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High-Impact Design Updates in the Kitchen

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Aug 14, 2018

There are a few design changes that you can do in your kitchen that will easily amp up the character and style, even if you make no other changes. These high-impact updates can be fairly straight-forward swap outs or part of a larger remodel, and will make your kitchen feel like a new space.

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Topics: Kitchens

6 Islands to Inspire Your Kitchen Remodel

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Jul 24, 2018

An island can be one of the greatest assets to the function and style of the kitchen. The island's ability to pull multiple duties, conform to a variety of size, shape and configuration needs, and provide a way to add slightly different design notes from the rest of the kitchen make it something of a kitchen superhero. Here, we highlight 6 islands from some of our recent projects.

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Topics: Kitchens

6 Kitchen & Bathroom Countertop Options

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Jul 10, 2018

Your choice of countertop material for your kitchen or bathroom is a key element to creating the design and style of your space. There are many types of counter surfaces to chose from (and many color and style options within each), so it can be a bit of an overwhelming decision. It's helpful to know the popular materials and their properties, so we've outlined the 6 most common options below to get your started.

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Topics: Bathrooms, Kitchens, Countertops

The Basics of Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Jun 19, 2018

Selecting the cabinets for your kitchen is one of the most important steps in your kitchen remodeling project. There are many cabinetry products on the market with a wide variety of features and prices. Before choosing, it’s important to understand a bit of how cabinets are made and the general categories of options available to you. Here are four basics to get you started.

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Topics: Kitchens

Built-in Sideboard Design Ideas

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Jun 12, 2018

Not every kitchen has the space or need for a sideboard, but those that do can benefit greatly from a built-in option. When a buffet is included in the design scheme, it offers an opportunity to add storage, counter space and additional stylistic details that can be different but compliment the main kitchen design. Here are some ideas for built-in sideboards from our past projects.

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Topics: Kitchens, Storage

Project Spotlight: Charming Kitchen Remodel in Newport

Posted by Mike Hendy on Tue, Jun 5, 2018

Going into the kitchen remodel of this classic row house in Newport, already more than 100 years old, it was clear that the entire space would be completely reworked, and the back of the home’s brick fireplace would be exposed. Using that as a springboard for the remodel, the small kitchen was redesigned with the type of charm and timelessness suitable to the home’s pedigree.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Kitchens

The 4 Basic Kitchen Floor Plan Designs

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, May 15, 2018

Most kitchen floor plans take into account the relationship of the sink, cooktop and refrigerator- the three components that make the kitchen a useful space. Designers refer to this as the "working triangle". In order to create a functional kitchen, it's important to understand which triangle configuration works best in the space. What we find is that most kitchens end up fitting into one of four basic floor plan designs. Every home is different, so the details and exact arrangement will always be a bit unique, but starting with the basics is a great way to see the potential for your kitchen remodel. Here, we take a look at each.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Practical Kitchen Storage Ideas

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, May 8, 2018

Kitchens offer a fair amount or storage opportunities. While it's important to have the majority of the available space allocated to your dinnerware, cooking items, and food, there are often times other practical storage needs that can take your kitchen to a new level of usefulness. When planning your kitchen remodel, consider these additional storage ideas.

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Topics: Kitchens

Backsplash Options for Your Kitchen

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Mar 20, 2018

Updated: 3/20/18 | Original post: 3/24/15

The backsplash brings out the personality of a kitchen. Choosing a backsplash for your kitchen is a great way to show off your style. Backsplash styles and materials range from sweet and simple, to elegant and elaborate to coordinate with your tastes. It can naturally tie a design together or become a stunning focal point. If you need help narrowing down some tile design ideas, or just with finding a place to start, keep reading for backsplash options for your kitchen.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: Old World Rustic Kitchen in Middletown

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Mar 6, 2018

The primary goal of this Middletown kitchen remodel was to create a space that was more open and packed full of function. The homeowner's old world rustic tastes called for a complete style overhaul, which provided opportunities to create a unique kitchen with the personality to match the style of the home.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

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