Kitchen Design Case Study: Adding the WOW Factor to a Spec Home Kitchen!

Designing the perfect Kitchen for someone always entails getting to know them.

But how do you do that when you are designing a Kitchen for a project with no specific client?

Over the years I have designed multiple Kitchens for developers that were building homes on speculation.

The design brief is always to design a space that attracts a buyer while still keeping the investment dollars for the kitchen in check.

You also need to make the Kitchen memorable.

Read on to see how this project produced a fantastic Kitchen that sold the home for top dollar.

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The Top 10 Ways to Support Kitchen Dining Bars

The popularity of the open concept kitchen often means the inclusion of a kitchen island.

Kitchen Islands often include a dining bar and the Kitchen Dining Bar sees a lot of action in the course of a day.

It hosts breakfast, acts as a home office, provides a place for a quick lunch, keeps guests at bay and is the coveted spot during a party.

Because of this you need to get the design of the dining bar right and ensure you are safely supporting it.

Let’s have a look at the top 10 options for safely and aesthetically supporting a Kitchen Dining Bar.

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The Best Locations for Placing Wall Ovens in your Kitchen Designs

Many consumers are requesting a wall oven and cooktop instead of a traditional range for their Dream Kitchen.

There can be many reasons for this.

They may have a large space and would like to spread the cooking activities around the room.

They may want an oven at a more ergonomic height.

There may want special features only available in a wall oven.

Once it is determined that your client would like to include a wall oven or two in their new Kitchen, it will be up to you to find the perfect solution for locating them in their design.

Read on to discover some great ideas for placing wall ovens in your Kitchen Designs.

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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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