Kitchen Storage that Hides at Floor Level, Toe Kick Drawers

Great ideas for adding more kitchen storage and clever use of toe kick drawers. All manufacturers standard toe kick is 4″ in height. Toe kick drawers in a standard 4″ base will allow for items that are 2 1/2″ in height or less to be stored. If you wish to store pet bowls or larger items then you need to ask for a higher toe kick.

Waterproof HDTVs – Bathroom and Kitchen Remodeling, Interior Design

Viewing HDTV in your Bathroom

Latest waterproof HDTV screens for bathrooms

Mirror HDTV, waterproof options make their way into bathrooms

Watching HDTV from the comfort of your own bathroom is one of the latest electronic upgrades for bathroom remodeling.
Mirror HDTV’s may be mounted above the vanity, bathtub or in your shower wall with many waterproof, tempered mirror glass television options available in clean contemporary frameless styles or with traditional and modern picture frames to coordinate with your décor. The mirrors house an HDTV with ultra-bright LED screens that are fog free and when turned off create a complete mirror.  Accessories include waterproof remote control, built-in speakers or remote speakers for enhanced sound.

Moderate priced Bathroom TV screen

Evervue TK Bathroom TV White with an 18 1/2″ screen size starts around $ 620.00; optional Android add on $ 135.00

With the optional Android App you can browse the internet, watch movies, check Facebook, Twitter, email, play games, read eBooks, watch live internet TV, Radio, Movies, YouTube and chat with your friends from your bathtub or shower! Would you actually chat with your friends from your bathtub?

Installation above a bath tub or next to a vanity is not difficult provided the wall is not tiled, with the same principle of housing a medicine cabinet in a wall pocket. Simplest install if you are not remodeling is to buy a fully housed version that you attach directly to the wall with a mounting plate. The tricky part is the power and cable wiring that comes out from the bottom of the housing and will need to be configured with your audio-visual/cable/internet house connections and if you use remote speakers the wiring must extend from the main HDTV unit to the speaker locations. Not difficult for trained electricians and wiring specialists but probably a bit more than the typical DIY task.
Bathroom HDTV framed screen sizes are 18.5”, 22” and 32” screens, measured diagonally, with the overall framed size similar in dimensions to a computer monitor.

Round bathroom mirror TV

40″ Round vanity mirror with either a 15.6″ or 22″ TV screen

Vanity mirrors, or MirrorVue can be as large as you need with rectangular mirror sizes ranging from 27.5, 40, 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 100 and 125” widths and various height options to fit your bathroom. You then select the TV screen size 15.6, 22, 32, 40, 46, 50 or 60” which is centered on the lower portion of the mirror. Some smaller models are just under $ 1,000.00, with many medium size screen models available under $ 2,500.00 and very large mirror screens go up in pricing significantly. Round and square shapes are available in 40” and 50” diameter or square. The 40” round runs $ 1,830.00 with a 15.6” TV screen and you add $250.00 to increase the screen size to a 22”.  Integrated lighting options can create just the right light for putting on makeup and create a clean, contemporary design.

Built-in HDTV’s for today’s modern Kitchen
Evervue’s Kitchen Series installs seamlessly in or under Kitchen cabinets with a sleek, contemporary design. The stainless steel finish makes it easy to match with all other kitchen appliances and will look great in any kitchen. The Evervue Kitchen HDTV is completely water proof, the screen is protected by a strong, tempered reflective glass that gives the TV a beautiful mirror finish when turned off. Screen sizes are available in 18.5, 22 and 32″ with the housing dimensions of 22″ wide x 15.2″ high, 23.5″ wide x 17.75″ high or 37.5″ wide x 23.75″ high respectively and a box depth or 4″.

Kitchen TV ideas, interior design

Plan room to mount a TV in your kitchen cabinetry avoids the on the counter or hanging it from the wall cabinets and destroying the work counter space

All images are from Evervue USA Inc

Designing with White Kitchen Cabinets , Fairfax, VA

White Kitchen design with custom wood cabinets

White Kitchen design with custom wood cabinets

Kitchen design for 2014 highlights White Kitchen cabinets as the top finish with many homeowners. One of our favorite kitchens showcases contemporary white wood kitchen cabinets without the antique glazed finish that retail cabinet manufacturers promote for an additional surcharge. Wood cabinet doors expand and contract creating a separation at the mitered or box cut corners and cabinet manufacturers only offer a glazed finish for white wood cabinetry knowing that the corners will create a gap and unsightly condition – this is the reason glazing became so popular, the added glazed finish detail hides the corner conditions that will in time become apparent however the design is hardly contemporary or modern. This is the reason why most cabinet manufacturers offer white cabinetry as Thermofoil construction only. Thermofoil is MDF construction with a melamine paper cover and while a cheaper alternative feels inferior to wood cabinetry and is apparent in the feel and look.

Contemporary White Wood Kitchen Cabinets

Contemporary White Kitchen design for timeless appeal

In this Kitchen Alder Wood Door panels were ordered to size and our local contractor built and finished all wood cabinets to our specifications, creating a timeless white wood cabinet.

Classic white kitchen cabinets custom designed and built by local cabinet-maker optimize every inch of space with custom cutlery inserts, base drawers, tray storage, spice rack, appliance garage and toe kick drawers.  Center island finished with an industrial spray paint by ScrubbMaster in a soft teal gray color is maintenance free. The color is also used as accents for the light rail and appliques to continue the design theme throughout the space.

Custom white wood kitchen cabinets

White Kitchen cabinets, custom designed with Greek Revival Crown molding

Accent shelves add drama with glare free lighting and break up the look of all cabinet walls. Double height wall cabinets add the illusion of a taller than standard 8′-0″ ceiling height for this 1980’s home remodel. Coastal colors and Greek revival crown molding add a Mediterranean flair for a classic timeless Kitchen design.

Upholstered Bench Seat

Custom Bench Seat adds storage to dining area

White Kitchen design, wood cabinets

Two tone cabinets add character to this white kitchen design

Kitchen Center Island

Custom Center Island design finished with an industrial spray paint in soft teal gray color

Kitchen toe kick drawers

Toe kick drawers for added storage of placements and grill accessories

White Kitchen design with custom wood cabinets

White Kitchen design with custom wood cabinets

Great Room open plan dining area

Great Room Dining area with custom bench seat off remodeled Kitchen

Home Remodeling and Design – ASID

Contemporary Kitchen Design & Planning

Kitchen Design and Remodeling, Fairfax VA

Home Remodeling – ASID.

We just added a new Designer Album on our ASID profile – remodeling an older 1980’s home with a Great Room addition and enlarged contemporary Kitchen with Green Kitchen Cabinet construction.

Bathroom Remodeling, Elegant Powder Room Transformed; Fairfax, VA

Transformed in just under 1 month’s time – Blue and White Powder Room with custom marble vanity, floor tiles, beadboard wainscoting, crown molding, glass tile backsplash, new wall sconces and mirror.  Elegant Blue Glass Vessel Sink started the design scheme.  Marble floor tile pattern is detailed with satin nickel 2″ x 2″ accent tiles adding more character for this small room – the flooring pattern helps make the space feel bigger.

Custom Marble Vanity  Detail

Custom Marble Vanity and floor with nickel finish accent tiles

White Marble Vanity, Blue Glass vessel sink and backsplash

White Marble Vanity, Blue Glass vessel sink and backsplash

Blue Glass Sink, Glass Tiles Backsplash

Blue Glass Sink, Glass Tiles Backsplash

Before Powder room Vanity and sink

Before Powder room Vanity and sink

Powder Room Before hallway view

Powder Room Before hallway view

Kitchen Remodeling on NBC House Smarts

We were fortunate to have House Smarts Michael Ayala interview us and our client for an upcoming episode of House Smarts airing on NBC this weekend, May 11th and 12th.

Small Kitchen Remodeling, Centreville, VA – maximizing storage space and finishes that create an old world Tuscan Charm. The slate floor was installed years earlier with a home remodel and the Kitchen was fully redesigned recently. Kohler’s smart divide sink is one of the client’s favorite features with graceful curves making clean up a breeze.

Small Kitchen 14 Centreville VA
Kraftmaid distressed maple cabinets, granite coutners and stainless steel Jenn Air appliances – a greenhouse window was added above the sink to allow for more daylight into the small kitchen space. Adding a new window above the sink with great design adds positive energy to your daily life where you stand many times during your day.

Small Kitchen Centreville, VA
Uplighting fixtures from Kichler add height to a normal 8′-0″ ceiling and reduce glare and overhead heat from down lamps.

Small Kitchen 5 Centreville VA
The refrigerator was moved over from the entrance and allowed a landing counter at the entry to the room which opened up the space dramatically. A tall pantry storage cabinet was banked with a counter depth refrigerator creating much needed storage.

Small Kitchen Beautiful Backsplash Detail
Italian crackle glazed tiles with intaglio and glass tile accents add classic timeless elegance; backsplashes are the jewelry of Kitchen design.

Small Kitchen Kohler Smart Divide Sink Centreville VA
Kohler’s smart divide porcelain sink in Sandbar color, stylish and functional – graceful cureves are easy to clean over the newer model zero radius sinks.

Kitchen Trends, Sinks and Ideas

Beautiful collection of new trends, color palettes, finishes and materials. Love the sink base with grille doors below the farm house sink. The farm house sink is a trend that revolves around one large sink so that you can wash large pans easily. Unfortunately washing larger pans is infrequent in comparison to the amount of times you need to use the sink for a small task. We do not recommend one large basin anymore given the amount of effort to clean and the waste of water and energy to perform the cleaning regularly every time you want to just rinse a dish. Kohler’s smart divide offers the best of both worlds. One smaller sink one medium sink with the divider panel low in the sink so that if you need access to the full sink for a large pan you may use it. Small task can easily be cleaned up in one of the two moderate sides of the sink without wasting valuable resources (water and energy to heat the water).

Wood Floors – for Kitchens now being seen in Bathrooms

 

We are often asked what flooring to install in Kitchens and our recommendation is that the flooring of choice for over 15 years along the Northeast corridor is wood flooring.  Wood floors provide a warmth in appearance and texture, are easy to clean and if you drop something it may not break and most important they are not as taxing on your physical body.  Hardwood floors have natural variation in grain and texture and add warmth to any room or space.  They are hard enough to withstand daily living, will last for 25+ years and may be refurnished many times to maintain appearance (green design).   In Kitchens we select beautiful area carpets, with griper padding to cover major pathways and standing areas which add acoustic value and splashes of color.  At the kitchen sink if you are having standing issues you can get anti-fatigue mats and use them as padding under your beautiful area carpets.  Wood floors may be sanded, refurnished, recolored and brought back to their original lustre many times over their life span.  One never tires of the natural look of hardwood – it is the greener choice and your feet will thank you.

Farmhouse Kitchen - Wood Floors with Classic White Cabinets

Farmhouse Kitchen – Wood Floors with Classic White Cabinets

Now with Aging in Place being high on the minds of most remodeling projects designers are moving away from the old adages that wood floors were not used in bathrooms.  What if you had a flood or the tub overflowed with small children playing.  These are the typical excuses why bathroom design has always utilized tile flooring.  We are seeing more and more upscale bathrooms – homeowners where the kids have grown, being designed with Luxury Vinyl Tile wood plank  flooring.  The warmth of real wood adds much peace and calmness to any space that a cold tile will never accomplish, additionally your feet, ankles and knees will thank you when they no longer stand on a hard cold surface daily.

Master Bathroom < Idea House Photo Tour

Master Bathroom < Idea House Photo Tour - Southern Living

– Southern Living.

Tile floors while beautiful with many selections, designs and patterns are very hard underfoot, always cool to the touch (no barefoot comfort), slippery when wet and everything you drop generally breaks.  Our main concern with Tile floors is that they are not good for people’s knees, ankles and feet. Standing on a tile floor provides undue stress on your body and most people stand in the Kitchen quite a bit cooking and cleaning.  Tile floors are work nicely in areas of the country such as Florida, Texas, Colorado, etc. where higher temperatures and increased air conditioning needs benefit from the cool surface of tile flooring.

The latest porcelain tile designs, growing at a spectacular rate include porcelain tile that looks like real wood.  The simulation is incredible in that the tiles actually do look like real wood.  Porcelain tiles are at least twice the cost of a LVT wood floor, heavy for floor loading and they are cold under foot;  great for pets who love to lay on a cold surface.    They can crack under undue heavy pressure and are not easily repaired.  Tile floors always have grout lines which are a constant source of maintenance.  Keeping grout clean is a homeowner’s nightmare and generally the tile floors need replacement in 10-15 years. Newly laid tile flooring is beautiful however the grout needs cleaning and replacement over time, within several years the color or design style will be out of date and you or the next owner will replace the floor; ripping it up & throwing the tiles into a landfill if not reclaimed by a quality recycling manufacturer.

If you love tile floors you can always add radiant heat with an additional cost to the remodeling project, additional energy usage and one more maintenance item for your home.  Save these beautiful upgraded porcelain tiles for the shower walls.

Remodeling your bathroom – think Luxury Vinyl Tiles in Wood Plank versions for a classic, elegant timeless look that you will not grow tired of.

 

Home Remodeling Myths

Home Remodeling Myths.

Great outline of remodeling projects and where you should think of spending your money for return on investment.  Nice recap

Home Appliance Updates

Steam Dryers for the longer life of your clothes

We just learned from one of our local vendors that Dryers are now available with STEAM
Steam in dryers can provide a softer laundry, wrinkle free and no need of ironing. Worn an article once and would like it nice and fresh – toss in steam dryer for 20 mins. and the dryer will produce warm steam to remove odors and wrinkles. Love the idea – definitely worth considering for your next Dryer purchase.

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