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.

Award Winning Traditional Kitchen

3 Feb

Traditional Kitchen Renovation Ardmore, PA

One of our favorite kitchen renovations took home 3rd place for the Traditional category in the 14th annual kitchen design contest sponsored by Signature Kitchens & Baths magazine. 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.

The End of Books and Bookshelves?

1 Feb


Digital books may be taking over the publishing world but homeowners and designers still like the homey look of bookshelves and displays. Traditional built-in bookshelves, cantilevered bookshelves, niches, and glass-front display cases still have a place in home design. Click on the photo above for some ideas.

Kitchen Islands, Bigger and Harder Working

28 Jan

Kitchen Island with Storage Seating Renovation Philadelphia PAAt the 2013 Builder’s Show, kitchen islands were all the buzz. Islands are getting bigger and harder-working, with increased storage space. One designer described the kitchen island as “the jewel in the setting” of the house.

Check out our Houzz Kitchen Island Ideabook for more inspiration.

Save the Date! Philadelphia Home Show Starts Next Week

23 Jan

2013 Dates & Hours

Saturday, February 2 10:00 am 9:00 pm
Sunday, February 3 10:00 am 5:00 pm
Monday, February 4   4:00 pm 9:00 pm
Tuesday, February 5   4:00 pm 9:00 pm
Wednesday, February 6 11:00 am 9:00 pm
Thursday, February 7 11:00 am 9:00 pm
Friday, February 8 11:00 am 9:00 pm
Saturday, February 9 10:00 am 9:00 pm
Sunday, February 10 10:00 am 6:00 pm
New Show Hours – Open All Day
Wednesday, February 6 and Thursday, February 7

Location

Pennsylvania Convention Center
Exhibition Hall A
12th & Arch Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19107
www.paconvention.com

FREE parking at Sugar House Casino with a shuttle to the show. See details Ample parking is also available at nearby garages and transit is just a short walk away.

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