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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.”

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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 CountryLiving.com. “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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Wine Cooler for Small Kitchens

Wine Cooler for Small Kitchens

Inspired by space-saving European design, Vinotemp’s 7-Bottle Mirrored Wine Cooler is a standard industry height and depth, but measures just 5.8” wide. The cooler’s minimal footprint is complemented by a front venting system, making it an easy to specify, built-in wine storage solution. In addition to unique dimensions, the newunit also features Vinotemp’s patent-pending mirrored trim design, dual-pane glass door, vinotemp, wine cooleradjustable, touch screen temperature control and pull-out wire shelving. The cooler holds approximately seven standard wine bottles.

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Engineered Wood Flooring

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What to Look for

Three Common Classes of Engineered Wood Flooring Boards

Good, better, best
Engineered flooring runs the gamut from the low end, starting at $3 per square foot, to the high, at $14 and more. To judge quality, check the thickness of the “wear layer,” or top skin of wood; the number of veneers in the core; and the number of finish coats—all of which affect price and warranty. Typically, the more layers, the better. Below, see how the three common classes of engineered boards stack up.

Good: 3-ply construction; 1-2 mm wear layer; 5 finish coats; 10- to 15-year warranty; ¼ inch thick; About $3-$5 per sq. ft.; Options limited to common species, such as oak or ash, and just a few stains.

Better: 5 plys; 2-3 mm wear layer; 7 finish coats; 15- to 25-year warranty; ¼ inch thick; About $6-$9 per sq. ft.; More species, such as cherry, beech, and some exotics; all stains and a few surface effects, such as distressing.

Best: 7-9 plys or more; 3 mm-plus wear layer, which can be sanded two or more times; 9 finish coats; 25-year-plus warranty; 5/8 to ¾ inch thick; About $10-$14 per sq. ft.; Widest selection of species; reclaimed options; and more surface treatments, such as hand scraped and wire brushed.

Why Hardness Matters

The harder the top layer, the more resilient it is to dents and the longer it’ll keep its like-new looks. But hardness isn’t the only factor to consider. Dense woods with less grain, like maple, show dings more readily than a slightly softer wood with a bold grain, like red oak. And floors with little or no gloss are better at hiding scratches and wear. The chart below compares the hardness of popular wood species.

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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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Free Delivery for Appliances

Free Delivery for Appliances

Delivery is the second biggest problem you face when buying major appliances. It can be a major, time consuming hassle unless you know exactly what you are doing beforehand. We will show you the best way to sidestep many of the issues from scheduling to damage after the fact.

But let’s look at a seemingly unusual delivery that is more common than you think.

Look very closely at this picture:

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This is a LG washer dropped by FedEx to a house in Boston two blocks from where I live. Nobody is around, and it was left without a signature.

So how can they prove it was delivered? Better yet how can they also prove it was not damaged or even not a lemon. These are hard questions to answer for a website in South Carolina shipping to the middle of Boston.

However, if you think I will rant about cboosing free delivery from internet appliance dealers, then you are wrong. Sometimes it makes sense. There are well advertised advantages. However, there are less than transparent problems as well.

Free Delivery Advantages

Free Delivery is well….free. So it is an immediate savings of the $79 or more charge. If you are a contractor who has his own guys or just placing a fridge in the garage, it makes sense. In many cases, you can also save the taxes.

Now, the Problem

Appliance service is the only bigger issue than delivery. Let me tell you why. First have a look at the pic again for some basic issues for washers.

Couple of issues to consider:

  1. The washer is bigger and deeper than the existing, so delivery into a brownstone will not be easy for someone untrained
  2. You own the liability of connecting water. Water leaks are an insurance nightmare, so it has to be installed perfectly
  3. Appliances are more complex to install. LG has a new washer pedestal called the Sidekick. It has 34 different installation steps. That’s right…..34
  4. Moving the old unit up stairs can be just as hard. BTW, trash day in Boston is Tuesday and Friday

Disadvantages

In a tough decision, we stopped free delivery 7 years ago. However, we were delivering heavier appliances like Sub-Zero refrigerators and pro ranges on softer, designer floors. Even that LG washer now frequently goes upstairs in a bedroom closet which can be as difficult to install in a tight closet.

It was apparent to me that we needed a well-paid professional mover who could deliver without damage to your property or the product. So we had to charge for it.

That team should be able to deliver, perform basic installation, and remove your existing, old unit as well as the trash. That is a complete delivery often with two or three competent people.

So You Think “White Glove” or “Titanium Added Delivery” is Worth it?

Think again, many of these services will not include climbing stairs. They will not uncrate or remove the old product. Simple connection is also not the norm, and many cases you will pay much more for White Glove type services. So here is what you need to do:

  1. You have to vet the entire process. How is it scheduled? Meaning how much time will you have to spend waiting? What are the notifications beforehand?
  2. A delivery is uncrating, bringing up the stairs, removing the old and reconnecting the new. You have to ask what the above includes and make sure it is placed on the invoice
  3. Here is an important tip. Never, ever sign for anything without completely inspecting the products for damage. When you sign, you will free the carrier and store of all liability

You should also protect yourself by checking the store on Google Reviews, Yelp and BBB for complaints.

Saving money is always a good idea, except when you end up spending more in wasted time and aggravation. Just do your due diligence beforehand.

originally posted by Steve Sheinkopf for Yale Appliances

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Kitchen Designer

Kitchen Designer

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BEFORE DESIGN & REMODELING

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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GRAPHIC REPRESENTATION

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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NEWLY DESIGNED & REMODELED KITCHEN

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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Wood Countertops

Wood Countertops

Walnut Wood Countertop
Walnut Wood Countertop by Grothouse

Wood countertops, butcher block countertops, wood bar tops, and solid wood tables are one of the hottest trends, again. As a matter of fact, they never really do go out of style.  They just get pushed aside for a little while so people can oggle at sparkly things, but they always come back.  They are warm, hard working, natural, repairable, and they look great – from the perfectly polished to the very distressed.

Grothouse Lumber is one of the big names in wood tops. According to Grothouse “Our wood countertops and solid wood surfaces are crafted from a virtual forest of wood choices and an array of edge profiles, and design options. Our butcher block countertops are sealed with Grothouse Original Oil™ finish and perfect for an aesthetic and functional food preparation surface. Grothouse wood bar tops are used in commercial and residential bars throughout the United States. Our exclusive Durata® Finish assures a protective waterproof surface. All items are custom made in the USA by our master craftsmen. Explore our website and learn more about our wood countertops.”

Walnut Butcher Block
Walnut Butcher Block by Grothouse

There is much to learn about Wood Countertops and more on their website at http://www.glumber.com/

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Not Your Ordinary Countertop

Not Your Ordinary Countertop

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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.”

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THE CHANGING ROLE OF PETS IN HOME DESIGN

THE CHANGING ROLE OF PETS IN HOME DESIGN

DESIGN FOR PETS
Creating a space that accommodates the family pet may involve using a pull-out drawer to conceal food and water bowls; repurposing a trash or recycling center for storing food; incorporating little luxuries like a pet water fountain; or using a large sink with pull-out faucet to allow for bathing, as seen here in the Wood-Mode Embassy Row Pet Parlor concept space. Photo: Courtesy of Wood-Mode

According to Dave Burcher, CKD, of New York City’s In-House Kitchen, the changing role of pets in Home Design is what’s currently driving the trend toward design that accommodates pets as well as people. He explains, “I think the overarching idea is how do we, as consumers, view the animals we live with? We’ve begun to see them as members of the family and, as a result, we’re integrating them more into our daily lives, and our homes. And that colors our design. They’re family, and we’re designing for family, and I think that trend will continue to grow.”

Just as a designer may make a space more comfortable for aging family members by including easy-grasp handles, better lighting, fashionable grab bars or wheelchair-accessible walkways, or address children’s needs by providing a child-height refrigerator drawer, they can also address pet needs by incorporating niches for pet beds, storage for pet food, toys, leashes and accessories, fabrics and furniture that hold up well to paws and claws, or a bathing/grooming area to simplify pet clean up.

And, in many cases, they can do this using their existing skills and existing products, merely adapting these to work for the pet’s specific needs, he says.

As Burcher points out, “When we talk about designing spaces to accommodate these needs, what we have to realize is that we’re already doing these things – we’re just not thinking about them this way. There’s no difference between doing this for people and pets. So why not make ourselves more valuable in the market to homeowners who have pets and want their homes to be comfortable for them, too?”

He believes this can be done with everything from pet-friendly flooring and easy-care fabrics and materials to re-imagined storage spaces, built-in sleeping niches and feeding areas, bathing/grooming areas designed to be accessible to pets and even pet-friendly exercise areas.

SLEEPING SPACES
Dogs, in particular, are “pack animals,” which means they like to be with their family. But cats, too, often like to “hang out” with their people. So how do you create spaces for them to relax near the family, without getting in the way?

As Burcher notes, “Our pets want to be with us and we want to be with them, so we have to look at where the activities happen in the home and where we can craft that space for the animals. The kitchen is typically the biggest gathering space in the home and we spend the most time there, so that’s a natural fit.”

However, the need varies depending on whether one is accommodating a 100-lb. golden retriever, a 10-lb. cat or a couple of 15-lb. Yorkies. If it’s practical, Burcher recommends “creating a low shelf out of cabinetry or creating a crate-style space out of cabinetry” that keeps the pet nearby, but out of the main traffic flow. Window perches can also provide a quiet spot for a cat to sunbathe or a small dog to relax and watch the world go by.

Color coordinated dog beds can also be integrated into an entryway or alcove in the kitchen, or an adjoining room that looks into the kitchen.

Of course, sometimes, a pet needs to be confined to a specific area for safety reasons. While furniture-style crates provide one stylish option, Burcher points to a kitchen remodel he completed where elegant hideaway gates became part of the design, making it easy to confine a pet as needed or keep them out during cooking or dining (see photos, above right).

BATHING/GROOMING AREAS
Bathing or grooming areas are also seeing increased interest among pet owners, according to Burcher, who notes, “These spaces are being integrated naturally into the laundry room or mud room, as these rooms are usually off the rear or side of the house where people are bringing the dog in or out. I think there’s also a real trend with luxury home builders offering these as an option for homes they’re building.”

And, as pet ownership continues to grow in apartments and upscale city dwellings, he sees “builders creating spaces where all of the tenants can use a shared grooming/bathing space in the building for their pets.”

Once again, adaptation of existing products makes these spaces a natural fit for the talents of design professionals accustomed to creating bathing and showering spaces. He explains, “There are so many choices – both modern and traditional – with handshowers and pull-out faucets, tile shower basins, fiberglass or cast iron shower pans. And you adapt it to the need. So maybe you raise that a foot or two off the floor, provide little steps for the dog to climb up, lower the shower doors so that you can reach over them – in short, you go with products and design ideas you’re already using, you just change the size to fit.”

Wood-Mode recently launched a ‘Pet Parlor’ concept space, which incorporates everything from a built-in pet fountain with faucet system, custom hideaway dog dish drawer with adjacent food storage bins, integrated lockers for leashes, collars and accessories, extra-large sink for bathing/grooming and island with integrated doors and cabinets.

And Burcher expects other manufacturers to jump in on this trend in the future. However, he believes that, with the level of customization today, designers can easily repurpose existing products to meet pet needs in the home, noting that doing so gives designers a competitive edge in marketing to the growing demographic of pet lovers.

STORAGE NEEDS
Just as people require storage for their “stuff” – whether food, cookware, bathing supplies or electronics – pets, too, come with their own collection of “stuff.” For a dog, that might mean finding space for a dog bed, toys, food, leashes, poop bags and medicine, while a cat will also need a private space for a litter box and scooper, and fish will need a fish tank plus space for food, water additives, etc.

Many times, existing storage products can be easily adapted to pet supplies. For instance, Burch notes, “Pull-outs originally designed for trash or recycling (which have a large capacity and can hold a lot of weight) are being repurposed for pet food; it’s a really natural fit for that. Likewise, bread bin inserts with stainless steel pieces are really well adapted for this as well.”

Cabinets can include interior fittings perfect for hanging leashes or storing pet supplies, he notes. Likewise, cabinet drawers can accommodate pet food and water dishes that can be pulled out during meal time, and tucked away when not needed. Furniture pieces can accommodate everything from aquariums to shelving that doubles as cat perches.

Additionally, evolving pet care trends can also impact pet-friendly design trends. For instance, the growing movement toward home cooking or raw feeding pets might drive the need for additional refrigerator space, or perhaps a secondary point-of-use refrigerator drawer to be used exclusively for pet food.

Some pet owners even look to incorporate exercise areas for their pets – everything from wider walkways to facilitate play to shelves for cats to climb or even side-by-side human and dog treadmills. As Burcher notes, “The way we think about our own bodies and exercise and health needs is being integrated with our needs for our pets. That might mean adapting a space into an exercise room so they can exercise together. As a health conscious person myself, seeing how we can integrate our health needs with our pets is really interesting to me.”

He also suggests that designers looking to accommodate pet needs consider how pets move around a space, the same as they would with humans. For instance, he notes, “Cats have very specific ways of moving through spaces that impact design. They need multiple points of entry and exit from a room, and offering that creates more harmonious spaces.”

Even pet issues can provide clues that help with the design process. He explains, “Often, when pets engage in destructive behavior, they’re really saying, ‘I’m frustrated because my needs aren’t being met.’ Their negative behavior can define our positive design results. As designers, we need to solve problems, and if we listen to our pets, the negative things they’re doing can really tell us the solutions that they’re looking for in the space.”

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