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New Kitchen and Bath Showroom!

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S&W Kitchens is excited to announce a new showroom in Tampa, allowing us to better serve the West Coast of Florida!  The new location

Kitchen & Bath Interns

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Amy, our Super Star Intern!  She draws, assists designers during client meetings and organizes displays!    She can clean out a closet or layout a kitchen in CAD with equal ease and confidence!

Design Karma

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A wise woman once told me 'Beauty is painful!', which, she went on to explain, meant that to achieve beauty for more than mere seconds takes a lot of work.

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!

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!

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.

We're Going Pink!

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Our Winter Park Showroom is in the Pink today with XL1067!  Anyone else?

New Kitchen Designer in The Villages

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We are expanding to The Villages!  This will allow to us to better serve the many customers in that area.  Brian Baines will be the primary designer.

S&W Kitchens in the news again: Home Improvement Company Checks Backgrounds

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As reported by CFNews13, S&W Kitchens has background and licensing checks conducted by AskTheSeal on all employees.  As S&W Kitchens Lead Designer Bill Burke states consumers "feel like they can trust you, and trust people we are going to place in your home."

NKBA - National Kitchen and Bath Association Event 11/18/10

NKBA EventSeven designers from S & W Kitchen attended the recent NKBA event in Altamonte Springs, at the Cranes Roost outdoor Amphitheater.
The National Kitchen and Bath Association held its bi-monthly meeting November 18th, as two local experts spoke about “Green design practices” and “Elevating Kitchen design to fine art”
“It is important to us to have our designers attend these events.” Said Brian Cummings President of S & W Kitchens. “By attending these educational events our designers are better able to serve our client base”
Cummings went on to state that as clients are becoming more and more involved in the design and selection process, the knowledge gained during these events are invaluable to the design staff.
“Our design staff had on average 15 years experience. That longevity shows a real dedication to the profession and a passion for client satisfaction” Cummings said.
The NKBA is the only trade organization in the industry. As a non-profit group it is the leading resource for training and education of kitchen and bath professionals.
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