Cabinet & Countertop Inspirations

We don’t often think about the kitchen sink in terms of anything glamorous. After all, its purpose is almost entirely utilitarian. It washes everything from dirty dishes to dirty hands. You may use your sink for basic things, but that doesn’t mean the sink itself has to be basic. Today’s kitchen sinks are created to not only look appealing but also make your time in the kitchen more enjoyable. With options in accessories and sizes, your sink can have its own sense of style.

More than just a basin for piling dirty dishes, today’s sinks offer a variety of convenient options for the busy homeowner. Custom cutting boards made to fit inside the sink offer a place to prep veggies and fruit near the sink, making clean up quick and concise. 

Looking for a way to keep everything handy AND save space? Some sinks offer accessories where everything from your soap dish to your utensil holder can attach anywhere on the basin. 

Metal grids made for the bottom of the sink not only give produce a resting place while washing but also protect the sink from the scratches or scuffs of pots and pans. 

There are sinks available with a built in knife block and a cubby for larger kitchen utensils, such as spatulas. Other options include hanging racks for dish clothes and sponges as well as built in colanders.

Besides the various accessories, the size and shape of your sink can be personalized for your kitchen needs. The more standard double bowl sink is still very popular and quite practical in some kitchens. 

Other kitchens are ideal for a larger deep basin sink or perhaps an apron front sink, which looks right at home in both traditional and contemporary settings. If countertop space permits, some may prefer a three-bowl, multi-depth chef sink.  Before deciding, consider the size of your kitchen as well as how you will be using your sink. A large sink might be overwhelming in a small kitchen. Also, if you primarily use a dishwasher and only wash occasional dishes, a single bowl would likely be a better choice for you as opposed to someone who hand washes most of their dishes. They would benefit better from a double bowl sink.

There are many decisions throughout the kitchen remodeling process, including choices regarding the kitchen sink.  Let The KitchenWright's designers help you navigate these options to make the best decision for your home. Give us a call at 317-848-1111 or stop in our Carmel Indiana showroom.  

 

In many areas of life, we tend to think in terms of the here and now. This is often evident in the areas of buying, building, or remodeling a home. We seek out design elements that are representative of our current stage of life. Life, as we know, is fluid and ever changing. Our situation today may not be our situation tomorrow. That is where Universal Design comes in.

Popularized by architect Ronald Mace, Universal Design is the idea of taking a space, then designing it in such a way that it is functional and practical for all age groups, ability levels, and life stages. With Universal Design, you are designing your home so that it not only works for you today, but also in the future. You are planning with tomorrow in mind.

   Universal Design does not need to be clinical or institutional-like in appearance, nor should it be. When implemented correctly, its features will flow smoothly into the overall design of the house, almost to the point of not noticing them. There are a number of areas within the kitchen where you can implement Universal Design and demonstrate that functionality can also be stylish.

Appliances

  • Microwaves built into base drawers below the counter, making them easier to reach.

 

  • A raised dishwasher to prevent bending over, OR a drawer style dishwasher to make loading easier than traditional dishwashers.

 

  • Wheelchair accessible cooktops. Cook with ranges with front or side mounted controls to eliminate reaching over dangerously hot burners. Also, consider having a pot filler installed at the stove to keep from carrying heavy pots of water from the sink.
  • Wall ovens installed at various levels.
  • A refrigerator/freezer with the frozen food compartment in a bottom drawer OR a side by side unit.

Cabinets/Drawers

  • Oversized hardware on doors and drawers which are easier to grab, OR magnetic touch and release cabinet doors.
  • Adjustable height shelves, pull down shelves, and Lazy Susans.
  • Open storage or glass doors, making things easier to locate.
  • More base cabinets with drawers as opposed to doors.

 

Countertops

  • Lowered countertops, two tiered islands, or countertops at various heights, making them accessible to everyone.

  • Easy to clean surfaces such as granite of laminate.

 

Sinks

  • Open space beneath the sink, giving knee clearance for wheelchairs.
  • Single lever or touchless faucets.
  • Variable height sinks between 32” and 40”.

Other ideas in Universal Design include lowering light switches, using slip resistant flooring such as cork or ceramic tile, and widening doorways to 36”.

Universal Design is all about making sure your home will be as perfect for you in the future as it is today. Implementing this concept in your home design or remodeling project will help ensure your kitchen remains both functional and enjoyable whatever the future may hold.  Stop in to The KitchenWright in Carmel, Indiana showroom and let us help in designing an accessible space for you.

 

So much thought is put into the desired cabinet style that it may be easy to overlook the type of wood used for those cabinets. After all, wood is wood, right? Actually there are quite a few differences between wood species, including durability, grain variation, and color. Let's examine some popular wood choices for cabinetry and their specific characteristics.

Maple has become the favorite choice in cabinetry.  It is desired among families in large part because of its durability and clean, uniform appearance. Paint adheres exceptionally well on this wood species. With the current popularity of white painted cabinets, maple is an excellent choice for today's cabinets.

Cherry - Easily recognized by its deep red undertones, cherry adds an elegant look to any room. Cherry has a fine grain, and its texture is sometimes referred to as "satiny." Though the wood itself is lightweight, it is still considered a durable hardwood that resists scratches. Maybe the most sought after characteristic of cherry is its transformation as the color deepens over time. From a cost perspective, cherry cabinets generally cost more than other wood species.

Oak - Strong and very durable. Oak contains a rich, coarse wood grain which accepts a wide range of stain colors very well. More affordable than other wood options, oak has stood the test of time and has been a consistent favorite for many years. Rift cut and Quarter Sewn are wood cut options often available when choosing Oak.

Hickory - Similar to oak in strength and durability, hickory is known for its dramatic grain patterns. Color and streaking vary greatly, even within a single door panel. Adding to the rustic appearance of hickory are the random pinholes, knots, and streaks of color. These only add to the charm of hickory cabinets and are not considered defects.

Alder- A lesser known cabinet option, alder is considered a medium density wood and is slightly less durable than maple, oak or cherry. With a similar grain appearance to cherry or maple, alder can be stained to look like cherry without the higher cost. Choosing "knotty alder" can add a rustic feel to your room thanks to unique wood grain patterns. wormholes, knots, etc. The versatility of alder can take you from the sophistication of cherry to the rustic feel of a cabin.

Even with this brief rundown of the different wood species and their characteristics, it is always best to go in person and look at various samples in order to fully appreciate what each species can offer. Hopefully, then you can choose the right wood and the right style for your room.

Stopping in our Carmel Indiana showroom to see samples of the various wood species is an excellent way to help determine the best species for your renovation project. We look forward to seeing you.

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