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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NEW FLOOR PLAN
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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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Kitchen Faucets

Kitchen Faucets

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Your Kitchen is Your Command Center

Your kitchen faucet is probably one of the most frequently used items in your home. From making your morning coffee to scrubbing the dishes at night — not to mention all the hand washing, cooking, cup filling, plant watering, crafting and cleaning that goes on in between, your faucet and sink area likely sees a lot of traffic every day. With so much action happening in one place, it’s important to find kitchen faucets, fixtures, and appliances that offer reliable, long-lasting solutions for you and your family.

Moen, the #1 faucet brand in North America, (which happen to be made in New Bern, NC),  now offers the total kitchen package: above, below and around the sink. In addition to its full portfolio of kitchen faucets and bar faucets, sinks, filtration products and accessories, Moen has a full line of garbage disposals. Now, you can rely on Moen to deliver trusted performance throughout the entire kitchen.

Prepping for spaghetti night. Bathing the baby. Watering the plants. It should come as no surprise that you spend more active time in the kitchen than any other room in the house. And from selecting a finish to starting installation, there are plenty of things for you to consider when choosing your next kitchen faucet.

When it comes to taking care of business in the kitchen, you need a faucet that’s built to handle everything you throw at it. Think about your everyday experiences and then see how the right combination of features — including handles, spout height, and sprayers — can help you create a space that works your way.

 

The right faucet extends beyond a functional fixture to become an expression of your unique taste. Take a moment to look around your kitchen, soak in the aesthetic and envision a faucet that doesn’t just complement the room, but makes it yours.

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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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Hiring a Kitchen Designer – Why?

Hiring a Kitchen Designer

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Certified Kitchen Designer

I can give you all the logical and professional reasons for hiring a Kitchen Designer, but you should keep in mind the top 2 reasons.

Kitchens are EXPENSIVE,  and you don’t have a CKD after you name. (Certified Kitchen Designer)

Kitchens are the most complicated rooms in our homes in both Design and Function.  One mistake can cost you thousands of dollars and/or make your kitchen the ugly duck of the neighborhood. Now it’s true not all Kitchens are very complicated, but good Designers can take a bland Kitchen and turn it into a showcase Kitchen and increase the value of your Home.

For any size Kitchen Remodeling Project, first spend your money on a good, reputable Kitchen Designer. We all know we like the high end consumer products;Mercedes, Gucci, Burberry, etc…the reason we admire them is they are functional and beautifully DESIGNED.

Design is everywhere, in every product you use, for every product you choose. We have all seen even small cottages that seem to have stepped out of a fairly tale – chances are there’s a great Designer behind that door.

A good Designer can take quality, moderately priced items and and improve the value of your home with great design both in function and beauty. Whether you  meet with a designer in person, or have an online designer, your project will reap the benefits.

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). Whether you  meet with a Designer in person, or have an Online Kitchen Designer, your Kitchen Remodeling project, and your Home, will reap the benefits.

 

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AFTER
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Ceramic Tile – Be Colorful

Ceramic Tile – Be Colorful!

Ann Sacks has a new line of ceramic tiles inspired by the lovely and colorful  traditions of Spain.  You can’t help but be transported to a vibrant world of sun and warm wonderful people that celebrate life in all it’s color and glory when you see their new Ceramica Pintada collection.

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Ann Sacks Tile

 

The unsurpassed quality and execution of our Ceramica Pintada collection is evident at first glance. Inspired by the popular Cuerda Seca technique originating in Spain, each tile is handcrafted by skilled artisans. Available in a variety of designs and a myriad of colors to complement any interior.

 

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Quartz Countertops

Quartz Countertops

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Cambria’s Roxwell Quart Countertop

In the kitchen, where  countertops serve multiple purposes, materials must not only be aesthetically appealing but also durable. For this reason, both natural stone and quartz countertops remain popular choices, offering nature-inspired looks that hold up to everything from cooking to craft projects, homework to house work and dining to entertaining. While granite has long been a popular choice in the kitchen for its upscale appearance and ability to create a truly personalized look, quartz countertops continues to gain attention for its ease of maintenance.

Roxwell, one of the newest offerings in Cambria’s Oceanic Collection, is inspired by the views of the shoreline. The quartz surface features significant color, depth, clarity and natural variation throughout the piece. Cambria products are mined primarily in North America and produced with adherence to strict environmental standards. The surfaces are GREENGUARD certified.

FROM: Cambria

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Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics America to Acquire Dacor as Part of Home Appliance Portfolio Expansion into Luxury Market

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Samsung Electronics America, the South Korean electronics company announced its acquisition of Dacor, an American maker of luxury appliances known for their Android connectivity and sky-high prices. Samsung’s purchase seems to signal the company’s continued interest in expanding its own smart home offerings.
The acquisition marks Samsung’s continued investment in the home appliance market and an expansion of its portfolio to include ultra-premium home appliances under the Dacor brand.

Dacor, founded by Stanley M. Joseph, the California-based company has been designing and manufacturing American-made luxury kitchen appliances since 1965 and has emerged as a trusted industry leader. Upon completion of the acquisition, Dacor will become a wholly owned subsidiary of Samsung Electronics America. Dacor will maintain its corporate identity and brand, with no changes to its operations and US-based manufacturing.

Samsung is America’s fastest growing home appliance brand and continues to deliver products with premium design and exemplary performance. With a deep understanding of the consumer marketplace, Samsung is redefining the appliance category with innovations that bring convenience into the modern lifestyle of consumers for a truly connected experience in the home.

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Kitchen Design Inspirations

Kitchen Design Inspirations

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La Cornue

 

Most of us have some particular design inspiration that we have always wanted to have in a new Kitchen design. I have a client that desperately wants a La Cornue range.  So if you have a dream of this particular sort, don’t disappoint yourself when you are remodeling a Kitchen, it could be your only chance.   Even if your budget is tight, there is usually a way that a good Designer can help you find a way to achieve your goals.  Your Designer can help you with your overall budget determining whether or not custom cabinets are a priority or semi-custom will fit the bill just fine.  Maybe a distressed oak butcher block countertop for the island would look great rather than granite.  White stock subway tile with a grey grout in a herringbone pattern may be all you need for a beautiful backsplash that doesn’t compete with the pattern of your countertop afterall.

Whatever your kitchen design inspiration may be, talk about it with your Kitchen Designer.  Chances are, they will be able to make it happen.

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Kitchen Cabinets – Construction

Kitchen Cabinets – Construction

Are you sure you know the very basics of how kitchen cabinets differ from each other in both price and construction?

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FRAMED and FRAMELESS

It all starts with the box construction, framed or frameless.  The American version has been framed for a very long time. Framed is a pretty descriptive term, there is an actual frame overlayed on the box from which the door is attached and the drawer is mounted.  Frameless is typically the European version.  No frame, the door is attached to the box itself, as is the drawer glides.  There are differing opinions about which is best for which application depending on which door style and which box construction, etc., etc., etc.  The key to this decision is back to actual box construction material.  You will want to find out if it is “all wood”, (by the way – there is no such thing, its really plywood), or which type of particle board or MDF – the types can vary depending on which price point you are in. You also need to consider Door and Drawer styles.  There are different construction methods as well as different hinging and glides that truly make a difference in both appearence and function. All of these factors determine how kitchen cabinets wind up in different pricing structures, ie., Custom Cabinets, Semi-Custom, Stock.

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BASIC DOOR CONSTRUCTION

Kitchen or Bath Remodeling is something you only do every 15- 20 years or so.  You want to make sure you get it right.  Your best resource is a Certified Kitchen Designer.  Visit our website page about Kitchen Cabinets for a full review.

 

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BLACK IS BACK

BLACK IS BACK & BETTER THAN EVER

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KITCHENAID brings back

Black to the Kitchen with Black Stainless Steel!

According to Kitchenaid: “Like traditional stainless, black stainless steel has a satiny luster, paired with a modern sleekness that makes its own style statement,” Patrick Schiavone, global vice president of design for parent company Whirlpool Corp., said in a press release.“It allows design nuances of both the appliances and the kitchen itself to pop.”
KitchenAid’s designers created the line around the brand’s timeless Stand Mixer and other longtime small appliances while incorporating elements fitting for a modern, sophisticated kitchen.
“The hints of chrome, the professionally inspired feel and function, and even the way they’re badged as KitchenAid products made our small appliances a natural starting place for the creative process,” said Jason Tippetts, design lead for KitchenAid.

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