Having a large kitchen may be a popular choice for most homeowners, but I still fall in love with small kitchens that sparkle with efficiency and style. One of our clients has been looking to increase the efficiency within his small kitchen, and below are a few tips I have been offering for his design:
Define the Space
Don’t try and make a small kitchen serve too many functions. For instance, eliminate or move the junk drawer, and don’t make the kitchen serve as a place for bills, junk mail, homework assignments and odds and ends. If your object is to make it a cooking center, concentrate on that goal. If possible, allow some seating, even if it’s just a couple of stools pulled up to a counter for guests. It’s always great to have some company in the kitchen.
Use a combination of built-in storage pieces with several free-standing pieces and open shelving. While standard kitchen cabinets may make good use of space, top-to-bottom built-ins can often make a small kitchen feel a bit claustrophobic. You can use closed cabinets underneath counters and utilize open shelving, storage bars, hooks and pot racks on top. By incorporating some open storage, your kitchen will be convenient for the cook who likes to make a quick grab for a needed pot or utensil.
Clear Counter Surfaces
If surface is limited, don’t leave the microwave, coffee maker and toaster on the counter. Consider keeping the appliances on a moveable industrial cart, on an open shelf or in a pantry cupboard. It’s also a good idea to decide if you really need each of these appliances. So, if you only use your bread machine occasionally, store it between uses in a bottom cabinet, a countertop appliance garage or in a storage area outside the kitchen.
Posted in Convenience, Cooking, Countertop, Design, Kitchen, Trends
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"As the 'heart of the home', your kitchen plays an important role in the lives of your family."
The sentence above was the first I typed onto this blog one year ago today. Over the past year, I have enjoyed sharing design projects from Columbia CabinetWorks’ experienced team and the latest trends in home renovations. To be honest, I was a little nervous about starting a blog. With so many other home remodeling and design blogs online, I questioned if my two-cents even mattered. Now, I look back and am thrilled that our design team has provided the most current styles and trends for homeowners. Whether you’re looking to update your kitchen, create an oasis within your bathroom or design an unique stand-alone piece, you have been my inspiration.
To celebrate our one year anniversary for the blog, checkout the top 5 articles our readers have enjoyed:
- Redefining the Butler’s Pantry
- Designing the Kitchen Backsplash: Part Two
- Tiling Your Bathroom
- Rethink the Bathroom Sink
- Kitchen Hutches
Again, thank you for taking the time to experience CCW’s talented and dedicated team of designers who continue to bring their energy, creativity and passion into your home.
It’s that time of year again and the Saratoga Builders Association is bringing you the 16th annual Showcase of Homes! Starting September 17th, the Saratoga Builders Association shows off the area’s finest homes built by contractors and designers within the Capital Region. For the next three weekends, you can tour beautiful homes and explore the latest designs in high-quality furnishings and fixtures, as well as the latest building techniques and products. This year, the event will showcase 19 new homes throughout the Saratoga area, including the towns of Greenfield Center, Malta, Moreau, Ballston Spa, Halfmoon and Wilton. I’m super excited for this year’s Saratoga Showcase of Homes to see the area’s design talent, and because I will be one of the judges!
Saratoga Showcase of Homes Link
Tickets for all 6 days are only $20 per person, and free for children under 12. Also, the proceeds from the 2011 Showcase of Homes event will support Rebuilding Together Saratoga and Habitat for Humanity of Northern Saratoga, Warren and Washington Counties. You can purchase your tickets online or at various locations around Saratoga. Looking forward to seeing you there!
I’m thrilled to announce the launch of CCW’s new and improved website! You will still find many of the popular sections like the product gallery, but we have also added some new sections we hope you love as much as we do!
The Resource Center is a super helpful new section as it offers homeowners an opportunity to learn important and interesting insights about kitchen and bathroom renovations. We have also added a section on the Design Process which provides a step-by-step guide to the process from initial consultation through installation!
I welcome you to tour our new site, and please feel free to let us know what you think. Don’t forget to explore CCW’s Design Portfolio to witness our experienced team’s talent and creativity. This may be my favorite section of all!
Columbia CabinetWorks New Website
Posted in Bath, BrookHaven, Convenience, Kitchen, Welcome, Wood-Mode
Tagged bathroom, cabinetry, design, home, kitchen, renovations