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The kitchen sink is the most used fixture in your kitchen design. Think about how many roles your sink plays.  It’s the place for dirty dishes. It’s where you wash fruits and vegetables.  It’s where you fill pots and pans.  The list can go on and on.  And there is no shortage of options.  Kitchen sinks come in an infinite number of sizes, textures, materials and depths.  Which one is right for homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO? That `depends on several; factors and questions that homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO need to answer to specify the perfect sink for their lifestyle and family.

It may seem like common sense, but the size of the kitchen sink should be proportional to the size of the kitchen.  Homeowners with a large kitchen that can accommodate multiple countertops, have more options than homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO with smaller sized kitchens.  A smaller footprint generally calls for a sink that will meet most kitchen requirements without compromising countertop space or storage areas. As a rule of thumb, if you place your kitchen sink in front of a window, the sink’s width should be no wider than the window.

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Planning a dream kitchen design is not something that most homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO do at the spur of a moment. Almost every one of our clients comes to our showroom after having spent considerable time researching different products, styles and options. Yet, we find that many homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO don’t know where to start. Our showroom is here to help.

Begin with the big picture. Determine how you want your kitchen to function, look and feel. What tasks will you and fellow family members do in your new kitchen? Are you or a member of your family a gourmet cook or do you approach meal preparation as a task? Will you want to kitchen to double as a classroom, office social hub or offer some other functionality? What is most important? What type of design statement do you want to make? What feeling do you want to experience every time you enter the kitchen after the renovation is completed? These are big picture questions that once answered help to provide a professional designer with a blueprint to meet your needs and exceed your expectations. Answering these questions also helps to make other decisions easier and faster because you have identified the goals for the project and your family.

Good Things Come to Those Who Wait

Written by Tuesday, 15 February 2022 08:15

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Last year was among the busiest and most hectic times ever experienced by most kitchen and bath showrooms, ours included. Do we want a repeat in 2022? Not really, because of the continued uncertainty with supply chains, labor markets, pricing and scheduling. Homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO, confined to their homes, realized that their homes did not work as well as they needed to and homeowners did not work as well for their homes either. Our neighbors in Colorado Springs, CO realized that they needed their kitchens and baths to serve multiple new functions and were willing to make the investment to improve their homes for their families. They recognized the value of a dream kitchen design that also could serve as classroom, dining room, café, and office among other functions. Homeowners in in Colorado Springs, CO relished the thought of an in-home spa where they could spend a few minutes of everyday just to themselves, devoid of texts, tweets, family demands and outside noise to relax, recharge and wash away the stresses of daily life. 

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If you are planning to create a dream kitchen in 2022, take advantage of one of the industry’s largest and most respected surveys of trends to use as a source of inspiration.

Key takeaways for homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO from the 2022 Houzz.com Kitchen Trends study include:

  • Homeowners investing more in their new kitchens than in prior years
  • Homeowners are demanding more private/enclosed spaces
  • Relying on professional designers and remodelers are increasing
  • Islands remain a top priority in new kitchens
  • Homeowners are splurging more on countertops

The survey results mirror trends we see among homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO. Almost half of homeowners reconfigure the layout when creating the kitchen of their dreams. However, open floor plans where the kitchen opens to other rooms in the home are decreasing. The Houzz survey found that only 38% of homeowners opted for an open floor plan compared to 46% in 2020. This is not surprising given that so many homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO require their new kitchens to provide flexibility and serve multiple functions such as classroom, office, cafe, dining room, etc. This places a premium on separate and enclosed spaces.

2022 Kitchen Design Trends

Written by Tuesday, 01 February 2022 14:56

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The National Kitchen & Bath Association released its 2022 Design Trends study based on survey responses from kitchen designers, showrooms, product manufacturers, remodelers, contractors and architects among others. Key findings reflect the trends industry professionals anticipate that homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO will prefer in the coming year. They include:

    • Large islands that are used for meal preparation, dining, homework and as a home office.
    • Pantries that provide storage and small appliance working areas for coffee stations, blenders, mixers, toasters, etc.
    • Workstation sinks with built-in drying racks, colanders, cutting boards, etc.

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Homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO are overwhelming desiring healthier, multifunctional, convenient and technologically advanced kitchen designs, bathroom designs in the home. The global pandemic has placed health and wellbeing at the top of homeowners wish lists. These desires have translated into increased demand for touchless faucets, deeper sinks and countertops, sinks, hardware, flooring and other common kitchen components that perform better, are easier to use and resist germs, bacteria, mold and mildew. Because the role of the kitchen has expanded to include office, classroom, café and many other functions, many homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO are more open to larger windows, glass doors, nature-inspired textures, comfortable areas to eat and multiple workstations in their dream kitchens. Open floor plans that can integrate with other rooms in the home and offer seamless transition to outdoors have been and are expected to remain extremely popular among homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO.

A well-designed kitchen is an organized kitchen. As an increasing number of homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO are spending more time in their homes and cooking more often. They desire kitchens that maximize the use of countertop space and offer designated areas for meal preparation, cooking, cleanup, dining, studying and working. The desire for clutterless countertops has increased demand for enhanced storage solutions that include pantries, frameless cabinetry and open shelving that can display clear containers to organize food not only on the shelves, but also in the fridge, pantry and other areas of the kitchen.

Where To Start?

Written by Monday, 17 January 2022 23:45

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It’s common for homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO to spend six months or longer researching before making an appointment to visit our showroom to discuss creating the kitchen remodel of their dreams. Often, however, all of the prep work leaves homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO with more questions than answers and not having a firm grasp on where and how to begin the process of creating their dream kitchen.

The kitchen is the epicenter of any home, but the way that the kitchen is used varies greatly among homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO. A good starting point is to determine who will use your kitchen and how — will you use the space to prepare meals, entertain friends and family, etc.? What other activities will take place in your kitchen? Does your kitchen double as a home office or place for remote learning or homework? Listing all of the uses and users will help you determine your priorities and budget and provide the information your designer needs to meet your functionality requirements.

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We know that many of homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO will make New Year’s Resolutions to either improve their health, lose weight or both. There are numerous reasons to make weight loss resolutions. Losing weight makes you healthier, gives you more energy and helps to reduce fat and builds muscle. If you subscribe to a particular diet or simply elect to eat healthier, there are certain kitchen tools that can help guide your way and make dieting easier. Also, a good kitchen design is important too.

One of the first appliances that people turn to when starting a diet is a blender. We prefer blenders with high-torque motors that can easily convert solids into liquids in a few seconds to create healthy shakes, smoothies and other drinks that every homeowner in Colorado Springs, CO can enjoy. 

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Pantone Color Institute has selected Very Peri, a purple-blue, as its 2022 color of the year. “Encompassing the qualities of the blues, yet at the same time possessing a violet-red undertone, Very Peri displays a spritely, joyous attitude and dynamic presence that encourages courageous creativity and imaginative expression, states Pantone Executive Director Leatrice Eiseman.

Very Peri used in kitchen and bath designs provide homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO opportunities to make unique and personal design statements that are modern, fresh, playful and creative. A purple-blue palate is not common in most kitchens. However, we see it working extremely well as an accent color to provide a pop of freshness to a white kitchen motif. Other applications for Very Peri that could work extremely well in a dream kitchen is to use it on lower base cabinets or as the base of an island.

the value designersDid you know that 85% of homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO rely on a professional designer when they want to create a dream kitchen? There are many good reasons why that percentage is so high.  Building a dream kitchen involves numerous processes and details. Principal roles that designers play are that of guide and curator. Homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO spend hours, days, weeks and even months researching options before making an appointment with a designer. We know that the Internet is both our friend and foe. While the Internet provides access to every product and service that you could ever need for a remodeling project, the amount of information available online can be overwhelming, is often incorrect, is likely to cause analysis paralysis, contributes to unrealistic expectations and elevates stress levels. That’s where a professional designer and showroom can be your greatest asset. Showroom professionals specialize in making order out of chaos.

Because kitchen designers specialize in kitchens primarily, they not only bring a specific expertise not available from other sources, they also provide homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO fresh perspectives, often providing new layouts, configurations and floor plans that homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO had not previously considered. These new perspectives often result in a more functional, beautiful and enjoyable kitchen. Providing a new and enlightened perspective is especially important to homeowners in Colorado Springs, CO because of the multiple roles that kitchens now serve.  

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