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Kitchen Design Trends 2018 and Looking Ahead..
Who will inspire your next kitchen design?
I saw it and now I’ve gotta have it! Television, magazines, model homes and our own kitchen and bath showrooms are where seeds are planted and consumers are all sources where consumers are getting ideas for their next kitchen remodel.
We have a farmhouse style sink in our showroom that always manages to turn heads. We also have a beautiful antique blue inset kitchen on display which I have personally witnessed numerous folks stating “this is exactly what I want my next kitchen to look like”.
More and more we are seeing gray and blue kitchens growing in popularity.
Yes, we are all visually motivated and the artistic side of all of us engages when we see a design trend that we like.
What is it about the farmhouse style sinks?
If you have ever visited someone’s kitchen and noticed a deep, large sink, it’s probably a farmhouse style sink. Where they differ from the average sink is that they take up the area where a cabinet or counter would be, sitting flush with countertop edges. There is rarely a divider in the sink so it’s easy to wash large items without hitting the sides.
This style of sink dates back to the late 1600s before water was easily accessible in the household through pipes. Therefore, any water in the house needed to be conserved and stored appropriately. These deep basins aided in making sure all water could be used by the home. Alternatively, these sinks are sometimes referred to as “apron sinks.”
The cost of the farmhouse aka apron sink are typically a bit more than conventional sink and often a few extra dollars to hook them up and they are available in white and several other colors in fireclay, copper, stainless steel and stone composite.
I would like to also point out that these sinks put less strain on your back as they are positioned closer to your body than other sinks.
If you’re looking for a new look for your kitchen, a farmhouse sink is bound to steal the show. Most of the time, its many benefits outweigh the drawbacks. Whether you’re looking for a new sink installation or a kitchen remodel, this is an option that will impress all.
Gray kitchens are all the rage..
You’re probably seeing them and chances are you probably like them, but are gray kitchens here to stay? Some argue that they are too taste specific and will be out of style in a few years but I would like to interject. Gray cabinets look terrific with stainless steel appliances. Ten years ago many thought that stainless appliances were trendy and would go away but they were wrong. The unlimited shades of gray that we are seeing and number of finish applications are so numerous that it would be ludicrous to bunch them all into one design trend.
So which gray is for you? An all gray kitchen can be dull or drab especially if the entire kitchen is gray. But mixing the gray with white and black accents can feel classic and luxurious and depending on whether you mix the gray cabinetry with subtle or bold colors. can make you feel both relaxed, yet excited!
We are installing a fairly equal number of kitchens in opaque grays, stain grays from light gradients to charcoal gray. Which of these hundreds of styles that will be decided as trendy is anyone’s guess but my philosophy is that if you like it, why not get it?
Stonewood Cabinets & Counters
Kitchen Design Specialist
A new trend?: Many of my clients express their concern of picking a cabinet style that might soon be labeled “trendy” or “faddish” and for good reason. The 60’s, 70’s & 80’s had their share of styles that certainly dated their kitchen. Olive green and harvest gold appliances, boomerang laminate counters with metal edges and we are still tearing out and replacing those old almond laminate cabinets here in Florida. But what about the shaker cabinet that is so popular today? Will we be soon looking at this style the same way as the previous styles mentioned?
Considering that the Shakers introduced this style after settling in the US 150-years ago, I’d bet no!
Fitting a square peg in a round hole. In my opinion, Frank Lloyd Wright is the one that had the greatest influence and impact on expanding the shaker style into modern architecture. He had the genius and vision to take shaker design to a different level that went well beyond any other. I especially loved Frank Lloyd Wright’s use of quarter sawn oak. If you love this look I will point out that Fieldstone Cabinetry offers a variety of shaker styles in quarter sawn oak (see link). http://www.fieldstonecabinetry.com/Pages/Installs/Farmington-door-style-in-Quarter-Sawn-Oak-finished-in-Java.aspx
Variations of the shaker door: When popular cabinet manufacturers began to expand their styles selections from the basic two door styles only, “raised panel” and “recessed/flat panel” styles with traditional ogee edge the shaker door style was typically the third door style to be added to their offerings. It was first manufactured as a mortise and tenon style with a 2” ~ 2 1/4” stile (that’s the vertical member of the frame) and a simple square edge inner and outer profile. See picture here (I will use Fieldstone cabinets door styles in this section for an example as they host a wide variety of shaker door styles): very simple and basic shaker style: (see link) http://www.fieldstonecabinetry.com/Pages/Products/Doors/Bristol.aspx
As the shaker style grew in popularity, folks were asking for more variations of this door style and many manufacturers added a bead-board panel for some added drama. It’s important to note that there is a cheap way to do this and an expensive way to do this. The cheap way is to take a 1/4” plywood panel and cut the grooves in the panel. If done well this is just fine and is the most economical way. The more expensive way is to reversed a raised panel and cut the grooves into the solid wood which is a notably more refined look and is much cleaner than cutting into the plywood which does not cut as nicely as clean nor as detailed as the solid wood (see link).
Another popular shaker variation is the “wide rail shaker” Fieldstone offers the shaker in several widths. Here is a popular wide rail shaker model: http://www.fieldstonecabinetry.com/Pages/Products/Doors/Milan.aspx
Some are more than happy with the traditional shaker or the variations shown above but today we are seeing a growing interest in the shaker with a little added detail. A bead detail on the inside edge of the stile and rail give a transitional look to the shaker door and is growing in popularity.(see link) http://www.fieldstonecabinetry.com/Pages/Products/Doors/Roseburg.aspx
Fieldstone also offers a shaker variation that you won’t find from most other cabinet makers that offers a stair-step accent on the top and bottom rail: http://www.fieldstonecabinetry.com/Pages/Products/Doors/Waterway.aspx
Shaker with a center stile: http://www.fieldstonecabinetry.com/Pages/Products/Doors/Manchester.aspx
How about a shaker with an X-Pattern? http://www.fieldstonecabinetry.com/Pages/Products/Doors/Xandra.aspx
Here is a shaker with a mitered corner: http://www.fieldstonecabinetry.com/Pages/Products/Doors/Carmelo.aspx
So as you can see there are more versions of the shaker door than ever.
Does the shaker work with both modern and traditional design?: Sort answer? Yes! Whether you are using modern appliances, professional appliances or farm house style and accents the shaker will blend beautifully. The surrounding accents are what dictate the style however the overlay of the door does contribute considerably. Full overlay is more of a modern look where standard overlay is more at home with traditional kitchen design. Inset cabinetry is another magnificent look for shaker. Here are links to illustrate:
Full overlay shaker
The differences between full overlay and standard overlay:
Are all shaker doors pretty much the same quality? So you just priced out your new shaker kitchen from one of the big box stores and have a quote for Kraftmaid or Diamond shaker cabinets and they are pretty close in price but you look closely at the construction and even though they both feature a hardwood door you find out that the box construction says composite aka particle-board. You ask your store how much to upgrade to an all wood box and now you have sticker shock. Well, if price out the same kitchen in Fieldstone or Starmark cabinets which only come in all wood construction you will likely find the price a lot lower than you think. You will also get a better finish grade on the cabinetry. If you were to purchase the finish used by Starmark or Fieldstone you should expect to pay upwards of $100 per gallon whereas production companies are a step down but yet they are just as expensive. My advice is to look at both products and look at the specs very carefully and happy shopping!
Whatever style you are looking for Stonewood Cabinets will give you a free quote on your next kitchen & bath project!
So you’re building your first new home and everything seems to be coming in over budget. You opted for energy efficient windows which will save you hundreds of dollars in energy savings down the road but you are shelling out an additional 30% from the standard window package that came with the house. Now you have to cut some cost somewhere else. Your builder is showing you some “more affordable” cabinet alternatives. The bargain cabinets from China seem to look much like the more expensive American made cabinets so why not save a few bucks and offset that expensive window upgrade? Let’s consider how they are made and how much value they really offer.
What are they made out of and how long will they last?: Let’s start with the cabinet box and it’s construction and material composition. Most cabinets that come from China are shipped to the US unassembled (AKA knockdown or RTA Ready to assemble cabinets) to save cargo space on freight containers. Sadly some builders will save substantial cost offering you these RTA cabinets from big box building supply stores or through internet companies and offer them to you the home buyer at a substantial mark up keeping his profit margins high while at the same time taking away new home sales from from more legitimate builders who actually care about the products that he or she may use. They are all too often built from shoddy materials that simply will not hold up for the life of the home. Obviously cheaply made cabinets will not last long and if you have to replace them in as few as 5-years how much have you really saved?
How are they finished?: If your builder is using cabinets from China, do not expect the finished to be durable or even to retain there color. The white shaker cabinet is one of most popular choices in Florida these days but are all white finishes created equally? A quality American cabinet typically have much higher quality finishes than finishes that come from China. Fieldstone / Starmark cabinetry uses a very high grade opaque tinted varnish that if you or I purchased from a paint store we should expect to pay upwards of $100 per gallon. Our Legacy cabinets from Alabama uses a very nice grade of paint which would cost around $50 per gallon. Both of these cabinets are known to hold there color for many years to come and not change whereas most cabinets that I have seen that are imported from Asia will start fading or yellowing in as soon as a year or two. You can bet that the finish used on Chinese cabinets does NOT cost $50 or $100 per gallon so here is another way that they have cut cost at your expense.
Can cabinets from China affect my health?: Most of us by now have heard of the class action law suit of a large scale flooring supply chain who literally have very sick customers regretting having saved a buck on wood and laminate flooring. Here is a link to the lawsuit https://www.classaction.org/lumber-liquidators but essentially this company imports products from China to resell in the US and are now getting called on the carpet-pun intended! Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids. VOCs include a variety of chemicals, some of which may have short- and long-term adverse health effects. https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/volatile-organic-compounds-impact-indoor-air-quality Like flooring, cabinet materials from China have VOC’s and off gassing and can harm your family the same way as the VOC’s from flooring. The problem for the flooring customers that became sick were NOT told by the supplier of the VOC’s nor did the Chinese factories honestly report the VOC levels on the products. Simply put, they have proven that you cannot trust them to provide products that will not harm your family.
Do American made cabinets have any advantages in cabinetry design?: Due to freight constraints the nomenclature from the Chinese cabinets lines is much more limited to what many American made cabinet companies have to offer. Fieldstone/ Starmark has 100-times more sku’s to choose from than there Asian competitors. This can affect your kitchen design more than you may know. For example Fieldstone offers many size cabinets as standard that the Chinese don’t offer such as 13 1/2” 16 1/2” 19 1/2” 22 1/2” widths which allow you to more cabinet space and less fillers. My Fieldstone spec. book is around 1400 pages while the Chinese cabinet spec books are usually less than 100 pages.
How can I truly tell where the cabinets are made?: The Chinese cabinet market partnering with there suppliers here in the states are quite clever in NOT revealing where the cabinets originate. One of my clients here in central Florida who was asked to get three bids on her kitchen by her husband was looking for American made cabinets only. She divulged to me that one of my competitors was offering her cabinets for 20% less than the cabinets that I was offering her. I asked her if she was sure that they were American made and she assured me that they were. I asked her how she knew for sure and said she was told by her kitchen designer that she received them from her warehouse in New Jersey. I suggested that she ask her kitchen designer “Where is the factory in which they are made” She eventually realized that he was almost tricked into buying Chinese cabinets without even knowing it. I also knew of a builder who saved about $500 on a 9-foot island that was of Chinese origian and after it collapsed under the weight of his $3,000 exotic granite counter he too realized he in fact didn’t save after all now having to purchase new cabinets and granite.
Fieldstone cabinets are made in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and our Legacy cabinets are made in Eastaboga Alabama. Demand to know the point of origin of where your cabinets are made!
Even many popular American companies such as Kraftmaid, Thomasville, Merillat construct many of there cabinets from particle board which use glues that have a high VOC content. If you choose one of these brands be sure to opt for all wood construction but do yourself a favor and get an estimate from companies that specialize in all wood cabinetry. My advice is to purchase Fieldstone Cabinets or Starmark Cabinets that are made to higher quality standards and are CARB II complient and are made to last! Starmark/Fieldstone cabinets are among the top rated cabinets made in America: (see houzz): https://www.houzz.com/pro/starmarkcabinetry/starmark-cabinetry