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4 Design Options for Kitchen Floor Plans

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Jul 19, 2016

Original Blog Post 10/09/2012 Updated 7/18/2016

If you are planning to remodel a kitchen, you will need a floor plan design. The design should address the basic functions of a kitchen including food prep, cooking, storage, appliance use and clean up. Other areas to consider in your kitchen plan may include space for informal dining, a beverage center, a message center, or a walk-in pantry. As long as people have been using kitchens, fitting these various areas in has been the key challenge. While there are many variations, most kitchen floor plans fall into one of 4 time-tested designs.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

7 Ways to Make Your Kitchen Holiday Party-Ready

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Nov 10, 2015

Time and again we see that the kitchen is the heart of the home. So as we near the holiday party season, you may be looking at your kitchen and wondering how it can work better when you're the host. Entertaining comes with its own set of challenges and needs, and if you have guests over often, it may be worth while to adjust the form and function of your kitchen to account for a crowd rather than simply for your immediate family. The seven ideas below are some great things to consider.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

8 Must-Have Kitchen Storage Accessories

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Sep 22, 2015

A functional kitchen is more that just one with a working layout and useful appliances. The modern concept of function also includes a wide variety of accessories installed behind cabinet and drawer doors to increase the kitchen's storage abilities. Long gone are the days when organizing your kitchen tools relies on make-shift custom solutions. We've compiled a list of the eight functional cabinet accessories we include in our remodels most often.

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Topics: Kitchens, Storage

How to Add Glamour to the Bathroom

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Jun 9, 2015

Designers use a handful of simple techniques to add glamourous sparkle, drama, and class to a space. Typically associated with the decadent 1940's Hollywood scene, glamour is perfectly suited to the bathroom. Keep reading to learn these designer techniques. For even more inspiration, follow Neal's on Pinterest and check out our Glamour in the Bathroom board.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

Asian-Influenced Design

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, May 26, 2015

There's a lot to like about Asian design, so it makes sense that home interiors across the globe often look to oriental cultures for inspiration and influence. As with any specific style, Asian design can be achieved with a handful of key elements. For the greatest impact, these elements should be implemented in the construction and finishing of the space, rather than just decor. Here are 4 ways to achieve Asian-influenced design in your project.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Kitchens

Islands and Peninsulas in the Kitchen

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Mar 31, 2015

The addition of an island or peninsula to your kitchen is a great way to maximize space. Additional storage space, work surface, and space for seating are all welcome enhancements that can come with the inclusion of either feature. The possibilities for design, function and layout are nearly endless, including the potential for universal design considerations, making it easy to find an island or peninsula that perfectly suits your needs.

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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

5 Design Elements That Define Transitional-Style Kitchens

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Nov 11, 2014

Transitional design mixes both traditional and contemporary elements. The mix may vary but there are five design elements that generally define the style of Transitional kitchens. These elements include cabinets, wall color, tile, stainless steel and stone and geometric forms used in counters, lighting, accents or furnishings. Here are some examples that show how these design elements define a Transitional-style kitchen.

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Topics: Kitchens

6 Design Elements That Define Contemporary-Style Kitchens

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Sep 23, 2014

The beauty of Contemporary-style kitchens is found in their sleek clean lines, geometric forms and function. When planning a Contemporary-style kitchen, kitchen design professionals often rely on natural elements such as wood and stone, as well as manufactured materials such as stainless steel and glass, to create the Contemporary-style look.  

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Topics: Kitchens

Smart Bathroom Storage Cabinet Design Ideas

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Sep 9, 2014

Bathrooms are often small spaces and storage is always a priority in bath design. When remodeling a bathroom, it is important to plan and to be creative with bathroom storage cabinet selections and placement. The planning process begins by making a list of all the things you want to store in your cabinets such as towels, grooming supplies and appliances, soaps, cosmetics, clothing and even cleaning supplies.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms

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