No doubt you’ve seen elements of the latest design trend in stores, magazines, and perhaps even your own home, but you may not have known exactly what to label it.
When my fiancé and I were hunting for the perfect wedding venue, we trucked to and fro touring many spaces, much to his detriment. We had our, “eureka” moment, much to his relief, in a former factory and immediately snagged the space.
At the Cork Factory Hotel, we were greeted by a sprawling, brick building complete with too many windows to possibly attempt to count and an old factory stack loomed overhead. The history of the building lingered in the air. We were sold. But we had a difficult time explaining the style to our family and friends. It wasn’t a traditional country club, grand hotel, rustic barn or garden party soiree. A style that has no name? Our design team here at dRemodeling had no trouble classifying the style and have been seeing it slowly spread from former factories into everyday homes: Vintage Industrial.
Turns out, the Vintage Industrial style hearkens back to the hustle and bustle of the Industrial Revolution, when the factories were full and efficiency was king. These buildings were constructed with a unique utilitarianism largely dictated by safety concerns and the lack of newfangled technology like electricity. A plethora of uncovered windows flooded the space with abundant natural light, perfect to complete their tasks. The fear of fire led to open floor plans, flat roofs, simple decor and a raw space consisting of exposed brick, ductwork, beams and piping.
Fast forward to the early 20th century when engineers and inventors merged artistic and scientific values. This, “intelligent furniture” was comprised of items from their original resources. These pieces were stripped of everything superfluous, thus only leaving raw elements as the building blocks of furniture, fixtures, and overall design aesthetics. The style then made the jump from warehouse to office space due to its economical practicality.
In more recent times, long-abandoned factories and warehouses were finally given new purposes and new life. Former factories and warehouses in urban areas converted to hip, loft-style condos led to the rise of, “industrial chic” design. It’s no surprise that this no frills, edgy look slowly trickled into both commercial and residential spaces. The look is simple and clean with a focus on function, which is a reflection of the olden workday life and the machinery used.
But how can you incorporate this urban style into your own home? The designers have some quick tips to take your space:
- Unmask The Illusion
Your foundation IS the foundation of this style. To achieve this behind-the-scenes look, consider exposing wood beams, piping, ductwork and brick in your space.
- Reinvent The Wheel
Think outside the box and make creative use of materials. Try using vintage lockers to solve storage problems or old piping and wood scraps to create custom, DIY shelving.
- Go With The Flow
Create an open floor plan. Need more definition? Let industrial pieces define the
purpose of each space.
- Keep It In neutral
Fill the space with subdued and muted tones that let the materials in the space speak for themselves.
- Mix It Up
Combine equal parts cold concrete, textured brick, weathered wood, and lustrous metal. Stir well.
As for me, now that I know more about Vintage Industrial style, I’m thinking about incorporating some elements here and there in our own home. How about you?
In the meantime, check out these great industrial pieces for kitchen and bath:
Our design team takes you on a tour from the rolling hills of Virginia and Maryland, to the rolling assembly lines of the Waypoint parts and assembly factories.
As designers, we strive to stay up-to-date not only in the world of interior design, but also in sales, marketing, new products, and new technological innovations for our industry. We are driven by the desire to create and are constantly searching for new outlets of inspiration.
So when the dRemodeling design team was invited to the Waypoint Living Spaces training and factory tour, we became driven to create the desire for our office manager to approve of the 3-day trip across Winchester, Virginia; Columbus, Maryland; and Allegheny, Maryland. Waypoint is a premiere cabinet manufacturer line that dRemodeling carries here in our showroom. Where better to achieve inspiration and advance our technical knowledge than to be immersed in the rolling hills of Virginia and Maryland and the rolling assembly lines of the Waypoint parts and assembly factories?
We shared this trip and learning experience with other designers and dealers from Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Going into the experience, we were unsure of exactly what to expect. We were hoping that we would have the opportunity to finally meet some of the Partner Team face-to-face and also get a better understanding of their management process.
But we were most excited to see how all of the cabinetry pieces come together as we toured the facilities including the 1 – Winchester, Virginia headquarters where all of the orders were processed, 2 – Cumberland, Maryland factory where the unfinished wood pieces were profiled, constructed, and finished into the doors and face frames that would then be shipped to the 3 – Allegheny, Maryland factory where those pieces were assembled into the cabinetry boxes and shipped out to the consumer.
Hello To Headquarters
We started off our trip at their Customer Service hub in Winchester, Virginia – a 3.5 hour drive from Philadelphia. We were introduced to the key members of the Partner Team and were finally able to put a face to the names that we contact almost daily to inquire about the status of our cabinet orders. The team was so welcoming!
They started with an icebreaker to get the conversation flowing, which throughout the trip could have included anything from a history of apples in Winchester via a PPT presentation, to a casual discussion of a local rock climbing spot in Cumberland called Seneca Rocks – truly fascinating stories – look it up if you are interested, but we digress. Understanding how they are able to manage and handle 350 +/- calls and 750 +/- emails a day provided me with a new perspective and appreciation for the short hold time (Goal of <60 seconds), and email response (Goal of < 4 hours). All of the calls and emails were monitored on a digitally projected screen, so everyone on the floor could track and monitor them.
They walked us through the building, explaining each department’s role. Walking through the sea of cubicle-like desks all personalized and decorated with photos, plants, etc., you could tell everyone was working hard and genuinely enjoyed their job. But what impressed us the most was their commitment to great employee interactions. The team of employees at Waypoint were not only coworkers, they were family!
From there, we reviewed the Waypoint Website, Ordering System, and Marketing. A Specialist from the Partner Team introduced us to Waypoint’s Online Style Quiz and Cabinet Visualizer. This is a fun and interactive tool that helps us narrow down a client’s design style. It is definitely a great tool we will start incorporating while working with our clients.
Under Construction In Cumberland
The second day, we visited the door and face frame assembly factory in Cumberland, MD. The sheer scale of the building was a marvel in itself, covering 9 acres under roof, let alone all the processes that were in place to maintain cleanliness and organization. In fact, our feet were killing us by then end of the tour, even with comfy shoes on!
The organization was beyond compare. Everything had a place, and was clearly marked with color-coordinated (for lack of better descriptor) chalk outlines on the floor. Oh yeah – that orange trash can is supposed to go in that orange, trash-can-shaped outline of the floor. This walking tour gave us a once-in-a-lifetime view as if we were on the, “How It’s Made” show on the Science and Discovery channel.
We saw the process for profiling, constructing and finishing the doors and the face frame of the cabinets first-hand. The finishing process for paint and stain was also fascinating to watch – all done mechanically by undulating and rotating machines for a “factory finish.” We ended the night at a new location, the beautiful Rocky Gap Resort located on the Rocky Gap State Park. Getting to marvel at the neighboring mountains and lakes enveloped in fall foliage was an unexpected perk on our Waypoint journey.
Assembling In Allegheny
We watched a quick safety video and we were off to the 2nd tour! Upon entering the doors, we walked through some of the plant’s inventory (would you believe only a 3-day supply of cabinetry is stored here) and on through to their assembly lines. From this point on, our jaws never ceased to close.This facility took all of those parts and pieces and assembled, packaged and shipped to the consumer. It was pure amazement to watch these employees construct a full-blown cabinet under 10 seconds while handling 400 degree adhesive glue!
Amidst immense rack aisles of finished doors, employees were offloading the packed doors in a seemingly unorganized fashion. However, we later learned that this was a thought out system – each door had a scannable tag that was recorded into a numbered and coded slot, allowing all of the doorstyle and finishes to be loaded into the most available slot.
This detailed system allowed the pickers (picking doors for an assembly) to be guided by an audible system to the oldest available door in the racks, while not being crowded together in the same area. After the cabinets were assembled, they were boxed and loaded into the trucks guided by labels indicating their load order and stackable location in the truck – finally they are shipped!
Shipping Back To Philly
Overall, we were very impressed by the facilities and management of the Waypoint Living Spaces brand. This trip was definitely an eye-opening experience. Throughout the process we were able to see first-hand the commitment of all of the employees to the quality of both their service and products. We think that the personal face-to-face communication with the Waypoint Partners has given us the insight to better communicate our ideas and issues with them for our clients, and getting the firsthand look into the construction process will allow us to better educate our clients. Waypoint strives for quality, their goal is for value. They offer a limited selection of products, but the products that they do produce, they have down to a science.
Visit us in our Showroom at 4229 Ridge Avenue or give us a call at (215) 848-4444 for more info on Waypoint cabinets or remodeling your home!
So, before we begin our discussion about your Kitchen Remodel, I’d like to ask ..
“What made you decide to remodel?”
This is typically the first question we ask/have asked all of our previous and potential clients before going in depth into the scope of their kitchen projects. The client is usually is eager to tell us about the project specifications and often is taken back by this initial question.
Allowing them to take a step back and consider the reasons they have reached out, clients may pause and reflect and then give various reasonings. We often hear:
“My current kitchen is:
- “not my style” (some might even refer to their current space as flat out ugly),
- “one that I would like to enhance because I just recently moved in”
- “ready for an upgrade”
- “not functional”
- “falling apart”
– are many answers we typically get. (All perfectly understandable reasons!)
However, the most underlying complaint or concern the majority of our potential client’s have, which we hear over and over again, is they describe is that there is a lack of space.
Is lack of space in the kitchen a problem you face as well?
Regardless of the size of the space, here at dRemodeling, we would like to offer you with options that you may have never previously considered as space savers to fit to your specific needs and wants in a functional space.
What if I told you that some of these storage design solutions we can offer are ones that you didn’t know existed, let alone couldn’t live without? Yes, I know, I know, that is a much exaggerated way to put it but have you ever discovered something that you didn’t realize how you got this far without having? If the answer is no, then possibly this is your *moment*.
While every client is unique in their wants and needs for storage and cabinetry in their kitchen, one of the greatest benefits and advantage about working one on one with one of experienced designers is we get to know you specifically.
Do you utilize spices every single day? Do you recycle large amounts weekly? How large is your collection of pots and pans? The list goes on and on about what makes a client unique.
The remodel and design/build of your kitchen is entirely custom to you. Yes, let me say that again – regardless of working with a team of professional, expert & award winning designers, the biggest decision in a full remodeling design/build of your kitchen is left entirely up to YOU – so…we’ll let you decide – which design cabinetry/storage solutions are ones that you may not know you needed.
Storage Solution Pantry via dRemodeling
The Concealed Column
Have you ever wondered where to store all those cookbooks you’ve collected throughout the years- none of which you are ready to part with? We know that you might need those at a moment’s notice when in the kitchen! This idea will transform a decorative column into an adorable and stylish little cabinet to store your items!
This Hidden Storage Idea by Better Homes & Gardens
The Doggy Disguised Design
Grab some extra storage in a location now no one is going to discover even if they leave no stone unturned. That small space under the lower cabinets of your kitchen, also known as toe-kicks are surely worth not neglecting. In fact, you can do a lot with it and turn them into little storages for you or your puppy!
This Hidden Storage Idea by Better Homes & Gardens
The Clever Clean-Up
Did you ever imagine that a narrow gap where a drawer fits can work as an awesome spot for placing a roll-out paper towel, while ensuring sure no additional space on your kitchen counter top gets occupied? Just grab a quick sheet for on the spot cleanup!
This Hidden Storage Idea by Diy & Crafts Mag
The Private Panel
What wet bar is complete without – you guessed it – liquor! While it is nice to display the top shelf items – what about the bottles that don’t want to necessary have out all the time or even if you want to keep private. Instead of putting them in a cabinet underneath the “good stuff” what about the option of a roll out tall pantry cabinet, accessible on both sides – that blends right into the custom look.
This Hidden Storage Idea by Cascade Restoration
And, here’s just a few more –
This Storage Idea via a Spicy Perspective
This Hidden Storage Idea by Better Homes & Gardens
Roll Out Under Cabinet Storage Bins via The Family Handyman
This Pull – Out Cabinet Organizer via Galleon PH /
This storage Idea via Diamond Cabinets
This Hidden Kitchen Storage Solution by Country Living
This Hidden Kitchen Storage Solution by Country Living
This Corner Cabinet Solution by Architecture Designs
Storage Design via Duitang
Storage Solution via HGTV
So when working with dRemodeling, we would not only like to hear what you would like us to do to help build/design to make your life easier but also help to create some options that you …….. Yep that’s right, didn’t know you could live without.
Now we’re officially entering the hot season, expect the stifling heat to make it even harder for you to consider slaving over a sizzling stove! But then again, people who live in 100-degree weather all year round do cook, don’t they? And the look on your little ones’ faces when they rush into your kitchen to see what smells so good – that’s certainly worth a bit of toiling, isn’t it?
Being in the remodeling business for a good chunk of time now, we know that no kitchen project is the same as another, as all clients strive for a unique look – and come to our expert designers to achieve it. The kitchen remodel job we’re sharing with you today required a particularly aesthetics-oriented approach – and the end result, you’ll agree, reflects our commitment to the client’s vision.