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A Case Study: Appliances in a Custom Kitchen

Appliances play a very important roll in Kitchen design.

In my private design business a discussion of the client’s appliance “wants” is always part of the initial needs assessment.

In this VESTA Blog post I want to walk you through a case study on appliance choices for a new home build.

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The Kitchen Designer and the Appliance Manufacturer

Appliances are an important part of every Kitchen Design.

With the chaos of choice in appliances I am often asked by other designers:

How can I learn more about appliance brands?

My answer is”

Participate in appliance manufacturer’s designer tours.

Appliance manufactures rely on Kitchen Designers to educate the consumer as part of their sales funnel.

Even though many Kitchen Designers do not sell appliances directly to their clients, they can have a huge influence on what appliances the homeowner purchases for their space.

Read on to hear about my experiences on manufacturer designer tours.

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Getting the Dishwasher Right in Your Kitchen Designs

In anticipation of launching my appliance workshop this fall, I have been devoting my weekly VESTA Blog to everything appliances.

Today I want to tackle the dishwasher.

While many Kitchen Designers may not think twice about the dishwasher, and always specify a stainless steel model beside the sink, there are choices.

Read on to see how you can place or specify a dishwasher to really meet the needs of your client.

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How to Design a Kitchen for Your Client that Cans & Preserves

The late summer harvest is in full swing where I live, and that means my canner is out of storage and sitting on the Kitchen counter.

Many of my weekends this time of year are spent visiting farmers markets and actual farms to purchase cases of produce to preserve.

Learning the skill of canning and preserving is a hobby I very much enjoy and is even one that I have introduced to my clients over the years.

Knowing how to design a Kitchen to accommodate this hobby has been an asset as a Kitchen designer and today I want to revisit a VESTA Blog on the subject.

Read on to get inspired to help your canning clients design the Kitchen of their dreams.

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Appliances for a Living in Place Kitchen Design.

A big part of my private design practice revolves around Living in Place Design, also referred to as Universal Design.

Early in my career I discovered a statistic that stated:

The historical user of the Kitchen was a 5′ 4″ tall, able-bodied, non-elderly female.

When you look at “standard” Kitchen design criteria, much of it still revolves around accommodating this user, even though she is only about 15% of the North American population.

Making our Kitchen designs functional for all users should be a priority of every professional Kitchen Designer.

Read on to learn some of my tips for choosing and placing appliances in your living in place Kitchen designs that accommodate all users!

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Kitchen Appliances: The Business of Design

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
  • 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 to be on your way to mastering appliances in your Kitchen designs.

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Kitchen Appliances: The Science of Design

Last week we explored the Art of Design with Appliances by looking at the 4 categories of Kitchen Appliances.

Helping your clients make the decision to choose Free Standing Appliances, Built-in Appliances, Integrated Appliances, or Pro-style Appliances is the first step in the Art of Design & Appliances.

In my FREE Workshop on Appliances launching this fall, I will cover additional art of design steps for specifying appliances. You will want to check it out!

To register for the workshop and get notified of dates and time for the Vestabul School of Design Appliance Workshop, subscribe to here:

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Kitchen Appliances: The Art of Design

When I was developing the concept for VESTABUL SCHOOL OF DESIGN, I interviewed multiple Designers to find out what they needed to excel as Kitchen Designers.

Time and time again I heard

Help me with Appliances!

With the variety of appliance brands and types available in the market constantly increasing, appliances are becoming a more and more important element in Kitchen Design.

Due to this chaos of choice, the Kitchen Designer needs to take the lead on appliances for a successful project.

Read on to see how VESTABUL SCHOOL OF DESIGN is committed to helping Designers do just that!

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Revisiting Placing Wall Ovens in Your Kitchen Designs

As I have been working on developing my Appliance Workshop for this fall, I have been revisiting past VESTA Blog posts on appliances.

The Best Locations for Placing Wall Ovens in Your Kitchen Designs was my most read post, showing there is a lot of interest in appliances when it comes to Kitchen Design.

Here is that post again in case you missed it!

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Revisiting Why I love Appliances as Drawers

For those of you who have worked with me, or follow my blog, know that I believe in the philosophy of

Form Follows Function

Architect, Louis Sullivan

When it comes to recommending appliances for my private clients, this philosophy is top of mind.

This is why I love Kitchen appliances as drawers!

Today, I am revisiting this popular VESTA Blog post about appliance drawers in anticipation of a FREE Workshop on Appliances that I will be releasing this fall.

If you would like to be alerted to times and dates for the workshop and are not already a subscriber you can subscribe here:

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Placing the Microwave in Your Kitchen Designs

Appliances are a big part of Kitchen Design. You cannot design a Kitchen without them!

In anticipation of a free workshop I will be presenting in September, I will be devoting my blog posts in the next 6 to 8 weeks to appliances.

If you would like to be informed of when the workshop will be launched, and you are not already a subscriber, sign up here:

Today I will revisit one of my most popular VESTA Blog posts that discussed where to place the microwave in a Kitchen design.

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A Beginners Guide to Kitchen Design

Taking on the responsibility of designing another person’s Kitchen is not as easy as it looks on HGTV!

And mistakes can be costly to both the client and the designer.

VESTABUL SCHOOL OF DESIGN was founded to train, mentor and coach Kitchen designers to help them avoid mistakes and develop beautifully, functional Kitchen designs.

To this end, courses have been developed under these three areas:

  • Cornerstone Courses
  • Icon Courses
  • Pillar Courses

In today’s post I will provide an overview of our most popular Cornerstone course, A Beginners Guide to Kitchen Design.

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