Category Archives: Cabinets

Lake Tahoe new construction rustic modern home

Rustic kitchen, hickory cabinets, leathered black granite counters, wrought iron fixtures and lighting, real rock veneer back Splash, clerestory windows, hard wood flooring
Rustic kitchen, hickory cabinets, leathered black granite counters, wrought iron fixtures and lighting, real rock veneer back Splash, clerestory windows, hard wood flooring

This was a new construction spec home in Lake Tahoe, where the investor wanted a rustic (but updated) feel. So I used real stone veneers for the backsplash, rustic hickory cabinets and a black leathered granite counter. All wrought iron accents in the lighting and hardware helped achieve the look.

Rimrock master bath

As a designer/ specifier for new home construction, I get given a blank slate to work with. The architectural plans just have walls, windows and doors. In designing the layout for rooms like the kitchen and master bath, I can suggest window or door changes in order to complete a more usable, functional or aesthetic space.

Rimrock kitchen 3

With the direction of the homeowner, or in this case the investor, telling me the general style they want to achieve, I set out to specify fixtures, fittings, lighting, cabinets, counters, tile, paint and architectural details from inside to outside of the home.

Rimrock master bath 2

I convert the architectural plans from DWG files to my Chief Architect program and then design the layout of the kitchen. My program allows for 3D color renderings so the clients can see the direction I am taking as I go. All the while, I am keeping close tabs on the cost of the items I specify to stay in the price per square foot budget I have been given.

I think this project turned out pretty well.

Rimrock hall bath

Rimrock  2nd hall bath

Rimrock powder room

Kitchen Cabinet Guide….. Pros and Cons of Local Custom cabinets vs Semi Custom Manufactured cabinets…..

Many of my clients ask me…..”which is better, having local custom cabinets made or purchasing one of the well known semi-custom manufactured brands”? Well, I’m sorry to say I do not have an easy answer to this question. Both have their advantages and disadvantages and I usually ask a series of questions to find out which would be better for each client. Some people do a lot of research before hiring a designer and they have already decided on a well known cabinet manufacturer. Other times, my clients have a friend of a friend who had their cabinets made locally by a custom cabinet builder.

Yorktowne/Medallion cabinetry
Yorktowne/Medallion cabinetry

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Kitchen Design trend forecast 2014

I hate the word Trend! However, there is no better single word to explain a new progression towards a particular trait in design. So…. trend it is. I have been writing for years about not filling your kitchen with upper cabinets. I have always loved the open airy feel of having big windows with open shelves. The open space helps give a relief to the eye and keeps the space from looking top heavy. Plus it’s just cool! Another thing I am in love with these days are old pantries or hutches with lots of glass uppers. This gives the same open airy feel, because you see whats on the shelves, not just wood doors.

Yorktowne/Medallion cabinetry
Yorktowne/Medallion cabinetry

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Little things you can do to your old “in need of a face lift” kitchen cabinets to make them look unique! DIY Quick Fix

Changing the center panel of your cabinets can make an old kitchen look new again.

Another DIY idea for the small budget (short of doing a new kitchen design) that has big impact is to spruce up your old dingy cabinets, for the time being, by popping out the center panels of the wall cabinets and replacing them with any number of the decorative products mentioned below.  Or you can just paint the center panel (if it is flat) with a chalkboard paint to add an artistic and interesting place for art or grocery lists etc.. If you decide to replace the center panel with any hard material like glass, sheet metal,  lattice,  embossed metal tiles or resin panels, just to name a few, you will need to remove the cabinet door from the hinges first. Continue reading Little things you can do to your old “in need of a face lift” kitchen cabinets to make them look unique! DIY Quick Fix