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August 11 at #KBtribechat – Kitchen Design: a mid-year review

This gorgeous, on-trend, contemporary kitchen features Crossville porcelain slab counters and walls in unpolished State of Grace, a Bertazzoni dual-fuel range and hood, Northern Contours high-gloss Acrylic cabinet doors and Franke stainless steel sinks + chef faucets.

Our discussion questions:

Minimalist, Timeless, Modern. What look do you see in today’s kitchens?

What materials are you seeing used in kitchen design?

 How are people customizing their kitchens?

How has technology impacted the look and feel of a kitchen?

What functional/practical trends are customers asking for in their design?

What’s desired today for kitchen lighting?

What overall looks are currently trending for kitchens? Share pics!

Another view – the pantry adds interest to the room with Element Designs stainless steel and back painted glass cabinet doors.

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The bar, featuring a Zephyr Presrv™ French Door Wine & Beverage Cooler, sits across the room from the kitchen, echoing the pantry design with additional Element Designs stainless steel and back painted glass doors on the upper cabinetry. Crossville porcelain slab counters and Northern Contours high-gloss acrylic cabinet doors on the base also connect this element with the kitchen.

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5/12 at #KBtribechat – KBtribe weigh-in on desirable kitchen features

A design discussion!

Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) As influencers in the kitchen and bath industry, what are you recommending regarding the open plan concept with a kitchen island?

2.) What about kitchen countertops? What is your current thinking on desirable countertop materials and looks?

3.) Backsplashes have become spectacular. What looks are gaining traction?

4.) As trendsetters, what major kitchen appliance looks and features are must haves?

5.) What flooring looks and materials are in demand?

6.) How are you adding color to kitchens?

7.) Are you still mixing and matching metals? What works?

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January 13 at #KBtribechat – How to make the most of Kitchens!

Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) How do kitchen islands add to multifunctionality?

2.) Is having seating in the kitchen important? How does seating add to multifunctionality?

3.) How does an open plan add to the activity possibilities in the kitchen?

4.) How can we encourage gathering in the kitchen?

5.) How can smart technology help us increase our activity options in kitchens?

6.) What cabinetry ideas or storage solutions add multifunctionality to kitchens?

7.) How can multifunctional sinks and appliances help in the kitchen?

8.) How can we add grow your own options to kitchens?

9.) What tips do you have for adding laundry appliances to kitchens?

10.) What other tips do you have to blur the lines between kitchen function and family space?

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April 15 at #KBtribechat – The Kitchen Island

A Twitter design discussion!

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This beautiful kitchen features: historic Alberene Soapstone – Polycor | Range – BlueStar | Refrigerator – KitchenAid |Hood – Zephyr Ventilation | Fireclay Sink / Chef Faucet – Franke | Pendant Lights – Wilson Lighting | photo by Edward Caldwell Photography

 

Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) What materials, finishes and details are popular for kitchen island cabinetry and hardware?

2.) Do you like to match the kitchen island to the perimeter? Why or why not? Share pictures of kitchens you like!

3.)  What is trending for island countertop materials and edge details?

4.) What are the pros and cons on designing in a sink and dishwasher or cook-top on the island?

5.) What storage solutions do you like to include on kitchen islands?

6.) What features are useful to have on a kitchen island? Share pictures!

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May 30 at #KBtribechat – Kitchen Islands

A design discussion

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Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) What materials, finishes and details are currently popular for kitchen island cabinetry and hardware?

2.) Do you like to match the kitchen island to the perimeter? Why or why not?

3.)  Are waterfall counters still popular?  What is trending for island countertop materials and edge details?

4.) Island countertops with an overhang for seating are popular. What design solutions do you like to add style to the eating bar side of an island?

5.) What are the pros and cons on designing in a sink and dishwasher or cooktop on the island?

6.) What features are nice to have or useful on a kitchen island? Share pictures!

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March 15 at #KBtribechat – Kitchen Islands

A design discussion!

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Our KBtribechat questions:

1.) What materials, finishes and details are currently popular for kitchen island cabinetry and hardware?

2.) Do you like to match the kitchen island to the perimeter? Why or why not?

3.)  Are waterfall counters still popular?  What is trending for island countertop materials and edge details?

4.) Island countertops with an overhang for seating are popular. What design solutions do you like to add style to the eating bar side of an island?

5.) What are the pros and cons on designing in a sink and dishwasher or cooktop on the island?

6.) What features are nice to have or useful on a kitchen island? Share pictures!

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July 20th at #KBtribechat – Kitchen Islands

A design discussion – sponsored and hosted by Caesarstone.

Kitchens are more than just a place to cook – they’ve turned into the heart of the home.

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At Caesarstone, we aim to make the kitchen look, feel, and perform to the highest standard with the ultimate countertop. With colors inspired by marble, (like Statuario Maximus) or cement (like Sleek Concrete) you can achieve the look of your dreams with the durability of quartz!

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Our surfaces are ideal for kitchen islands: scratch-resistant, stain-resistant, heat-resistant, mold/mildew-resistant, long lasting, low maintenance, and requires no harsh chemicals for cleaning. That means these surfaces can stand up to even the messiest of families, while keeping your home safe, healthy, and green.

Our KBtribechat questions:

1. What materials and finishes are currently on-trend for kitchen islands? Countertops? Cabinetry? Hardware?

2. We’ve been noticing an increase in waterfall counters lately!  What unique island shapes/designs have you been seeing?

3. Do you like to match the island colors/materials to the perimeter or diversify? Why?

4. How do you design islands that increase efficiency and work in conjunction with the rest of the kitchen?

5. Islands often require choices (storage vs. seating; sink vs. cooktop). What are some tricks or tools that you use to identify what your client needs in their island vs. perimeter?

Caesarstone loves sharing interior photos submitted by our favorite Designers, Architects and Dealers! We promote your designs to our audience of over 450k with our Featured Designer Program! Submit your Caesarstone designs HERE.

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June 10th at #KBtribechat: Building Seating into the Kitchen

A Design Discussion!

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Our discussion questions:

When designing a kitchen island or peninsula some like to have one flat work surface and others like the look of higher bar stool height counters. What are the pros and cons of each of these options?

Q1.) When planning seating at a kitchen island or peninsula, do you prefer to have the entire counter 36″ high or stepped up to 42″? Why?

Islands and peninsulas have their unique design issues from supporting the overhang to adding electrical outlets with style.

Q2.) What design solutions do you like for kitchen islands or peninsulas with seating?

Q3.) What walkway clearance dimensions do you insist on around islands? What do you do when you have clients who ask for this feature but actually do not have adequate space?

Please share pictures of beautiful kitchen island seating!

Built-in windowseats are often designed for use as dining seating, at least on one side of the table. They offer storage and reduced need for chair space.

Q4.) Do you prefer to access windowseat space via a lift-top or drawers and why? Please share your ideas for and pictures of successful windowseat dining solutions!

Q5.) Do your clients still want a nook with an informal dining table in the kitchen area?

Banquettes are sometimes designed into the kitchen space today.

Q6.) Do you like the idea of booth seating in the home? Share pictures of designs you like

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Designing Dining Options

A Kitchen Design Discussion

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When planning seating at a kitchen island or peninsula, do you prefer  to have the entire counter at 36″ high or stepped up to 42″?  Some like to have one big flat work surface and others like the look of bar stool height counters.  What are the pros and cons of each of these options?  What other design solutions do you like for island seating?  What walkway clearances do you employ around eating bars?  What do you do when  you have clients who ask for this feature but actually do not have adequate space?

We want to see pictures of beautiful kitchen island seating!

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Built-in windowseats are often employed for dining seating, at least on one side of the table.  They offer storage and reduced need for chair space.  Do you prefer to access the space via a lift-top? or drawers? Please share pictures of successful windowseat dining solutions!

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Banquettes are sometimes designed into the kitchen space today.  Do you like the idea of booth seating in the home?  Share pictures of designs you like!

We will be discussing each of these common kitchen built-in dining design choices and more Wednesday, November 6th, at Kbtribechat.  Join us on Twitter from 2 to 3pm eastern time!

Here’s the transcript for this Kbtribechat.

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Kitchen Islands

On Wednesday, March 7, 2012, Jeremy Parcels of RJM Contractors is hosting kbtribechat on KITCHEN ISLANDS.  Join our discussion from 2 to 3 pm eastern time on twitter by adding our hashtag (#kbtribechat) to your tweets.

Jeremy Parcels

Jeremy Parcels, AKBD, is the kitchen and Bath designer as well as a project manager for RJM Contractors in Bradenton, FL.   RJM Contractors is a family owned and operated business.   Jeremy is a third generation cabinet guy who grew up in the business.   Designing kitchens that are both functional and beautiful is his passion.

www.rjmbuilds.com

(941) 749-7660

Read my blog: RJM Contractors Blog

Follow my Tweets @rjmcontractors

Jeremy hosted kbtribechat on December 14, 2011. His topic was KITCHEN CABINETRY TRENDS.

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