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Renovating a Kitchen with Elise Connor, CKD - The Reveal

Posted on Oct 11, 2014 2:59:22 PM

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Topics: kitchen island, kitchen renovation, testimonial, traditional kitchen

Renovating a Kitchen with Elise Connor, CKD – In Progress

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 10:50:50 AM

Often, renovation is stressful because all that you do in the kitchen as a family is now in a chaotic state – eating, cooking and socializing.  Elise and her team did everything they could to make the transition.  The customer, Marlene, got involved in a creative way – she wrote about it while the process was happening!  Her opinions are really the only ones that matter, so we’ll let them speak for us:

 

 

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Topics: customer, kitchen renovation, in progress, testimonial

Renovating a Kitchen with Elise Connor, CKD - Planning

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 1:03:00 PM

Sometimes a customer just wants a bit of an update.  Marlene and Steve wanted to reface their cabinets and replace the countertops.  They had built the home in the 1980s.  What designer Elise Connor, CKD saw were some major problems with an over-sized island that blocked the use of many of the cabinets and a pass-through over the sink that did nothing to open the space to family and guests.  In addition, there was almost no prep space - a real drawback for entertaining the quilting club the customer loves!

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Topics: kitchen, renovation, kitchen island, plans, blueprints

European Kitchens Seminar

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 1:08:00 PM

This week S&W KItchens hosted a CEU seminar on European Kitchens, presented by Alison Weidner from Poggenpohl.  It was a wonderful look at how kitchens developed in Europe and how those developments are reflected today in the US and in Europe.

In 1926, Margarete Shutte-Lihotsky designed an efficient, low cost kitchen.  It is referred to as the 'Frankfurt Kitchen' and is considered the first modern fitted kitchen.  Kitchens before this tended to have whatever furniture the homeowner could find or was passed down to them:  a large prep and eating table, a cupboard or armoire for dishes, perhaps a deep tub for washing dishes or food.  Probably, the adoption of reliable indoor plumbing and electricity helped to make a fitted kitchen more practical.

 

Engineering

Modern European kitchens are engineered from this foundation.  Even though the kitchens were fitted, they tend to be mobile.  If the owner moves, they take the kitchen with them!  The ability to move your kitchen with you - still practiced in Europe today - required a different kind of engineering.  Always up for that kind of challenge, European cabentry companies have designed cabinets that are self-leveling for whatever floor issues might be encountered.  The boxes are simplified and have more room inside them - every inch counts.  And they can be completely assembled with only a screwdriver.  The top cabinets are hung on a rail, instead of bolted to the walls.

 

Minimalist

It's not unusual for a European home to be 100, 200 or even 300 years old.  While living with history is important, they also want all of the modern conveniences.  They certainly don't still use the hearth for cooking!  So they are comfortable putting modern kitchens in their historical houses.  Clean lines and fewer embellishments, such as drawer handles are popular.  Engineering again helps to make the kitchen functional and minimal at the same time:  doors and drawers that open at the lightest touch or channels built in to allow a natural grasp.  There are even cabets that open and close electronically.

Storage solutions have long been popular and are finally being included in many American cabinets - every corner and every inch is functional.  On the left is a corner cabinet where the shelves swing all the way out to store large pots and pans that aren't needed every day.  On the right is a step ladder stored in the toe-kick.

 

Sustainability

Europeans have long had to deal with fewer resources as their far older populations gobbled them up.  For example, solid wood is rare because of deforestation hundreds of years ago.  Recycled materials with weneers are common but engineered to last - cabinet doors are completely sealed and designed to never peel or warp.  

They also use the most current technologies in the construction of their products - using renewable hydro-electric power for their manufacturing plants.

 

 

 

Ergonomics

The European kitchen designer carefully consider all ergonomic needs right at the planning and designing stage, in order to prevent bad postures and health problems.  Proper work height for each client, practical inner dividing systems, a sink near a cooktop; every detail of the kitchen is part of a well-thought-out whole. As far back as the Frankfurt Kitchen - countertops were varied for the work that would be required in that space.

With the skilled input of a Poggenpohl designer to make the best possible use of the space, and the flexibility that comes from offering a near-infinite range of cabinet sizes, the finished kitchen will look completely in harmony with all guidelines of ergonomics.

Call S&W Kitchens or come by one of our five showrooms to see just how beautiful and functional a European Kitchen can be! 

 

 

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Topics: beautiful kitchen, Poggenpohl, seminar, functional

The Tale of Two Kitchens… and Two Baths and a Laundry Room

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 1:14:14 PM

Designer Chris Druschel

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Topics: kitchen, renovation, Designer

The Tale of Two Kitchens… The Big Reveal

Posted on Sep 17, 2014 4:25:00 PM

Designer Chris Druschel

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Topics: kitchen, renovation, Designer, beautiful kitchen

The Tale of Two Kitchens… the Hunt

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 12:51:04 PM

Designer Chris Druschel

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Topics: kitchen, renovation, Designer

The Tale of Two Kitchens… in one house

Posted on Sep 15, 2014 1:12:46 PM

Designer Chris Druschel

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Topics: renovation, Designer, kitchens

You're Invited! European Kitchen Fundamentals Seminar

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 11:01:24 AM

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Topics: kitchen, Poggenpohl, seminar

Seaside Condo - It's All in the Details

Posted on Sep 5, 2014 8:09:57 AM

In this third post on the Seaside Condo series, we see all the final details that bring together function and beauty in a newly renovated kitchen.

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Topics: beautiful design, kitchen remodel