Archive for September, 2017
Appliances are always a big decision in any new Kitchen project. Refrigerators are getting larger, freezers have become separate units, two dishwashers are more common, and of course, there is the fabulous range that wants to be center stage. So what best compliments that large mass of (expensive) equipment below? The hood above becomes a more important decision than most people realize.
Stainless is an easy choice to match the range below, but many people don’t want one more piece of stainless in the Kitchen and find it more visually pleasing to join the side cabinetry with a custom wood hood. Designed to fit the space perfectly and built to accommodate a powerful motor, the wood hood becomes a hardworking, functional and beautiful part of the overall ambiance of the Kitchen.
A Splash of Today & Yesterday
Designed for a vintage home in Rye, NY, this wood hood needed to blend the charm of yesteryear with the function and efficiency of today’s modern kitchens. Located over a Thermador range, the hidden Thermador insert provides all the power needed to fully vent the space. It also remains disguised in the matching cabinetry style of the room. Trying to balance the required hood size while minimizing the visual mass, the radius shelves on the sides allow for convenient storage while also creating a softer look. Side pull-outs next to the range keep the essential spices and spices close at hand for the cook.
For help designing the best look and function for your kitchen, the JWH Team offers expert advice and creative solutions.
Testing & Waiting
It’s an ongoing challenge to learn about the “new” LED (light-emitting diode) products. Finding the right fixtures with the right features is not an easy task. As much as designers (and homeowners) wanted to trade in their incandescent and halogen bulbs, good LED products were not ready for the design demands of the kitchen and bath industry.
Choosing the right color produced by an LED has been a big battle between designers who want the best color for the setting and the companies producing the options. Since the color of the light corresponds to the energy of the photon and the energy band gap of the semiconductor (technical factors over which we have no control), we had to wait to see what products would be introduced. So we tested, we waited, we tested, and we waited some more.
Let There Be LED Light!
Finally, the waiting is over! Now we are specifying LED lighting for the whole house, and not just the undercabinet, in-cabinet, and accent lighting in the kitchen. The lower energy consumption, low heat emission, long life (30,000 hours of more!), durability, and small sizes allow us to incorporate lighting into fun and functional spots. We can open the corner base cabinet to illuminate the often-hidden contents, or under a “floating vanity” to create a warm ambiance and a helpful nighttime glow. Possibilities go as far as along the front of open shelves for those hard-to-read book titles.
The color varies from warm to cool: 2700-3000k is considered warm and 3600-5500k are cool. I have yet to see anything above 2700k that is warm enough for our liking! But at least the range allows us to select the light output that best suits the task and setting. A few added benefits: the cost is reasonable, the wiring and installation are relatively easy, and you won’t be changing any bulbs!
Hope this helps!
6 Creative Kitchen Storage Solutions
There’s nothing quite like opening a cabinet door to grab a dash of kosher salt for your charcuterie and finding everything is in its proper place. The hallelujah chorus faintly playing in the background, you close the cabinet door and walk away feeling that all is right in the world. When it comes to keeping order in the kitchen, getting a little creative with storage is key. These six simple and effective storage tips will have you on your way to keep your kitchen running like a well-oiled machine.
Hide Appliances & Utensils
It’s the first rule in Kitchen Organization 101: The less “stuff” stored on the counter, the cleaner your kitchen will feel. Hide larger appliances like toasters, stand mixers, and food processors behind an appliance garage door. Stash dishwashing materials behind closed doors. Or add a narrow pullout under the sink to cleverly store dish soap, scrubbers, sponges, and towels.
If you’re a baker, you likely have a few oddly shaped mixing blades for your Kitchen Aid Mixer. For utensils that don’t typically fit into a drawer, save space by hanging them from small hooks inside your cabinet. The idea is to make your life easier by finding convenient ways to access your most-used utensils and alleviate clutter.
Add Storage to an Island
An island serves as an anchor for your entire kitchen. It provides extra workspace, storage space, and eating space. To maximize the functionality of your island, try including an under-counter beverage refrigerator, deep drawers to store pots and pans, and even a butcher block built into the countertop for knife and utensil storage.
Boost Space with Baskets
In the event that you run out of drawer or cabinet space, never fear, because baskets are here to save the day! Use the brilliance of a basket to neatly organize towels, snacks, and utensils without adding additional clutter to counter spaces. Artfully arrange fresh fruits in a countertop basket for a two-fold reward. The result? More storage space and an aesthetically pleasing enhancement to your eating area. Exquisite and innovative!
Add an Extra Pantry
Is your pantry bursting at the seams? Or do you not have a pantry at all? Nonetheless, there is a surprising way to add a storage area. Utilizing the empty space alongside the refrigerator to create a vertical organizer is aesthetic and efficient. A tall pullout with shelves allows for added storage space for snacks, spices, utensils, and whatever else you need to stash in a pinch.
Take a Lazy Susan Spin
Despite her name, Susan is anything but lazy. This brilliant kitchen standby has saved the masses from emptying entire cabinets when trying to get to an item in the back. Thus, a Lazy Susan works wonders for making essentials easy to find. So, instead of consigning this spinning wonder to a deep cabinet, add one to the pantry for simple retrieval of kitchen utensils.
If you’re ready for a custom solution to your storage needs, call the experts at JWH Design & Cabinetry. Our Team specializes in space planning with 20 years of experience designing fabulous kitchens, family spaces, libraries, and baths. Browse our Design Portfolio to see our custom cabinetry projects and let us help you turn your dreams into reality.