Straight from the Kitchen Faucet

For the kitchen with everything: the Blue Water Systems from GROHE. What could be more convenient and refreshing than pure, chilled and sparkling water straight from your kitchen faucet? download GROHE Blue Chilled and Sparkling System first filters the impurities from ordinary tap water, then cools it to the perfect drinking temperature and serves you either still, lightly sparkling or full sparkling water directly from the faucet. images These systems are not cheap and retail over $4,000 but think of the long term savings in not purchasing bottled water. In the end your wallet may thank you and the environment surely will! images (1)   Happy Passover and Easter to all,

Laura

Baronial Splendor

From time to time, I like to share specific projects one of CCW’s designers has worked on. Ray recently completed a major restoration of a kitchen that takes your breath away. The home was built in the 60’s by a couple who wanted to reproduce a château they stayed in on a trip to France. The entire house has an old world charm that makes you forget you are in Upstate New York. The owner wanted to carry that château inspired look into a completely remodeled kitchen with an added wow factor. We achieved that with size and substance and the smallest of details. The cabinetry is Brookhaven, with a Springfield recessed door in natural cherry with black glaze. Counter-top is a beautiful granite.

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The magnificent hand carved corbels and accents throughout add intricacy while the custom drop down ceiling panel over the island and custom wood hood add a baronial flair. There are two islands as well as a wine bar which accommodate their guests very comfortably. In keeping with the home, the overall effect is one of grandeur, but at the same time modernized to feel accessible and welcoming.

Until next time,

Laura

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Pull-Out Trash Give-Away

One of my pet peeves is the kitchen garbage bin. I am a very firm believer it has no business being out in the middle of the kitchen floor, but rather belongs neatly nestled in a pull out trash cabinet. Let’s face it, a garbage bin, no mater how sleek, is an eyesore.

That being said, I recognize that the pull-out trash cabinet is an option that adds cost to a project. So CCW wants to help!

Place your cabinetry order with CCW by April 15th and get either one of these popular options absolutely FREE!

Please note:
Cabinetry order must be at least $3000 to qualify for this promotion.
Promotion applicable to new orders only.

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Owl’s Nest

Occasionally a very special project comes along when the work CCW does is a part of a much greater whole. That was the case with Rob and Paul’s complete transformation of their home in the woods, Owl’s Nest. The finished home is simply spectacular, an oasis of modern, clean design surrounded by nature’s glory. Every inch was thoughtfully considered and elegantly realized.

One of our senior designers, Amy Van Wie, got to work with Rob and Paul on the kitchen. She designed a clean and simple layout in keeping with the open floor plan of the house. The cabinets are sierra on maple veneer. The refrigerator and dishwasher are paneled for a sleek, sophisticated look and who wouldn’t love to prepare a meal on their 48” Wolf?

Owl’s Nest is a one-of-a-kind property, something very special indeed.

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Rift Cut Veneer

An explosive trend is the popularity of rift cut veneer. Available on a variety of woods, the process produces a modern straight, striped grain appearance without any flakes.

One of our senior designers, Ray, worked with a client to design this uber sleek vanity in rift cut veneer. Obeche, wood from a tropical tree in Africa, is peeled into rotary veneer, color selected and dyed under pressure for color consistency.  Layers are then glued into a large rectangular block. It is then framed and recut-sliced into veneer sheets.

The result is a sleek, modern feel…perfect for bath and kitchen upgrades.

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Remodeling on the Rise

Kris Hudson wrote an interesting piece in the Wall Street Journal this week, hi-lighting the increase in remodeling spending. In fact homeowners doled out an astounding $130 billion in 2013 for renovations.

While remodeling is on the upswing, new home construction is softening a bit. As Hudson points out, “Rising spending on remodeling is in contrast to recent signs of slowing in new-home construction activity, indicating that a growing number of consumers have decided that upgrading their home might be a better investment than buying a new one.”uccellini 1

This week two trade shows geared at the remodeling and home building market kick off in Las Vegas: the International Builder Show and the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show. The combined attendance is expected to exceed 80,000, the highest since 2008.

Of course the first room folks look to renovate, and the room that most significantly influences resale value, is the kitchen. But as you start to think about the possibility, do yourself a favor and live in the moment. Ask yourself what changes you would like to create your dream kitchen. Stay faithful to that dream and the economics will follow.

Laura Naughton

Winter Blues

Well the winter blues are not only a depressed state, eagerly awaiting the first signs of spring. The color of the sky and sea, blue can produce a calming, tranquil setting that just might brighten your spirit until the crocus break through the last patches of snow.

A perfect color for all areas of the home: living room, bedroom, kitchen and bath. Go ahead and introduce it boldly with strong painted walls or deep blue tiles…or try it as an accent against neutral tones of beige and grey.

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