Tuesday, September 18, 2012

The Miele/Sub Zero Kitchen -The Beginning Stage

Preparing for installation
My goal as a kitchen designer is to meet the needs and expectations of my client while creating a very  functional, aesthetically appealing and easy to work in environment.  I work with a team of licensed professionals to insure that the design meets the various code requirements that regulate safety in the kitchen and bath areas of your home. Because of the codes and the various types of  equipment, designing the kitchen and bath is a fairly technical endeavor which is why I received certification through the National Kitchen and Bath Association after receiving my degree in interior design.
Every kitchen/bath remodel is different because people and their needs are different.  The process usually begins with an interview that last about 2 hours.  I want to know what you like and don't like about your current kitchen, if you are going to buy new appliances, if you want a place for homework or for the TV, and the list goes on and on.  There are so many details that it is often overwhelming for the homeowner which is one reason why it's beneficial to hire a designer in the first place. It's the designer's job to make it happen and to make it happen as stress free as possible. 

Above is a picture of the beginning stage of my latest kitchen remodel.  As you can see the cabinets have already been removed from the wall and the walls are in the process of being readied for the new appliances and new cabinetry.  My client for this specific project is a do-it yourself homeowner with many years of installation experience so I am comfortable working with him.  However, I do usually work with a team of remodeling specialist.

In a future posting I'll have pictures of this kitchen completed.  There are elements in this kitchen that deserve a more detailed posting such as the built-in SubZero Refrigerator, the restructuring of the 36" pantry to align with the Miele Double Oven cabinet and the two-tier island on the diagonal. This kitchen design also reflects the recent trend that homeowners want to replace the microwave oven with a steam oven.

The Fieldstone cabinets have been delivered and will be installed when the walls are ready.

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