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 – Islands We Love – Part Three

Designing an island of your dreams has never been easier. Cabinets + Imagination = Island of your Dreams.

Islands can be Permanent or Mobile

They can be Big or Small

You can create Workspaces or Display Spaces

Create that Work of Art designed just for you.

Houzz Call – Islands We Love – Part One

I truly believe that islands in the kitchen are the norm – if you’ve got the space you might just need an island. I love islands a lot – Why?

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Islands are the new kitchen tables of our generation!

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Work, Eat, Cook, Play everything happens there and they are available in different heights, colors, shapes, sizes, storage options, etc….. You can design an island to meet the needs of your family – whatever they may be.

You can design your island your way and it’s the best place to add that “little bit of punch” that you want for your kitchen without shocking the family too much! It’s your personality on display!

We gather photos on Houzz daily to find the Wellborn Cabinet creations by you – creative designs for your clients, beautiful work that we would love to share. (We’ve also thrown in a few of our designs as well.) Enjoy.

So which island design is your favorite? 

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.

Dream Kitchen Makeover

Enter the Dream Kitchen Makeover giveaway for a chance to win your Dream Kitchen!

One grand-prize winner will receive a check up to $12,000 for his or her own Dream Kitchen!

What will your Dream Kitchen look like? 

Traditional?

Elegant?

Modern?

Click Below to Enter and Good Luck!

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National Kitchen and Bath Month – My Budget

The wonderful thing about the kitchens & baths of today is that whatever your budget there are fashion forward options within every price range.  From Cabinetry to Appliances, Countertops to Flooring, Plumbing to Lighting – there is something out there to fit your budget and style.

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The first thing to consider before ever spending money is to know how much you have to spend – plain and simple.

This doesn’t mean that you don’t create those dream files or ideabooks with everything you love, but it is your gauge for all involved to know exactly how much can be spent on what, who and why – no matter how small or big the job.

Guidelines for a Kitchen Budget: Home Value x 15% = My Budget

Cabinets 36%
Countertops 14%
Appliances 12%
Installation 11%
Interior Design 6%
Hardware/Fixtures 6%
Flooring 6%
Lighting 5%
Other 4%
 * 2002 Design Trends Survey Update for NKBA by Sovereign Marketing Research, Fifth Avenue, New York
Tools to help you set a budget range and planning!
Tools to help you set a budget range and planning!

Various References with tips and tools – Enjoy!

Controlling Your Budget

Real-World Budgeting for Bathroom Remodeling

Developing a Reasonable Kitchen Remodeling Budget

 

 

National Kitchen and Bath Month – Getting Started

As a salute to National Kitchen & Bath Month we will feature a blog post everyday with tips, tools and more to assist you along the way as you enhance the beauty, livability and value of your home.

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Tools to help you choose your own style!
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Guides to help you beginning to end!
Tools to help you set a budget range and planning!
Tools to help you set a budget range and planning!
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Links to find the right professionals for you!

So join us everyday as we help you discover your style!

 

Houzz Call – Cabinetry Creations with Wellborn Cabinet

Houzz is an excellent tool for our industry – a wonderful place to showcase your work and gather potential leads & share your customer reviews.

I love to share some of the Wellborn Cabinet Creations I find as I review the site weekly. This week I just had to share a kitchen designed by Cecile Cote – a precious design featuring our Hanover Maple Door Style finished in Glacier White. Even though the color scheme is basically all white – there is a softness about the space  – maybe the open cabinets, maybe the soft colors of the decor or the warm toned wood flooring – whatever it is  – it’s inviting and simply perfect.

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This bright, modern kitchen designed by Nassau Suffolk Lumber’s Cecile Cote features Wellborn Cabinet’s Hanover shaker-style door in Glacier White.