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Your Kitchen Design

Your Kitchen Design

“One of the reasons we at YourSquarefeet love what we do is that our Kitchen Design makes such a huge impact on our customers lives. It’s not just a matter of having a new, beautiful kitchen. A new Design will make your space function better and improve the way people interact with their space, and subsequently with each.”

Couple Reviewing Kitchen Remodeling Design, kitchen remodel, kitchen remodelingYou want the best possible Kitchen Design for your Home and your cash investment…

Consider the impact of a great Kitchen Design to your Home in terms of Financial Value and Aesthetics. Kitchens are the most important space in a Home. In the Real Estate world, Kitchens are also the most valuable rooms in the Home. Investing in the right Designer can make the difference between a successful project or something else entirely.

A Certified Kitchen Designer at Your Squarefeet can help you re-evaluate your home for proper Design in relationship to the family’s needs, traffic patterns, spatial relationships, adaptive use of space, function, and of course – architectural and style considerations.

Not only does Kitchen Design involve careful planning, but also extensive research and building knowledge. Certified Kitchen Designers are tested to rigorous and relevant standards, much like certified public accountants or financial planners are tested for their industry competencies.

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One of the primary reasons a homeowner turns to Your Squarefeet is to translate your vision—and often your unstated or unrealized needs—into a design that maximizes the functional use of space, desired resources and budget. We often hear from clients: “I never knew that was even an option to consider.”


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Comfy Couches in your Kitchen


Comfy Couches in your Kitchen

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Forget bar stools and dining chairs: People are pulling living room furniture — whether comfy couches or upholstered chairs — into the same space where they cook and eat. Perhaps it’s a side effect of open floor plans, which have blurred the lines between the kitchen and the living and dining rooms. Sofas are a sophisticated way to separate spaces, after all, and beautiful banquettes and couches can create an instant breakfast nook where no built-in exists.

Or maybe it’s just an excuse to kick back while you cook. Either way, we don’t hate it. We’re all about cozying up the home, especially areas where you spend so much time. “Quite a lot of our customers do have couches and seating areas in their kitchens,” Zoe Parker of deVOL Kitchens tells “I think the kitchen has become much less of a place to simply just prepare and cook meals, and more of a space for family and friends to gather and cook together and relax and chill out.”

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NKBA National Kitchen and Bath Association

NKBA National Kitchen and Bath Association


The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association that promotes the professionalism of the kitchen and bath industry. Established in 1963 as a network of kitchen dealers, it has grown into the premier association of distributors, retailers, remodelers, manufacturers, fabricators, installers, designers, and other professionals. The NKBA’s certification program emphasizes continuing education and career development and includes designers and professionals in all segments of the kitchen and bath industry. The NKBA has become a valuable resource for both professionals and consumers.

Certified Kitchen Designers ckd, cerified kitchen designer

Have a minimum of 5 years experience designing residential kitchen and bath spaces. They are highly skilled in design, space planning and product selection and have extensive knowledge of building codes, flooring materials, appliances, and mechanical systems. They write specifications and draw plans that are easily interpreted by plumbers, electricians, and installers. A CKD must meet specific educational requirements and pass a comprehensive academic and practical exam. Completed a minimum of 60 hours of NKBA professional development programming. Passed a rigorous, two-part exam testing academic knowledge and practical skills. Be an expert in the NKBA Kitchen & Bath Planning Guidelines & Access Standards (31 kitchen and 27 bathroom planning guidelines), which recognize the importance of consumer health, safety and welfare in kitchen and bath design. Remain current on local building codes, safety and environmental regulations and the wealth of new products and equipment through ongoing continuing education requirements that mandate a minimum of 10 hours of continuing education every two years. Be skilled at assessing consumers’ individual needs and wants and creating designs that meet and exceed these requirements.

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Black Stainless is the new Stainless Steel

Black Stainless is the new Stainless Steel

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In late 2015, several manufacturers came out with their take on black stainless, including KitchenAid, LG, and Samsung. Over a year later, the marketplace is even more crowded. LG brought Nate Berkus to KBIS to show of its LG Studio appliances in the color. “I can promise you, it’s the next big thing,” he said at a preview event. “There’s a warmth to it and a patina to it.” GE also had fridges in two new colors: matte black and its stainless steel color. Frigidaire also had a host of Gallery appliances in its version of the trend, which is actually more of a slate gray that the company says can mix and match with other manufacturers’ colors.

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Kitchen Design can Improve the Value of Your Home

Kitchen Design can Improve the Value of Your Home

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A good Certified Kitchen Designer, (CKD), can take quality, moderately priced items and and improve the value of your home with great design both in function and beauty.

Kitchen Design is a unique and detail oriented profession that must balance the architectural commandments of form and function to the highest degree. It is the juxtaposition of fine design against working functionality that must be blended to create a beautiful, and practical, Kitchen for Today’s Lifestyle.

A kitchen can typically involve as many tradespeople as building an entire home.  A Kitchen Designer must be experienced with all trades that are involved in construction as well as constantly keeping up with all new products for the Kitchen and Bath Industry.

However you choose to remodel your Kitchen, always consider the value of a CKD Designer, (Certified Kitchen Designer).  The right Design and the right products can optimize your return on investment, in some areas, as much as 100% or more the first year, (see Cost vs Value for your area). With the right Kitchen Designer, your Kitchen Remodeling, and your Home, will reap the benefits.

We would like to offer you a Free Initial Consultation on your Kitchen, Bath , or Home Design/Remodeling Project. We will need to spend a bit of time with you, at least an hour or more.  We will be exploring ideas and possibilities for your project, and understanding all your “must haves” and “would love to haves”, while guiding you through realities of construction and products. We know everyone has a “Wish List” for their project and we do our best to make that happen. Great Design is the key to a successful project.  A good Certified Kitchen Designer can even make a project with a very modest budget something special. If you decide you want to proceed with our Design Services after your consultation,we would enter into a Design Contract.  (Our Design Fee Schedules are posted within this website).

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Kitchen Designer

Kitchen Designer

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One of the reasons Kitchen Designer’s love what they do is that it makes such a huge impact on their customer life. It’s not just a matter of having a new , beautiful kitchen. A new Design can function better and improve the way people interact with their space, and subsequently with each.


Kitchen Remodeling is generally an expensive remodeling project in the busiest and most valuable room in your home.  A good, or bad, kitchen remodel can easily impact the value of your home.  An inexperienced person trying to design your kitchen can overlook a design solution or opportunity that can cost you functionality, aesthetics, sales ability and revenue from your home.

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One of the primary reasons a homeowner turns to a Certified Kitchen Designer (CKD) is to translate your vision—and often your unstated or unrealized needs—into a design that maximizes the functional use of space, desired resources and budget. NKBA designers hear it over and over from their clients: “I never knew that was even an option to consider.”

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At Your Squarefeet,  Certified Kitchen Designer, (CKD), Patricia Daly Filas, is a Nationally Published, Award Winning Designer. She and her designs have been featured on HGTV.  She has been consistently selected as the Premier Designer for the Decorator Showhouses for Kitchen and Bath Remodels for the Baltimore Symphony and Historic Ellicott City Showhouses.  She is also a member in good standing with the NKBA and their continuing education program.  Patricia is also a licensed General Contractor

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European Design

European Design

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If anything has a major influence on the European design duo and NKBA K+B Insiders Alberto Villalobos and Mercedes Desio’s approach to their work, it’s their diverse cultural backgrounds, travel and education that spans the globe. Alberto, born in Colombia, and Mercedes, born in Italy, both call New York home but always make travel a priority to stay inspired and on top of the latest trends. Their 2016 travels include Salone del Mobile and EuroCucina in Milan, Barcelona, Colombia, and Iceland.

Similarly to the fashion industry, European design continues to have a major influence on the kitchen and bath space with materials, trends and aesthetics that soon surface in North America. Mercedes and Alberto teamed up to share their favorite 2016 European kitchen design trends, taken from their own studies and recent trendspotting efforts abroad:

1. Mixing Materials to Create a Personalized Kitchen

Europe leads the charge when it comes to mixing finishes and materials such as glass, stone, rare marble, porcelain, wood—even leather—a trend that continues to inspire us. I still think back to my visit to the Minotti Cucine showroom this spring in Milan’s design district. They highlight materials through symmetry in kitchen design by adding stone or porcelain to the vertical or horizontal surfaces, and wood or leather to cover cabinets. Visual cohesion and symmetry can be created through the right mix of materials; it also creates a unique sense of visual texture to satisfy a more personalized taste.

Written by: NKBA K+B Insiders Alberto Villalobos and Mercedes Desio,Villalobos Desio, New York, NY

Not Your Ordinary Countertop

Not Your Ordinary Countertop


They can be show-stopping or supportive, historical or modern, and everything in between. When it comes to countertop materials and design, it seems nothing is off limits these days, as shown by several designers KBDN visited with this month who have used everything from artisan and crystallized glass to reclaimed barn wood and graphic granite to copper with a living finish. The assortment of countertop materials they’ve used in the designs they shared proves that countertops are anything but ordinary.

Designer: Jason Landau, owner/designer, Amazing Spaces, Briarcliff Manor, NYMaterials Used: polished Stone Wood granite (island); Espresso Caesarstone (perimeter)

Desired Look: This client wanted a kitchen that leaned toward the modern side of transitional. “She also has slightly funky taste and she likes to have something different than everyone else. When she saw this granite slab, it really struck a chord with her.”

Achieving the Look: Resembling petrified wood, Stone Wood granite features dramatic variations of yellows, golds, creams and browns and is anything but ordinary. “Granite can be interesting, but you have to look for it. The good stuff comes and goes. I try to keep unique slabs in mind for projects, and I like to suggest the unusual. It’s always fun when I find the appropriate person.”Landau wanted to create a strong focal point in the kitchen when viewed from the adjacent family room, so he complemented the island top with a backsplash cut from the same granite. “We both liked the idea of a striking graphic image, then sprinkling it around elsewhere in the design.”

The designer balanced the visually ‘strong’ granite with Espresso Caesarstone quartz for the perimeter countertops. “Generally, my rule of thumb is that, when mixing countertop surfaces, you only have one that is a pattern. You don’t want too many patterns competing with something that is very graphic such as the Stone Wood.”

Most Creative Aspect: Two ideas transform this kitchen, he notes. One is the graphic nature of the granite. The second is that Landau color-matched a few cabinet pieces with the appliances, and this harmonizes with the quartz as well as some veining in the granite and adds depth and interest. “It’s no longer just another white kitchen. This space would look a whole lot different with a more ‘average’ granite.”

Countertops’ Role in a Kitchen: “Countertops can do a number of different things. They can take center stage, like in this kitchen. Or, they can play a supporting role to the cabinetry or other design elementsto be a nice balance or blend to the overall recipe of the kitchena little bit of cabinetry, a little bit of countertop, a little bit of flooring and backsplash.”

Trending Countertop Materials: Quartzite is coming on strongly, which has a density close to granite, but has a more marble-like appearance, Landau notes. “A lot of people love the idea of marble, but they’re afraid to use it because it’s more porous, less dense and, therefore, more prone to damage, especially to staining.”

originally posted by AUTHORS Kim Berndtson

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Ranges: The Difference Between Freestanding and Slide-In Ranges?

Ranges: The Difference Between Freestanding and Slide-In Ranges?

Ranges: The Difference Between 


Slide-in ranges allow you to have the seamless look of your tile backsplash without looking at the backguard of a range.

The burner and oven controls up front are features of the Slide In, and also are a little bit wider on top to overlap the countertop to create a built-in look.

There are two main benefits: Style and Cleanability.

Freestanding models and Slide-In models are most often 30” wide to fit conventional cabinets. However, while they both require a 30” cabinet opening, slide-in models have unfinished sides so they are truly designed to be built-in between two cabinets. They are about 2” wider on top so they overlap the countertop.

One of the main benefits to the overlap is cleanability. Food and crumbs can’t drip down the sides like it can with a freestanding. Also, when you push a slide-in range all the way back, there is about a 2” space behind the range. You fill this with countertop material. This allows a built-in look and the capability of being able to showcase your backsplash since there isn’t a backguard blocking it like a freestanding unit.



Freestanding ranges, on the other hand, have a backguard which features the oven controls and burner controls (burner controls are usually in the back for electric ranges and up front for gas ranges).There are of course a few exceptions like KitchenAid, but generally speaking these are the most common features.

Freestanding models have finished sides so they are a little more flexible with installation. Freestanding ranges are available at much lower prices and more selection than the higher priced slide-ins. The comparable freestanding will also be 10-15% cheaper as well.

originally posted by Danny Nguyen of Yale Appliances


GE Agrees to Sell Appliances Business to Haier for $5.4B

GE Agrees to Sell Appliances Business to Haier for $5.4B

FAIRFIELD, Conn – Jan. 15, 2016 – GE announced today it has signed a definitive agreement to sell its Appliances business to Qingdao Haier Co., Ltd. (“Haier”) for $5.4 billion. The transaction has been approved by the board of directors of GE and of Haier, and remains subject to customary closing conditions, including Haier shareholder approval, and regulatory approvals. The transaction is targeted to close in mid-2016.

“We are pleased to be selling our Appliances business to Haier, which is committed to growing the business globally,” said GE Chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt. “GE Appliances is performing well and there was significant interest from potential buyers, helping drive a good deal which will benefit our investors, customers and employees.”

As part of the transaction, GE has entered into a long-term agreement with Haier to continue use of the GE Appliances brand. Louisville will remain the headquarters for GE Appliances.

“We are proud of Appliances’ history and performance,” Immelt continued. “Haier has a good track record of acquisitions and of managing brands. Haier has a stated focus to grow in the U.S., build their manufacturing presence here, and to invest further in the business. Innovation, new product introduction and brand management are fundamental to their overall strategy. GE Appliances provides Haier with great products, state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities and a talented team. In addition, we see the opportunity to work together to build the GE brand in China.”

“Haier and GE share the same vision, and value innovation, customer service, and developing products of the highest quality,” said Zhang Ruimin, Chairman and CEO of Haier Group. “This transaction underscores Haier’s devotion to creating a global platform for innovation, which will benefit both Haier and GE Appliances and deliver enhanced value to all stakeholders. Haier is committed to investing in the U.S. In addition, together Haier and GE will explore opportunities for joint collaboration and, in doing so, establish a type of new alliance with comprehensive strategic cooperation between two world-class enterprises, which reflects our common understanding on opportunities brought by the Internet Era.”

GE and Haier also announced today a long-term strategic partnership to explore cooperation in the areas of industrial internet, healthcare, and advanced manufacturing. GE will help Haier enhance the efficiency of its manufacturing plants, while Haier will help implement GE’s Predix platform. Both companies will work together on opportunities to develop and grow affordable consumer health initiatives in China.