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Practical and Efficient Kitchen Designs

Practical and Efficient Kitchen Designs

Have you ever searched on Pinterest, or even Google, for the perfect Kitchen ideas? When you are researching for the perfect Kitchen ideas, are most of them out of the price range or just not practical for your space? I have first hand experience with being disappointed in what I thought was an unrealistic dream Kitchen. That was until my wonderful kitchen designing husband helped us, and so many others, use their spaces in more practical and efficient ways. 
  • Dakotah Herman
Top 3 Questions You Need to be Asking Your Designer

Top 3 Questions You Need to be Asking Your Designer

When you are looking into adding cabinets in your home, whether it’s for the kitchen, a bathroom or another area of your home, there are simple questions that should be asked to help you determine the right designer for your project. If you don’t ask these key questions you could be missing out on huge opportunities to customize the experience to fit your needs and liking.

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Top 6 Characteristics of a Quality Cabinet

Top 6 Characteristics of a Quality Cabinet

Did you know that your Cabinets should last 10 plus years? Did you know that the quality of your cabinets plays a huge roll in how long they function? Your cabinets should be functional, easy to use and look stunning when taken care of properly. Do you have scratched faces, loose hinges or crooked doors? All of these problems occur when you purchase low quality cabinets, with the intention of saving money.

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The Do’s and Dont’s of Remodeling a Kitchen

The Do’s and Dont’s of Remodeling a Kitchen

Remodeling your kitchen is a great way to increase the resale value of your home. It can also be a fun way to freshen up your forever home! Whatever the reason for remodeling may be following these do’s and don'ts will help you avoid any unnecessary time, costs and headaches.

 

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The 4 Most Popular Kitchen Layouts

The 4 Most Popular Kitchen Layouts

The size and shape of the room will typically determine your layout. Although variations and deviations do exist, most kitchen layouts are based on one of the following shapes.
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Principles of Kitchen Design

Principles of Kitchen Design

Principle #1: Focal Points

Focal Points are what catches your eye in a room; in a living room, it could be patterned piece of furniture — a fireplace, a piece of art, or even how you arrange your portraits.

It is the same way with your kitchen; some of the most common kitchen focal points include sinks, islands, or even a window. Adding things like lighting and backsplashes will help accent and support your decided focal point. In larger spaces, you should consider using multiple focal points to help draw attention to your area.
In this kitchen, they have used the hood as an accent piece, drawing your attention to the stove area. The wood grain makes the white cabinets look clean and crisp. Without a focal point, the kitchen can look bland and uninteresting.





Principle # 2: Balance and Symmetry

A well-balanced room helps demonstrate a sense of relaxation. When you enter a space that is “off,” there may be too much dead space. When you open an area after a kitchen remodels, it should feel centered and balanced throughout the whole room.

Starting with a center point is the best practice for the start of your balanced room. Where does your gaze land? The center of the room is a great place to start, build symmetry around that center.
Take, for example, the above image. The chairs, cabinets, and décor are all symmetrical around the center point; the island is the strong focal point. Having different color cabinets on the island, it helps focus your attention on the middle of the room. A balanced place can create a sense of calm among you are your guests.




Principle # 3: Scale

The kitchen design principles ensure that elements in a room are sized correctly to one another. Any object should be scaled relative to its surroundings so as not to seem too large or too small for a place.
Designing your space can feel intimidating, overwhelming, or even hard at times. There’s a whole world of detail and even creative freedom available in designing your area, which can make it fun but also hard. Remember, you don’t need to be a professional kitchen designer to create a kitchen you love.

 

  • Dakotah Herman
How to Save Money on Kitchen Remodels

How to Save Money on Kitchen Remodels

Kitchen remodeling budgets have expanded over the last several years. Not only have kitchens grown in size over time, but they’ve also gotten more elaborate. Even reasonably priced homes are increasingly demanding luxury features.
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How to Save Money on Kitchen Remodels

How to Save Money on Kitchen Remodels

Kitchen remodeling budgets have expanded over the last several years. Not only have kitchens have grown in size over time, they’ve also gotten fancier. Even modestly priced homes are increasingly demanding luxury features.

While it’s possible to include some special features on a tight budget, you may need to make sacrifices in other places.

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Under Cabinet Lighting

Under Cabinet Lighting

Do you suffer from inadequate kitchen lighting? In a room as functional as the kitchen, suffering from poor lighting can make more of an impact on your productivity and can keep your kitchen from reaching its full potential. Whether you are cooking, helping with homework, or just casually hosting friends. Poor lighting can make or break the feel of your kitchen. 

 

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How to Properly Measure your Kitchen

How to Properly Measure your Kitchen

What things do you need to measure your kitchen?  Some things are obvious like a measuring tape, paper and a pencil. You also need to know what space you are working with. A planning grid is the perfect thing to use when measuring (Click here for a free measuring tool), this will help you and your designer figure out what you need to design and create your perfect kitchen. 

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