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!Read More
Designer Chris Druschel
We continue the The Tale of Two Kitchens with the chapter on finding just the right finishes - a daunting task!
With the wonderful floor plan agreed upon it seemed like the renovation could move forward quickly. However, the clients had very specific ideas about the finishes they wanted. They liked white, but not stark white, for the cabinets and they wanted soapstone counters, but they had to be black.Read More
Designer Chris Druschel
It was the best of homes for them; it was the worst of kitchens. Ok, not the worst, but these clients really wanted a space that met their family and entertaining needs… which turned out to be two kitchens: a social kitchen - where family and friends end up spending time and a functional prep kitchen, smaller but where everything is within easy reach for the primary cook.
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.
The latest extended recession has had consequences for people at every social and economic level. According to a new study from the Pew Research Center, 47% of adults in their 40s and 50s have a parent aged 65 or older and are also either raising a young child or financially supporting a child aged 18 or older. The new term for this situation is the "Sandwich Generation"!
This just in from a major home design magazine:
During the demolition of the showers, in many instances, we find water damage because of poor installation and the use of sub-standard materials. Water leaks cause mold accumulation and attract termites, carpenter ants and worse.
The proper building techniques and materials used are of paramount importance. What is equally important is the preparation for the installation. This photo is a great example of the added measures we take to be certain that there will not be any water intrusion. In the photo, it can be seen that we have used Durarock cement board for the substrate. The cement board is essential for wet areas. The red “paint” seen in the photo is actually an elastomeric membrane that is applied over every screw hole and seam in the shower.
The cement board and tile alone would be sufficient to prevent water intrusion. The “Red Guard” sealant will ensure it.