What was your island designed to do?

As a designer there is no greater feeling than a homeowner using and loving their new kitchen that you helped create…  your collective vision came to life… but the worst feeling is a lovely kitchen that is not user-friendly and does not function to its fullest potential.

 

Islands can be used for so many functions in the kitchen… as stand alone activities or as the hub of the entire kitchen… Some of these activities are:

 

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prepping and clean up zones

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cooking zones

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eating – entertainment zones

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and other various zone combinations.

To plan your perfect island in your kitchen consider the following:

1. Space: Make sure you have enough space to properly use the island & function in your kitchen. Make sure your work zones and walkways are space sufficient.

2. Style: The island is a wonderful place to add that “pop of color”, add a different door style to create a furniture feel or that unique “design element” you have been wanting to incorporate into your home.

3. Budget: The wonderful thing about islands is that they can be very economical… a few cabinets and / or table legs and you have a wonderful work space  – eating space in one.

 

2. Make sure your designer adheres to NKBA’s Kitchen Planning Guidelines  to help you create a safe, effective and efficient space. These guidelines address space planning, appliance placement, seating and much more.

 

What's Your Shade of Gray?

What’s your favorite shade? Gray is a versatile hue that can be used on walls, floors, furniture and cabinetry in every room of your home. It doesn’t discriminate with decor either; gray can flow with modern, traditional, transitional or eclectic designs.  Just a few images below to get your creative juices flowing on Gray and where it could work for you!

For Your Kitchen Cabinets………

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For your Living Room Media Center or Refreshment Bar……

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For your Dining Room Hutch……

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Closet Design with Denise Butchko – Shoe Storage – What's Your Pick?

Cubbies Aren’t Just a Chicago Baseball Team – Or Are They? So what do baseball and Chicago have to do with design?  Well, with baseball, I’m not sure yet.

But in reference to design, the answer is a lot. There’s ton of great design and architecture in the windy city and fair amount has been driven by famed minimalist architect Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. If you’ve ever heard the saying that “less is more” – it came from Ludwig.  761615993279b4921105864fb68cc191

Being a Chicago gal, his philosophy and mine are quite harmonious. So, while embellishments are beautiful and I really appreciate and admire the look of a space (say, kitchen or closet) that has base and crown moldings and columns and detailed designs on the doors and drawers, I love simple.

And if you boil down simple into designed closet solutions, in my book, shelves are better than cubbies. They’re also more functional and space-saving than angled shelves.

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And here’s the “science” (Butchko science, that is) behind that:

Lots of people see – and then want – angled shoe shelves.

I can see why.  They’re pretty.  They also allow you to see more of your shoe at a glance, which is a plus.

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The counter sides to pretty are:

-Angled shoe shelves are more expensive than flat, adjustable shelves

-Angled shoe shelves take up more space than flat, adjustable shelving

-Angled shoe shelves can pretty much just be used for shoes – and perhaps magazines – and who stores magazines in their closet? (If you do – I do NOT want to hear about that!)

So if you need to maximize every inch – and/or the client thinks they will re-sell their home in the next five years – I recommend flat, adjustable shelving.

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Regarding “Cubbies” (unless you’re referring to that Northside Chicago baseball team) – the short answer is that I am not a fan. I’m all about being organized (and have said for years that an organized life is easier to live) but cubbies are “over organized”. When shoe styles change and now you have wedge sandals – you can only fit one per cubbie. And what else can you store in those cubbies?

Don’t say magazines. And don’t say “world series titles” either (although in reference to the Chicago Cubs, there’s plenty of space for that!).

I’ve done one – count em – one – master closet with shoe cubbies in my +ten years of designing and that was because the client absolutely insisted.

Just because an idea looks like a good one doesn’t always mean that it is.

So here’s to making your closet designs more effective. And if you’d like to keep learning more, join me in the platform of your choice so we can connect!

Google+ Community – Marketing Interior Design 

Facebook – Butchko&Company

You Tube  – Denise Butchko

What’s that you say? You don’t have a platform of choice? Oh my! Check out some insights on any of mine and get rolling. You’re “burnin’ daylight” as Dr. Phil would say.

About our Guest Blogger: Ms. Denise Butchko

By merging a unique background of custom storage design and marketing, I’m able to share great, industry specific tips to help you with your business, whether that’s designed solutions or social media marketing guidance. I’ve been designing closets for over a decade and serve as a judge for our industry “Top Shelf” Design Awards. I’m also a member of the first graduating class of Registered Storage Designers through the Association of Closet and Storage Professionals. I love teaching and sharing – in person and online – and look forward to connecting with you, so join me on any (or all) of my social profiles.

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Kitchen Remodel of the Day

This beautiful 1930’s Tudor home had charm throughout but the kitchen just wasn’t functional for them. The kitchen had been remodeled in the 50’s and updated in the 80’s and didn’t provide the storage, countertop space or flow they wanted. But with this age and style of home they wanted something that fit the home well and looked like it had always been there. We got to work!

Problems/Challenges:

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  • Kitchen was tight cramped.
  • They couldn’t fit a full size fridge in and didn’t have any countertop space around the range.
  • Not enough storage.
  • Lighting was poor throughout.

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  • The eat in nook while full of character – was too small for their family of 4 and closed off the space. They still wanted an eating area in the kitchen.
  • They loved the leaded glass doors and wanted to find a way to incorporate that into their new kitchen
  • Wanted pantry space.

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  • It was important to keep with the character of the home during the remodel.
  • The kitchen houses 3 doorways, all of which felt very tight and cramped especially since it is a major thoroughfare.
  • A place for a built-in microwave off of the countertop and for wine.

 

Solutions:

  • Opened up the eat in nook to the rest of the kitchen making both spaces feel larger and bringing more light into the kitchen.

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  • Modified the depth of the built-in in the hallway to allow for the range wall to recess, effectively expanding the kitchen.
  • Expanded the openings into the dining room and the hall and repeated the arches seen in the rest of their home.
  • Hanover Cherry Light cabinetry provided a rich warm wood that compliments the style of the home well. Simple Shaker details and crown were used to complement existing woodwork in the home.

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  • A narrow, furniture island provides a great work space and extra storage while not looking too bulky
  • Removed the soffits to bring the cabinetry to the ceiling providing more storage in the space
  • Leaded glass door cabinets on either side of the window retain the character of the old kitchen

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  • Added a shallow pantry with open display area for extra storage that doesn’t look heavy.
  • An angled pantry between the kitchen and nook provides extra storage without infringing on the dining space.

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  • Efficient storage space was important in this kitchen – we added blind corner pullouts, spice racks on the doors, pullouts, a wine rack, garbage pullout and even a compost bin on the back of the sink cabinet door. Tray dividers above the refrigerator organized their trays, platters and casserole dishes.

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  • Under cabinet lights and recessed can lights throughout illuminate the entire area.
  • Messouri Black granite countertops and hand-made subway tile finish off the classic look in their kitchen.

When the project was finished the clients were thrilled with the feel and function of this new kitchen in their old home!

Designer: Crystal Kennedy
crystal@pnwcab.com
503-652-1268

Photographer: Shannon Butler
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503-891-9354

2013 Design Contest Winner – Bathroom – 1st Place

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Beth Atherholt

Fiderio & Sons, Meriden, Connecticut

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2013 Design Contest Winner – Small Kitchen – 3rd Place

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Katrina Hosea

Bee Tree Homes, Jacksonville, Fl

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Houzz Call featuring Royal Complete Home

This week our Houzz Call features our dealer Royal Complete Home located in Sunny Marathon, Florida – – a wonderful, creative group of people – When in Marathon come have a cup of tea or coffee with them and see all your options for your new kitchen!

Inspiration Island – it's time to design

One of the fun things about creating content for the Wellborn Blog is that there are so many wonderful tidbits to share with you. A few weeks we had been sharing Island Designs with Wellborn Cabinetry found on the popular remodeling site www.houzz.com. We found tons of “Unbelievable” designs created with our cabinetry by designers all over the United States and we were very proud to share those with you. For our last post on the series of Islands I wanted to share inspiration with hand drawn perspectives created by one of our Wellborn Cabinet designers. To help you decide your island taste…. layout needs…. space allowances…. etc. So we hope this helps you a little in your island creations.

Island One: A balanced design on the island sink side with the legs on each side – Are furniture legs important to you? Is is important to have areas to display items or will you need hidden storage? Seating at bar height on the back of the island – Is it important for you to have seating at the island? Does your family plan for this to be a gathering spot? The raised bar is a nice touch to hide the sink activity from the hallway coming into the kitchen.mdschycoc2b

 

Island Two: Another balanced design with a raised seating area that shields the island cooking activity from the rest of the home or kitchen space. The raised seating – eating area protects the island dwellers from the cooktop activity to a point. Several things to notice with this design – Storage, Storage and Storage but still with design accents that create a nice design from the column with the corbel, base moulding and the required hood with a decorative onlay.lanoakdrk3

 

Island Three: Movable Table design with butcher block countertop,  minimal storage but “right in reach” display storage at bottom.lanhkynat3

 

Island Four: favorite design of all time – why? This island could be used in almost every space of your home it’s mobile and just enough space to work on and just enough storage with your extra utensils, extra oven mitts and even a space for extra bowls or pans right when you need them. lanchynat3

Island Five: This island rocks – Storage (hidden and decorative) design details like the corbels and base moulding, a full sink and seating for dining!

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A few quick things to remember when designing an island:

1. Know your structure – if you are wanting a sink or dishwasher in your island design make sure plumbing is possible. If you are wanting a cooktop and needing a hood or choosing a downdraft cooktop make sure that is ample room for exhaust either above or below the island.

2. Seating: Try out the three levels of seating that people use at islands: Table, Island and Bar Height. Really think about multi-users, aging in place and what feels most natural to your family. I personally love a kitchen to have a mix of seating heights to accommodate anyone who might be in the kitchen.

3. The Island is an excellent place to show a “little” personality, a “little” pop of color and a whole lot of love!

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Houzz Call – Modern Day Farmhouse

This Modern Kitchen by Synergy Design & Construction featuring Wellborn Cabinet, Inc. is a modern masterpiece!

Everyday more and more of our dealers are discovering Houzz and how easy it is to share their projects with the world. We enjoy seeing our cabinetry being used in such beautiful spaces and in ways we didn’t even consider – that’s the beauty of being a designer – So enjoy our Latest Houzz Call – You Rock Synergy Design & Construction!

For the renovated kitchen and family room, the clients wanted a rustic contemporary style, mixing vintage inspired materials with classic clean lines — as a result, we created a “Modern-day Farmhouse” look for them. The remodeled space includes new hardwood flooring, cabinetry, appliances, granite countertops, tile backsplash, plumbing and lighting fixtures, custom built-ins, and custom ceiling details. We removed the dividing half-walls between the kitchen and family room to open up the spaces and allow for a larger island with seating in the new layout.

 

Houzz Call with Jennifer Thompson CKD

Our Houzz Call of the week is Jennifer Thompson  – Jennifer does an outstanding job of promoting her “brand”  and exhibiting her design ability for all spaces of the home and showing the details of each project.

So we would love to highlight some pictures of a recent project that we have fallen in love with – Enjoy!

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Design Details: 
Harmony Maple Cabinetry  Perimeter cabinetry finish: Glacier Java  Island Finish: Coffee

Island tops are Giallo Victoria granite. Perimeter tops are Silestone: Gray Amazon in Leather finish

About Jennifer Thompson:  Certified Kitchen Designer and member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association and have been designing kitchens and baths for 16 years. I sell Wellborn Cabinets as well as offer 20/20 design services and space planning for all areas of the home.
Services Provided:
Kitchen and bath design, space planning, color and surface selection.