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Aging In Place Modifications: Practical & Stylish

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A 2015 Houzz report showed that over 50% of homeowners age 60+ are planning to age in place. As the baby boomer generation begins to enter the golden years, home construction and renovation contractors are seeing an increase in accessibility modifications being made. With more spending power than the younger millennial generation, the boomers are also a large player in the interior design industry; frequently updating their home to incorporate the latest design trends. Combining the need for accessibility with the desire to keep the attractive appearance of the home, these modifications are not only practical but stylish as well.  Read below for some simple yet important modifications to make to your home accessible for any generation.

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What We Can Learn From Tiny Homes

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Tiny homes have been growing in popularity lately for a variety of reasons. One of the main reasons has been financial constraints as the cost of living has been rising in many areas. Another primary reason for tiny homes surging popularity is a growing desire to have more freedom to travel. There are many lifestyle changes that go with wanting a tiny home, and it’s not for everyone. But there are ways to incorporate the elegant solutions used in tiny home design into your home.

Tiny Homes Are Based on Thoughtful Design

What makes tiny homes work is that they must make the most use of every square inch. Any truly unnecessary elements are eliminated in their design. It’s boiled down to only essential elements. Of course, as you apply this to your own home, the space will be customized for the individual(s) living in it.

Many tiny homes are as small as 200 square feet. But because you keep only the bare essentials, you can make a lot out of the space. If you have ever been to IKEA, you may have seen the tiny home vignettes. From examples like this, you can see how all of the comforts you need in a home can fit in an extremely small space using quality cabinetry that will better stand the test of time.

Tiny Homes Can Be Elegant

When many people think of the word “elegant,” they think of it as meaning luxurious. But it means so much more. The definition of elegant is “pleasingly graceful and stylish in appearance or manner.” In this way, tiny homes offer elegant solutions that are pleasingly ingenious and simple.

One of the biggest benefits that a tiny house offers is reducing the stress that comes from what many have called the modern “rat race.” Tiny homes are a great way of reconnecting to a cleaner, simpler way of life that has become lost in our consumer culture. No matter how big or small your existing home may be, it’s always possible to streamline things.

Many homes today have become major hubs for entertainment. This is why large rooms are desired in many cases. Even if your rooms are larger, keeping simple design in mind will make the maintenance of that space easier. But in a smaller home that only has a few people living in it, you can make the space seem larger with proper planning for storage of your cherished items. Remember, less is more. Less clutter = more time to relax. Many of us talk about not having enough time to enjoy being with the people we love and/or participating in activities we enjoy. Taking a “tiny home” approach to design can teach you a lot about what is really necessary.

 

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How Can We Learn From Tiny Home Design?

When you’re dealing with a smaller space, you may be asking yourself the question: “Where is all my stuff going to go?” It’s possible that insufficient space for things is a major problem in your own house right now. One thing we can take away from tiny home design is to prioritize needs and minimize wants. Even in a tiny space, though, there can be more than enough storage for what you need. Maximizing function is what it’s all about. If cabinetry can make your home more functional, an experienced designer can be an enormous help in planning and selecting the cabinetry that will work best for you, within your budget.

Small kitchens and bathrooms are a fact that cannot be changed in some homes. To make them work, choose to keep only what you actually need for everyday life. Have just enough cabinets for your cooking essentials and pantry necessities. Only get the size of appliances that you actually need on a day-to-day basis. Just because other people have huge appliances, doesn’t mean it’s right for your needs. It can be easy to want too much out of a single space. By using tiny home designs as a reference for re-designing rooms in your own home, you can save yourself lots of clutter and maintenance work in the long run. If a special event comes along that you cannot accommodate, find another place to have the event. Your everyday living space doesn’t need to be made to accommodate all the “what ifs” in life.

Good design leads to better living. Don’t shortchange yourself in the long run to save a little money now. Invest in your life, by investing in your home.

Visit our website and/or showrooms for inspiration, then make an appointment with a Kitchen Views designer to begin your design journey to a happier life.

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Seemingly Endless Options for Customizing Your Kitchen

There’s always a lot of talk about trying to stay neutral and go with the timeless trends when remodeling your kitchen. Mainly this is done with the idea in mind that you will be selling your home in the future. However, if you’re planning to stay in your home long term and you have the budget for it, nothing should stop you from building your dream kitchen just the way you want it.

With the seemingly endless design options available today, you can go all out in your customization of every aspect of your kitchen. It all starts with the cabinetry and the countertops, the two most important parts of your kitchen. If you plan to stay put for the long-term, using custom cabinets can help you create just the space you desire. If it’s not in the budget for you, though, there are plenty of semi-custom options. Dynasty by Omega has many styles and options that you can mix and match with custom units for just the configuration and design style you want.

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Imagine the slick, clean contrast of a contemporary penthouse apartment to the looming metropolis, crowded streets, and noise below. This city dweller’s dream kitchen was designed with custom cabinetry in an exotic wood called figured anigre, with skillful use of aluminum and glass.

The use of exotics is completely driven by the European contemporary look and style. This style is characterized by flat paneled doors with striking wood grains. The exotic wood panels are finished with a high gloss, and simple hardware elegantly completes the look. This clean, contemporary style with unique wood is sought by high-end clients desiring one-of-a-kind living spaces.

There are many ways to customize your kitchen such as your choice and style of flooring and appliances. Here you can see the bold checker pattern of the tile flooring. Also, the custom stove hood piece that becomes the focal point of the kitchen. Add sleek custom cabinetry with frosted glass display cabinets and you have a high-end kitchen as sophisticated as you are.

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If you like the look of stainless steel, consider cabinets with stainless steel doors to match the appliances.

Miami Beach’s Ocean Drive inspired the contemporary vitality of this vignette. Stepping into this vignette you begin to feel the fun at your feet with cooling water-blue “pool” tiles.

Sunlight shines through the custom arched windows from Andersen to add sparkle to this kitchen’s “Blue Star” quartz countertops, softly polished stainless steel contemporary cabinetry, “Miami Beach” Art Deco era inspired “Cobalt Blue” mirror backsplashes, and glass accents. We can recreate this kitchen for your home or summer residence.

Of course, you don’t need to go all-out to these extremes. These are just a couple of the options to consider when designing your dream kitchen.

Benefits of Neutral Cabinets and Countertops

When selecting the foundational items of your kitchen, particularly cabinetry and countertops, it may be best to choose neutral colors. This way, your personal style and color can be added using decorative hardware and accessories, and swapped out easily and inexpensively to freshen the appearance from time to time. This is why white and grey cabinets have become so popular. If you decide to add extra flair, you can go wild with backsplashes, wall colors and even lighting fixtures. Those would be more expensive to change later, but you know that options are available.
By choosing neutral cabinets, you increase the resale value of your home because it will appeal to more buyers. Choosing a lighter countertop color can help you do the same. If you plan to be in your home for the foreseeable future and want more customization, there are many other design features you can include such as storage accessories inside the cabinets and wine racks if you are a collector or do a lot of entertaining. But having the foundational items in neutral colors, you provide yourself with easy ways to freshen the look of your kitchen in the future.

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One good example of neutral colors includes this kitchen in Narragansett, RI. White cabinets and the light Windermere color of Cambria Quartz allow for many different design directions. In this case, the homeowner wanted a soft vibe to the kitchen in this beach house used year-round. Here, sand tones were used to keep a beach feel and pale blue backsplash was used to continue the theme. Also, by keeping the colors neutral, the architectural details above the stovetop can serve as a focal point.

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If white isn’t your thing, there are other ways to keep your kitchen cabinets and countertops color scheme neutral. Here is a much different sort of kitchen with cream colored cabinetry and a black countertop. Black goes with anything, so it can be considered a neutral color. The cream color of the cabinets provides good contrast with the countertop, but not in an overwhelming way.

Both of these are beautiful kitchens, but are each neutral enough for people to imagine adding their own personal touches. Also, by keeping things neutral, the kitchen’s style can remain timeless.

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Refacing and Re-Dooring

BEFORE - office break room with white Thermofoil cabinetry

BEFORE – office break room with white Thermofoil cabinetry

Refacing and Re-Dooring
by John Allen

There are a number of different ways that an existing kitchen can be given a facelift with new doors and drawer fronts. The first is simply removing the present doors and drawer fronts and replacing them with a new style in a matching color, which is often called re-dooring. This is done most often with painted cabinets, as white cabinets are easier to match with new doors that stained wood cabinets.

DURING REFACING - workman prepares sections of cherry laminate.

DURING REFACING – workman prepares sections of cherry veneer.

In addition to replacing doors and drawer fronts, refacing involves covering the front and sides of the cabinet with a new, finished material. Plywood panels are attached to the sides of the cabinet and a finished wood veneer is attached to the fronts. New molding is generally attached to the top and bottom of the cabinets to finish the look. Drawer boxes and glides can be reused. But, often homeowners will replace them with new, dovetail drawers and full extension hardware.

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Due to the labor involved with building parts to size and installation, the cost of refacing can be close to the price of new, mid-range cabinets. However, one of the greatest advantages is that there is much less disruption with refacing. Oftentimes, items can stay in the cabinets while the work is being done.

DURING - old cabinetry doors and drawer fronts have been removed. Lamination of new cherry veneer has begun on the cabinet boxes.

DURING – old cabinetry doors and drawer fronts have been removed. Lamination of new cherry veneer has begun on the cabinet boxes.

DURING REFACING - the dishes didn't even have to be removed during the work.

DURING REFACING – the dishes didn’t even have to be removed during the work.

DURING REFACING - contents can be left in the cabinets. But the drawers were removed and we selected to replace the originals with new wood drawer boxes in addition to the new cherry wood drawer fronts.

DURING REFACING – contents can be left in the cabinets. But the drawers were removed and we selected to replace the originals with new wood drawer boxes in addition to the new cherry wood drawer fronts.

Instead of weeks without an operational kitchen, the time for a refacing install is usually just a few days. If the kitchen cabinets are structurally sound and configured in a layout you like, refacing may be an avenue worth pursuing.

AFTER - office break room with cherry wood cabinetry doors and laminated cherry veneer covering other surfaces.

AFTER – office break room with cherry wood cabinetry doors and laminated cherry veneer covering other surfaces.

John Allen, Showroom Manager
Kitchen Views at National Lumber
15 Needham Street, Newton, MA 02461
617-244-8020
jallen@kitchenviews.com
www.kitchenviews.com


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