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May 31, 2017  |  by Leslie Teague and Vanessa Palframan

Kitchens 101 - Kitchen Style (Part Two)

This is Part Two of our Kitchens 101 series with a focus on the style of your kitchen. Thanks again to our Design Leads, Leslie Teague and Vanessa Palframan for some great information to help you determine the style and finishes of your kitchen.

Choosing the finished look of the kitchen is a very important aspect for most home owners. Kitchens are often the hub of the home and as such, it not only needs to be a functional space, it should look fabulous too. There are so many choices in terms of finishes, it can be hard to narrow down your choices: cabinets, counter-tops and fixtures, there are so many choices!

Like we mentioned in Part One of this series, it's important for you to think about how you will use this space and what fits your style and needs today and long-term.  Here are a few suggestions from Leslie and Vanessa to aid you in your decision making process.

Cabinets: White, Wood or Painted?

- White is classic, fresh and clean, and is what we are seeing everywhere around us in the design world. However, we are also seeing more mid-toned wood finishes, as well as painted cabinets (light grey or blue are popular) or a combination of the above. A white kitchen with some wood floating shelves, or dark lower cabinets with light upper cabinets or adding a wood island with white cabinetry. The options are truly endless!

- The most popular cabinet door styles we are seeing is a shaker style or a flat panel door. These are classic and will stand the test of time!

Designer tip: With a shaker style cabinet door, choosing a small interior bevel helps reduce dust buildup and makes it easier to keep them clean while still maintaining the door style you're looking for.

Countertops:

- Quartz is certainly the new standard for most new higher-end kitchens. The modern look and the non-porous surface makes them both popular and low maintenance. They are a great option that will stand the test of time when it comes to style and durability. For a modern look, consider a waterfall finish on your island!

- Butcher block counters are another option that we continue to see. Often it's used on a smaller counter space, like an island. They can add a nice, warm and natural look to your space. Keep in mind that there is maintanence that needs to be done to keep these looking their best: How to care for a butcher block countertop.
- Granite was the standard for a number of years, but the colors and patterns are a bit more limiting. Because it's a natural material, it does have more variations and inconsistencies. It will require some resealing and maintenance. Here's a handy article on how to choose a timeless granite: The Most Timeless Granite

Designer Tip: One thing to keep in mind as you design your kitchen, is the maximum lengths available for your countertop surface. If you want to avoid seams in your island for instance, the size of your island may be determined by the size of slabs available.

Backsplash

The backsplash is an area where you can bring some personality into the kitchen by adding a splash of color, texture or pattern. However, if you're looking for something that is versatile and time-proven, we will almost always recommend white subway tile. Even within the subway tile category there are quite a few options such as matte, glossy or textured. 

- One trend that our homeowners are requesting more often, is an integrated quartz backsplash (see image below). While they are not inexpensive, it does create a clean and streamlined look that is easy to maintain, and it looks amazing!

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Fixture Finishes:

- For many years a chrome or brushed finish was the standard for kitchen fixtures and cabinetry handles. While they are probably still the most timeless choice, there are many great options in brass or matte black finishes as well to give a more modern and trendy look to your kitchen. Traditionally, it was recommended to match your faucets to your cabinet handles and pulls to keep your space consistent. Today, mixing and matching style and color is definitely considered acceptable.

This hardware finish guide gives some great detailed information on many of the options available: Hardware finishes

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Designer Tip: Cabinetry handles aren't as difficult to change as some other aspects of your kitchen, so it is a place you might choose to go a little more trendy in either finish or style, knowing that down the road that you might want to update.

We hope this information was helpful and gives you some direction if you're starting the design process for your kitchen! Stay tuned for Part Three of this series about kitchen appliances coming next week.

 

April 26, 2017  |  by Leslie Teague, Vanessa Palframan

The Kenorah Design Process

As designers at Kenorah, we work closely with our clients to create a finished home that they love. This starts from the very first meeting as we get to know you, and continues throughout the design process and building journey. 

From a designer's perspective, its our job to make the process as easy as possible as we guide clients through the project from beginning to end. There are many decisions to be made, which can feel overwhelming! The good news is: we're here to help, and our goal is to walk with you through the process.

This is how we at Kenorah work together with our clients:

Designer/Client Relationship

Our first goal is to get to know you, and build a relationship of trust. It helps us to know what your needs and goals for your home are. For example, if you have young children, you'll likely have a different vision for your home than empty-nesters; Or if you host dinner parties or family get-togethers regularly, the needs for your kitchen will vary. This information is of assistance  in everything from creating the right floorplan to selecting appropriate appliances and finishes.

Defining Style

Some clients have a very clear vision and know exactly what they want...while others aren't quite sure what their style actually is and have a hard time narrowing down the look and feel they want for their home. We help these clients by learning what they like and don't like to help them choose the right look for their home.

One of the ways we do this is by utilizing Houzz. We ask our clients to create a project album and add photos that they like, along with specific comments about what appeals to them from the image, so we can see what draws their eye. As we go through this process, we can often start to see clear themes emerge. We can then start pulling together the various elements to create the perfect look and feel to their home by utilizing just the right flooring, plumbing & lighting fixtures, paint colors and all the details that go into creating a finished product. We often create two to three different palettes as a starting point, and then tweak and update based on the home owners preferences. 

Our Style

Often with designers you'll see them create their own particular style in the homes they are creating for their clients. Our goal is to help our homeowners create a home that reflects their tastes and suits their lifestyle. We are always happy to provide recommendations and direction, as our experience gives us a good idea of what works together and what doesn't. However, we feel strongly that it's your home, and you need to love it! 

Melding Home Owner Styles

Sometimes two clients living in the same home have very different design aesthetics and don't quite know how to meld their styles together. We help them strike the right balance for the finished product. Sleek and modern with a touch of industrial? No problem! We'll help you find the right mix to make each of the the homeowners happy.

Design Communication

We meet regularly with our clients throughout the process (in the office/design library, in your home and with site visits), as well as use our customized online tools to communicate often sharing photos and updates. This is a collaborative process and we, along with our project managers, work hard to maintain seamless communication and updates.

Design Budget

We also work closely with our clients based on the outlined budget. Whether it's flooring or light fixtures, we will do our best to stay within your budget, or find ways to save costs in one area so there's room to splurge in another. 

 

As designers we're thankful for our fabulous clients we have the privilege to work together with! It's such a joy to see our clients settling in and enjoying their finished renovation project or brand new home. The end result is truly a collaboration of many people on the Kenorah team, together with the homeowners. 

We hope you enjoyed this little peek into the design process at Kenorah!

January 28, 2015  |  by Jake Kostelyk

True To Form

Here at Kenorah, we have the slogan  "TRUE TO FORM" that drives what we do. 

For us, this means "exactly as expected", or "just as planned".

In the residential construction industry, this is almost unheard of. It seems as though nothing goes as expected when renovating. Homeowners are (rightfully) scared of budget and schedule overruns. Surprises are a regular occurence, and the strain of renovating or buildling a new home is enough to deter many people from ever considering it.

 

We have a passion for fighting this stereotype, and providing complete accountability, open transparency, and a guided, enjoyable renovating or building journey.


There are three key ways we achieve this: 

 

INTEGRATED DESIGN AND CONSTRUCTION

We ensure everyone is informed, and on the same page, by offering the design and construction services as an integrated, in-house service.  We know that proper communication between design and construction teams will ensure that everyone is aligned. By offering both disciplines, we are solely accountable to provide a comprehensive design that fits the goals (and budget) of our clients.

 

100% FIXED COST COMMITMENT

Before any project ever starts construction, we have fully designed each aspect of it. From confirming lighting layouts, to selecting baseboard profiles, and from providing a fully detailed window schedule to designing the landscaping, nothing is left to chance.  With all decisions made ahead of time, we know exactly what your project will look like, and therefore exactly what it will cost. No Budget overruns. Period.

 

100% FIXED COMPLETION DATE

We understand that being displaced from your home (or living through your renovation) is not fun or easy. To ensure you know what to expect, we develop a thorough, comprehensive construction schedule that we fully commit to. 

 


We recognize that by renovating or building a home, you're trusting us with what is likely your most valuable financial asset, and the hub of your day to day life. We respect and appreciate this, and strive to provide you with a tried, tested, guided journey that delivers your amazing home, and a guided journey. True to form. 

 

 

 

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