Starting a Kitchen Remodeling Project Soon? Grab Tips From This DSM Award Winning Kitchen!

We are extremely honored to be nominated for an award in the Large Kitchen Category with DSM Home Design Awards.  The award winners will be announced on March 9th at the DSM Virtual Award night.  Stay in touch with us on Facebook to learn more about our special reveal part at our store!  This project was a labor of love and a collaboration between the home owner, K & V Home Builder’s and Elizabeth Erin Designs.  We met the client at the 2013 show home and hit it off right away.  She contacted us about a year before she was ready to build so we could assist her in achieving her vision.  Here are some tips if you are starting a kitchen remodel in the future:

Tip One: Select your appliances first!  You cannot begin designing your kitchen properly without having the exact models of appliances you are wanting to purchase.  These should be selected before you meet with your cabinet company.  They will need the specifications and measurements to properly design you kitchen layout.  This may also effect they type of vent you go with over your stove and you options for incorporating your refrigerator. 

Tip Two: Really think through the island. How are you going to finish the front of the island?  How much overhang and seating do you want to have?  Does it mater to you if you have a seam in your counter top? All of these answers will help narrow down your options for products you can use!

Tip Three:  Selecting your features and how this effects your backsplash.  In this photo, the client really wanted a pot filler, under cabinet lighting, and in cabinet lighting where she has the glass cabinets. 

Tip Four: Lighting plays a large role with the overall look and feel of the space.  Make sure you match your lumens of your light fixtures. Aim for at least 3000k for a natural look.  We were assisting the clients build a timeless look, and we achieved that here for sure!


Tip Five: Think about your entire aesthetic, and make sure elements flow through the rest of your spaces.  We worked with this client for over a year before she started the building process.  That gave her the opportunity to confirm finish selections, and ensure that she liked the flow from one room to the other.  For example, the subtle wall paper used in the dining room coordinates and pulls the main floor together.  You can see how early planning and professional design assistance gave this client the timeless cohesive look she was looking for!

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