Dealer: Creative Design Construction, Northvale, New Jersey
Design Goals and Details: We had a blank canvas to work with in designing the bar for our clients, as it was incorporated in a full scale renovation of the basement. The focal point of the space features a custom wet bar with raised granite to create a dramatic space for entertaining family and friends. It includes a beverage center, ice machine, and plenty of additional seating for guests. The bar features the Hanover door style in Cherry, highlighted with an Espresso finish. We incorporated glass upper cabinets to show off the client’s stemware and achieve the modern vision the client’s hoped for.
Before we dive into our Design Contest Winner post for this week – I wanted to recap and highlight some key elements to remember about our design contest and the wonderful extras that can come from winning – not just the money – even though that is pretty awesome too!!!
Our Yearly Design Contest has several different categories; Large Kitchen, Small Kitchen, Bath and Other Rooms – you can pretty much enter any space designed with Wellborn Cabinets. Each category has to follow the same guidelines for submission and design guidelines for the spaces that are being designed.
To me one of the greatest aspects about our design contest is the professional exposure that you as a designer can gain by simply entering your design work. Your winning designs could be featured in all of our marketing efforts; publications, websites, advertising, training, and social media. With the digital world we now live in – – – your work could be visible on a “global platform”!
So remember that when you are designing and building your portfolio consider entering your designs – you never know – you could be a “Wellborn Design Contest Winner” too!
Now it’s time to learn about Maggie Burns and the “Opportunities” she faced in designing for the Terry Family. So enjoy her design story.
Opportunity: How to integrate the awkward corner space left over after building on a new family room addition. A home addition provided the client and his family more space to entertain and relax in. However, the rear of the existing home, when opened up to the new space, became an awkward pass through.It was too small for a furniture seating group, but too large to waste as a hallway.
The solution was to build an entertainment bar, which would enhance entertaining, and highlight the space as a point of interest. We nestled cabinetry into the angle of the corner, and designed a radius bar that would curve gently out into the room. Angling it served two purposes. It kept it compact, as well as introduced it frontally to both spaces, further blending them together.
Opportunity: The homeowner wanted the cabinetry in the new spaces to closely match the home’s existing cabinetry. Matching existing cabinetry is almost always impossible, but because we were around a corner from the existing kitchen, we used the Wellborn door style (Bedford Square Poplar finished in dark) that most closely resembled that in the rest of the home. We also used the same dramatic granite, Oceanic Bordeaux in both areas to tie them together. The result is that as you move from one area to the next, the differences are imperceptible.
Opportunity: The client wanted this project to not only be functional, but very unique and conversational. We decided to offer something that was unexpected. The client wanted a flat screen television in the rear wall, but we decided to mount it under two way glass, so that when not in use, it was still an elegant mirrored bar. He loved that he could change the whole feel of an event by just “turning on the game.”
Opportunity: How to trim the curved bar wall. We ordered Wellborn finished panels, Wellborn matching stain, and flexible base molding from a building supplier. The 3/16” panels curved around the half wall, and the flex molding was stained to match and applied over the panels.
A great design that took a unused corner what was seen as a waste of space and turned it into a focal point of this great family room addition. Great design work Maggie Burns and kudos to your installation team on the island!!!
You have your new island, peninsula, breakfast nook or getaway!
You have bookmarked thousands of bar stools sites and pinned all the bar stools in the universe but you just can’t seem to make a decision on the right stool for your space.
Well I have compiled some tips and pictures to help you a little with the decision making process!
First and foremost three things: You will probably repurchase stools before other furniture; consider the space itself and the users of the space! Bar stools tend to take more abuse than any other sitting furniture in the home so don’t be alarmed if you find yourself wanting new stools – sooner after the purchase than expected!
Depending on your space and users you might even want to mix materials and heights to create a space that works for all that use your space but also is your style alone!
Mixing Heights is a great Way to add Interest & allows more people to use your kitchen space! Counter & Table Height Shown Here
Tip #1: To ensure just the right bar stools begin by measuring the height of your counter, bar, or table.
Tip #2: Allow between 10 to 12 inches between the bar stool seat and the bottom of the counter or bar.
This will ensure that your bar stool fits under the counter, bar or table and leaves you with plenty of leg room.
Tip #3: Stool & Bar Heights Guide
24-inch Bar Stool:24″ stools are the perfect height for a 36″ bar.
26-inch Bar Stool:26″ stools are the perfect height for a 38″ bar.
30-inch Bar Stool: 30″ stools are the perfect height for the standard 42″ bar/counter top.
There should be about 26-30 inches between the centers of each bar stool.
This gives people enough personal space. When you factor this in with the length of your island, peninsula or table, you will know how many bar stools you can have in that space.
It is also important to think about all the activities that will be occurring in this space!
SPACE is so IMPORTANT!
Material Types of Bar Stools
Wood bar stools –(buy wood touch up)
Metal (Steel, brushed steel, chrome, iron) bar stools
Leather, Suede, Vinyl, Micro-fiber, Stain-Resistant Fabrics or non-upholstered (How do you clean?)
Back or Back-less bar stools
Arm or arm-less bar stools
Adjustable, swivel, tilt or fixed bar stools (Do you need child friendly?)
So many types of materials to choose from remember to first consider the style of your space and where the bar stools will be used.
When it comes to the style of your space – just one simple question:
Do you want the stools to complement the space? or Stand Alone?
Remember bar stools can be great accent furniture pieces not just a place to sit!