Big Changes & Small Details: Revitalizing Susan’s 1909 Kitchen

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How the Bath+Kitchen team transformed Susan’s 1909 kitchen with contemporary design and functionality, construction work included 

 

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Marissa Shipe, Designer at Bath+Kitchen, pictured in Susan’s new kitchen

Marissa’s expertise lies in material selection and color coordination.

This design and remodel project was completed in 2021 for her mother, Susan.

This project was a special one for our core team, Eric and Marissa Shipe. We designed and remodeled this 1909 kitchen for Marissa’s mother, Susan, in New York. Not only was it a chance for us to create a beautiful space for someone close to us, but it was a wonderful way to mark a pivotal moment for Susan—when she responded well to treatment for cancer.

It was further away from our usual service areas, but our personal relationship with Susan made it comfortable for our team to stay at the house during the construction phase. This phase was extensive, and included replacing all the plumbing, supply lines, and drains for the entire house.

Project scope and design challenges

This was a major design and remodel of a 1909 kitchen, where B+K did everything except the countertops.

The design took about two months and several dozen revisions, mostly to do with color choices. There were also certain design trade-offs to be made, such as forgoing a large cooking range for a smaller one to accommodate a second oven and tall cabinetry. This kind of back-and-forth helps our clients identify exactly what they want, and what they’ll be happy with for years to come.

There were a few things that added complexity to the design process:

    • The new layout, which was going to be an open kitchen with a long and narrow layout; it can be challenging to work with such a space
    • We had decided to remove a non-load bearing wall to expand the kitchen and change the layout, which required us to consider many factors
  • Tip: Any time there’s major construction involved, it’s important to be extra diligent about the design, to ensure all aspects of it work together seamlessly. That’s why we use high-quality photorealistic renderings, like the one shown below (R), to get a clear picture of how everything will come together. 

 

Open kitchen with a long, narrow layout.

Photorealistic rendering of the kitchen, used to finalize every design detail. We offer top-quality, ever-improving design renderings made with state-of-the art software.

Design changes for a new look with excellent functionality

As with all our projects, we poured a lot of thought into every single detail. Here’s an overview of some of the big ones, and a look at how they turned out in the finished kitchen:

1. Cabinetry

Susan’s kitchen had beautiful vintage cabinetry, but the drawers were difficult to use. It was missing the kind of smooth functionality and effortless experience you get with newer cabinetry. That’s one of our top priorities—we work with top-rated cabinetry manufacturers to ensure quality and ease of use for our clients. Here, we chose soft-closing doors and drawers for a smooth experience.

Cabinetry: Old vintage cabinets (L), new custom beaded-inset cabinetry (R)

There was some back and forth on which cabinets to do painted and which ones to do stained, so we looked at a number of renderings before we settled on the final design.

The final choice was custom beaded-inset cabinetry from Adelphi Cabinets. The door style is Legacy. The painted finish is Snowcap (R), and white oak is Acorn (L). As we’re sure you can tell just by looking, the great thing about inset cabinetry is it’s all built as one seamless cabinet.

New cabinetry by Adelphi Cabinets: The painted finish is Snowcap (R), and white oak is Acorn (L)

2. Backsplash

The backsplash tiles are hand-painted. It took 16 weeks to get them made, and our client agrees they are worth it! But what makes them unique also creates irregularities that need to be worked with carefully during installation. Still, we’re always happy to go the extra mile to create something customized and special for our clients!

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Backsplash with hand-painted tiles below a gorgeous, paneled hood

3. Windows

Marissa had a great idea for the base molding and window trims—she opted to do them in blue. We love how this deep, rich color adds contrast and frames the windows beautifully. We also maintained some of the original trim.

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We also put outlets in the window trim, which is an area-specific requirement that needs to be met for a remodel to pass the inspection. This is one reason why working with a trusted remodel company is important: you need to be able to trust that they’re committed to getting everything up to code so you don’t run into issues down the road.

4. Lights

We put in a light above the sink, pendant lights, and recessed lights. Having the lighting on a dimmer switch makes for a customizable experience.

Recessed and pendant lights create task, ambient, and decorative lighting

5. Smart tech

Eric recommends: A touchless faucet with an indicator light that tells you what temperature the water is. He uses one in his own kitchen as well.

For Susan, we put in a touchless faucet by Brizo, where the indicator light turns red when the water is hot, and blue when it’s cold—excellent functionality!

6. Style

With decorative paneling and retaining some of the original window trim, we were able to preserve the charm of Susan’s more traditional kitchen, while giving it a fresh new look and feel.

Susan’s vintage cabinetry (L); New cabinetry with traditional charm and modern functionality.

Getting to the finish line

After a two-month design process, we were ready to start construction in the summer of 2020. Sadly, just as we were finishing the design, Susan was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer. She was treated at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

Susan has responded very well to treatment. Because of that, she wanted to proceed with the remodel in the fall of 2021.

Marissa handled all selections for the project. In addition, to support Sloan, where her mother was treated, Marissa joined Fred’s Team and ran the NYC marathon to raise money. She raised $16,495, surpassing her goal of $3,500.

B+K’s Marissa Shipe, Susan’s daughter, at the NYC marathon to raise funds for the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Construction challenges & delays

There were two factors that made this remodel challenging:

a) The age of the house

This project had several construction-related change orders due to the age of the home.

Conditions were impossible to know without doing the demolition first.  When a project involves demolition, there are usually a few challenges and surprises along the way. These can extend timelines by as much as 3x or 4x. 

To keep delays to a minimum and prepare clients as well as possible, we are careful to note and communicate any additional steps that have to be taken to ensure the job is done right. 

In Susan’s house, one of the biggest challenges was leveling the walls, floor, and ceiling, to help the remodel progress smoothly. These surfaces can be out of plumb, i.e., not level, in many older homes.

At B+K, we don’t believe in skipping steps, because we know any shortcuts will cost you in the long run. So, we leveled the walls for Susan’s new cabinetry to sit right and added floor joints to get the floor to the same level. We also completed vital steps such as sistering and framing to strengthen joists and prevent sagging, which we always recommend.

Tip: Ask your contractor about sistering, and if you need your floors, walls, or ceilings leveled. Many low-ball remodel estimates don’t factor in the costs of these steps; if you skip them, you may not get good, lasting results.

b) COVID-related delays

Remodeling now could be a great idea, especially if you or your family work or study from home. Many of us have been exploring ways to make our homes more comfortable in the past two years.

Read about the growing demand for home renovations: The Remodeling Industry in 2022: Trends & Predictions

​However, remodeling today also requires patience due to current labor and material shortages. While remodeling Susan’s kitchen, we faced COVID-related delays on flooring and cabinetry. In these situations, we keep the process moving smoothly by getting and offering clarity on any supply chain issues that come up.

Typically, until all materials reach the house, we’re in constant communication to firm up lead times and know as soon as possible if there are going to be delays, so we can modify our plans and keep our clients in the loop. Accounting for production issues, we like to put in our orders asap to avoid delays—we’d rather get everything onsite or in our warehouse at the earliest, than have our clients experience delays.

Read Eric’s observations and recommendations in this Washington Post article: What to know about renovating your kitchen during covid’

Learn more about this project: Bespoke Kitchen Design

At B+K, our goal is to elevate your kitchen by enhancing its most beautiful features, while creating a fresh new look and flawless feel. With us, you get the best design recommendations, a smooth experience, and a beautiful, high-quality finish every time.

But we don’t just go by proven expertise and the latest designs—to us, your goals and visions matter most. Through in-depth surveys and guidance, we help you zero in on what you really want, to create a space you and your family will love for years.  

If you’d like us to design your kitchen or bathroom, explore our design packages, which are available for purchase. We are able to ship cabinets nationwide and work with you virtually if you are outside of the DC Metro area.

Have a question for us? Get in touch.

*Please note the total does not include appliances, countertops, and change orders. 
The project also included a powder room remodel.

Color of the Year: 5 Ways to add Pantone’s Very Peri to your Kitchen

The Pantone Color of the Year for 2022 is set to take over: Get ready to see more Very Peri everywhere!

PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri, the Pantone Color of the Year for 2022

Pantone describes Very Peri as having the qualities of the blues with violet-red undertones, displaying a “spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expression”.

For years, Pantone’s Color of the Year has influenced fashion, home furnishings, industrial design, product packaging, graphic design, and more. This year, they’ve taken it a step further and created a brand new color for the first time in its 22-year history: Very Peri. In this blog, we’ll take you through some creative ways you can incorporate Very Peri into your kitchen. If you’re planning a remodel this year, you’ll find some fresh ideas to inspire you here!

Understanding the Very Peri spirit: Why is it Pantone’s color for 2022?

This color was created to represent the hope and possibilities people are looking for in today’s climate, globally. Laurie Pressman, Vice President of the Pantone Color Institute, explains: 

“The Pantone Color of the Year reflects what is taking place in our global culture, expressing what people are looking for that color can hope to answer… Creating a new color for the first time in the history of our Pantone Color of the Year educational color program reflects the global innovation and transformation taking place. As society continues to recognize color as a critical form of communication, and a way to express and affect ideas and emotions and engage and connect, the complexity of this new red violet infused blue hue highlights the expansive possibilities that lay before us.”

Could Very Peri be just the burst of optimism we all need? Take a look at some creative ways to incorporate it into your kitchen this year, and let us know what you think!

How to use Pantone’s Color of the Year in 2022

Whether you’re looking for something subtle or are leaning toward a more eclectic style, there are interesting ways to add exciting colors like Very Peri to your kitchen design. Before you begin, think of your color palette, and see if Very Peri is a good fit.

Adding Very Peri to your kitchen’s color palette

Start by thinking about your color palette. Pantone has created four unique color palettes featuring PANTONE 17-3938 Very Peri to inspire you as well as to demonstrate just how versatile this color is. We’ve included these four color palettes by Pantone in this blog to help you get started, and we’re sure, with the help of a designer who understands your goals, you can explore many more possibilities.

A) BALANCING ACT:

In this palette by Pantone, warm and cool tones complement each other. Very Peri pairs beautifully with each of the other colors. On the whole, we find this palette vibrant yet relaxed.

Color of the year

B) WELLSPRING

If you love greens, you’ll love how Very Peri intensifies their brilliance in this soothing palette. Being in nature, eating nourishing foods, and watching a garden bloom are a few lovely experiences that this palette brings to our minds.

Color of the year

C) THE STAR OF THE SHOW

While Very Peri may not feel like a natural fit among browns and greys, this palette demonstrates that it can be a refreshing presence amidst neutral colors. The classic colors create sophistication and elegance, while subtly nudging Very Peri into the spotlight.

D) AMUSEMENTS

In this bright, joyous, whimsical palette, Very Peri finds colors that can keep up with it. Just like the 2022 color of the year, the other colors in this palette are playful and expressive—perfect to create a space that inspires spontaneity!

Color of the year

We love how these palettes by Pantone demonstrate the versatility of Very Peri, showing that it’s possible (and, if you ask us, encouraged!) to choose combinations that reflect your personality. When you consult a kitchen designer, remember to prioritize your individual taste over the trends, because the goal is to create a space that you feel at home in.  

As mentioned in our blog on 2022 kitchen design, greens and blues are growing in popularity. So, Pantone’s 2022 color Very Peri would make a great accent color this year.

Read: Sleek, Bold, Efficient: 2022 Kitchen Design Trends to Watch

Once you have a palette in place, you can start thinking of specific places where Very Peri would look good.

5 ideas for bringing Very Peri into your new kitchen

Very Peri is not a neutral color that will blend into the background. It has a strong presence. Depending on your affinity for this color, you could add it to your kitchen in bold or subtle ways. 

Keep in mind that trends are a fantastic source of inspiration, but that’s all they should be. Take your final design decisions with:
a) A deep understanding of yourself and your preferences, which a good designer will help you zero in on
b) A long-term view, considering how long you will love the design for, as well as its impact on resale value

So, we recommend using the following ideas to spark creativity and exploration during the kitchen design process, to see if you find something that genuinely appeals to you and your family.

Note: The images in this blog show colors that match or are close to Very Peri—such as periwinkle—to help you visualize what it would look like in your kitchen.

1. Use Very Peri tiles for your floor or backsplash

Pantone’s color of the year, Very Peri, is a cheerful and energizing shade. You can use it selectively to brighten up your kitchen. Need to replace some old floor tiles? Consider geometric patterns in Very Peri. Want a backsplash that makes a statement in your all-white kitchen? Very Peri could be just the color for you!

Backsplash with periwinkle subway tiles, as seen on designtrends.com

2. Liven up your cabinetry with Very Peri

This could work especially well if you opt for two-toned cabinetry. For example, you could have white wall cabinetry with a Very Peri island.

Kitchen island with painted cabinetry in periwinkle. Image: Houzz.

3. Paint your wall(s) Very Peri

Either an accent wall or all the walls of your kitchen can look beautiful in Very Peri, with the right cabinetry, floors, and ceiling. In the image below, Very Peri walls brighten the whites of the ceiling, cabinetry, and stove, creating a calm and cheerful look.

Periwinkle walls in a coastal-style kitchen, as seen on Pinterest.

4. Turn one of your big appliances into a talking point with Very Peri

Periwinkle or Very Peri looks great in a kitchen with white cabinetry and stainless-steel appliances. But if you want to do something unique with this color, think of the appliances themselves. Pictured below is a stunning range paired with cabinetry by Dura Supreme—a top-rated cabinetry manufacturer we work with—to create a truly impressive kitchen design.

Dura Supreme cabinets with the St. Augustine door style paired with a Provence Blue La Cornué 5-burner range. Full story here.

5. Very Peri countertops

They’re unconventional, but that could be what makes them the right choice for you! Very Peri, i.e., Periwinkle countertops may work well in certain kitchens, such as the white and blue kitchen pictured below.

Blue and white modern kitchen with a periwinkle countertop. Image: Design Idea

A few notes on balancing color in your kitchen

Color can transform a space and make it feel larger or smaller, homier or formal, quirky or sophisticated, etc. Aside from the color choice, these effects also come from the way colors and textures are balanced. So how can you create balance using Pantone’s Very Peri? Here are a few easy ideas from us:

1. Bring in more greens: These greens can come from plants, trees outside your windows, accent walls, soft furnishings, and even light fixtures, in line with the Wellspring Palette above

2. Contrast it with clean whites: White dishes, walls, furniture, and cabinetry look crisp and bright against Very Peri

3. Pair it with wood finishes: Wood floors, countertops, cabinetry, and furniture look rich, deep, and warm in a room with Very Peri

Very Peri is just one idea—you can apply the same approach to playing up another color in your kitchen as well. But keep in mind that color can be especially tricky in a kitchen because, as a high-traffic room, it needs to be versatile enough to work for various situations, especially if you have an open plan. In addition, it makes sense for the kitchen’s style to tie in with the overall style of the rest of the house. That’s why choosing colors for your kitchen needs considerable thought, ideally with guidance from an experienced professional

We always recommend thinking about your personal preferences before the design process begins, to develop a clear idea of what you like. That way, your design/remodel team can create something super-customized and perfect for you. 

Ready to get started? Design the kitchen of your dreams with Bath + Kitchen!

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L-Shape Shaker Kitchen $55k to $100k+

L-Shape Shaker Kitchen

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L-Shape Shaker Kitchen

  • Mostly pull and replace, relocate microwave into an island.
  • Add hood above range

Year Home Built: 2015

Features:

  • Cabinet: Plain & Fancy PF Medley Plywood Vogue Maple Custom Enamel Medley Overlay
  • Cabinets and crown to 9’ ceiling
  • Hood: Plain & Fancy PF Medley Plywood Medley Full Overlay Maple Enamel 
  • Countertop: Exotic Marble (Full-Height Backsplash)
  • Thermador and La Cornue Appliances
  • Waterworks Hardware
  • Sherwin Williams Paint
  • Task Lighting
    • Under cabinet lights
    • Lighted power strips

4K Renders:

Features:

  • Cabinet: Plain & Fancy PF Medley Plywood Vogue Maple Custom Enamel Medley Overlay
  • Hood: Plain & Fancy PF Medley Plywood Medley Full Overlay Maple Enamel 
  • Countertop: Quartz Paris Grey
  • Cafe Appliances
  • Ascendra Hardware: PullKnob
  • Sherwin Williams Paint
  • Task Lighting –
    • Under cabinet lights
    • Lighted power strips

Note:  We could go lower than what’s here by doing Bellmont 1600 cabinets or similar. Plain & Fancy is our high-end custom cabinet line.

4k Render:

Reece White Oak Office $13k

Reece White Oak

Reece White Oak $12,657.97

  • Includes Cabinet design and install, Cabinets and Floating Shelves.
  • Lights under shelves not included.
  • Wooden top.
 

Designed by Jerelle Anderson in collaboration with Kat Reynolds

Features:

  • Cabinet
    • Manufacturer: Dura Supreme
    • Cabinet Line: Bria
    • Door Style: Reece
    • Species: Quarter Sawn White-Oak
    • Finish: Coriander
    • Construction: Furniture Board/Wood Grain Interior
    • Edgebanding: Real Wood
    • Drawer: Dovetail
    • Hinge: Blum
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Gloss vs. matte cabinets: What’s right for your kitchen?

You’re about to start your kitchen renovation, and are finalizing your kitchen design. You’ve made all the major decisions, down to color and material selection. The one thing you’re still debating is the finish for your cabinetry—should you choose gloss kitchen cabinets or matte kitchen cabinets?

Decor-minded homeowners usually want their kitchen cabinetry to embody both function and style. Today’s wide range of gorgeous, durable laminates gives you plenty of options, but also makes it challenging to settle on one. At Bath+Kitchen, we try to make this process as easy and pain-free for our clients as possible by explaining the pros and cons of each option and recommending materials and finishes that suit their lifestyle, considering all members of their household. 

In this blog, we’ll take you through some key points we discuss with our clients when they’re trying to choose between gloss and matte finish cabinets.

What are the key differences between gloss kitchen cabinets and matte kitchen cabinets?

Matte cabinetry by Nobilia

Today’s innovative design and high-quality laminates make it possible to achieve almost any finish you can think of. Thanks to manufacturers investing in research and testing new materials, homeowners now have a myriad of options at their fingertips, from flawless high-gloss to perfectly textured finishes.

That said, there are still some important questions to ask while choosing between finishes. Keep reading to learn what they are!

1. How do these two finishes compare in style?

Gloss finishes give the kitchen an expensive, sophisticated, contemporary/modern look. They have a sleek look that works well with clean lines to create a feeling of perfectly polished lightness. We get a lot of requests for high-gloss kitchen cabinets now because they’re more suited to a contemporary-style kitchen with flat cabinet fronts than to a traditional-style kitchen. A gloss finish also helps create a feeling of spaciousness and airiness that aligns well with a contemporary-style kitchen. 

Matte finishes are great for kitchens with a soft look—subtle reflections, soft edges, soft colors, etc. They’re an excellent choice for more traditional-style or country-style kitchen cabinets with either flat or routed fronts, because they help emphasize the wood grain with its subtle color variations. 

To sum up, a gloss finish will give your kitchen an expensive, sophisticated, and modern look. A matte finish is more subtle, soft, and cozy, and works well if your kitchen has a more traditional look. So, consider the style of your kitchen when deciding between gloss and matte cabinetry.

2. How do these two finishes compare in durability and ease of maintenance?

Today, thanks to technology and innovation, you can choose from a wide range of options with incredible durability. So, regardless of whether you choose gloss or matte, you can keep your cabinetry looking brand new for years with proper maintenance.

But there are differences that could shape your decision. Though both these finishes can be water-resistant and durable, scratches and fingerprints show up on glossy cabinets much easier than they do on matte cabinets. If you have small children or pets, high gloss cabinetry will be quite a challenge to keep clean. You could, however, choose to use a gloss finish only for your upper cabinetry, which children and (most) pets can’t reach! On the plus side, if you choose an acrylic high-gloss finish, they are moisture-resistant and UV-resistant, which means they won’t warp or fade easily.

Matte cabinets are typically easier to clean because they are less prone to scratches and fingerprints. If you have small children or pets, it’s probably best to go with matte cabinets. But be sure to check for heat resistance; vinyl laminates can give you a beautiful smooth finish, but some have poor heat resistance. Check with the cabinetry manufacturer or your kitchen designer about small appliance placement—such as electric kettles—and whether it’s possible to add a heat shield or some kind of heat protection.

3. How do these two finishes compare in price?

In general, gloss costs more. Acrylic finish laminates give you that brilliant, mirror-gloss effect, but are quite expensive. However, one thing to keep in mind is the value it can add to your home. If you are planning to rent or sell, investing in this high-end look could work in your favor. 

Matte finishes tend to be more affordable. But that doesn’t mean you’ll need to compromise on quality or look—there is a wide selection of laminates to choose from today, ranging in quality and price. Dura Supreme, a cabinet manufacturer we work with, breaks their door finishes into three main categories—contemporary, painted, and stained. We also work with Plain & Fancy, who will let you customize your color (try out their Custom Color Picker and save your favorites!), in addition to offering an exquisite selection of door styles and finishes.

At Bath+Kitchen, we only work with well-reputed, top-rated cabinetry manufacturers because we want to ensure that no matter what our clients choose, they get high-quality, beautiful cabinetry that they will love for years.

A few more factors to consider

a. Natural light: Gloss cabinetry will magnify the natural light in your kitchen. Matte finishes soften the appearance of the cabinetry while adding depth and dimension. High-gloss cabinetry can make the room feel brighter and larger than it really is; in rooms that don’t have great natural light, this can be a plus.

b. Colorful spaces: Is your space colorful? If so, gloss will reflect those colors in a way that may take away from the sleek look you’re going for. Matte finishes reflect less light than gloss finishes do, so if your kitchen is colorful, it might be easier to keep everything looking clean and uncluttered with matte finishes.

c. Flooring: Is your flooring gloss or matte? You might want to try contrasting finishes, i.e., matte cabinetry with gloss flooring, or gloss cabinetry with matte flooring.

d. Dark or light theme: Are you going for a lighter or darker kitchen? Because scratches and fingerprints show up quickly and easily on dark gloss finishes, matte may be a more practical if you’re going for a dark kitchen. If you’re choosing a lighter look, gloss could be a beautiful choice.

The best choice: The finish that suits your life

There’s no clear winner here, because choosing between gloss and matte kitchen cabinetry comes down to a few factors that are unique to you:

a. Personal style: What aligns best with your personal style and preferences? If you love high-sheen, sleek, modern looks, gloss could be the right fit for you. If you’re more at home amidst softer, cozier, more traditional looks, you may be happier with matte. So, in short, think about what you like to look at and be surrounded by.

b. Lifestyle: Consider members of your household, your schedule, how you like to entertain, and other lifestyle factors. If you have frequent visitors and small children, cabinet fonts that stay looking clean with minimal effort could be your best bet. Instead, if things in your home tend to stay neat and you only entertain occasionally, impressive cabinetry that needs more maintenance could work for you.

c. Material composition of your home: What is the general look and feel of your home? Is it softer and more traditional, or is it bold, sleek, and more contemporary? Think of the materials you use throughout your home, particularly the living room and any other spaces connected to the kitchen, before you make your decision. For example, if your current kitchen has a lot of woodwork or other natural finishes, then you might want to go with matte cabinets so that it all flows together nicely.

When we design kitchens for our clients, our design packages include an in-depth study of their home, lifestyle, goals, the changes they’re hoping to make, and their personal style. It helps us make customized recommendations, rather than simply suggesting on-trend design choices. We focus on introducing clients to exciting, innovative materials and options to help them create the kitchen of their dreams. Ready to design yours? Get in touch today!

Ultimately, deciding between gloss and matte kitchen cabinetry will come down to one thing: personal preference. Remember that a good kitchen designer won’t rush you through the process; instead, they will walk you through every design decision so that you end up with the kitchen you want.

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How To Mix Kitchen Cabinet Colors

Are you having a hard time deciding between three cabinet finishes? Located in Alexandria, VA you’ll find a lovely new kitchen.

Here you’ll see classic white uppers, latte base and tall cabinets, and an oak peninsula. All cabinets are by our popular custom cabinet line, Dura Supreme. The oak cabinets are met to blend in with the floors. The marble tile backsplash ties the white and latte cabinets together.

Have you ever thought of joining your kitchen and dining room? In this kitchen we did. You’ll see how making two rooms into one really opens things up.

When you take down a wall you’re adding space to your house. No longer is the kitchen hidden. If you have a kitchen like this you can entertain and clean. Or clean your kitchen while keeping an eye on your kids.

White & Blue Arlington Kitchen $100k to $150k

White & Blue Arlington Kitchen

  • Kitchen remodel removing a non-load bearing wall, cabinets, counters and fixtures
  • Material selections have a big impact on the final cost. Inset cabeintry, paneled appliances, natural stone, luxury faucets, etc will add to costs.  
 

Materials furnished and installed by B+K:

  • Cabinets
    • Manufacturer: Dura Supreme
    • Line: Crestwood Flush
    • Door Style: Hudson
    • Species: Paintable 
    •  Finish
    • Construction: Furniture Board / Wood Grain Interior
    • Drawer: Dovetail, soft-close
    • Hinge: Blum, soft-close
    • Hood blower insert included from Dura Supreme
  • Countertop: Nuvolato, natural stone
  • Faucet: Waterworks
  • Pot filler
  • Sink: Handmade Single Bowl – ADA
  • Lights
    • Recessed Lighting 4″ , 2700k Waem White
    • Lutron Dive Dimmer Switch
    • Under cabinet lighting
  • Hardware
  • Painting of kitchen area and window trim

Materials provided by Client, installed by B+K

  • Appliances, pendant lights
  • Pleaes note flooring was not included in this project
 

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Cleveland Park Kitchen Design $33k to $41

Cleveland Park Kitchen Design

Cleveland Park Kitchen Design

Designed by Emily Van Der Linde in collaboration with Kat Reynolds and B+K team. 

  • Kitchen cabinet design, cabinets, cabinet accessories only. 
  • Cabinet install, delivery and sales tax included in quotes.
  • Countertops, appliances and cabinet hardware materials and install are not included.
 

Features:

  • Cabinet
    • Manufacturer: Dura Supreme
    • Cabinet Line: Bria
    • Door Style: Hudson
    • Species: Paintable
    • Finish: Classic White
    • Construction: Furniture Board/Wood Grain Interior
    • Edgebanding: Color Matched PVC
    • Drawer: Dovetail
    • Hinge: Blum
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Features:

  • Cabinet
    • Manufacturer: Dura Supreme
    • Cabinet Line: Bria
    • Door Style: Carson
    • Species: Paintable
    • Finish: Classic White
    • Construction: Plywood/Wood Grain Interior
    • Edgebanding: Color Matched PVC
    • Drawer: Dovetail
    • Hinge: Blum
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The Remodeling Industry in 2022: Trends & Predictions​

Are things looking good for the remodeling industry in 2022? Short answer—yes. The demand for home renovations continues to grow, along with several interesting trends, which we will talk about in this blog. 

One thing to keep in mind is the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic; it shaped trends across industries, including the remodeling industry. It has had a strong influence on the way people design their homes, especially their kitchens and entertainment areas. Prior to the pandemic, many people used their homes primarily for rest at the end of a busy day or week. Now, people are using their homes as places to work, recharge, and entertain. And they’re remodeling their homes to better support their new lifestyles, priorities, and wellness goals. That’s why we’re seeing a growing interest in open living spaces, outdoor entertainment areas, and well-appointed kitchens. 

At Bath+Kitchen, we specialize in bespoke design and custom-build services that help our clients personalize their spaces, down to the last detail—which is precisely what more and more homeowners are looking for. Increasingly, we’re getting specialized requests from clients, indicating that they want more than just standard features, and we’re happy to offer creative, cutting-edge solutions via top-rated manufacturers such as Nobilia, Bellmont, Durasupreme, and more

Aside from the decisions people are making during the remodel process, in line with their changing preferences, we’re also seeing changes to the design and remodel process itself. Also, there are many factors beyond the control of the homeowner and the remodel firm—lead times and labor shortages, for example—that you will want to keep in mind if you’re looking to upgrade your kitchen. To find out what homeowners like you are choosing and to learn how remodel firms are supporting their needs, keep reading!  

What’s going to shape the remodel industry in 2022?

Here are 7 trends we expect to see more of:

1. There will be more high-quality renderings in the design process

Above: 4K definition render by BPK, created for a client
Below: HD render by BPK, created for the same project

Many remodel firms, Bath+Kitchen included, introduced or refined their virtual design consultation services when in-person home visits weren’t a safe option. Since then, digital renderings have become more popular, as people began to recognize their value for both the remodel firm and the client. These renderings make it possible to give project estimates without a site visit. At BPK, we create high-quality renderings that help our clients see how their preferences all come together, so it’s easy to spot things that don’t work and make adjustments accordingly.  Renderings give people the opportunity to see different layouts, finishes, appliances, and fixtures before they make any permanent decisions. This leads to more successful outcomes, which is why we offer 4K Resolution Renderings in our Premium 4K and Ultra 360 Design Services packages. Now, we also offer 3D animations, taking these renderings to the next level.

Renderings also make it possible for clients to see different variations of the same design in detail, so they can choose what suits their preference and budget best.

Read: Remodel Review: Waypoint vs. Dura Supreme Cabinetry

That’s why we’re likely to see more and more kitchen remodel companies switching from traditional methods to renderings, or at the very least, using them more often in their design process.
Tip: Request renderings with your top cabinetry options, so you can compare before you choose one.

 

2. Investment in home improvement continues to climb

Per www.statista.com: The value of homeowner improvements and repair expenditure in the United States from Q1 2015 to Q1 2021 with forecast for 2022(in billion U.S. dollars)

Over the past year, we’ve seen a growing investment in home improvement. The demand for kitchen remodels, in particular, has been increasing at a steady pace over the past few years as homeowners realize how much value a well-designed kitchen can add to their homes. During our consultation process, many homeowners like to discuss how to make changes strategically to boost the resale value of their homes. This is one reason the remodeling industry in 2022 is likely to do very well. Tip: When planning your next remodel, request a professional opinion on how to enhance your home’s resale value.

3. Millennials are graduating from DIY to pro

After getting their feet wet with repainting and other DIY projects, millennial homeowners are now bringing professionals in to help them customize and improve their homes. This is likely to make them a top contributor to the remodeling industry in 2022. One reason is that millennial homeowners are looking to make their homes more personalized. As frequent users of apps such as Pinterest and Instagram, these clients tend to see a lot of design inspiration on a regular basis, and know what they like. They have many ideas to discuss, so it’s important for the design team they work with to help them zero in on what they actually want. 

Another reason millennials may prefer professional help now is the time and cost investment; many DIY projects, if not planned and executed well, can add up and become expensive in the long run. Going the professional route may be the more time- and cost-efficient option.
Tip: Choose a kitchen designer who is receptive to your ideas and considers what you need, rather than going by standard features and trends alone.

4. Millennials’ increased focus on wellness could spell success for smaller markets

For a multitude of reasons, including the option to work remotely now, many millennials are looking to invest in homes outside urban areas. As they seek better work-life balance and a more active, healthier lifestyle, millennials are looking for opportunities to move away from city homes and office buildings. For many, wellness is a “daily active pursuit”. Because they have a strong influence on trends across industries, we’re likely to see more interest in homes away from city centers, which is great news for smaller markets within the remodeling industry in 2022.

5. Lead times continue to be unpredictable due to supply chain and labor shortages

According to this New York Times article, “the shortages have been exacerbated by a home renovation boom that defied the recession. In 2020, as the U.S. economy fell by 3.5 percent, spending on home repairs and improvements rose more than 3 percent, to nearly $420 billion, according to Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. Since March 2020, monthly online spending for home improvement products and appliances was, on average, 74 percent higher than pre-COVID levels.”

In short, there’s a renewed interest in renovating their homes, together with the labor shortages that have resulted from the pandemic’s impact on the economy. As a result, contractors, designers, and other service providers involved in the remodel process are struggling to meet demand, which is adding to the longer lead times. As BPK’s Eric Shipe explains in this Washington Post article, it helps to choose materials based on lead times. For example, “consider more affordable laminate cabinets, especially given long lead times for painted and stained cabinetry”.
Tip: Being patient will save you a lot of stress right now, since the wait lists for contractor availability and access to raw materials and appliances are longer than ever.

6. There may be more interest in CRM software to make the most of the increased demand

A good CRM will help with various functions such as Client Tracking, Contract Management, Project Management, Quotes/Proposals, Sales Pipeline Management, and Scheduling. This can make a business more efficient and prepared for great opportunities. For remodel firms, good CRM software can help meet growing customer expectations and needs. It can help automate routine tasks as well, such as sending out automated emails to clients and contractors that remind people about upcoming deadlines and due dates.

For businesses looking to grow within the remodeling industry in 2022, a good CRM can help significantly by making it easier to keep track of current clients, prospective clients, and leads.

7. Interest in wellness design and sustainability will keep rising

“It’s no surprise that many wellness features were associated with homes selling faster than expected,” said Zillow home trends expert Amanda Pendleton, commenting on recent home sales. Flex spaces, outdoor living, smart features – these are all things that align with clients’ wellness goals. Here’s a look at wellness features that Zillow says, after examining over 220 features and 1.4 million home sales in 2020, helped boost prices:

  • Steam ovens: 4.9% sale premium
  • Hot tubs, inground spas and Jacuzzis: 1.7% sale premium
  • Zen gardens: 1.5% sale premium
  • Smart/touchless toilets: 1.0% sale premium

Tech upgrades and redesigned spaces can also boost resale value. The remodeling industry in 2022 will be heavily influenced by consumer preferences in line with wellness-focused design. This will extend to sustainable building materials, smart home technology and energy-efficiency. So, we’re likely to see more sustainable building materials such as bamboo and cork flooring, as well as recycled steel, brick, and glass. Smart homes will include smart glazing, smart lighting, smart security, and home automation. For greater energy efficiency, clients may be interested in solar, geothermal, LED lighting, smart thermostats, heat pump water heaters, and high-efficiency appliances.

Main takeaway for homeowners: Things may take longer, but your options are growing

Remember, with good design and planning, you can get a gorgeous kitchen within your budget. If you’re looking to give your kitchen a makeover, we offer a full suite of bespoke design and custom-build services. Our process is designed to take the guesswork out of your remodel and guide you every step of the way. With our team, you can rest assured your vision will be understood clearly, ensuring that you get the right colors, materials, and styles to suit your preferences, budget, and practical needs. Bath+Kitchen’s goal is to craft you a new kitchen that will give you the aesthetic and experience you dream of!

Ready for your next remodel? Reach out to our team.

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