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One-of-a-Kind Historic Philadelphia Kitchen

8 May

Kitchen Renovation Philadelphia
Another successful collaboration with kitchen designer David Stimmel made the pages of Signature Kitchens & Baths Winter 2013 edition (page 34). The existing 300-year-old kitchen was decidedly dark and dreary. Custom coffers and multistage crown molding add drama and host lighting that illuminates intricate details overhead and below. Creamy white cabinetry and white Carrera marble project even more light. A track and rolling ladder provides access to cabinetry that reaches the 12′ ceiling height.

Splurge Worthy: Frameless Glass Shower Enclosures

15 Apr

Master Bath Renovation Wayne, PA
The standard glass shower enclosure is composed of a relatively thin piece of glass framed with metal for extra strength. Although much cheaper to produce and install, standard enclosures tend to collect mold and last only about a third as long as frameless glass enclosures. But want to know why we really love frameless? Cause they’re purrrdy and much less likely to harbor disgusting colonies of mold and mildew. The thicker tempered glass costs more to fabricate and install but we think the streamlined look and extended durability far outweighs the competition.

Our Verdict: Totally Splurge-Worthy!

Inspiration Snapshot: Traditional Kitchen Renovation {Philadelphia Style}

9 Apr

Philadelphia Cream Kitchen Renovation
Warmth abounds in this custom tailored kitchen renovation situated on Delancey Street in the heart of Philadelphia. Earthy and inviting soapstone countertops and creamy cabinets mix surprisingly well with the urban feel of the stainless steel apron front sink and appliances.

Like it? Get the look:
1 – Green Iron Soapstone Counter Tops
2 – Conestoga Cabinets in Hard Maple Finished with Brown Glaze
3 – Natural Walnut Island Top with 2″ Square Edge (by Conestoga)
4 – Cherry Wood Island Sealed with Blue/Gray Paint Stain (also by Conestoga)
5 – GE Monogram Duel Fuel Range and Stainless Steel Backsplash

Country Kitchen Renovation Philadelphia
6 – Vault Stainless Steel Smart Divide Sink with Apron Front by Kohler
7 – Manchester Bar Stools by Pottery Barn
8 – Hand Forged Erlenmeyer Pendant by Hubbardton Forge

Backsplash Custom Tile
9 – Hand Made Tile Customized with Reproductions of Etchings from 17th Century French Artist Jaques Callot
10 – Green Iron Soapstone Counter Tops

Outdoor Living Heats Up

4 Apr

Porch Addition Post & Beam Villanova, PA
An increasingly popular trend in our informal lifestyle is outdoor living – a great way to combine indoor luxuries with the pleasures of the great outdoors. Televisions, fireplaces, ceiling fans, ambient lighting, cozy furniture – all are finding their way outside. As the trend becomes more widespread – we’re seeing an increase in the variety of products designed for use in an outdoor kitchen as well – including pizza ovens, wine coolers, warming drawers and even dishwashers.

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Homeowners extend the use of these outdoor living areas by choosing structures that can be either fully open or closed depending on the season.

Learn from an Award Winning Kitchen

28 Feb

Traditional Kitchen Renovation Ardmore PA
This kitchen continued a long-standing winning streak by taking home 3rd place for the Traditional category in the 14th annual kitchen design contest sponsored by Signature Kitchens & Baths magazine. That got us thinking – what is it about this kitchen that makes it so successful?

Kitchen Renovation with Island and French Doors Ardmore PA
This kitchen’s simple floor plan maximizes its functionality. A long single island anchors the center of the kitchen, providing an ideal setting for small intimate gatherings and a centerpiece for grand holiday soirees. A wall of French doors opens to an outdoor courtyard allowing guests to wander in and out with ease while flooding the room with the warmth and comfort of daylight. The adjoining family room invites additional interaction.

Custom Refrigerator Amoire Ardmore PA
Meticulous craftsmanship incorporated into the tiniest of details gives the space its distinct character. Distressed black painted cabinets provide a classic counterpoint to the rich American cherry whose radiused beaded-inset cabinetry is accented by molding and stars. The hood canopy was hand built on site and finished with a carved mantelpiece. Fully integrated refrigeration units resemble fine antique furniture. The one of a kind coffered ceiling functions as a grid for aligning the kitchen’s various components.

Traditional Kitchen Renovation Ardmore, PA
Despite its good looks, this kitchen was built with cooking and entertaining in mind. The 48″ range accommodates multiple pots and pans and is flanked with discrete pull-out storage units for ultimate convenience. The central portion of the island sits 1 1/2″ higher than standard to convenience taller than average homeowners. Top of the line appliance were selected for superior performance.

Did we mention it was a national competition? Kudos to kitchen designer and cabinetmaker David Stimmel of Stimmel Consulting Group for his (always) fantastic work.

See more photos of this award winning kitchen on houzz.com.

The Functional Grand Entrance

22 Feb

Entryway Mudroom Renovation with Storage
Entryways are making a comeback – even if it means borrowing space from other rooms.  Statement making treatments from swathes of stone to creative storage and custom bookcases ensure that the entry is both functional and well appointed. We have bookmarked some of our favorite entryways over on our houzz.com page. Check ’em out.

Master Bath Renovations Reconfigured

6 Feb

Master Bath Renovation Philadelphia

The master bath is a commonly renovated section of the home and unlike other rooms, it is the one area of the house that is being compartmentalized rather than opened up. Popular configurations include his and hers vanities as well as private alcoves for tubs, showers and toilets. Glass shower doors, plenty of natural light and bold tiles in very large or very small sizes are a must in today’s master bath renovations.

Check out our houzz.com Ideabook for inspiration and ideas.

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