5 Before and Afters

One of the pleasures of working with a great photographer(Rob Karosis), is the thrill of seeing new photos of one of our projects for the first time.  After spending months and sometimes years, on a renovation project it is always gratifying to go back and see what the space looked like before anything was done.  It is easy to forget how far from the original house a design has come.

We hope you enjoy some of our favorite ‘Before and […]

5 Islands (Not in the Pacific)

We have designed many kitchen islands and every one is a little different.  Oh sure, there are similarities between them all, but the differences are easy to find.  Some islands have sinks, some have seating, a few have stoves, and most are within the very important work triangle of the kitchen.

At a recent client meeting many of those features were discussed and we also puzzled over the best material for the countertops.  It is not uncommon to change the […]

One White Kitchen

White kitchen cabinets always remind me of the beautiful butlers’ pantries in turn of the century great estates.  Tall cabinet doors and glass panes and solid hardware made a functional yet stunning place to work.  White kitchen cabinets never seem to go out of style-and if they do, it is easy to change the color.  In my own kitchen, we have changed the wall colors several times, but never changed the white cabinets.  Almost any counter and floor material […]

By |March 13th, 2012|Categories: Kitchen|Tags: , , , |9 Comments

5 Choices for Kitchen Floors

The selection of a kitchen floor is another example of how our wealth of choices makes those selections all the more difficult.  The criteria for a kitchen floor includes the following:

1.  It must be attractive-a very broad and subjective requirement, which is often in the eye of the beholder.

2.  It must be durable-there are many forms of durability.  For wood, durability may mean looking good with dings and scratches.  With stone or tile, you will want something chip and […]

Choosing Countertops

One of the most difficult decisions we are faced with when designing a kitchen is the choice of countertop materials. Luckily the reason for that difficulty is that homeowners have never had access to so many great countertop materials including a wide array of man-made materials, natural stones, woods and metals.

With every material choice there are trade-offs both aesthetically and functionally. For our own kitchen, my wife and I chose a beautiful green limestone with embedded fossils. We love […]

By |April 28th, 2011|Categories: Kitchen|Tags: , , |0 Comments

6 Renovations That Can Change the Way You Live in Your Home

I have renovated and added to my own home for many reasons, including the fact I hated the existing kitchen.  I added a porch  and a bedroom because I love porches and  my oldest daughter needed a room of her own.  Many people renovate a home because no one thought to incorporate light or views in the original design.  Sometimes the existing home is outdated, dark, too small, poorly laid out, or all of the above.

In any case, some […]

Kitchen Renovation

A new kitchen can be one of the most dramatic changes to a home and a homeowner’s lifestyle.  When my wife and I renovated our kitchen, we went from wincing every time we cooked a meal to really loving to spend time there.  The new kitchen is the heart of our home.  It is where our family eats breakfast, does homework, gathers with friends and of course cooks.
The layout of a kitchen is critical to its function.  I apply […]

In the Kitchen

One of my favorite times in the kitchen is Saturday afternoon, all by myself, making a big mess preparing Creole and Cajun dishes. Whether I’m trying to cook my roux(flour and oil) to the perfect nutty brown for Gumbo, or making a simple pot of Red Beans and Rice, it is my place to unwind and anticipate the good food to come. At our home like most of the homes we design, the kitchen is the heart of the […]