The Most Requested Storage Solution

Written by Mark IV Wednesday, 30 May 2018 1:29 pm

Pull-out waste and recycling bin cabinets were the top-rated storage solution in a recent survey of homeowners undertaking a kitchen renovation. This does not surprise us because of the heavy lifting recycling and garbage bins perform in a well-designed kitchen. Many of our customers prefer pull-out options to floor standing alternatives for the following reasons:

A Kitchen Essential: Your Guide to Cutting Boards

Written by Mark IV Monday, 21 May 2018 9:07 am

A large wooden cutting board is a kitchen essential. Here’s why. Almost everything that must be prepared for a meal starts at a cutting board. The first consideration is safety. That’s why you want a wooden cutting board that is at least 14 inches wide by 20 inches long. The bigger the better, because you want to have plenty of room on your work surface. When space is cramped, the likelihood of knife injuries increases dramatically, because you often have to adjust the slicing motion or hold your hands in an awkward way, writes food expert Becky Kristal in The Washington Post. Another reason for a large board is to keep

The Details That Matter

Written by Mark IV Thursday, 17 May 2018 11:46 am

Small details can create extraordinary value in the design of a new kitchen or bath. When we meet with homeowners we want to know how they currently use their kitchen. We want to know if they entertain frequently, host family gatherings or cook regularly. We learn the style of furnishings, accessories, flooring and wall covers throughout the home to determine clients’ preferences. We gather as much information as we can to help us exceed our clients’ expectations.

When we design a kitchen we divide the space into areas for food preparation, clean up, and if there is sufficient room, dining. Many of our clients want an island. They are great for food preparation, can double as a dining table and often serve as the focal point of

The Art of Placing Cabinet Hardware

Written by Mark IV Monday, 07 May 2018 2:30 pm

Cabinet hardware is the jewelry of the kitchen. It helps you make a unique design statement and create the look and feel that you desire. Hardware placement should not be an afterthought. When we design new spaces for our clients, we always review hardware placement to assure that the finished product makes them smile every time they enter the room.

The most common placement option is to center hardware in the middle of the drawer front. Centering provides a pleasing and symmetrical aesthetic, but its functionality may not be optimal especially on bottom drawers. Many of our designs feature a mix of styles where we specify slab fronts for the top drawers and more decorative styles for lower drawers. The look is a less formal style and one that is

Everything Including the Kitchen Sink

Written by Mark IV Tuesday, 01 May 2018 10:24 am

Studies indicate that homeowners spend up to 50% of their time in the kitchen in front of the sink. Today’s kitchen sink has become a multitask center. The kitchen sink is used for washing and rinsing dishes, cleaning vegetables, soaking pots and pans, bathing the baby, dying hair, getting hot water from the instant hot and just plain hand washing. The list goes on and on.

Most of our customers come to the showroom thinking they know exactly what they want in their kitchen sink. Generally it’s whatever they’ve had in the past because it’s the sink they are comfortable with. Once our customers see the options available they can become overwhelmed. It’s our job to educate our customers so they can make

A Guide to Cabinet Terminology

Written by Mark IV Wednesday, 25 April 2018 11:31 am

Kitchen design typically begins with cabinet selection. There are an almost unlimited number of options, and there is unique nomenclature that manufacturers and designers use. Here’s a guide to some of most popular cabinet terminology.


Cabinet Construction

Framed Cabinets

Framed cabinets have rails and stiles that form the face frame at the front of the cabinet box. The frame is attached to the door front giving the cabinet extra strength and dimension. Common door types found on framed

Are You Open to an Open Floor Plan?

Written by Mark IV Monday, 16 April 2018 8:46 am

As designers, we’ve witnessed the transformation of kitchens from the place where meals are prepared to the epicenter of the home. Designs have become grander, space has become larger, and the look and feel has become more personal because the kitchen has been transformed into a place of pride that is intended to project a personal statement of style. Many of our clients want their new kitchen to serve multiple functions ­– central gathering place, meal preparation area and entertainment center among other roles. We often suggest open-concept

Guidance For Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen

Written by Mark IV Monday, 09 April 2018 12:10 pm

It’s Spring (well, at least the calendar says it is…). Though we have been plagued by snow this winter and late coldness, spring will come! The weather is starting to change a little bit, and the aroma of spring flowers will soon be in the air! Spring also is a traditional time for organizing your home. The annual writ of Spring Cleaning not only provides a more enjoyable home life, it also can help improve your mood, decrease stress levels and enhance creativity, claims Psychology Today magazine.

An organized kitchen can make meal preparation more enjoyable and could help