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Things to Keep in Mind for Your Kitchen Design

From small decisions like the cabinetry hardware to bigger choices such as the appliances, the kitchen designing process spans from practical to non-major choices. To design the kitchen of your dreams, keep reading this blog on some tips to keep in mind.

Modern, stylish kitchen.
Modern, stylish kitchen.

Dishwasher Location

If you’re looking to get your ideal kitchen up and running, take into account the placement of your dishwasher in the flow of the kitchen. Many people will strive to place their dishwasher next to the sink for easy loading and unloading. That being said, remember to keep your dishwasher away from the wall to maintain multiple points of access.

Trash Bin Location

Practical placement of the trash bin for your home is important. While still needing to be within easy reach of the rest of your kitchen, place it in an easily accessible area for the rest of your home such as the end of the island.

Lighting

With the kitchen being the central hub of the home, you always want to make sure that it has adequate lighting for every occasion. Use a mixture of natural lighting and non-natural lighting to have different options for the heart of your home throughout the day. Make sure to use everything from ceiling lights to under-cabinet lights to brighten up your kitchen.

Sockets in Your Cupboards

When designing of your dream kitchen, take into account the recent trend of storing smaller appliances inside the cupboards. By planning for electrical sockets and proper wiring in the cupboards, you’ll be able to enjoy clean countertops and a functional kitchen design straight from a Better Homes and Garden magazine.

Distance Between the Counters

Often times, when you’re in the kitchen with more than one person, space can seem tight and you always feel like you’re bumping into each other or the cupboards. When you’re remodeling or building a perfect kitchen, allow yourself to account for roughly 1000-1200mm of floor space between the benchtops.

Beautifully updated kitchen.
Beautifully updated kitchen.

Thoughts Whether it’s through providing adequate lighting or picking the best spot for your dishwasher, these practical decisions can make all the difference in the flow and feel of your kitchen. When you’re ready to start designing and crafting these practical tips into your perfect kitchen, call on the team at Chesapeake Kitchen Design to make it finally happen.

4 Steps to Plaster a Wall

Working with plaster can be a fun way to incorporate new designs on your wall; it can enhance the features of your bathroom, kitchen, and other areas of the house. According to Wikipedia, plaster is a “building material used for the protective or decorative coating of walls and ceilings and for molding and casting decorative elements.” If you’re ready to start your remodeling project, keep reading to learn how to properly plaster your walls from start to finish!

Step 1 – Prep Walls

Prepping your walls can definitely help with the plastering process. Do you have wallpaper? Then get to peeling! You can remove wallpaper by soaking it with water for at least 10min. After the paper is thoroughly soaked, gently remove from the wall. It’s also a good idea to wash your walls with soap and water, which can clear away any dirt or grime, and make your plaster stick better!

PVA glue is also a plaster essential! This adhesive goes directly onto the surface of your wall, and  acts as a primer tostop the plaster from drying too quickly. It’s important for your plaster to keep its moisture!

Step 2 – Tools

A plastering trowel is the one tool that does it all. You can hand mix plaster, use a wooden hawk, or mix on the floor, but it’s the trowel that gives you flat walls. This tool gives you the results you want. We also recommend putting these tools on your list:

  • Nordstand Heavy Duty Mixer – durable; easy for mixing
  • Fat Hog Paint brush – ideal for edging
  • Faithful 5 Gallon 25L Bucket – designed for your mixer

Step 3 – Mixing

Always put the water in the bucket before the plaster; if you do it the other way round, it can be harder to mix. Get the big bucket that you’re mixing with and fill your two 12 liter buckets with water. Then, fill with the correct plaster measurements and set on a low speed. Mix to your desired consistency. It’s almost like baking a cake, but with plaster!

Step 4 – Plaster Walls

Apply the first layer of plaster to your wall. With your plaster trowel, you can maneuver the plaster in the direction of your choosing. Start from one side of the wall and work your way over until you’ve reached the edge. Wait for it to dry for at least 10 minutes and then repeat the process.

We recommend using a water brush to keep your plaster wet and pliable to move across the surface. So every time you go back for another scoop, you can apply the water right after. This trick makes the plastering process go much quicker, especially if you’re a beginner.

Conclusion

From prepping the walls to scraping on freshly-made plaster, we listed a few steps for plastering your home. Of course, any DIY project can be done with the right tools and skills, but do you want the best results possible? We suggest hiring our team at Chesapeake Kitchen Design for plastering and other professional remodeling services!

If you have any suggestions for plastering, comment down below!

Maximize Your Kitchen Space

The kitchen is one of the most central parts of any home. Between daily meals and family get-togethers, time is never wasted when spent in the kitchen. Despite the love and appeal of large, spacious kitchens, not everyone has that luxury. So if you’re stuck in a small kitchen, follow along with this blog to read about all the different ways to maximize the space you have.

Cabinet Hacks

Cabinet space shouldn’t be overlooked. With easy-to-install features, you’ll have more space than you could ever imagine. One of the easiest things you can do in order to maximize your space is to add shelves on rollers; this allows you to pull the shelves out, more effectively using the entire space without creating a mess or hazard from reaching over other items. Another way you can use the space is by adding hooks to the doors to hang smaller kitchen items like oven mitts or measuring cups. The hooks create a way for you to use space that was once seen as unusable.

No-Waste Containers

The idea of zero waste has never seemed more enticing! If you’re low on space and have to organize strategically, glass or metal containers will be your new best friend. Instead of stacking and maneuvering boxes and bags, you can simply purchase a set of containers that allow you to reuse and organize neatly. They add an aesthetic appeal, motivate you to shop more consciously and organically, you’re maximizing your space, and saving the earth! A small investment in reusable containers will save you in the long run.

Hanging Installations

Much like we discussed in the cabinet paragraph, hooks are amazing; they allow for you to create usable space that might not otherwise be there. Aside from cabinet doors, there are plenty of other places for hooks to be installed and a variety of different kitchen items that can be hung. A common hanging item is a pot or pan. Installing a hanging rack for your pots and pans allows you to utilize otherwise unusable space for the bigger and bulkier items. Another thing you can hang is your paper towel rack or hand towel rack. These can be hung on the sides or tops of appliances and cabinets.

Conclusion

One of the most important things to think about when attempting to maximize your kitchen space is: where can you create usable space where there is otherwise no use for it? Hooks and alternative food storing containers can make all the difference. If these simple hacks aren’t enough for you, visit us at Chesapeake Kitchen Design to get started on the kitchen renovation of your dreams!

Affordable Kitchen Renovation Ideas that Increase the Resale Value of Your Home

If you’re planning on selling your home, making some renovations would be a great investment. Not only do renovations make your house look more appealing to potential buyers, but they also increase the value of your home. Renovations don’t have to be expensive either – you have many cheap home improvement options to make your house look even better. Before we get into our ideas, we need to discuss the amount of money you are putting into these renovations.

Many people consider the kitchen as their favorite room in the house, so investing in kitchen renovations is definitely worth it. However, you need to analyze the cost of the materials compared to the value of your home. Based on the overall value of your home, you may only be able to do a small cosmetic update rather than a complete overhaul. If the value of your home is higher, you can afford a more major remodeling job. Generally, major renovations cost too much and aren’t that necessary, so smaller home improvement projects are more beneficial and cost-effective.

Cabinets and Drawers

Cabinets and drawers can drastically change the look of your kitchen, but if you can’t afford to replace them, there are cheaper alternatives. New paint can go a long way! Painting and refinishing jobs can make your cabinets and drawers look as good as new. Another option is to re-face your cabinetry to give it an updated look. This is more expensive than painting, but less expensive than completely replacing them. One more thing to consider is convenience; if you have the funds, consider installing extra drawers, a pull-out pantry, or under-cabinet lighting fixtures to appeal to potential buyers.

Appliances

If your appliances are old or damaged, it’s time to upgrade them! Change out old appliances with updated models. (Note that people love stainless steel and energy-efficient models.) If your appliances still work fine but need an update, paint comes in handy once again. Your local body shop can paint your appliances to make them look brand new. This helps you save money from buying new appliances.

Other Ideas

  • Backsplash: Investing in a new tile backsplash is affordable and has a great payoff. They come in many colors and textures, and can really bring the kitchen’s color palette together. While DIY installation is cheaper, hiring a professional to install it for you isn’t that expensive.
  • Vinyl flooring: Flooring can transform the look of your kitchen! While hardwood flooring is expensive, vinyl flooring is affordable, durable, and modern. Vinyl flooring comes in many different tones and textures, so you have lots of options to pick from.
  • Granite countertops: Everyone loves granite countertops! However, you need to keep the price in mind, so you don’t need to purchase the most expensive slab at the shop. In addition, you may not even need a granite countertop. Granite countertops may not be an affordable option if the value of your house is below $500,000.
  • Sink and faucet: Installing a mid-priced sink and faucet can improve the look of your kitchen. Consider installing a window above the sink to add even more value and appeal to your kitchen.

Conclusion

Renovating your kitchen doesn’t have to break the bank. There are many affordable things you can do to boost the value of your home upon resale. Whether you want to do some small updates or to completely revamp the look of your kitchen, come to Chesapeake Kitchen Design! We can complete any type of kitchen renovation and create the kitchen you’ve always wanted.

Popular Kitchen Cabinet Trends

Kitchen cabinetry has long been used for storage purposes, but cabinets aren’t just to store your dishes and silverware. They are an essential part of your kitchen’s unique style. The cabinetry that you choose will bring your entire design together. There is always a trend for a simplistic and minimalist look in your kitchen but there is also a need for a more unique and customized look. Here is a look at the many different options in kitchen design.

Cabinet efficiency

Having efficient cabinets is not going to go out of style. This would be close to impossible to do. The last thing anyone wants is a bunch of wide open spaces, turning your kitchen into a cluttered disaster. By adding small elements such as, adding roll-out drawers, a lazy Susan, or shelving that is interchangeable, you are helping yourself create a high quality efficiency throughout your entire kitchen.

Glass Framed Cabinets

By adding glass to some of your cabinetry, you are opening up your kitchen even further while adding a unique touch to your kitchen. Though this style, you can “show off” your fancier china to your many guests. The only downside of glass framed is avoiding cluttering in the cabinetry for the all your guests to see and quietly judge.

Floor to Ceiling Cabinets

You can never have enough cabinet space. With smaller cabinetry, you have limited space and that will cause a lot of clutter. The solution to that would be to install cabinets from floor to ceiling on at least one or two walls. This look is a popular trend right now. Not only that but it will help you make the most out of the space you have. You can also add drawers and cabinets of different sizes, functions, and shapes in order to offer your kitchen plenty of style.

In recent years, cabinetry has gone through a plethora of changes than any other time. There has been a rapid change in tastes combined with a rise in the wide variety of styles available. If you are looking to redo your space with a kitchen remodel, what trends would you choose?

History of Kitchen and Dining Furniture

The modern kitchen and dining room are full of furniture that originated in various points in history, and yet not many know about the origins of these beauties. If you’ve always wondered how and when refrigerators and cupboards entered the picture, simply read on!

Ancient Egyptian

We may like to think kitchen furniture design is something that was invented recently, but we can glimpse the idea of it as early as the ancient Egyptian period. Introduced by Pharaoh Akhenaten, the Amarna style departed from the hard, perpendicular lines of prior Egyptian art and made way for attenuated lines and less idealized imagery. This change brought about curvy forms, and in the altar relief of Akhenaten, Nefertiti, and their three daughters (image below), curvy furniture too. It’s not hard to see how these casual settings of intimate, informal cuddling could easily translate to the metal stools of today.

Akhenaten, Nefertiti, and their daughters.

Modern metal stool. Sleek stools. Always in vogue.

Etruscan and Greco-Roman

The Sarcophagus of the Spouses, an iconic artifact from ancient Etruria, vividly reveals the dining culture of that kingdom—the artwork shows a pair of Etruscan banqueters reclining on a dining couch called a kline. The cousin to the kline is the klismos chair, the outcurved legs of which are conspicuous in various steles (tombstones) of classical Athens. As shown by examples like the Stele of Hegeso and the Stele of Xanthippos, the klismos chair is often depicted in a profile view. In addition to chairs and couches, Greco-Roman dining spaces also featured paneled cupboards and undecorated wooden tables, as seen in wall paintings from ancient Pompeii.

Woman sitting in a klismos chair.

Musing in a klismos.

Medieval

Many medieval furniture makers employed woodturning, which involved putting wood on a wood lathe and rotating it. The specialization of these crafts led turners and furniture makers to found guilds. The Middle Ages also saw the advent of the profession of the cabinetmaker, which became distinct from those of the carpenter and the joiner.

A carpenter using a lathe.

A wood lathe. What axis of rotation!

Rococo

The Rococo style was marked by over-the-top decorations and detailed gilding. The epitome of this style is the furniture at the Palace of Versailles. The Royal Table—the king’s public meal with his family and guests—took place at the king’s or the queen’s antechamber. Dinner guests sat in the folding stools that were placed at the end of the table (in the French court, armchairs were reserved for the king and the queen).

Versailles folding chairs.

A bedchamber at Versailles. Note the folding chairs.

Modern

In the 19th century, the furniture maker and the seller became distinct from one another. Showrooms became popular, and by 1927, GE’s Monitor Top Refrigerator showed up. Iceboxes gave up their dominion; refrigerators took over. After World War II, tank-making technologies followed suit and became refrigerator-making technologies. In the 1940s, the model kitchen ‘Kitchen of Tomorrow’ showcased built-in waffle makers and foot-pedal-operated sinks, both of which did not fare well in terms of popularity. The sleek, level countertop caught on, thanks to the Bauhaus movement.

A modern kitchen.

No more foot-pedal-operated sinks. Phew.

Conclusion

Of course, there’s a whole lot more to kitchen furniture history than what’s on this page. So grab that furniture encyclopedia from the dusty shelf. Admire those intricacies of an Art Nouveau cabinet or the simplicity of that medieval refectory table. Let them inspire your own kitchen furniture choices, and bring that excitement to Chesapeake Kitchen Design! There’s an abundance of options to choose from!

Top 5 Modern Kitchen Designs

Are you inspired to remodel your kitchen this year? There are so many designs and layouts, especially for modern and contemporary kitchens. From granite countertops to marble islands, the options for kitchen designs are endless. For this week’s post, we decided to put together a list of the top five modern kitchen designs that are sleek and stylish for any kitchen.

Timeless Dark Wood

Dark wood cabinets with an eye-catching beige backsplash can accent your kitchen for a traditional, yet modern twist. Adding stainless steel appliances and granite countertops are a must! We also suggest a dark wooden floor to match with color of the cabinets for a uniform and flawless kitchen layout.

Minimalist Marble

Consider a light colored marble backsplash for your kitchen space. By keeping things open and bright, your marble can be the center of attention. If you have an island, try white marble with stainless steel accent lights that hang for a modern touch. To maintain that minimalist vibe in your kitchen, install white cabinets with metal handles so that your marble can have everyone’s focus.

Scandinavian Farmhouse

A large, minimalistic L-shaped island can be a great match to light wood and brown flooring.  Add an ovular wooden sink to your island to keep up with the farmhouse look. Opt for recessed-panel cabinets, stainless steel countertops, and stainless steel appliances that are perfect modern accents to any kitchen. If you need ideas for cabinet colors, we suggest gray cabinets with a gray backsplash to accent the light wood floor.

Functionality & Style

 

Functionality in your kitchen is key when you use it all the time. For this look, we recommend light wood and brown flooring, a single-bowl sink and flat-panel cabinets that are also light wood to keep colors consistent throughout the kitchen. A white ceramic backsplash with stainless steel appliances can also be a perfect complement to this functional style and look. Fora practical layout, install slide-out cabinets to maximize storage space in your kitchen.

Modern New York Concrete

Give your kitchen an open space with a large modern single-wall concrete floor, a double-bowl sink, and dark gray cabinets. For your countertops, we suggest installing solid surface countertops with brown backsplash and stainless steel appliances to maintain a modern vibe throughout the entire kitchen. To brighten up your space, stainless steel lighting would be a great choice to complement the dark gray tones.

Conclusion

Modern home designs are great options for opening up space in your kitchen. Whether you decide to go minimalistic or still want to keep traditional aspects of your kitchen, each of our top picks can be incorporated to achieve a unique and stylish modern look. Comment down below your favorite design!

How Your Kitchenscape Shapes You

Just a tad dramatic, you might say. But it’s true!

It’s the Little Things

Well, let us consider what a kitchen is: It’s not just any room. It’s where people feast as well as argue; it’s where tax forms are filled and spilled on. If the kitchen island were to be too wide, grabbing a paper towel for a spill wouldn’t be easy. And if it were too narrow, it would be hard to avoid the halitosis from the person sitting across from you.

These are just the fringes of a hundred things that occur in kitchens every day. Everyone with a culinary space, whether they are the glitterati or the local brigade, must bustle around sinks and cabinets while prepping their sustenance. And in the process, the architecture of these complex networks influences them in tacit ways.

Kitchens: For more than munching and slurping.

A Glorious Garden

Royal great halls may have had minstrels playing in ornate galleries, but talking about the ‘architecture’ or the ‘network’ inside a contemporary kitchen may sound a bit strange to the modern ear. After all, isn’t it simply just some corner of a home that smells nice?

On the contrary, if a kitchen island is an island, that makes that other counter another island also; and the floor an ocean! Why, the refrigerator then becomes a high mountain, and the stovetop a field of volcanoes!

Yes, designing a kitchen is a lot like designing an ecosystem. To honor its function, the kitchen designer must set good boundaries for the elements: The glaciers (fridge); the electromagnetic waves (microwave oven); the air (vents and windows). And to honor the form, the designer must pick the décor and colors that are appropriate.

An ecosystem.

Reshaping a cramped kitchen into an airy one can uplift its user. Perfecting the proportions delights the eyes of everyone who visits (and often inspires them to explore every nook and cranny). A good kitchen design can incorporate Caribbean-themed tiles and classic faucets where they belong; retro-styled walls and diner-like carpentry can find ways to shine.

Jostling in the Jungle

But the kitchen with poor design is often a jungle rather than a garden. The problems may vary: from poor aeration to lack of sufficient legroom and clashing colors. For every meal at the dinner table, the user needs to battle them like Tarzan does against the leopard.

Suffering from poor design can take the form of constantly bumping into the edge of the counter, pinching one’s nose whenever passing by the sink, and frowning at the lackluster colors on the ceiling. But kitchen design doesn’t have to get in the way of smelling a good cup of coffee in the morning. That dripping faucet can quiet while you get immersed in that blockbuster on Netflix!

 

Tetris skills do come in handy.

User-Friendly Shapes

Yes, repairing those kitchen cabinet doors and removing that damaged flooring may take some time. But the result is a cleaner, less cluttered, and more welcoming look. A plethora of these little enhancements can take the dingiest kitchen to brand new heights! Chesapeake Kitchen Design makes available various remodeling and installation services to help! A good fixer upper knows how to reshape a kitchenscape as to enrich the conversations and cooking sessions that happen there.

A good kitchenscape can help us accomplish very important things.

Beautiful Kitchen Color Combinations

When was the last time that your kitchen was remodeled? It has probably been a while. If you are looking for a completely revamped look in your kitchen, an important thing to consider is the color scheme that you will add. Whether you want something bright and bold or simply want to add a splash of color, there are a variety of colors and styles to choose from when designing your kitchen. Here are a few beautiful color combinations that you might not have put together on your own!

Green & Off-white

The first combination of colors on our list is green and off-white! This vibrant kitchen gives the room a large and open appearance that is very inviting. This will be a great kitchen to include plenty of sunlight! Enjoy a fresh and rejuvenated kitchen when you combine these two lovely colors.

Orange & Gray

Although this may be an unexpected combination, it is nevertheless a work of art! The bright tones in the orange stunningly complement the matted and deep tones that you will get from the gray, creating a sophisticated and upscale kitchen appearance. This is the perfect design and color scheme for an individual who hosts professional meetings in their home or someone who simply appreciates a room that is easy on the eyes and colorful at the same time.

Multi-tone Blues

Blue is an extremely diverse color that has the ability to set a variety of moods with its tones. When you design a kitchen with a variety of soft and matted blues, you are creating an inviting and relaxing setting that will be perfect for enjoying a calmly paced morning. Have a delicious cup of coffee and imagine that you are floating away in these stunning colored cabinets. Every accent adds a new dimension to the room with a new shade of blue.

Conclusion

When you think of redesigning your kitchen or making a change to your cabinetry, keep these bold combinations in mind! And for the best-customized kitchen designs in the business, call on the experts at Chesapeake Kitchen Design. Do any of these stunning color schemes catch your eye? Let us know in the comments!

 

The Top Kitchen Layouts for your Remodel

Are you looking to shake things up in your kitchen? Are you tired of the same old layout? Well, we understand. For that reason, our team has provided a list of the top kitchen designs that we know you’ll love. So don’t continue to wine and dine in an old-fashioned kitchen. Allow us to help you bring it into this century!

U-Shaped

A U shaped kitchen provides tons of space. For the home cook in need of lots of space, the U- shaped kitchen comes through in a clutch. With counter space available on 3 walls, this allows for plenty of storage and lots of room for meal prep. Entertaining is also a breeze with ample counter space for guests to come and cop a squat on a bar stool. Yes, this option is a crowd pleaser for those that are all about an open concept with cabinet and drawer space.

Island

An island can do wonders for any kitchen space. In addition to adding an extra cooking surface, it also serves as a focal point and a resting place for friendsAn island adds additional space and a place to gather. and family to gather together. If you’ve got a U-shaped kitchen or another type of layout, an island would be a welcomed addition. However, it is important to ensure that your kitchen has enough space to accommodate them.

Double Island

two islands will add even more functionality for those with lots of space. For those planning a huge kitchen remodel, two islands will offer you an additional work surface or another place for your loved ones to gather. This is also easier on the eye than one large island in the middle of the room. The addition of two islands can offer endless possibilities to those open to exploring them.

Conclusion

There you have it! If you’re looking to breathe new life into your kitchen, you can’t go wrong with any of these ideas. They are both appealing and practical. Not only will you feel as though you’ve stepped into a chef’s dream, you’ll have tons more fun as well. So, when it’s time to decide which kitchen layout is the right choice for you, consider your kitchen’s purpose. Will you be spending hours preparing hot meals? Is your family constantly on the go? Perhaps, you host major events? All of these will come into play when making the right choice. We hope these options will help make your solution clear!

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