Chicago Area Kitchen Design Trends for 2015

Ron Nanberg | Wed, Feb 4, 2015 | Kitchen Design

Chicago Kitchen DesignIt's a brand new year and that means it's time for a trend update. Here are some of the Chicago kitchen design trends we're noticing at trade shows and from our favorite vendors and designers.

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Chicago Kitchen Design Ideas: Should I consider Removing My Soffits?

Chicago Kitchen Design IdeasHere's the FAQ for the day: Should I consider removing my soffits?

Our answer is: Definitely, and maybe not!

If you can remove them then, by all means, get those puppies out of there. Having an unnecessary soffit is (and we're not being facetious here) like stacking a bunch of empty boxes in your living space and leaving them there for no reason. What a waste! Think of all the Chicago kitchen design ideas you could implement if only those empty boxes weren't there.

Always Eliminate Unnecessary Soffits When Remodeling a Chicago Kitchen

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Chicago Kitchen Design Ideas: Balancing Tastes With Resale Value

Ron Nanberg | Thu, Jan 22, 2015 | Kitchen Design

Chicago Kitchen Design IdeasYour Chicago kitchen design ideas can take you over the moon and back again. It's true that your possibilities are endless, but it's also true that your kitchen is the heart of the home - and will be a major focal point when it's time to sell.

If you go so over-the-top with unique, permanent features, without taking the long-view of how those features will look in five, ten or fifteen years, you can end up with a kitchen that is completely outdated well before your high-end finishes are anywhere near the end of their lifespan.

Keep Chicago Kitchen Design Ideas Balanced Between Personal and Timeless

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Chicago Kitchen Design Ideas: To Trend or Not To Trend

Ron Nanberg | Mon, Jan 12, 2015 | Kitchen Design

Chicago Kitchen Design IdeasChoosing aesthetic finishes in your Chicago kitchen remodel is a tricky enterprise. You want your kitchen to be relevant, but you don't want it to be so trendy that finishes you pick now are outdated next season - while the kitchen's functional aspects still have a good decade or two left. To trend or not to trend?

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Chicago North Shore Kitchen Design: Creating a Kid-Friendly Kitchen

Ron Nanberg | Mon, Dec 29, 2014 | Kitchen Design

Kid_Friendly_Kitchen_DesignWe continually emphasize the importance of function before aesthetics. That is certainly the case for families with children. Life will be infinitely easier if the kitchen can be safely and easily navigated by your children. The great news is that you never have to sacrifice looks in order to enjoy kid-friendly features in your Chicago North Shore Kitchen design.

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Chicago Kitchen Design Ideas: Adding a Message Center to Your Layout

Ron Nanberg | Mon, Nov 3, 2014 | Kitchen Design

Chicago Kitchen Design - Message CenterConsider the many ways your kitchen is used on a daily basis and odds are you'll realize there's a lot more business happening there than you would have originally thought. Kitchens are often the family's automatic home entry-point, especially if they're directly attached via a garage or laundry room entrance.

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What Does It Mean to Have An Organic Kitchen Design?

Organic_Kitchen_DesignWe see the word Organic splashed around every which way these days. It makes sense for food products, but what does it mean in the world of design? For example, what does the term "Organic Kitchen Design" really mean? Certainly the products aren't Certified Organic, so where do organic design principles start and stop?

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Kitchen Design 'Must Haves'

Kitchen Design Must-HavesWhen you need one of your lesser-used pots and pans, do you bend over and stretch yourself into the recesses of a corner cabinet, calling it Yoga for the day? Or, what about that spice you only use for your grandma's secret marinade; do you unload all the spices onto the counter and then reload them again in a huff?

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Designing a Gourmet Style Kitchen Remodel

Designing a Gourmet Kitchen RemodelResidential kitchens have always been designed and built around the premise of cooking, but in an era where food and wine has taken center stage, gourmet kitchens are more popular than ever before. And, contrary to what it looks like on TV, a true gourmet kitchen design requires more than shiny, fancy things. It requires the implementation of high-quality appliances, quality cabinetry, ventilation systems and design features that are geared as much towards function, efficiency and flow as they are about aesthetics.

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Universal Kitchen Design: Safe, Comfortable and Accessible

Universal Kitchen DesignUniversal design, also called accessible design, is becoming quite the buzzword in the design-build industry these days. What started as a part of the Americans with Disabilities Act has blossomed into a design tenet that accommodates all. A universal design ensures anyone who enters your home will feel comfortable and can navigate it with ease. Plus, an accessible home appeals to a larger population of the resale market, which can increase your home's value.

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