modern. If your dream is to incorporate a soaker tub into your bathroom redesign, you can find the one that’s just right for you here.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

Universal Design [Free Guide]

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Feb 10, 2015

Over the course of a lifetime we change and so do our homes. Our homes reflect our lifestyles. There are times when we have active lifestyles and times when we slow down. “Universal Design” is a concept that has been promoted to make homes more livable for a lifetime of use.

Universal Design features are subtle and stylish. You would never know that a house is purposely designed for use by anyone, at any age and with any ability. Many of these features add both function and value to a home. We are seeing a growing trend in the home building and remodeling industry where Universal Design principles and products are being used more frequently in project planning.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Universal Design, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: Contemporary Universal Bath

Posted by Michael Henson on Tue, Feb 3, 2015

Watching how her husband, who had been wheel-chair bound, consistently have difficulty using their master bathroom left this homeowner thinking about her own future needs. Instead of continuing to deal with the space as it was, she made the choice to upgrade it to fit her style, and to work for her long-term needs. The result is a spectacularly crisp and modern universally-designed bathroom. This bath is a NARI Local Contractor of the Year 2015 Winner in the Universal Design Category.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Bathrooms, Universal Design

Ideas for Kitchen Hoods

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Jan 20, 2015

A fun way to add character to your kitchen is with a kitchen hood. Whether you want to disguise it or make it a focal point, there is a way to perfectly transform your kitchen using a hood. Here are some ideas for both contemporary and traditional designed kitchens.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Hottest Interior Colors of the Year: 2015

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Jan 13, 2015

Changing up the interior room color in your home is a great way to bright up the walls and bring a much needed light to the dreary feel of winter. Choosing colors selected by the interiors and paint industry is also an easy way to add designer style without a huge commitment. The interior colors for 2015 trends lend themselves extremely well to the long term, so while the hottest interior colors may be “hot picks” now, there’s bound to be one or two that look and feel timeless to you.

Marsala, color power-house Pantone’s pick for 2015 Color of the Year, is a deep wine hue with heavy brown undertones that manages to be a neutral color while still being sophisticated and bold. Pantone calls it “complex and full-bodied” without being overpowering, and we’d have to agree. In fact, we’ve seen a recent interest in these types of heavy browns in our remodeling projects.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Room Colors

Project Spotlight: Old-World Kitchen

Posted by Alan Hendy on Tue, Jan 6, 2015

While relatively spacious, the original area in this Project Spotlight did not allow for much ease and flow when entertaining, especially near the island area. The clients desired a more open space that combined the kitchen and dining room, more natural light, and attention to carpentry details. The result is a new kitchen with a dramatic old-world quality.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Kitchens

Our Most Popular Kitchen and Bath Design Blog Posts in 2014

Posted by Eric Hertzfeld on Tue, Dec 30, 2014

"Best of" lists are an end-of-year tradition. We look back at the year that has been to help us see a possible direction for the year yet to be. For our part in this New Year's tradition, we'd like to take a moment to look at the 5 blog posts we've shared here that you found the most helpful or relevent in your journeys to remodel your homes.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Walk-In Showers, Universal Design, Kitchens, Storage, Room Colors

Dream Remodeling Projects Become Reality

Posted by Neal R. Hendy on Tue, Dec 23, 2014

We all have dreams for remodeling our homes. Whether it’s just repurposing a room, taking advantage of otherwise wasted space, or starting from scratch and redoing an entire floor, the possibilities of remodeling are endless. Which is perfect when you have something very specific in mind, like in the case of these four "dream room" projects.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Home Remodeling

10 Smart Walk-in Closet Design Ideas

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Dec 16, 2014

Think of your walk-in closet as a small personal room. You want it to be efficient and match your personal style and needs. This is why design is so important.

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Topics: Storage

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