Cabinet & Countertop Inspirations

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 bathroom where you can implement Universal Design and demonstrate that functionality can also be stylish.

Here are some of the ways to bring this design concept into your home’s bathroom.

  • Open space is ideal as it allows for greater mobility. For example, you need 5 feet of open space for a wheelchair to make a 180 degree turn. Obviously, not every bathroom will be able to accommodate this, but the idea is the more available open space, the better.

          

  • Wall mounted sinks or floating sinks are both attractive and stylish while also providing needful open space underneath.
  • Taller toilets, ranging in height from 16-18 inches, can be much more accommodating than those in a standard size. Look for the option of a “no slam” lid when available.
  • In terms of the shower, there are a number of ideas to keep in mind. For starters, a curbless shower, which has no rim or lip on the floor, is an excellent option as it removes what could be a potential tripping hazard. Installing both a shower bench and a hand held shower head will make the shower usable for all age demographics while also providing elements of safety and convenience. 

          

  • Grab bars are excellent safety features for all ages, yet they have the reputation of looking unattractive and institutional-like in appearance. Today’s grab bars come in a variety of designer styles, allowing them to integrate seamlessly into your bathroom décor.
  • When choosing faucets or controls, consider single lever style. They are the easiest for all hand sizes and strengths to operate. This is also true when choosing door handles.

  • Slip resistant tile is a must in a bathroom with universal design. An appropriate choice would be either a non-glossy ceramic tile or a unique mosaic. The more grout lines you can add, the safer your floor will be as they will provide more texture and better grip when wet.

Working with a knowledgeable designer will help create bathroom space that will be both beautiful and functional for years to come. Please give The KitchenWright a call if you would like to learn more about Universal Design.

 

   It’s finally here- spring!! The gray of winter is being replaced by the vibrant colors that accompany this beautiful season. Maybe this burst of new life outdoors has you thinking about adding some new life indoors, perhaps in the form of a kitchen remodel. It’s an exciting prospect to consider, but it’s also a wise idea to do some homework first.

 Here are some thoughts to ponder before diving in:

Your home’s architectural style. Use what you see on the outside of your home as a guide for the inside. Try to keep the entire home…both the outside and the inside… a cohesive unit. For example, when considering features such as cabinet doors, think in terms of which style would best represent the appearance of your home. This type of cohesiveness adds to your home’s overall appeal.

Your likes AND dislikes. Start a collection of photos from magazines that show examples of design ideas that appeal to you or achieve the desired look. Along with magazines, don’t forget about internet sites such as Houzz and Pinterest, both of which are great sources of design inspiration. Be sure to also keep handy some pictures of spaces you don’t like as well.

 

Your family’s routine. Take some time to consider how you already use the space being remodeled and areas where you would like to use it more efficiently. Think about everyday routines like where you place the mail or charge cell phones and tablets. You can design space into your home to handle items like these. Keep paper close by and write down any frustrations you have with the current space as well as any “must haves” in your remodel.

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Your color preferences. A remodel is a great time to consider a new color that complements your home’s already existing color scheme. Pay attention to your surroundings and look for colors that you like or draw you in. Purchase paint samples and try them out on a wall in your “old” space. This will allow you to see the color throughout the different lighting of day.

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Your appliances. If your remodel will include the purchase of new appliances, choose them sooner in the remodel stage rather than later. Do not leave them as a last minute consideration. If a considerable amount of time has passed since you last looked at appliances, you will find there are more features to offer a consumer than ever before! Deciding which appliances will be used in your remodel is necessary to ensure the design incorporates their requirements such as dimensions and utility needs. 

 

With these thoughts in mind, you can begin the exciting process of planning that perfect kitchen remodel and bringing new life inside your home! Give us a call, or stop in our Carmel, Indiana showroom to start adding new life to your home.


 

If you have looked even casually at kitchen cabinets, you already know that there are more than a few options available to you in everything from style to color. Another option to consider is the choice between Inset, Full, or Partial Overlay cabinet doors.

   Inset Cabinet Doors are set into the cabinet frame and fit flush with the face of the cabinet when closed.  Since the door is flat with the rest of the cabinet, a door pull or knob is needed to open the cabinet. With this type of door, the hinges can either be concealed or exposed. Inset cabinets are desired by many for their smooth, clean appearance, but there is a price to be paid for the look and quality of inset doors. That price is between 15-30% more than overlay doors. Beyond the increase in price, there are a couple of other things to keep in mind with these doors. Cabinets with inset doors provide the smallest amount of storage space, making the storage of large items sometimes difficult. Also, the expansion of wood caused by high levels of humidity can sometimes cause rubbing to occur between the door and the frame. A couple of examples of inset cabinetry are below.


 

Full Overlay Doors give a similar appearance to that of inset doors without the higher cost. They completely cover the cabinet face, providing the flat cabinet front so desired in inset cabinets. Since they are not set inside the cabinet frame, full overlay provides the greatest amount of storage with ample room for items such as pots and pans. Double doors in full overlay style come without the vertical stile on the face frame which allows for even better storage capacity and easier access of stored items. With only 1/4th of an inch between cabinet doors, pulls or knobs are needed.  Here are pictures of full overlay cabinet doors.

Partial Overlay Cabinets are the most common and least expensive option for your kitchen. The door sits on the cabinet face, leaving a “gap” of usually 1-1 ¼ inch between the doors, allowing the face frame of the cabinet to be seen. No hardware is required with these cabinet doors as there is finger space on the sides of the doors in which to open them. Though a more traditional look, cabinets with partial overlay doors are still a popular choice and a good option for many kitchens, especially if cost is a factor. Below is a church kitchen that utilized Partial Overlay doors.

   Whether you go with the classic appeal of partial overlay doors or opt for the more custom look of inset, your kitchen is sure to bring you years of enjoyment because it will reflect your style. There is no right or wrong choice- there’s just YOUR choice. Make it one that you will be satisfied with for years to come and you won’t go wrong. Stop in our Carmel Indiana kitchen design showroom to see examples of all three styles.

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