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6 Traditional Design Elements for Kitchens

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Sep 19, 2017

Updated 9/19/2017 | Original Post: 10/21/2014

Traditional-style kitchens are sophisticated and classic. Traditional design incorporates architectural features from the European Old World countries, Mexico and colonial America. Elegant craftsmanship, embellishments and refined details are important. If you love the look of a traditional home, here are six traditional design elements for kitchens to consider in planning a kitchen remodeling project.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

The Basics of Kitchen Cabinets

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Aug 8, 2017

Updated: 8/8/17 | Original Post: 11/6/2012

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

Topics: Kitchens

6 Trends in Kitchen Flooring

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, Jul 25, 2017

Trends in home design can be helpful for determining the current and consistent tastes of homeowners. While some trends can be very specific to style, region, or budget range, other trends can be used as a starting point for planning your home remodel. While trends in other areas, such as fashion, revolve fairly quickly, home design trends have sticking power simply due to their very nature. Trends, particularly in the "background" materials like flooring, can provide great inspiration and still not end up being a "trendy" choice in the long-run. Keep reading for six trends in kitchen flooring we've been seeing in our Greater Cincinnati projects.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

Project Spotlight: Contemporary Kitchen Remodel in Older Hyde Park Home

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, Jul 4, 2017

This Hyde Park home was built in the 1920’s, and the kitchen had not yet undergone a major revision. Typical with older homes, the walls and floors were not level. In order to create the new kitchen, the entire space was gutted and rebuilt. Shifting the floor plan around in this kitchen remodel was the key to gaining a better traffic flow and more space in general. After that, the kitchen was given a face lift with modern selections. The new contemporary kitchen remodel is now an impressively functional space in addition to being beautifully appointed with a contemporary touch.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Kitchens

The 4 Basic Kitchen Floor Plan Designs

Posted by Cyndi Kohler on Tue, Jun 27, 2017

Functional kitchens are based on 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 working triangle it's important to think about the layout of the entire kitchen, and explore the possible locations for each of the three elements. What we find is that the majority of kitchens with a triangle that works out well for the space end up falling into one of four basic kitchen 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

4 Awesome Outdoor Kitchen Design Ideas

Posted by Steve Hendy on Tue, Jun 20, 2017

Updated 6/20/17 | Originally published 6/27/14

Summer is upon us. It’s time to shake off “cabin fever” and enjoy spending time outside in the warmer temperatures and sun. Of course, during the summer months, our idea of a great meal is one that we cook outdoors. New appliances and concepts for outdoor kitchens are changing the way we cook in our backyards. The standard grill for hotdogs and burgers is now morphing into a the ultimate outdoor gourmet experience. If you’ve thought about spending more time grilling and dining “alfresco,” we have four design ideas for creating an awesome outdoor kitchen.

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Topics: Outdoor Living, Kitchens

Trends in Pendant Light Fixtures

Posted by Christina Temple on Tue, May 23, 2017

Pendant lighting is often used as the jewelry of a room. Since these types of lights come in a huge variety of styles, sizes, colors, and more, it's easy to use them as doses of personality in a room. This is especially useful in a kitchen, where cabinetry and counters tend to create a neutral foundation. Despite the wide variety of options available, pendant lights, like most items in design, do go through mild trends. Keep reading to find out the trends we've noticed in recent years.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens, Lighting

Project Spotlight: A Whole House Transformation in Western Hills

Posted by Frank Kuhlmeier on Tue, May 2, 2017

Sometimes a project comes along that we just can't pass up. In the case of this home remodel in Western Hills, the house in question had been built by Neal's back in the 80's. As our modern lives have changed, so too has the way the house needed to function, and so we were given the rare opportunity to improve our own past work to bring new function and beauty to the house for a new era.

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Topics: Project Spotlight, Design Trends and Ideas, Bathrooms, Kitchens

Our Top 5 Kitchen Design Trends for 2017

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Apr 18, 2017

As kitchen design professionals, we like to pause each year to assess the recent trends in the Cincinnati area kitchens we created, and take note of those that look to have some staying power into the next several months. This year, we see a continuation of many of the design trends we've been seeing, as well as a few new trends that reflect the modern sensibilities of today's homeowners. We've selected the top five we expect to continue seeing this year.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens

5 Cincinnati Before & After Kitchen Transformations

Posted by Connie Hampton, CKD on Tue, Mar 28, 2017

Sometimes the best way to appreciate the impact of a remodel is to compare the before and after photos. We enjoy taking a look back at the transformations we've made to kitchens throughout the Greater Cincinnati area. Here are five favorites we hope you'll enjoy as well.

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Topics: Design Trends and Ideas, Kitchens


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