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How to avoid kitchen design problems

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In this day of endless home improvement programs convincing homeowners that they can do it themselves from what they’ve learned on television, it’s important to know that designing a kitchen takes thorough planning. We all enjoy the inspiration of seeing what others have done to improve their homes. But that is not the same as having real life experience in planning and implementing an actual home renovation.

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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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Kitchen Views Wins Best of Houzz 2017

Kitchen Views in Warwick, RI has won “Best of Design” on Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. Kitchen Views was chosen by the more than 40 million monthly unique users that compromise the Houzz community from more than one million active home building, remodeling, and design industry professionals.

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This Pawtucket, RI kitchen designed by Lisa Zompa has been saved to over 5,000 ideabooks on Houzz

The Best of Houzz award helps homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area featured on Houzz. The Kitchen Views at National portfolio includes some of the most popular images on Houzz 2016. Kitchen Views also maintains an active presence on the platform and answers questions from the millions of worldwide users who may wish to duplicate the popular style seen in the photos.

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Lisa Zompa, designer at Kitchen Views Warwick, has over 12 years of experience in kitchen and bathroom design. Lisa has an interior design degree and joined Kitchen Views in early 2010 to serve the Rhode Island area. Lisa says “to be honored by Houzz for a second time is a great compliment. The Pawtucket kitchen was designed a few years ago so it is really nice to know that my designs appeal to a wide range of people and that this design has stood the test of time.”

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Lisa Zompa in a kitchen she designed for a home in Bristol, RI

Kitchen Views is proud to offer exceptional customer service, talented designers, exquisite showrooms, and quality products. For unlimited options, Kitchen Views offers multiple lines of custom cabinetry, decorative hardware, and stunning countertops.  Whether you want a traditional, contemporary, or “green” design, you will find it at Kitchen Views.

Vice President of Industry Marketing for Houzz, Liza Hausman, says “we’re so pleased to award Best of Houzz 2017 to this incredible group of talented and customer-focused professionals like Kitchen Views. Kitchen Views was singled out for recognition by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts for help to turn their home improvement dreams into reality.”

Click here to visit Kitchen Views’ Houzz profile and see the popular and beautiful work of Lisa and Kitchen Views. Kitchen Views has six unique and stunning showrooms across New England.  Meet with our talented designers to be inspired in the planning and delighted in the results.

Kitchen Design for the Non-Cook

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Does ordering take-out sound more appealing than cooking a large meal?  Would you rather sit back and relax with a cocktail and lively conversation than worry about your roast burning right before your guests arrive?

There are still plenty of reasons to invest in your kitchen even if you do not cook. Your kitchen doesn’t need to resemble that of a world class chef to remain as the hub of activity, entertaining, and family life.  Keeping your appliances to a minimum allows you for more space to include the things you will actually use, like a wine cooler or an extra-large seating area. For the avid coffee drinker, our last post discussed coffee stations.  Whether you need just a space for your Keurig or a whole countertop for your espresso machine, read that post to get some ideas for your morning fix.

When designing a kitchen to fit your lifestyle, consider which appliances you actually use every day. Do you really need that professional grade range that looks great in the design magazine or do you actually find yourself never using more than one burner at a time?  Cutting down on the size or number of appliances is a great way to save money and space for the things that you really want.  However, be mindful of the resale value of your kitchen and don’t get too carried away when minimizing your appliances.  While you may be able to get by with only a couple of refrigerated drawers, the lack of a proper refrigerator may turn away many potential buyers.

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Create a lively gathering place for the adults with a wet bar.  Instead of the newly popular double oven, get a traditional stove/oven combination and use the extra space to install a wine fridge to showcase your impressive collection.   Display your barware behind glass cabinet doors and your carefully crafted cheese plate on the coordinating countertops.  For daily family life, forego a sink or cooktop in the ever popular island.  Instead, focus on making it a casual dining area or homework station with cabinets for supplies.  Expand your home’s nerve-center with a space for the children to study and mom or dad to coordinate the weekend‘s soccer games and play groups.

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Designed by Jamie Thibeault of Kitchen Views, Mansfield

Try using shelving instead of cabinetry.  The openness of the shelving allows you to display your collection of eclectic treasures or creative cocktail recipe books.  Without the enclosure of a standard cabinet, the shelves can add height and light to the space.

If you are looking to adapt your kitchen without a big remodeling project or are concerned about the resale value of a kitchen without traditional upper cabinets, simply take the doors off of your existing cabinets.  This allows you to take a test drive before committing to this innovative method of kitchen storage.  Consider painting the backs of these door-less cabinets a bright color to add a pop of fun.

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Downsize your traditional kitchen table to a small one for two and use the rest of the space for bench seating or a comfortable sofa.  Use the space as an extension of your living room in your open floor plan or as a quiet retreat when the rowdy sports fans have taken over.

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Designed by Kitchen Views, Warwick

If you are looking for more ideas on how to create a kitchen that reflects your lifestyle but still maintains functionality and resale value, talk with any of our talented Kitchen Views designers.  Do you have more thoughts on how to make a kitchen adapt for the non-cook lifestyle?  Share your ideas in the comments.

Kitchen Design Doesn’t Have to Be Black and White

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The striking blue wall color in this photo adds vibrancy to this kitchen with traditional white cabinetry and black countertops. Remodeling your kitchen is one of the best times to put a splash of color into your home. Painting the wall another color is a fairly easy, inexpensive way to change the ambience of your home.

White kitchen cabinets have been extremely popular for many years. On the flip side, black cabinets, when paired with lighter countertops and other colors as accents, are also growing in popularity. But, of course, kitchen design doesn’t have to be black and white. There are so many color options available. The trick is to not overpower the space with too much color coming from foundational elements. But since black goes with everything, you may actually find that you have a different range of color choices that you may not have considered with white, neutral cream or gray cabinetry or countertop.

Usually, monochrome kitchens focus their color palettes on white, grays, and black, then include accents of color in their backsplashes, countertops, flooring, and accessories. By having a contrasting color for cabinets in the island, for example, you can add depth to the visual design of your kitchen. If your kitchen is too white, it can look washed out and some of the details of the cabinetry can be overlooked. But if you select an unusual custom color cabinetry and end up not being happy with it later, that will be expensive to change. However, if you splurge with paint to accent your cabinetry, you can always repaint it later.

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North Kingstown, RI Kitchen Designed by Lisa Zompa. Image © Kitchen Views

Darkly stained wood cabinets are another popular option when you don’t want your kitchen to look whitewashed. Keep in mind that the overall visual effect will be dramatically different depending on your choice of countertops and/or backsplashes.

Here are two examples of how different it looks when you choose either dark or light countertops with dark cabinets.

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Black hutch designed by Lisa Zompa. Image © Kitchen Views

 

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Media Kitchen designed by Lisa Zompa. Image © Kitchen Views

If you really want to make a strong statement, black countertops and/or backsplashes are a great complement to lighter colored cabinets. Black is bold, especially when set against plain white, off-whites, silvers, or grays.

 

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New kitchen designed by Amy Mood. Image © Kitchen Views

Whatever you decide to do, there are a range of color palette options available. You want to keep in mind the style of your home and the neighborhood you are in. While having a stunning kitchen is cool, if it doesn’t fit the rest of your home, that will hurt your home’s potential resale value. However, if you don’t care about reselling your home, you can go wild with it. Consult your friendly local kitchen designer to discuss the colors you have in mind.

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Keeping the Kitchen Up to Date

 

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Sometimes all your tired kitchen needs are a few updates. For example, you may be considering new appliances. For example, check out the cool features on the front of the updated refrigerator, as well as the up-to-date wall oven, in this kitchen.

For many of us living in older homes, keeping it up to date seems like a constant work in progress. Oftentimes, if the space works reasonably well as it is, it doesn’t seem necessary to undergo a full blown remodel. Today, there is a growing focus on aesthetics plus keeping up with the latest in kitchen technology. Of all the rooms in your home, the kitchen is usually the one you want to keep updated the most. So how can you do this without blowing your budget?

First of all, it’s important to consider the most functional aspects of your kitchen and focus on upgrading these first. According to Home Advisor, updating countertops and cabinets are homeowners’ top priority. But it’s also important to update certain other features such as appliances, flooring, lighting fixtures, and sinks. The question you have to ask before any remodeling adventure is: “What about your space doesn’t work?” But building function into a space is far more expensive than aesthetic upgrades. Maybe all you really need is new countertops, flooring, lighting, or a new sink.

When it comes to countertops, granite is still the most popular choice. However, quartz countertops, such as those from Silestone by Cosentino, have been quickly gaining in popularity. Other options include ceramic, concrete, Corian, slate, soapstone, and wood. If you are on a really tight budget, modern laminate choices will amaze you, and can transform a kitchen. A new countertop can almost completely transform a kitchen aesthetically on its own. Having a countertop that will look clean for the foreseeable future definitely helps a space in multiple ways.

If you have the funds and desire for a more substantial update, refacing or re-dooring cabinets is a popular option, although re-painting or re-staining can be an even more affordable option if the existing cabinets are worth the investment. For new cabinets, Home Advisor says that the most popular options were red oak, cherry, and laminate. If you decide to replace your cabinets, make sure that you choose the most solid construction that you can afford. There are good options for laminate cabinets, but be sure you’re getting ones that will stand the test of time. You want them to look good, but also function properly for years to come.

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In this modernized bistro kitchen, notice that the range top is separate from the oven. Also, you can see the television/computer mounted under the upper cabinet on the left.

You may also be considering updating your appliances. This is probably the best way to upgrade the function of your kitchen. Unless you’re considering much larger appliances, you don’t have change the layout of your cabinetry at all to accommodate them. One of the main reasons to look into updating them includes energy efficiency. With so many ENERGY STAR certified models of refrigerators, stoves, wall ovens, and microwaves available today, there are plenty of sizes and features to choose from. You can make back much of the cost of the new appliances in energy savings over the life of your new units.

Also, if your kitchen can accommodate it, a larger refrigerator can actually save you in the long run. A refrigerator that’s too full has to work overtime. Not only does this mean that it likely won’t properly keep food cool or frozen, but it also takes a lot more energy and can wear out your fridge more quickly. With energy efficient models, a bigger fridge, if you actually need it, is actually better. Having stoves, wall ovens, or microwaves that have new features that you will actually use are also handy. If you want to compare the various options available when it comes to appliances, Yale Appliance has a handy resource guide to help you make decisions about what you want to look for when you are buying appliances.

If you don’t want to invest in new cabinets, appliances and countertops, there are many simple and less expensive ways to help your older kitchen feel fresh. New flooring isn’t all that expensive, especially in a smaller kitchen. Perhaps you don’t even need a new sink, and just need a new faucet. New decorative hardware can make your cabinetry feel new. That is a very simple change you can make yourself. Check out our information on decorative hardware choices. Updated lighting fixtures, or even just light bulbs, can provide more light with less power usage.

If you’re really stuck about what you need to focus on for upgrading your kitchen, ask your friendly local Kitchen Views designer for advice. Remember, Kitchen Views is where the designers are pros and the views are yours.

 

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Gravitating Toward Nurturing

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Ever wonder why everyone gravitates to the kitchen? This kitchen was featured in Kitchen Views magazine. Read the article here (PDF).

It happens to everyone at one time or another. It may not happen right away, and it is usually so subtle we don’t even realize what the “it” is that we are referring to. The “it” is that subconscious gravitational pull leading you to one distinct room in any home. This room is where food resides waiting to be prepared. It’s where the chef of the house spends beloved time and energy cooking for those who will come to eat. This is a place where you may share a cup of something warm with a good friend. “It” is not found in the living room, or even the dining room. “It” is found in the kitchen, the place where people are nurtured physically and emotionally.

You’ve heard a million times: the kitchen is the heart of the home. Have you ever put much thought into why that is? With all the other rooms in a home, why is the kitchen the room where we all seem to gravitate more than any other? Aside from the obvious preparation of food, the kitchen often acts as the central command station. It’s a communication center, a cafeteria, a lounge, and sometimes even a resting place. Your kitchen is that special place where everyone in your family can feel included in the happenings of the home, even when you’re not all together.

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Schrock Wall Message Center Cabinet. Image (c) Schrock Cabinetry, Fair Use.

There are several things you can do to make the heart of your home even better. With many families rushing about with days full of school, sports activities, work and socializing, one great thing to have in a kitchen is a Wall Message Center to foster better communication. Several cabinetry companies offer them, including Schrock. With this handy specialty cabinet, everyone is able to stay in the know about the happenings of the week. Whether it’s leaving activity calendars, To Do lists, grocery lists, or love notes, everyone will know where to look to find out what’s new in the family, or where to find people based on their planned schedules.

If you like to entertain, having a countertop overhang on an island or peninsula allows for more seating and a place for guests to share in good conversation more comfortably, while the chef prepares the food. Another option for seating is a comfortable window seat for someone to be included, but not in the middle of bustling activity. Not only is it great for entertaining, it’s also a very nice feature for the chef to relax, just for a moment, while he or she is cooking that special meal. It’s also great for a child to sit and still be near the action and excitement going on in that kitchen.

One customer told us once, “I’ve noticed that, even though I have a great living room, and a brand new family room, everyone congregates in my kitchen. They don’t want to leave.

Our talented designers at Kitchen Views are here to help you create your dream kitchen to nurture your loved ones. Whether you have small children, teenagers, grand-kids, or grandparents living with you, the kitchen will always become the heart of your home.

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