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Imagine a Kitchen Cabinet Like This

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Incredible!  From a time when most homes didn't have hot and cold running water, much less a spa masterbath or a gourmet kitchen!

Beverage Bar in Your Future?

A beverage bar sounds like something in a fancy hotel that is going to cost you dearly - but it's really a perfect idea for any family.  It can be very small - just a cabinet tucked into a corner or a full-blown bar for entertaining friends and family.
According to Moen's article:  If there’s one prevailing trend in home bars, it’s this: They’re in demand. “I’m seeing a resurgence in the interest for home bars as a design feature, which is trending with the enthusiasm around the craft cocktail and craft beer movement,” says Lisa Wilson-Wirth, eponymous principal of a San Diego, Calif.–based design firm.
A small area to the side where kids and adults can grab a soda or a cup of coffee can be really helpful while dinner is prepared.  Keeping a party flowing is also a good reason for a home bar.
Design should be based on what kinds of beverages will be served.  Sodas, espresso, water, wine, beer and mixed drinks all have different needs.  
Storage is always important - storing the beverages in cabinets or a small refrigerator and cups, glasses or mugs as needed.  Any special equipment will also need a spot - a beer bottle opener (always better to attach it in the area so it doesn't wander off!) or a wine bottle diffuser.
A small sink is often useful for rinsing or washing hands and an icemaker nearby makes everything easier, especially here in Florida!  Specialized equipment like a wine fridge, kegerators and built-in espresso machines can really personalize the space and make it a perfect fit for your family!

Technology in your Kitchen

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What will they come up with next?  Probably in your lifetime you've been told that in the future we'll all have cars that drive themselves or fly or or robots that will keep your home spotlessly clean.  Sadly, none of these magical futures have come true... yet.  Still, the pace of technology in our lifetimes has been staggering on many levels.  

Kitchen Design, Floor Plans and Designers

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This is a good article on home design:  10 Floor Plan Mistakes And How To Avoid Them In Your Home from freshome.com.  It highlights just how difficult it can be for people to envision their living space.  Flat, two-dimensional architect plans are difficult for the un-trained to see as three-dimensional spaces.  Often the reality is very different - smaller, larger, awkward or even impossible sometimes for actual construction!

How Deep is Your Kitchen Sink?

Architecture, interior design, and more ∨

Home improvement can start with something as minor as installing track lighting or a ceiling fan.
Highlight your home"s architecture with the expert advice of interior design specialists and top home decorators.



Kitchen Remodeling and Your Relationships!

Kitchen or bath remodeling can make any couple crazy!  What may seem like a snap in a 60 minute television show (with 15 minutes of commercials!) takes planning and perseverance in real life.  Save yourself the drama!  Read this article to see how others have handled the stress:

Outside Kitchens in the Tampa Tribune!

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Our own Brooke Eversoll was consulted for an article in the The Tampa Tribune last Sunday. The full article was in the May 19th Your Home section.  No link was found to the article, but we have the full transcription here:

Kitchen by Kitchen: A Storage Comparison By: Brooke Eversoll, AKBD

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Our friends at Blum compared traditional storage solutions

with their new modern and more functional storage accessories

My recent trip to the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in New Orleans was a visual feast. I took all sorts of notes for talking points with my clients. Storage was a consistent theme at the show. As a Kitchen Designer, one of the most common fears I notice amongst my clients in the design phase is “Storage”. Everyone wants to make sure they will have enough room in their new kitchen to store all their gadgets and dishes.



“Why is there a wide disparity in pricing for cabinetry?” By William Burke, Senior Designer-S & W Kitchens, Inc.

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If you have decided to undertake a kitchen remodeling project, you have most likely already noticed that there are an abundance of choices for kitchen cabinets. While a quick trip to a kitchen design showroom may help you with the aesthetic choices, a more thorough study will be helpful to discern the true value in cabinetry choices.  We are often asked for a price based on a lineal foot calculation. Prices can vary greatly, from $150 per foot on the low end on up to $700-$800 and beyond. What is the difference from the low end to the high end? There are many. While comparing cabinetry prices per foot can be like comparing car prices by the pound, it can be a useful exercise to establish a starting point.

Kitchen and Bath Industry Show in New Orleans

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Last weekend S&W Kitchens landed in force at KBIS – the home renovation answer to ComicCon or CES.  This year it was held in New Orleans – a great town for history, design, culture and food!  The Kitchen and Bath Industry Show immersed our designers, managers and owners in all of the new product offerings and updated them on new ways to serve our customers.

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