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Kitchen Remodeling

Unique Storage for the Kitchen You May Not Know Existed!

May 19, 2017 |

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), 
  • dated”
  • “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.

Shower Systems For an At-Home Spa

October 24, 2016 |

Who doesn’t want to end their day at a spa, relaxing their worries from the day away? What would happen if we told you that we can bring the spa to your home? There are a number of different shower systems that can provide you with the same relaxing, peaceful feeling as if you just ventured out to the spa!

Shower Heads for Anyone

In looking at shower heads and systems, there are a number of different types: standard wall-mount, top mount, sliding bar, and handheld.

  • A standard wall mounted is directly mounted to a wall in the shower and is typically installed at a height specific to the client’s preference to allow for ease of use while showering. A shower head can range from simple design to elaborate.
  • A top-mount shower head is affixed to the ceiling in the shower and usually best accompanies a rainhead shower to give the full access of bathing in a rainforest!
  • A sliding-bar shower head allows for each user to adjust the shower head height based on their personal preference along a wall-mounted base.
  • A handheld shower can be in addition to the wall-mounted shower head, where it can be removed or stationary depending on client preference as well.

In terms of finishes, typically all shower systems are available in polished chrome, satin nickel, and antique bronze.

Wall-Mounted Shower Head

In the simplest form, a shower can contain a wall-mounted shower head and temperature valve as pictured:

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This allows for a shower head to distribute water and a temperature gauge to have the user turn the dial to the desired temperature and water pressure.

Handheld Shower

A tier above a simple shower head and temperature gauge, an additional item can be added for better utilization from the user, a handheld shower. A handheld shower can be installed in addition to a shower head. This handheld shower can be of great use to clients with children, pets, or just for easier use of water distribution. A handheld shower can exist on either a bar where it has the option to move vertically or can be affixed to a stationary bracket, respectively.

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A popular option for the handheld shower is to have this affixed to the wall with either a stationary or moveable bracket and have an overhead rain head shower:

Alternate Nozzles and Sprays

In further upgrading your bathroom getaway, a shower can have alternate nozzles and sprays for steam and alternate water distribution.

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Feeling Overwhelmed?

We understand choosing the right shower experience can be overwhelming with all of the different options available, so here are a few items to think about to help narrow down the options:

  • Think about your dream shower/bath experience and make it come to life!
  • Adjustability to all users of the shower is key, so if you are on the fence about choosing between a stationary or removable handheld shower, go for the adjustable option so each user is able to customize their spa-like experience
  • If you see a product that breaks your budget, try to narrow down what specific features you like about that fixture and look for those features in alternate models below your budget

Overall, coming home after a hard day’s work is most rewarding if your bathroom space helps you to relax and separate yourself from daily life. So why not have the spa treatment in your own home?

Convenient and Stylish Shower Storage Solutions for Any Modern Bathroom

October 21, 2016 |

Storage space is hard to come by in a bathroom. Even with a recessed medicine cabinet, a linen closet, and vanity space, I still have trouble storing items for daily use. More storage solutions are hidden right in front of your eyes! Focusing on just one area, the shower/tub, we can already point out 4 points of added storage space: recessed shower niche, in shower bench seating, wire baskets, and corner shelving. Check out how you can maximize your bathroom storage below!

Recessed Storage Niches

Recessed storage niches can maximize storage greatly. While updating your walk-in shower and/or tub in your bathroom, we get so excited over the new finish material opportunities but often neglect to design specified storage within the shower for ease of use. Niches are great at accommodating small and large shampoo bottles, soaps, and anything else one needs in the shower. Compared to any other storage solution in a shower, niches do not take up any additional space. A typical recessed niche is 12” W x 24” H. The 12” width allows the recessed niche to fit between vertical studs behind the wall which are typically 16” apart. The typical depth of a recessed niche is 3.5”, which is the width of a wood stud. Niches can range in width and height but should be discussed prior to starting so as to make sure any plumbing or electrical wires are not in the way as well as supporting of cut stud if make larger in width.

Recessed niches should be installed in interior walls compared to exterior walls. Materiality for these niches have to be taken into consideration as well. Niches can be tiled and can be framed with different edges to retrieve a different look. For example:

Metal edges on a niche vs. bullnose tile.

Metal Edges on a Niche

Metal Edges on a Niche

Bullnose tile

Bullnose Tile

 

Recessed niches can also span to large widths such as:

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Wide Niche

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Wire Baskets

Wire baskets can be installed to either corner of the shower. These are meant to provide secured storage for soaps and shampoo/conditioner bottles without them slipping and falling off shelving. This is an alternative to recessed storage niches and pie shelves. These items are typically finished to be rust resistant. The wire baskets allow for moisture to completely escape, allowing for no moisture build up. Wire baskets provide a more contemporary/modern aesthetic to any shower.

 

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Wire Baskets

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Wire Basket

Corner Shelves

Corner shower shelves are an additional alternative to recessed storage niches and fixed wire basket storage. Pie shelves are meant to be installed in the corner of showers and tubs. Unlike the wire basket storage, pie shelves come in a few different materials such as marble, glass, and stone.

Shower corner shelving can come in the shape of a 1/4 pie and triangle size. Typically more 2-3 corner shelves are installed in a shower to allow for ample storage space for multiple users in the shower. A corner shelf can even be installed as a seat and/or foot rest for shaving. Heights for installation of pie shelves are based on their specific users. If you are designing for clients that are shorter or taller than average, it is recommended you install based on the needs of your client. As a point of reference, the corner shelves should be installed within minimum and maximum reach distance for the user, 36”-60” off the finished floor.

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Pie Shelf

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Shower Corner

Shower Benches

Shower benches can become another means of storage within a shower. Typically they need 15” in depth to allow adequate enough space while the seat comes 17”-19” in height from the finished floor. Corner benches are typically installed out of the spray area from the shower head, anchored at 18” from the ground so that feet can be tucked underneath. At this height, this bench can be utilized at a foot rest for shaving or lowered storage for shampoo/conditioner bottles.

Typical materials utilized for shower benches ranges from stone to wood, specifically teak. Shower benches can opt to fold for storage while showering and while not in use can store itself for added space in the shower.

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Stone Shower Bench

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Teak Wood

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Wall Mount Teak Seat

With all these storage solutions possible in just the shower/tub area alone, how can you just choose one? Each offers their own unique solution. When choosing some of these solutions for your bath remodel, don’t forget to consider what you seem to be missing in your current space and what can appeal to all users of the new space!

Indigo Kitchen Design Trend

October 22, 2014 |
Blue Cabinets pack a modern punch with sleek cabinets and warm wood tops.

Blue Cabinets pack a modern punch with sleek cabinets and warm wood tops.

 

 

 

Indigo has been showing up in interior design trends as of late, and paired with the ever popular crisp white cabinetry, rich wood tones, or even contemporary grey tones, this color can really pack a punch!

Depending on what it’s paired with, it can range from traditional farmhouse styles to posh contemporary interiors. Navy blue has always been considered somewhat of a neutral closet to its black color cousin, just check out every professional’s closet. Indigo blue brings a more trendy approach to the classic blue tone,so you can feel assured that using this color won’t be seen just as a fashionable trend that has come and gone, but a sophisticated and modern color choice.  Studies show that as homeowners feel more confident in the economy and housing market, color trends for homes interiors tend to be more mature and carry a sophisticated palette, something that they can grow with years to come. Gone are the days of bright and bold fleeting colors, in with the long lasting colors of black, white, grey, and blue, that can be added to over the course of their lifetime.

Check out a few of our favorite kitchen designs using this deep and intriguing amazing color of Indigo Blue!

 

Indigo Cabinetry

 

 

 

Renovating a 1920’s Normand-Style Kitchen

October 6, 2014 |
Original Floor Plan of a 1920's Normand Style Kitchen

Original Floor Plan of a 1920’s Normand Style Kitchen

An outdated kitchen in a gorgeous 1920’s Normand-style home was in desperate need for a total revamp to bring it into the 21st century. The hexagonal terra cotta floor was uneven and the ceiling light boxes made the short ceiling seem even more oppressive. Fresh white cabinets and streamlined design brought this once dark and crowded space into a modern arena great for entertaining.

A peek at the original plan drawn in 1920 shows the traditional servant quarters kitchen complete with a hearth for cooking, a pantry for dishes/cleaning, a cold cellar storage, and servant stairs. This original layout had been modified by the previous owners, but the structure still posed some issues for this renovation. The old stairs created problems when installing the recessed lights as the structure limited even positioning of the lights. 5” recessed cans were used instead of the standard 6” diameter when the lighting plan grew to include 4 extra lights. The once was cold cellar was framed with the one-and-a-half foot thick exteriors walls to help regulate temperature, which limited options for storage in this area. Keeping the existing walls as is, a shallow pantry was created with a sliding barn door painted in an accent color that acts as pantry storage in a new modern way.

Before and After Modern French Country Kitchen

Before and After Modern French Country Kitchen

With 4 entrances into this kitchen, the cabinetry lines became chopped up with distinct areas for cleaning, prepping, storage, and cooking. A large central island topped with a blended walnut butcher block, accommodates informal dining for 6, and provides plenty of room for prep work.

With the crisp white lines of Shaker style cabinetry, modern stainless steel fixtures and appliances, with a warm grey large scale tile underfoot and a light washed out grey on the walls, this kitchen sets its foot firmly into the modern day and age but lends a touch of its French Country Farm style into its architectural features and accessories.

Before and After of new 48" wide range

Before and After of new 48″ wide range