Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Drama Class

This is an article that I want to share with you. It's about a project I did awhile ago thought you would enjoy see it. http://trendsideas.com/ViewArticle.aspx?article=10962&region=4

Individual accent

This is an article that was done some time ago, but I thought I would share with you. http://trendsideas.com/ViewArticle.aspx?article=11693&region=4

Gather Round

This is a wet bar project I did a few years ago. I thought I would share it you. http://trendsideas.com/ViewArticle.aspx?article=10870&region=4

Bathing Beauty

I thought I would share one of my favorite bathroom projects. I'm very proud of this project not only for the award that it won, but I truly enjoyed the client and had alot of fun and it was a challenge to make the clients' dreaam to to life. http://trendsideas.com/ViewArticle.aspx?article=12335&region=4

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A diary of a small kitchen part 2

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      The second step in this process is taking the clients wants, needs and incorporating them into the design. Here is a drawing of what is going to be proposed for the new kitchen layout. We have moved the range to a new location giving each side of the range a nice landing area. The client wanted a wood hood that could be a focal point of the new kitchen. The sink is staying in this same location, but the dishwasher is changing sides. A microwave drawer will sit on the other side of the sink. The refrigerator gets a new home as a standalone furniture piece that reminds the client of an old ice box.
      In keeping with the style of this 1930’s home the client decided to go with and inset door style in a white paint. The refrigerator will be in a medium tone walnut. Here a few elevations that shows the new location of appliances. This kitchen before was not functional, now the new layout gives the homeowner more function and a 2 cook space if needed when family come home to visit. The clients had a vision for the space, but were unsure of exactly what could be done. The designer looked at the space as a blank slate and made the adjustment to the layout so the cook had designated areas to prep, clean and cook. There is one more area that needs addressing which is not shown in the elevations, and that is a built-in hutch that is original to the home. Once the designer and client make the final decisions how they want to incorporate this in the new look we will show you the final look chosen.

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     Now the next phrase is to finalize all of the product selections and move into the ordering phrase. With the cabinetry materials and appliances selected the client and designer will move to the smaller details, such as counter top material, splash, sink, faucet, and hardware. If you remember the floors are remaining as they are hardwood that will be refinished in a darker, brown color that will work better with the walnut stain of the refrigerator.
    Part 3 will document the demo and install of this project in the coming months. If you have any questions about this process, I would be happy to answer them. Anyone going through this process right now, I would love to hear about your experience. Maybe the next person can learn from others going through this process. I hope this helps people considering a project or someone that's in the process and just needs reassurance that the end result will be worth it. Good Luck!

Sincerely Yours
Angie Keyes CKD

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Want a Better Working Kitchen?

        When I start a project with a client I gather a great deal information.  This makes guiding the client though the design process move smoothly. I have found over the years that a check list or survey really helps both the client and myself, decide what the scope of the project should be. Then once we have a direction I can guide the client to the next stage of the process. Here is a check list I ask clients starting a kitchen project.
  1. Do you have appropriate landing space next to or adjacent to appliances?
  2. Is there sufficient counter space for you to spread out and work?
  3. Do appliances doors interfere with walk ways or other appliances?
  4. Do you have sufficient storage? 
  5. Does the traffic flow work for you and your family?
  6. Are walkways wide enough?
  7. How do you cook? Do you bake?
  8. Where do you do prep work? Who does the prep work?
  9. Is a second sink for prep needed?
  10. How do you clean?
  11. How do you shop?
  12. Who uses the kitchen? 1 or more cooks?
  13. What type of appliances are you considering?
  14. Do use the kitchen for other activities?
  15. Do you need seating in the kitchen?
  16. Do you need  a family friendly space?
  17. Do you entertain? formal or casual?
  18. How many small appliances do you have and where do you storage them now?
  19. Do you have enough pantry storage?
  20. What do you like about the existing space?
  21. What do you want to change?
  22. What style and materials are you considering?
  23. Do you have any pictures of things you like?
       These questions are just a sample of information gathered by your designer, that will help you get the kitchen that will work for you! Make the most of your kitchen and you will enjoy your space for years to come!


Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Budget Blunders- How to Avoid- Part 1

      The first blunder most consumers make is cabinetry. Cabinetry is the foundation of your kitchen. They need to last and stand the test of time. Inexpensive materials will look at great and seem to operate the same, but they will not hold up over time and use.

       How do you determine what your needs are when selecting cabinetry? Well, in depends on who's doing the looking. The men out there tend to look for options and features. A guy after my own heart, because I personal look at function first then the looks, probably my inner engineer speaking to me. Women usually look at door style and color first. Of course there are always the exceptions out there but this has been my experience.

      Look for the options and door styles and colors that appeal to you. There are many different cabinetry companies to choose from and in many different price points. Just be sure that when you compare them, you compare apples to apples for a fair comparison. This means options they offer, colors, finishes, and construction of the boxes and drawers. Some offer standard features and some are upgrades.

Grabill Cabintery
   Here are to rooms that feature this cabinet line.

     This cabinet company offers a few different levels of pricing. You will find that usually is the case. What's nice about that is you can mix the levels to customize them to your own budget and still achieve the style and features that are important to you.

       This line also carries many different finishes and styles. Again each cabinet line offers their take on a style and finish along with the options they offer. This particle company falls into the semi-custom to full custom offerings. As I said before just make sure you do an honest comparison between the cabinetry you are looking at. This is an investment in your kitchen or bath project and one that needs to stand the test of time.

Good Luck in your shopping.
Sincerely Yours
     Angie Keyes CKD