Why I Love Kitchen Appliances as Drawers

The design of Kitchen Appliances has really advanced in the last 20 years.

When I began my Kitchen Design career most appliance packages included a 30″ top mount refrigerator, a 30″ range, a 30″ ventilation hood, a 24″ dishwasher and a countertop model microwave.

How things have changed!

Appliance choices now are almost infinite!

Observing the evolution of Kitchen Appliances over the years I have developed some favorites.

One of these is the Kitchen Appliance as a Drawer.

Let’s look at why I love this type of appliance.

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Kitchen Design Case Study: Heritage Designation

Part of what allows me to be an effective educator is taking on residential design projects.

My private design practice, Vestabul Design, provides design packages for kitchens and bathrooms for client renovations and new home builds.

These design projects keep me connected to the ever evolving needs & wants of consumers while providing me with a gateway to industry suppliers.

I also love the whole design process!

The project I am going to discuss in this blog posting was a very interesting one that combines modern design within a heritage designation.

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My Top 3 Insights from the KBIS 2021 Virtual Show Floor

Last week the 2021 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show went virtual.

I was really looking forward to this new format and booked off the week to “attend”.

Unfortunately things did not go well for the show organizers with multiple technical issues on the first day and the decision made to shut down the platform on day two.

Jumping on first thing Tuesday I experienced some hiccups, but persevered, figured out some work arounds, and got access to the show floor. (By Wednesday am the show floor was no longer available!)

I’m glad I kept connected late into Tuesday night and I am delighted to be able to share my insights from cruising the virtual show floor that first day.

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Identifying Common Errors in Kitchen Design: Part 2

Errors in the design of a kitchen hurts both the consumer and the designer.

For the consumer, an error or mistake in the design of their kitchen can cause irritation daily or produce an unsafe environment.

For the Kitchen Designer, mistakes and errors can hurt your reputation, erode your margins and decrease your referrals.

This blog article we will look at part 2 of this series and help you identify common errors in Kitchen Design so you can avoid them.

If you prefer to view rather than read you can check out Identifying Common Errors in Kitchen Design for FREE on VESTABUL SCHOOL OF DESIGN. Well worth it for the extra Designer Tips presented in that presentation!

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Identifying Common Errors in Kitchen Design: Part 1

The Kitchen is the most complicated room in the home to design and if you make a mistake it can be very costly to fix.

Helping Designers avoid mistakes is important to me so I focus a lot of my VESTABUL SCHOOL OF DESIGN training around teaching designers the guidelines, clearances and functionality of this room.

This part of Kitchen Design is called the Science of Kitchen Design.

In my next few blogs I am going to walk you through a Kitchen layout that at a glance looks like a good design but is filled with mistakes.

Read on to learn how you can identify and ultimately avoid these common kitchen design errors.

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The Top 10 Kitchen Backsplash Alternatives to Tile

Tile has been a go-to product for the Kitchen Backsplash for decades.

The choice of size, color, shape, pattern and texture in tiles is almost infinite making it an ideal choice for designers.

When you add in that designers can mix & match and position tile for a one-of-a-kind look your may wonder why would you even want to look at an alternative.

There are several reasons a Kitchen Design would call for something different, so read on to be inspired for your next backsplash design!

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What Does a Kitchen Designer Really Do? Phase 4

Based on the feedback I have been receiving on this series, both consumers and designers have been surprised by the multiple steps a Kitchen Designer goes through on a “typical” Kitchen project and the hours devoted to it.

In Phase 1 we discussed the Pre-Design steps. They included attracting a client, educating that client, presenting your products and services, conducting a survey to determine their needs & wants, helping them narrow in on their appliance choices, and heading to the site to measure.

In Phase 2 we dove into the Design Development portion of the process. During this stage, you scaled your site measurements, developed some design options, presented the options, worked on revisions, and presented a final design.

For Phase 3 with signed contracts in hand, products need to be ordered in a methodically detailed process. A few days later you will have to focus on the supplier confirmations to ensure they are accurate and approve them.

To this point you will have invested approximately 33 hours on your client’s Kitchen Design Project.

You are now in the home stretch!

Read on to see what it takes to get over the finish line.

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What Does a Kitchen Designer Really Do? Phase 3

In this four part series we have covered 2 phases of what a Kitchen Designer really does.

In Phase 1 many people were surprised to see that a good 10 hours could be spent on a Kitchen Design project before the fun part of designing it began.

Then in Phase 2, the hours added up to an additional 15 hours with the average Kitchen Design consuming approximately 25 hours to get to a point where a contract for product is signed.

In this post I will explore what happens behind the scenes in the world of Kitchen Design.

I think many will be surprised to see that the Kitchen Designer’s work has just begun.

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What does a Kitchen Designer Really Do? Phase 2

Most people choose Kitchen Design as a profession for the creative aspect.

After reading What Does a Kitchen Designer Really Do? Phase 1, you will see that there are a lot of hours devoted to a project before you get to the creative side or the Art of Kitchen Design.

Between 4 and 10 hours will be spent in the Pre-Design stage of a Kitchen Design project.

Spending time attracting a client, educating a client, presenting your sales pitch to a client, conducting a needs assessment with your client, directing your client’s appliance choices and measuring the site all need to be done before “the fun part begins!”

Phase 2 of “What a Kitchen Designer Really Does” is

Design Development

Let’s look at what that entails.

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What Does a Kitchen Designer Really Do? Phase 1

While most people think Kitchen Design is all about creativity and the Art of Design, the truth is that the Kitchen Designer spends a lot of time on the Science and the Business of Design.

I belong to multiple Facebook Designer Groups where I see a lot of posts asking how to tackle a Kitchen Design Contract from scratch.

The Designers asking this question may be new to Design in general or may be new to Kitchen Design specifically.

Many of their questions ask:

How long should it take to produce a Kitchen Design?

In this Blog Series I will break down all the steps the Kitchen Designer needs to go through to design a Kitchen from start to finish!

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Guest Blog

This week I wanted to share with you a Blog I wrote for the software design company 2020 Spaces entitled: Website Design Strategies – 5 Tips For Kitchen and Bath Designers

I have used the 2020 Design software in my Kitchen Design practice since 1998 and have loved the flexibility it has offered my business.

2020 helps professional designers, retailers and manufacturers in the interior design and furniture industries capture ideas, inspire innovation and streamline processes.

By providing end-to-end solutions and the world’s largest collection of manufacturers’ catalogs, 2020 provides businesses with the software and content to be more efficient, integrated and productive.

2020 applications allow professional designers to create kitchens, bathrooms, closets and commercial offices which look as stunning on the screen as they do in reality.

I am thrilled to have been chosen as their first Guest Blogger!

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Why Appliances Drive Kitchen Designers Crazy! Part 3

For those of you who follow me, you know that I look at Kitchen Design from three view points.

The Art of Kitchen Design, The Science of Kitchen Design and The Business of Kitchen Design.

In Part 1 of this series we looked at the Art of Kitchen Design & Appliances and in Part 2 we looked at the Science of Kitchen Design & Appliances.

In Part 3 we will look at the Business of Kitchen Design & Appliances so you can combine all three and no longer have appliances driving you crazy!

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