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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.

Private Residence - Pawtucket, RI - Kitchen

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.

Private Residence - Pawtucket, RI - Kitchen

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.”

Private Residence - Bristol, RI Kitchen and Bathroom

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.

Be Real, You Don’t Live in a Magazine Picture

Lisa Zompa, Kitchen Designer Blog

Starting a kitchen renovation can be an overwhelming task.  To make the process flow easier, it’s a good idea to sit down and really think about what you want to get out of your new kitchen.  It’s standard practice to ask homeowners to provide a list of what they NEED in their new kitchen, where you WANT items, plus a DREAM list of what they might like to have if the budget allows. These lists allow you to prioritize what you want/need that will fit into your budget.

Yet I’ve learned from years of practical experience to ask clients up front about many things they did not consider when listing what they need in a new kitchen. For example, all of the following have come up:

• In the Needs list, you might include a better walk flow, more storage, specialties such as baking or double ovens for large meals and entertaining.

But people often forget to specify the following:

  1. Not only if they are right or left handed, but whether other members of the household are right or left handed. This can impact workflow arrangements.
  2. Should the kitchen be handicap accessible for someone other than the homeowner. Universal accessibility elements can make everyone happier.
  3. Perhaps you don’t have small children, but forget to mention that small children often visit. Are there safety concerns? Should there be special seating?

• In the Wants list, you might include an island with seating, cabinet with trash and recycle bins, a microwave some other place than above the stove or a counter-depth refrigerator.

• In the Dream list, you might include a prep sink, a wet bar, a wine rack or special refrigerator, and decorative accessories in the space.

Does anything like this come to mind as you think about what you need in your new kitchen? Thinking about such things in advance will avoid delays in the design stage and/or save money if you are in the construction stage before you think of something essential that was not planned.

Omega Closet Cabinet in East Greenwich, RI kitchen designed by Lisa Zompa

If you need more storage space in your kitchen, a custom closet cabinet like this one by Omega might be a good choice for you.

Once you have your list, then it’s time to look around in different showrooms to see what new products are out there and you can make adjustments to your list.  When you are ready to sit with a designer, you already have an idea of what you want to accomplish in your new kitchen.  The designer has a great starting off point and can start the design process with your list.

Cabinetry sizes and placement to fit the space are important, but how you use the kitchen in real life is more important. A trained kitchen designer with experience to anticipate your needs and fulfill your wants and needs will provide you with a new kitchen that exceeds your expectations.

Lisa Zompa
Kitchen Views at National
3356 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: 401-921-0400
Email: lzompa@kitchenviews.com
Web: www.kitchenviews.com

White Cabinetry & New England Kitchens

Lisa Zompa, Kitchen Designer Blog

Being in New England, not only are our needs different from the rest of the country, but we also have such rich history and tradition.  This makes design fun and exciting because every client is so different.  With that said, I’ve found that white cabinetry can be included in most design trends.  It is clean, classic, and timeless.  I have found that most of the clients that I work with want a white painted cabinet of some sort included in their design either for an accent piece, main part of the kitchen, island, or built-ins in a den or office.

The constant always starts off with a white painted cabinet and then goes from there.  This would include some version of white, or with a glaze. As for countertops, Black Granite or White Carrara Marble and white cabinetry with white subway tile is classic. Browns or grays also always work with corresponding tile options. Wood is always a nice touch on an island or accent piece. (Craft-Art wood countertops are a great example.)

Designer Lisa Zompa's desk at the Kitchen Views showroom in Warwick, Rhode Island, featuring white Omega Dynasty cabinets

Whatever your cabinetry or countertop needs, Kitchen Views has a wide selection of great brands and the expert advice to help you find just what will fit your needs and style.

Lisa Zompa
Kitchen Views at National
3356 Post Rd,
Warwick, RI 02886
401-921-0400
Email: lzompa@kitchenviews.com
Web: www.kitchenviews.com

Lisa Zompa: Updating Your Old Kitchen With A Fresh Look

Lisa Zompa, Kitchen Designer Blog

Are you getting tired of your current kitchen, but your existing cabinets are still in good shape? How about adding a complementary island or hutch? The trend has been going in the direction of replacing the kitchen table and chairs with an island that has added storage and seating for the family. An island, or hutch can be a great opportunity to add the function that your existing kitchen lacks without going through the expense of a new kitchen.

Islands can offer you additional countertop space for entertaining, working, and seating, while giving you added storage for pots and pans, trash, or even additional appliances. A hutch piece is a nice place to show off your china that has been stored away in some closet for years. They can also give you that furniture “WOW” piece that you have been looking for.

The hutch below adds added storage and function with the beverage center.

Lisa Zompa - Black Hutch

The island below adds color, and is multi-functional. It serves as banquet seating on one side, and has a sink on the other.

Schrock Island with contrasting cabinetry

Island with Schrock Cabinetry

The island below adds contrast to the kitchen cabinets and provides additional seating, while looking like a piece of furniture.

Crystal Cabinetry island

Island with Crystal Cabinets

Adding an island or a hutch, or both, to your existing kitchen is a cost-effective way to update your kitchen without overstretching your remodeling budget.

Lisa Zompa
Kitchen Views at National
3356 Post Rd,
Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: 401-921-0400
Email: lzompa@kitchenviews.com
Web: www.kitchenviews.com

Lisa Zompa: Types of Cabinet Glazing Techniques

Lisa Zompa, Kitchen Views Designer, Warwick, Rhode Island

Lisa Zompa, Kitchen Views at National, Warwick, Rhode Island

With 8 years of experience in kitchen and bathroom design, and an interior design degree, Lisa joined Kitchen Views in early 2010 to serve the Rhode Island area. She now works directly out of our Warwick, RI showroom. You can view Lisa’s profile here.

Who would have ever thought that there are so many decisions to make when picking out the cabinetry?  Besides the door style, wood type, and overlay (inset, framed, stained, painted), there are also glazing techniques to choose from, if you decide to do so.

Glazing is a technique used to highlight or accentuate the details of the door style you choose.  The glaze will look different as the door style changes.  It can be subtle or extremely obvious.  Glaze can be applied to either a stained or painted door.  It is usually hand applied and wiped off so every piece will not look the same.

Here is an example taken from Schrock of the same glaze combination on different door styles:

Glaze Examples - Galena and Huxley

Schrock's Galena and Huxley door styles with Amaretto Créme finish

Your choices for glazed colors will depend on the cabinet line.  Some cabinet manufacturers will offer certain color combinations and have names for those combinations. Other cabinet lines will allow you to choose a stain or paint, and then choose from a range of glaze colors.  The most common glaze colors are white, brown, pewter, and onyx.  As the cabinet lines become closer to a custom line, you will have even more choices, such as the type of glaze and how pronounced it will be. This means that they will offer a dry, wet, pen highlight, light, medium, or heavy application, to name a few.

You can find examples of Dry, Pen, and Wet Glazes and more here on the glazes page of Omega Cabinetry.

Whatever door style or glaze you choose, your Kitchen Views designer will help you to make your kitchen both beautiful and made to last.

Lisa Zompa
Kitchen Views at National
3356 Post Rd,
Warwick, RI 02886
401-921-0400
lzompa@kitchenviews.com

What Countertop Materials Are Best For You?

Lisa Zompa, Kitchen Views at National, Warwick, RI

Lisa Zompa, Kitchen Views at National, Warwick, RI

With 8 years of experience in kitchen and bathroom design, and an interior design degree, Lisa joined Kitchen Views in early 2010 to serve the Rhode Island area. Lisa is currently working out of the new Warwick, Rhode Island showroom, which opened in May 2010.

What Are Your Choices in Countertop Material?

IceStone Countertop at Kitchen Views Showroom, Newton, MA

IceStone Countertop at Kitchen Views Showroom

Today, there are so many types of finishes to choose from, when determining what to put into your project.  Laminates are a great inexpensive way to update any area as they have come a long way from the boomerang patterns of the past.  They have come up with patterns to mimic metals, granite, and marble.

You can purchase pre-made countertops and install them yourself; or you can purchase sheets from a variety of sizes and have custom tops made on-site, or use it as a backsplash.

Solid surface countertops are another option to consider.  It is a soft material that is easy to clean, and appears to have no seams.  You have the option to have a stainless steel under-mount sink; or a seamless integrated sink.  Typically, the purchase of this type of material will include having a company to come to your house, make a template of the area, then come back and install it.  There are a variety of manufacturers to choose from including DuPont Corian, Wilsonart, Formica, and LG Viatera, just to name a few.

Quartz is becoming the popular man on campus.  It is a man-made material consisting mostly of quartz, and epoxy.  It is similar to granite in that it is a hard material, cool to the touch, heat resistant, and comes in slabs.  It is superior to granite in that it is 4 times stronger than granite, easier to maintain, and colors are more consistent from slab to slab.  Colors are offered in a range from solids to mimicking granite and marble. Some brands in this category include glass in the mix to give a reflective value to the countertop.  Brand names include, but are not limited to:  CaesarStone®, Cambria, Silestone®, and Zodiaq® from DuPont.  Pricing will vary and include having the fabricator to come to your home, take a template, and install it.  Material warranty will vary by product.

Granite and marble are natural products.  Granite in the past used to be expensive, but has drastically come down in price.  Granite comes in light to dark colors and can come in wild and exotic patterns.  The beauty of granite is the natural pattern flow in the product.  Some have described as “works of art.”  Granite and marble are mined both locally and all over the world.  A simple sealant is required to be applied to the tops every 6-12 months, while some brands will include a sealant impregnated into the stone to help repel stains.  Fabricators will purchase large amounts of popular colors to keep the price down and pass those savings along to the end consumer, while exotic patterns will be more expensive.  Pricing will include the fabricator to come to your home, take a template, and install it.

Concrete is popular for outdoor kitchens in general, and inside the home in the South West and Western part of the United States.  Concrete is custom-made for your project.  You can choose the colors, and even add metals and other materials into the top to create different patterns and visual flow.  Pricing will vary and will include the installation.

If you want a more sustainable and green product, then recycled glass may be for you.  Recycled glass is mixed with cement and other additives to create the perfect countertop.  Manufacturers take recycled glass from beer bottles, sea glass, and even traffic lights to name just a few examples.  Depending on the manufacturer, you can get points towards your LEED certification.  Some brand names include IceStone, Vetrazzo, and EnviroGlas.  Pricing is in the high range and will include template, and installation.

Wood tops are a great way to add warmth into any kitchen project.  Typically customers will put them on islands for an accent.  Butcher block is great for cutting, while smoother surfaces offer a table-grade beauty.  Familiar wood tops would include maple or oak butcher block, but there is so much more out there.  You can now get wood species like: Cherry, Beech, Black Walnut, Canary Wood, Hickory, Iroko, Padauk, Purple Heart, Sapele, Teak, Wenge, and Zebrawood.  Pricing will vary, as you can purchase straight stock of Maple and Oak butcher block and install it yourself; or have custom tops made. If you want a “green” certified wood, Bamboo, Lyptus, and reclaimed woods are available.  As you can see, there is something for every project.

Lisa Zompa
Kitchen Views at National
3356 Post Rd, Warwick, RI 02886
Phone: 401.921.0400
lzompa@kitchenviews.com

With so many beautiful choices, Kitchen Views designers will help you select the product that works best for your particular requirements. You can find more information on the benefits and limitations of various countertop materials in the Kitchen Views Design Guide (PDF).


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