What it Takes to Become a Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer (CKBD)

While looking for a kitchen designer or full-service remodel firm, you may have come across designations such as ‘CKBD’ or ‘AKBD’. Wondering what these certifications are and if they’re important for your kitchen remodel? We’ll break it down for you!

At Bath+Kitchen, our clients love working with our designers for a myriad of reasons, including their passion, professionalism, knowledge, quality of work, and attention to detail.

Each member brings a wealth of experience and unique strengths to our team. As a premier kitchen and bath design, remodeling, and custom cabinetry specialist in Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, we pride ourselves on providing exceptional service and expertise to our clients.

But what drives us together is working to meet high industry standards, in line with our NKBA certifications. 

At Bath+Kitchen, our design team is led by NKBA-certified designer Kat Reynolds. In this blog, we will discuss the benefits of working with Certified Kitchen and Bath Designers (CKBD) to bring your kitchen to life.

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The CKBD certification represents a high level of professionalism and proficiency in the industry, ensuring that your project is in the best hands. From understanding the latest trends and materials to crafting functional and beautiful spaces, a CKBD designer can make your remodeling experience smooth, efficient, and enjoyable.

In this blog post, we will explore what it takes to become a CKBD. We will discuss the rigorous process, the qualifications required, and the benefits of working with a CKBD-certified professional. Whether you’re a homeowner looking to hire a designer or an aspiring designer seeking a prestigious certification, this post will provide valuable insights into the world of kitchen design excellence.

Let’s dive in and discover what it takes to achieve the coveted CKBD certification!

What is a CKBD-certified designer?

A Certified Kitchen and Bath Designer (CKBD) is a professional who has demonstrated exceptional expertise and skills in designing kitchens and bathrooms.

This prestigious certification, awarded by the National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA), requires designers to meet rigorous educational and experience requirements, as well as pass a two-part comprehensive exam. To qualify, a candidate must be an NKBA member in good standing.

CKBD-certified designers are trained in the latest industry trends, materials, and technologies, ensuring that they can create beautiful, functional, efficient, and fully-customized spaces for their clients. By choosing a CKBD-certified designer, you can trust that your kitchen and bath projects will be handled with the utmost professionalism and care.

Another valuable certification awarded by NKBA is the Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer (AKBD) certification. This credential recognizes professionals who have a foundational understanding of kitchen and bath design principles and industry standards.

To obtain the AKBD certification, designers must complete a series of educational courses and pass a comprehensive exam. Clients can trust that an AKBD-certified designer possesses a strong knowledge base and is dedicated to delivering quality work.

Qualifying for a CKBD certification

A CKBD is a highly skilled professional who has met the rigorous qualifications set forth by the NKBA to ensure expertise in kitchen and bath design.

The CKBD certification represents a designer’s commitment to excellence and dedication to staying up-to-date with industry trends and best practices. To become a certified kitchen designer, candidates must meet the following qualifications:

1.  NKBA membership: Candidates are required to be NKBA members in good standing.

2.  Education: Aspiring certified kitchen designers can come from a range of educational backgrounds, which will determine how much experience or NKBA-approved education (see chart below) they will need in order to qualify. The NKBA lists these four CKBD candidate categories:

  • Allied Professional: NCIDQ Certificate Holder or Registered Architect
  • Post-Secondary Education: Master’s, Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree or Diploma in Interior Design or Architecture.
  • Post-Secondary Education: Certificate in Interior Design or Architecture.
  • Alternative Pathway: No degree, diploma or certificate in Interior Design or Architecture.

This education requirement ensures that designers have a solid foundation in kitchen and bath design principles, materials, and technologies.

3.  Experience: CKBD candidates must meet a certain number of years of full-time kitchen and bath design experience. The number will depend on their education requirements. At least two of those years should be dedicated to full-time design work, showcasing their ability to handle various projects and clients.

4.  Exam: To obtain the CKBD certification, candidates must pass a two-part comprehensive exam that tests their knowledge of design, planning, construction, and project management. Part one is multiple choice, and part two is a kitchen and drawing. This exam ensures that certified kitchen designers possess the skills and expertise required to design high-quality, customized spaces in line with current best practices.

By meeting these qualifications, certified kitchen designers demonstrate their commitment to providing exceptional service and delivering high-quality work. Clients can trust that their kitchen and bath projects will be in the hands of a knowledgeable and experienced professional, ensuring a smooth and successful remodeling experience.

Maintaining a CKBD certification

Maintaining a CKBD certification requires ongoing professional development to ensure designers stay current with industry trends, technologies, and best practices. The NKBA mandates that CKBD-certified professionals complete a minimum of 20 hours of continuing education units (CEUs) every two years.

These CEUs can be earned through NKBA-approved courses, workshops, seminars, or other industry-related events. By fulfilling this requirement, certified kitchen designers demonstrate their commitment to staying updated in the field, ensuring they continue to provide clients with exceptional service and cutting-edge designs.

Why is it important for kitchen designers to be certified?

We believe, to create beautiful, functional, and efficient spaces tailored to the unique needs and preferences of each client, kitchen designers must have a commitment to excellence and up-to-date knowledge of trends, technology, techniques, and more.

Obtaining a certification, such as the CKBD, is a significant way for designers to showcase that commitment to excellence, professionalism, and industry standards. There are several reasons why it is important for kitchen designers to be certified:

1. Expertise: A certified kitchen designer has undergone rigorous training and education, ensuring they possess a comprehensive understanding of design principles, materials, technologies, and industry trends. This expertise allows them to create custom kitchen designs that are not only visually appealing but also highly functional, maximizing the use of space and ensuring the kitchen meets the specific needs of the client.

2. Experience: To become certified, kitchen designers meet a stipulated number of years of solid experience. This experience requirement ensures that certified designers have handled a wide variety of projects and clients, honing their skills and knowledge in real-world settings.

3. Professionalism: The certification process, including the comprehensive exam, demonstrates a designer’s commitment to professionalism and adherence to industry standards. Clients can trust that a certified kitchen designer will handle their project with the utmost care and attention to detail, ensuring a smooth and successful remodeling experience.

4. Continuing education: Certified kitchen designers are required to complete ongoing professional development to maintain their certification. This commitment to continuing education ensures that they stay current with industry trends, technologies, and best practices, enabling them to provide clients with cutting-edge designs and the latest innovations in kitchen design.

5. Client confidence: Hiring a certified kitchen designer provides clients with a sense of confidence and trust, knowing that their project is in the hands of a knowledgeable and experienced professional. This trust can lead to better communication, smoother project execution, and ultimately, a higher level of satisfaction with the finished product.

6. Networking and resources: Certified kitchen designers have access to a network of industry professionals and resources through organizations like the NKBA. This network can be invaluable for staying informed about the latest trends, products, and technologies, as well as for connecting with other professionals for collaboration or referrals.

7. Ethical practices: Certified kitchen designers are bound by a code of ethics and professional conduct, ensuring they adhere to the highest standards of integrity and professionalism. This commitment to ethical practices provides clients with peace of mind, knowing that their project will be handled with honesty and transparency.

While many uncertified professionals may be highly-competent, a certified kitchen designer typically provides clients with a higher level of service, ensuring that their kitchen remodeling project is executed seamlessly and exceeds expectations.

Risks of hiring a contractor or remodel firm without certified designers on board

Hiring a contractor or remodeling firm without certified kitchen designers on their team can pose significant risks to the success of your kitchen renovation project.

Without certified professionals, the team may lack the necessary expertise and experience in kitchen design, leading to subpar results and potential issues with functionality, aesthetics, or building code compliance. Uncertified designers may also be unfamiliar with current design trends, materials, and technologies, resulting in outdated or inefficient designs.

Ultimately, working with a team that lacks certified kitchen designers can lead to miscommunication, delays, and dissatisfaction with the final outcome. That’s why we recommend choosing a firm with certified professionals.

In addition to certifications, look for a solid design portfolio

It is crucial to consider the designer’s portfolio when choosing the right professional for your kitchen remodeling project. A great portfolio showcases the designer’s creativity, skillset, and experience, offering valuable insight into their design style and ability to execute various projects successfully.

Here are some reasons why a great portfolio is essential when selecting a kitchen designer:

1. Design style: A designer’s portfolio highlights their design style, allowing you to determine if their aesthetic aligns with your personal preferences and vision for your kitchen. It should present you with a variety of styles and projects that demonstrate the designer’s versatility and ability to adapt to different client needs.

2. Creativity: A well-rounded portfolio displays the designer’s creativity and ability to think outside the box. This is particularly important for clients who want a unique, personalized kitchen design that sets their space apart from standard, cookie-cutter kitchens.

3. Problem solving: It also demonstrates the designer’s ability to solve problems and overcome challenges in various projects. Look for examples of how the designer has effectively addressed unique spatial constraints, incorporated innovative storage solutions, or met specific client requirements.

4. Quality of work: It provides a visual representation of the designer’s work quality, including attention to detail, craftsmanship, and overall project execution. High-quality images and detailed descriptions of each project can help you gauge the designer’s commitment to delivering exceptional results.

5. Client testimonials: Many designers include client testimonials in their portfolio, offering valuable insight into their professionalism, communication skills, and ability to meet or exceed client expectations. These testimonials can help you understand the designer’s work ethic and dedication to client satisfaction.

6. Experience: A great portfolio will showcase the designer’s experience across various projects, including different kitchen styles, sizes, and budgets. Their range will indicate whether or not the designer can handle the unique challenges and requirements of your kitchen remodeling project.

5 red flags when hiring a kitchen designer

When hiring a kitchen designer, watch out for these five red flags that may indicate potential issues:

1. Lack of certification: A designer without a recognized certification, such as CKBD, may lack the necessary expertise, experience, and commitment to industry standards.

2. Poor communication: Difficulty in reaching the designer, slow response times, or unclear explanations may indicate potential communication issues during the project.

3.  Limited portfolio: A limited or unimpressive portfolio may signal a lack of experience, versatility, or creativity in kitchen design.

4. Negative reviews: Multiple negative client reviews or testimonials can raise concerns about the designer’s professionalism, work quality, or ability to meet client expectations.

5. High-pressure sales tactics: Aggressive sales tactics or pressure to make quick decisions may indicate that the designer prioritizes their interests over your project’s success.

Make your kitchen remodel smoother with NKBA-certified designers

Choosing an NKBA-certified kitchen designer for your remodeling project ensures a seamless experience from start to finish. At Bath+Kitchen, our certified professionals possess the expertise, creativity, and commitment to excellence necessary to transform your space into a functional and beautiful kitchen.

With our efficient design process, timely material procurement, and high-quality construction, you can trust that your project is in capable hands! Start here.

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Kitchen Design Trends To Look For in 2023

It’s no secret that the kitchen plays a large role in the appearance and feel of the home. It’s important that it’s a space that you are pleased with and enjoy being in. As we look ahead to a new year, it’s time to consider what the kitchen trends will look like in 2023. According to experts, you can expect to see bold colors, mixed materials, and more multifunctional spaces. Continue reading to learn more about what we’ll be seeing in the kitchen in 2023.

Bold Cabinetry

As we move closer to a new year, cabinetry will be one of the bigger focuses in kitchens. Expect to see more bold cabinet color choices, mixed with other interesting and unique finishes. It’s also anticipated that we’ll be seeing more two-toned cabinetry, as having contrasting colors can create depth and elevate the overall look of your kitchen by bringing in subtle variations. In addition to the contrasting, closed cabinetry is out and open shelf like cabinetry is in. Rather than having closed upper cabinets above your countertops, there is going to be a shift toward a more open concept when it comes to cabinets, allowing for a more organic feel. Similar to the open concept design for cabinets, it’s also expected to see a revival of the stained-glass cabinet look. While the glass cabinet look has been around for years, stained-glass has come and gone. It looks like 2023 is the year when we see the return of that. The stained-glass design plays off of the open concept of typical glass cabinets, while also adding in some extra details. Creative cabinetry will be making its presence known in 2023 and for those who are looking to make changes to their kitchen, replacing your cabinets can be a great way to freshen up your kitchen without a full renovation. When redoing your cabinets, it’s up to you what you want to do and at Bath+Kitchen Remodel, it’s our job to help bring your vision to life with our custom and semi-custom options. It’s important that you love your kitchen, and it’s a place that you enjoy being in.

Creative Backsplashes

While changing the backsplash in your kitchen is no easy task, it’ll be worth it in the long run. It’s important to figure out which type of backsplash you want, as it can get expensive quickly. When looking to the experts for what they are looking forward to seeing in 2023, they said that dramatic stone is one of many trends that will be making its presence known this upcoming year. Using stone backsplash allows you the ability to choose from a busy stone or a solid stone backsplash to help best compliment your existing cabinets. If you aren’t on board with stone backsplash, another trend that is anticipated is detailed backsplash. Types of detailed backsplashes that we might be seeing are mixed materials; having a solid color backsplash that will stand out against more subtle cabinetry or countertops, sustainable backsplashes such as ceramic tiles glazed with pigments derived from industrial metal waste or even reclaimed wood tile. Another type of backsplash that may grow in popularity this upcoming year is using the same material for your backsplash as your countertops. Using the same material for both can give your kitchen more depth, giving it a sleek, elevated appearance.

Diversified Materials

Rather than using the same material in your kitchen for your island and countertops, there will be a shift toward mixing materials, such as using wood, stone, metals, and ceramics that will go alongside new and upcoming mediums. This result will be visually and textually pleasing, as it’ll create a nice contrast between the materials, allowing parts of the kitchen to stand out more than others. In addition to mixing materials for countertops, the muted tone and style will be making its way out, creating room for more dramatic styles of marble and other countertop materials. The rise in popularity of using metal as countertops comes from the overall minimalist and modern appearance they have, as well as being antibacterial, and easy to clean and maintain. The diversity of materials for countertops will also be making its way to the overall layout in the kitchen. Adding more color and contrast into the kitchen will become more popular in the new year as the desire for more dramatic designs are implemented. Taking the time to plan out your kitchen renovation will allow the process to go more smoothly because you won’t have to stress about figuring out what you want along the way, as it’ll all be completed before the renovation process begins. Along with planning out what you would like to upgrade in your kitchen, making sure you order anything you may need ahead of time will help prevent any delays or added stress.

Consider Budget

Renovating your kitchen can be costly. It’s important to figure out what you’d like to have redone in your kitchen and determine what your budget will be for the renovation. Creating a budget for your renovation will ensure that you know what you can afford and how much you’re willing to spend. While budgeting is essential to avoid overspending, how you’re financing this project is just as important, if not more. While planning your renovation, look into available financing options to determine what works best for you and your wallet. If you’re planning a full kitchen remodel it’ll be expensive, so if you don’t have the funds available upfront and have lived in your home for at least 6 years, look into qualifying for a tax-deductible home equity loan. This is a great way to get financial assistance through the equity you’ve built up in your home while adding value to the home itself.

2023 is going to have new and exciting design opportunities as well as bringing in some styles from the past. It’ll be interesting to see where the trends of 2023 take kitchen designs and what will become the most popular trend in the new year. While you may not be updating your kitchen every year, seeing the trends that are being predicted for the new year can provide you with new design ideas and inspiration for when you choose to update your kitchen.

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


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


Big Changes & Small Details – Bath Plus Kitchen – Bath+Kitchen


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.

custom cabinets

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!


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.


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.

Fusion Kitchens: Blending Traditional and Modern Design for a Unique Look

I. Introduction

In recent years, fusion kitchens have gained popularity among homeowners and interior designers alike. These innovative kitchen designs artfully blend traditional and modern elements, creating a unique and personalized space that is both stylish and functional. This article will explore the key components of fusion kitchens, offering tips and inspiration to help you create the perfect blend of old and new in your home.

II. Benefits of Fusion Kitchens

Fusion kitchens bring together the best of both design worlds by combining classic, timeless elements with contemporary, cutting-edge features. This balanced approach results in a visually appealing space that offers enhanced functionality, catering to the needs of modern families while retaining a sense of warmth and charm. Furthermore, fusion kitchens possess a timeless appeal that can increase the value of your home, making them an excellent investment for the future.

III. Traditional Design Elements to Incorporate

To create a successful fusion kitchen, start by incorporating traditional design elements that evoke a sense of history and comfort. These may include:

  • Classic materials: Incorporate natural materials like wood, brick, and stone in your countertops, cabinetry, or as accent pieces to add warmth and texture to the space.
  • Time-honored fixtures and hardware: Choose antique or vintage-inspired fixtures, such as brass or bronze faucets and cabinet handles, to lend a touch of classic elegance to your kitchen.
  • Vintage-inspired appliances and furniture: Select retro-style appliances and furniture pieces, like a farmhouse sink or a wooden dining table, to anchor your fusion kitchen with timeless charm.

IV. Modern Design Elements to Incorporate

Once you’ve established a foundation of traditional elements, introduce modern design features to create a fresh, contemporary vibe. Consider the following:

  • Sleek lines and minimalist aesthetics: Opt for streamlined cabinetry and furniture with clean lines, smooth surfaces, and minimal ornamentation to evoke a sense of modern simplicity.
  • Contemporary materials: Use glass, stainless steel, and concrete to create a sleek, industrial feel that contrasts with the traditional materials in your kitchen.
  • High-tech appliances and smart home integration: Equip your kitchen with the latest appliances and integrate smart home technology to improve functionality and convenience.

V. Tips for Achieving a Balanced Fusion Kitchen

To create a harmonious fusion kitchen, consider these tips:

  • Find the right mix of old and new: Strike a balance between traditional and modern elements to ensure that neither style overwhelms the other. This may require some trial and error, but the result will be a beautifully cohesive space.
  • Focus on complementary colors and textures: Choose a color palette that blends well with both traditional and contemporary elements, and mix textures to create visual interest and depth.
  • Use lighting to create a harmonious atmosphere: Incorporate various lighting sources, such as pendant lights, under-cabinet lighting, and recessed lighting, to highlight the unique features of your fusion kitchen and create a warm, inviting ambiance.

VI. Inspiring Fusion Kitchen Design Ideas

To spark your creativity, explore these fusion kitchen design ideas:

  • Farmhouse-modern: Combine rustic, farmhouse elements like a reclaimed wood island with sleek, stainless steel appliances and minimalist cabinetry.
  • Industrial-traditional: Pair exposed brick walls and vintage lighting with modern, streamlined cabinetry and concrete countertops.
  • Eclectic fusion: Mix and match various design styles, such as mid-century modern seating with classic subway tile backsplash, to create a truly unique and personalized fusion kitchen.

VII. Conclusion

Fusion kitchen design offers a creative and personal approach to creating your dream kitchen, allowing you to blend your favorite design elements from various styles. By incorporating traditional and modern features, you can achieve a unique, visually appealing space that is.

Designer: Suzanne Lovell

Photographer: Eric Piasecki

Arlington Kitchen Magic: Unleashing Your Inner Chef with Strategic Upgrades

Arlington homeowners, it’s time to embrace home cooking and ditch the takeout! By revamping your kitchen, you’ll not only add value to your Arlington, VA home but also enjoy numerous benefits such as customized ingredients, bonding with loved ones, learning new cooking techniques, reducing food waste, and saving money. Image source: Unsplash.com – Jason Briscoe

Embark on a culinary journey by addressing these common kitchen quandaries in your Arlington, VA home:

Transform your Arlington kitchen into a culinary oasis by maximizing space and functionality. Consider adding a kitchen island, fold-down countertop, window seat with storage, rolling cart, or wall-mounted table for increased storage and work area.

Cramped Quarters:

Transform your Arlington kitchen into a culinary oasis by maximizing space and functionality. Consider adding a kitchen island, fold-down countertop, window seat with storage, rolling cart, or wall-mounted table for increased storage and work area.

Stumbling Through Your Workspace:

Revitalize your kitchen’s flow by focusing on the “golden triangle” of stove, refrigerator, and sink. Rearrange cooking gear for maximum efficiency, reconfigure cabinets and countertops, and improve traffic flow. For a tailor-made solution, consider consulting a local Arlington kitchen designer or contractor.

Dim and Dreary:

Brighten your Arlington kitchen with proper lighting. Install under-cabinet lighting, upgrade fixtures, paint walls and cabinets in lighter shades, and add mirrors or reflective surfaces. Clean your windows and add task lighting for a well-lit workspace.

Ventilation Woes:

Combat mold, mildew, and lingering odors by improving your kitchen’s ventilation. Install a range hood, vented exhaust fan, window, or skylight, and upgrade windows and doors for energy efficiency.

Cleanup Conundrums:

Make cleaning a breeze with backsplashes, a pantry, easy-to-clean flooring, and low-maintenance countertops. Add a dishwasher and optimize ventilation for a sparkling kitchen.

Outdated Gadgets:

Upgrade your Arlington culinary arsenal with modern appliances that make cooking faster, more efficient, and enjoyable. Begin with small, impactful appliances, prioritize upgrades, choose energy-efficient options, and plan for maintenance.

By incorporating these creative solutions, your Arlington, VA kitchen will transform into a hub of culinary inspiration. You’ll not only enjoy a more functional space but also save money, reduce waste, and create a welcoming environment for family and friends. Say goodbye to takeout and hello to your inner chef, Arlington homeowners!

Silestone vs. Cambria Quartz Countertops

Silestone quartz countertops are gaining popularity due to their remarkable durability, superior stain and scratch resistance, and low-maintenance properties. These countertops are known for their sleek and elegant designs, and they are available in a variety of finishes, patterns, and colors. In this blog, we will explore the advantages of Silestone quartz countertops.

1. Durability: Silestone quartz countertops are engineered to withstand heavy wear and tear over the years. Made from natural quartz, they are harder and sturdier than most other countertop surfaces, making it virtually impossible to scratch or chip them. Moreover, they have zero porosity which makes them resistant to stains, and they are also resistant to heat, so you don’t have to worry about placing hot pots and pans on your countertop.

2. Low-maintenance: One of the best advantages of Silestone quartz countertops is that they are entirely easy to maintain. Unlike natural stone and wood, you don’t have to pour oil or sealant on them to prevent them from getting damaged. Silestone quartz countertops merely need to be wiped with a damp cloth to keep them looking as good as new.

3. Variety: Another benefit is the broad range of finishes, colors, and patterns that are available in Silestone quartz countertops. You can choose between a sleek, polished finish or a more natural matte finish that mimics the appearance of marble or granite. Furthermore, Silestone comes in a variety of vibrant colors and patterns that can make a bold statement or provide a subtle look, depending on your preference.



4. Eco-friendly: Another benefit of Silestone quartz countertops is that it is made from sustainably sourced materials that are safe for the environment. The material used in manufacturing the countertops does not emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs) that can cause pollution or harmful health effects.

To round up, Silestone quartz countertops are an excellent choice for anyone looking for a low-maintenance, durable, and stunning countertop surface that adds value to their home. With a variety of colors, patterns, and finishes to choose from, homeowners can customize their countertops to match their creative vision and style. With Silestone quartz countertops, you get a durable, low-maintenance, and eco-friendly product that will transform your kitchen or bathroom.


Cambria quartz countertops are quickly becoming one of the most popular choices for homeowners when it comes to kitchen and bathroom renovations. This is due to the numerous advantages they offer over other countertop materials such as granite and marble. In this blog post, we will explore the advantages of Cambria quartz countertops in detail.

1. Durability: Cambria quartz countertops are extremely durable and can withstand heavy use and abuse without showing any signs of wear and tear. This is because they are made of 93% natural quartz, which is one of the hardest materials on earth, and 7% resin binder. This combination makes Cambria quartz countertops highly resistant to scratches, stains, and chip

2. Low Maintenance: Cambria quartz countertops are very easy to maintain. They do not require any sealing, polishing or reconditioning, unlike natural stone countertops. All you need to do is clean them regularly with a mild soap and water solution to keep them looking like new.

3. Variety of Colors and Patterns: Cambria quartz countertops are available in a wide variety of colors and patterns, making it easy to find the perfect match for your home’s decor. They can mimic the look of natural stone or come in unique and vibrant colors that can give your kitchen or bathroom a modern and sleek look.

4. Safe for Food Preparation: Cambria quartz countertops are non-porous, which means that they do not harbor bacteria, making them safe for food preparation. They are also NSF certified, which is a standard of safety and quality recognized by the National Sanitation Foundation.

5. Environmentally Friendly: Cambria quartz countertops are an environmentally friendly choice as they are made using sustainable manufacturing processes and contain recycled materials. They are also Greenguard Gold certified, meaning they emit low levels of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which can be harmful to indoor air quality.

6. Longevity: Cambria quartz countertops come with a lifetime warranty, which is a testament to their durability and longevity. This means that you can be assured that your investment will last for many years to come, making it a great long-term investment.

In conclusion, Cambria quartz countertops are an excellent choice for homeowners who want a durable, low-maintenance, and stylish countertop option. With their wide variety of colors and patterns, they can fit into any home decor and provide a safe and sanitary surface for food preparation. Additionally, their environmental friendliness and long warranty make them an excellent long-term investment.

Bold, Lively, Elegant: 14 Red Kitchen Ideas You’ll Fall in Love With

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Red kitchens are dramatic and daring. But they’re also beautiful and elegant. Red has the power to add excitement to any space. While most homeowners typically play it safe with neutrals, a red kitchen could be the right choice for you.

This color is challenging to work with, because any mistakes or poor design choices will be hard to miss. Without proper planning and thought, the color can be overwhelming.

But when done right, with the right shade, finish, and design choices, it can enrich and elevate your kitchen.

Red lends itself beautifully to different kitchen styles—traditional, modern, contemporary, or transitional—as you’ll see below.

14 ways to spice up your kitchen with red

1. Bold red cabinetry and drawers faces

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Bold cabinetry is one of our ‘Kitchen Design Trends to Look For in 2023’, and red certainly fits the bill! In a modern kitchen, red cabinetry is a great way to bring in some color and personality. Red cabinets are usually used in kitchens with lighter colored walls, floors, and countertops.

2. Cabinetry interiors painted red

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If red cabinetry faces are too bold, you can paint the insides red for an unexpected pop of color!  

Looking for gorgeous custom kitchen cabinetry for your home? Check out B+K’s cabinetry lines.

3. Show-stopping red kitchen island

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A red kitchen island can liven up a neutral kitchen and make a statement. If you have an open kitchen and living space, and often invite friends and family to eat at the kitchen island, red can make the island and the entire space more welcoming.

4. Subtle red base cabinetry

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Red wall cabinetry can deliver a solid “wow” factor, but if that feels too bold, you can try red base cabinetry. It’s more subtle, but will still add depth and richness to your kitchen cabinetry. To create balance, pair it with wall cabinetry in a neutral shade or with open shelving as pictured above.

5. A retro red refrigerator

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A retro red refrigerator can be a fun addition to your kitchen. It makes for an interesting feature, especially in a white or neutral kitchen. If you decide to go with this option, consider matching smaller kitchen appliances to it as well.

6. A feature wall in red

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Use a red accent wall to break up any monotony in the room and create an interesting focal point. It will allow you to maintain a clean, neutral aesthetic but still enjoy the vibrancy of this energizing color. You can choose one wall, or even just part of one.

7. Select red pieces in a black and white kitchen

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Black and white kitchens are beautiful as is, but a little red can add interest to this color scheme. Red can draw attention to and highlight beautiful pieces of furniture, windows, and other design features. In a black and white kitchen, this color is particularly striking and impactful.

8. Simple red countertops

Countertops with a marble or wood aesthetic are very popular, but if you want something different, consider a bold color like red. This would work well in a contemporary kitchen, such as an all-white or dark kitchen.

Tip: If you love a natural wood aesthetic, redwood or stained wood countertops can also create contrast while adding richness and depth to a neutral kitchen.

9. Red tiles for an eye-catching backsplash

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A red backsplash in a neutral kitchen is eye-catching. It can add a little warmth and help create a welcoming environment for friends and family. When planning your backsplash, think about how bold shades of red would look against white cabinets and countertops or with contrasting black appliances. And you don’t have to stick to a single shade; you can mix a few with subtle variations or select several different shades for an eclectic look that expresses your personal style!

10. Elegant red hob and chimney

Image source: Barn red oven and hood with creamy white cabinetry as seen in the Dura Supreme inspiration gallery

The first thing to consider when designing a kitchen is the color scheme. A neutral base like white or gray makes it easier for you to add color without having to worry about clashing. Once your color scheme is in place, feel free to get creative. You can do this with key appliances such as your hob and chimney, as pictured above.

Sleek red appliances—like this hob and chimney or the retro fridge we mentioned earlier—can add an elegant touch of red to your kitchen without being overwhelming. And the best part is, you can switch up the colors when you upgrade your appliances next and choose a different color if you want to move away from red. Aside from your hob and chimney, you could also consider a red dishwasher, microwave, and other small appliances; they look especially striking in a neutral kitchen.

11. Red drawer pulls, knobs, and hardware

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If you have white or light-colored cabinets, red hardware can draw attention to them and make them look even better than they already do. You can use red drawer pulls, knobs, and hardware to add small but noticeable pops of red that will brighten your kitchen in an understated way.

12. Two-toned cabinetry, with red as the accent color

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When it comes to two-toned kitchens, choosing the right accent color is essential. It will determine how much contrast you create, i.e., you can choose two similar shades or create contrast with a dramatically different accent color.

While red can work as either the main color or the accent color, it is particularly powerful as an accent color.

Red also works with any kitchen style you like—such as traditional or contemporary, farmhouse chic or modern minimalist. So, for the best outcome, consider your kitchen style when you choose a shade and finish of red for your accent color.

13. Red ceilings for unexpected color

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It’s unconventional, but that’s what makes it striking and memorable! Painting the ceiling a deep shade of red will make your space feel luxurious. It also creates the illusion that your ceiling is higher than it is, making your kitchen look larger than it is. Consider your ceiling color when you’re trying to make your kitchen look spacious and elegant.

14. Red open shelving to draw the eye upward, visually stretching the space

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Just as red ceilings can make your space look larger, red open shelving draws the eye upward, visually stretching the space. This makes it perfect for small kitchens where every inch counts! If you want to showcase your favorite dishes and accessories, red open shelving is a great option.

Before you incorporate red into your kitchen…
There are many ways to infuse red into your kitchen. When done tastefully, it can keep your kitchen design looking fresh for years.

But before you dive in, talk to a professional kitchen designer about finding:

a) The right shade for your chosen kitchen style: For a classic look, you could opt for deep red hues like burgundy or maroon. If you’re looking for something more modern, try a lighter shade like tomato red. For an eclectic space, consider an orange-red shade like burnt sienna or terracotta. A good designer will help you settle on the right shade for your kitchen, factoring in your desired style and aesthetic.

b) The right finish and materials for your chosen kitchen style: To select the finish and materials for your kitchen, including for the red accents and features, a good kitchen designer will consider the style you have chosen. The shade, finish, and materials you select for adding red to your kitchen must fit in with the overall style you choose. Here are some examples of distinguishing features that help define a style and impact design choices:

  • Traditional: Ornate details such as crown molding and decorative trim around doors and windows
  • Farmhouse: Rustic elements such as white cabinets and wood floors, with a warm feeling thanks to its use of natural materials such as wood and stone countertops
  • Industrial: Stainless steel appliances, concrete countertops, and other highly functional materials
  • Modern kitchens: Contemporary designs with sleek lines, typically with white or neutral-colored walls

Red is an exciting and vibrant color that can be a great choice for your kitchen if you want to add some excitement and drama to your space. It may not be the most practical color for every type of kitchen design, but it’s certainly worth exploring if you’re looking for something that will stand out amidst all the neutral-colored kitchens out there!

You can also use these tips to incorporate other bold, vibrant shades you love into your kitchen design, to create a space you and your loved ones will enjoy spending time in.

Smitten with these red kitchen design ideas? Let’s design the kitchen of your dreams.

Brighten Up! How to Coordinate Your Kitchen with White Cabinets

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White cabinets are a classic option for kitchen design and are very popular. They not only increase the size of a small kitchen and brighten any room, but they can also give a larger kitchen a more unified appearance. White cabinetry adds a sophisticated dimension to your new or remodeled kitchen project. It is cheerful and upbeat. White in the kitchen is a favorite of creative designers because it gives small touches of creativity a chance to shine.
The question is, how do you match them up with the rest of your kitchen? Here are a few simple tips.

Pros and Cons

White cabinets have the advantage of making even the smallest spaces feel larger and more open. Regardless of your preferred style or trend, let’s not forget the clean, classic look. When combined with the ideal countertop, backsplash, and flooring, white cabinets can serve as a unified, polished anchor in small to large kitchen spaces.

Of course, there are a few drawbacks to a kitchen that is predominantly white that should be taken into account. Working with a trained kitchen remodeling contractor in Austin, Dallas, or wherever you are, is a great idea because, for example, a white-washed kitchen might come off as cold, harsh, or just unwelcoming! Invest in quality custom craftsmanship made by professionals in this field. Such kitchen cabinets come with a lot of options to pick from. Their extensive selection of custom cabinetry options gives you limitless flexibility in terms of door styles, wood species, paint or stain choices, etc.

Don’t forget to incorporate your lifestyle into the design process as well. For the clumsy home cook, white cabinets might not be the best option. The same applies if having a kitchen that requires little maintenance is a top priority, as spills, drips, or an occasional spritz of cola, tomato sauce, or yellow mustard may eventually stain or change the color of white cabinetry.

Layers of shades of white

Mixing whites will help you look less sterile. The room might look flat if only one color is used. Instead, pick three or four different shades of white and apply them to various surfaces throughout the kitchen. This will give the room depth and interest throughout.

Avoid blending warm and cool whites when bringing in various shades of white. Cool tones appear bluer, while warm tones appear more yellow. The majority of paint retailers will display their warm and cool whites separately, making it easier for you to locate whites that belong to the same category.

Pick the appropriate color of paint

When choosing a paint color for your walls, white cabinets will reflect light and may appear brighter than other colors. For walls next to white cabinets, light blues, greens, and grays are all excellent choices.

With dark accents, you can also add contrast. Along with having light colors in the kitchen to go with the white cabinets, contrast should also be added. Dark accents can help the room feel more interesting and deep. Examples include black cabinet hardware or a black granite countertop.

Make Use of Natural Lighting

A white kitchen benefits greatly from natural light from windows or skylights because it enhances the light and airy atmosphere you were going for in the first place.

The large set of windows above the sink allows plenty of light to filter in throughout the day, which is why this white kitchen gets better. Glass fronts on the upper cabinets magnify the light. This design element makes use of all that light by reflecting it throughout the area and into nearby rooms.

Tip: Window coverings in adjacent rooms can also make a difference. Use shades that can be fully raised during the day if you want to. Even more natural light will enter your kitchen as a result of this.


Use counters with light colors. Another key component of the kitchen that can work with white cabinets is the countertops. Light-colored countertops made of marble, quartz, or laminate will help to make the room appear bigger and more coordinated.

The use of complementary textures is another option. When choosing kitchen accessories, try to use textures that go well together. A difference can also be made by joining rooms. Use shades that can be fully raised during the day if you want to. Even more natural light will enter your kitchen as a result of this.

White kitchen cabinets are simple to maintain, making them ideal for families with active children. They’re a great option if you want to modernize your house.

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.

Designer Insights: 12 Steps to a Typical Kitchen Remodel Process

Typical Kitchen Remodel
Typical Kitchen Remodel

Designer Insights: 12 Steps to a Typical Kitchen Remodel Process

The prospect of a new and improved kitchen is an exciting one, but taking the plunge isn’t always an easy decision. Our team at Bath + Kitchen, Washington, DC created this overview to help our clients understand what a typical kitchen remodeling process looks like based on our experience as a full-service design-remodel firm and authorized Dura Supreme Cabinetry Showroom.

Aside from the investment and inconvenience, two of the top fears around kitchen remodels are the fear of disappointment and the fear of being misled by a contractor. I believe these concerns should not hold you back from creating the kitchen of your dreams. Instead, I recommend doing your homework and learning as much as you can about the kitchen design process. When you understand the workflow, you will be in a position to collaborate successfully with your contractor and understand what’s happening at every step of your kitchen’s transformation.

See this video for a great example of a kitchen remodel project by Bath Plus Kitchen.

Step 1: Set goals for your remodel

What are you hoping to achieve through this kitchen remodeling project? Here are a few goals our clients often share with us:

  • Creating a kitchen that suits their lifestyle
  • Increasing resale value
  • Incorporating smart appliances to create a more future-friendly kitchen
  • Improving functionality, so home-cooked meals become an inviting option
  • Updating the space’s look, especially for older kitchens

Defining a goal will help you share your vision more clearly with your kitchen remodeling contractor. It helps to write it out as a goal statement and share it with everyone involved. You can then revisit the document at every step to ensure you’re on track and making choices in line with your vision. Very often, the remodel is planned with a big event on the horizon. For example, one of our clients in NW Washington, DC wanted theirs completed before their baby boy was born. We completed this kitchen remodel project with them in 8 weeks, just a few weeks before they welcomed the newest member of their family home.

Dura Supreme Kitchen design by Bath Plus Kitchen

Step 2: Evaluate your existing kitchen

With a clear goal in mind, you can approach your Dura Supreme kitchen designer and together you can evaluate your goals and your existing kitchen. If you’re not sure how to evaluate them, start with these questions. At the Bath Plus Kitchen showroom, our selection process is a curated one that’s designed to ensure each project is a good match for the homeowner and the designer. If you explain your goals clearly, it will be easier for the designer to tell you if they will be able to execute the project to your satisfaction and budget.

Once you have identified your kitchen remodel team, you will need to work with them to assess your current kitchen. The aesthetics are the first thing to evaluate. Ask yourself what you love about it and what you want to change. In addition, consider these factors:

  • Space – do you have enough counter, cabinet, and floor space?
  • Flow – is it easy to navigate, cook with family members, and interact with guests?
  • Appliances – should you upgrade to energy-saving, easier-to-use appliances?
  • Accessibility – can family members of various ages and use it safely, including yourself as you get older? What about people with disabilities?
  • Children and pets – do you need to make any special provisions for them?

Step 3: Design your dream kitchen

With a clear vision of your future kitchen, you can proceed to the fun part – designing! Yes, you will need to be realistic, stick to your budget, and make adjustments for any limiting factors, but a good kitchen designer can help you find creative solutions to give you a kitchen you will fall in love with. It’s important to be flexible and open to new possibilities during the kitchen design process. However, you should also stand firm on what you really want. For example, what kind of layout works for you? If you’re not sure what your options are, explore the pros and cons of some tried-and-true kitchen design layouts.

At our Bath Plus Kitchen showroom, I like to set up a meeting with prospective clients at this point. Prior to the initial visit, we ask our clients to email us the following:

  • Photos of the current kitchen.
  • Inspirational photos and/or a summary of goals and design aesthetic.
  • Rough measurements and/or a sketch of the existing kitchen.

During this initial appointment, clients will be able to:

  • Meet and interview one of our designers to explain the project goals, learn how we work, and determine if we’re the best fit for the project.
  • Touch, feel, see our cabinetry displays and samples. Our Dura Supreme Showroom features two kitchens and a remodeled bathroom to showcase our level of design and craftsmanship.
  • Settle on a rough budget for the project, depending on the size, scope, and level of materials required.

Once this is done, my designers go on to prepare plans for the job that include photo-realistic renderings for our clients. It’s a critical step because it will give you a clear picture of the kitchen you are planning.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry design by Bath Plus Kitchen

Step 4: Select your materials

Material selection is an integral part of the kitchen remodeling process. During this step, you will need to select materials that are functional, aesthetically pleasing, and that will suit your budget. Remember that this is an investment, and cutting corners here can make you unhappy with the final outcome. It’s essential to think long-term when it comes to choosing your flooring, appliances, cabinets, light fixtures, countertops, backsplash, and other kitchen elements.

That said, there are several incredible options to choose from that will suit your budget and needs. The Bath Plus Kitchen experts believe that kitchen cabinetry can make or break a kitchen design, which is why we offer fully custom and semi-custom cabinets from a top-rated manufacturer, like Dura Supreme Cabinetry. For example, many of our clients love the versatility of the Dura Supreme cabinets that we help them customize.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry shown in the Kips door style with the “Flint” Matte Foil and the Dash door style in the “Lodge Oak” Textured TFL

Step 5: Apply for building permits

Once the kitchen design plans are drawn up, you will need to apply for building permits. I work with clients from Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, DC, and know that requirements vary based on location. That’s why it’s always best to consult your local permitting office to ensure there are no oversights and potential code violations. Your designer can help provide you with advice and help you with this process.

Dura Supreme Cabinetry design by Bath Plus Kitchen

Step 6: Complete the demolition and re-evaluate

Here’s where the real work begins. Your remodeling team will start to remove your existing kitchen – floors, cabinets, appliances, and perhaps a few walls. A good team will minimize the mess and inconvenience, which will make a massive difference to you if you opt to live at home during this time. Once this is done, your team will inspect the kitchen to see if any adjustments need to be made due to unforeseen factors such as uneven floors and other construction flaws.

Flooring work in progress in a historic Washington DC home by Bath Plus Kitchen.

Step 7: Start the plumbing and rewiring (rough-in work)

This covers the framing, plumbing, and electrical work. At this stage of the kitchen remodeling process, the focus is on the walls of the kitchens and what goes into them. Since adherence to building codes is essential here, it’s important to let the professionals decide the best way forward. A professional inspection will happen once the work is done to ensure that your remodel is up to code so the project can continue.

A beautiful corner sink in a Dura Supreme kitchen designed by Bath Plus Kitchen

Step 8: Finish the walls, doors, and windows

Once you pass the inspection, you can complete the walls. This will entail hanging, taping, finishing, and priming drywalls. Doing a thorough job here will make the next steps of the kitchen remodeling process smooth sailing. After this, you can move to the doors and windows; finishing these will ensure your measurements for the kitchen cabinetry are correct.

Step 9: Complete the flooring

Contractors choose to do this at different points during the kitchen remodeling process. Some believe it works better if done after the cabinetry, while others recommend prior. We like to make a recommendation based on each project and its unique requirements. To decide on your flooring, look up a range of options for inspiration, from the classics to the trends.

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Step 10: Install the cabinetry, countertops, appliances, and fixtures

This is where things start getting exciting, as you begin to see your kitchen come to life! Those materials and elements you so carefully selected will be installed. Your new kitchen cabinets, countertops, kitchen appliances, plumbing, and electrical fixtures will all fall into place, allowing you to finally see your new and improved kitchen.

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Step 11: Add the finishing touches

Once all the major tasks are completed, it’s a good idea to go back to your list and see what’s left. You can get these done and add the finishing touches. As mentioned earlier, the flooring may be put in last, so this last step will look a little different for different projects. I recommend taking the time to check all the little details before your contractor calls it a wrap.

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Step 12: Say hello to your new kitchen!

This is where you remember why you wanted a remodel in the first place! Step into your new kitchen and celebrate all the hard work and brilliant ideas that went into creating a space that you will love for many years to come.

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A kitchen remodeling project is a major undertaking. However, when well-executed, it offers you and your family a beautiful setting in which to make wonderful, priceless memories. That’s something I’ve enjoyed helping my clients experience throughout the years with the many kitchen remodeling projects throughout the Virginia, Washington DC, and Maryland tri-state area. Get in touch with your local Dura Supreme designer to start creating the kitchen of your dreams!


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