Category Archives: Kitchen Design

Live Safely and Comfortably at Home with Aging-in-Place Design

There are many factors that are driving the trend toward more people Aging-in-Place at home.  First and foremost, people simply don’t want to leave their home if they can help it.  Most people find the idea of staying in  their home a far more appealing option than the alternative. Most people would rather alter their existing home to accommodate their changing needs as they age than move to an assisted living facility, downsize or relocate.  It’s understandable that for many aging adults, the idea of leaving the place where they have built a life, a family, and a community of friends and neighbors is not appealing at all.  The idea of moving can also be daunting, especially if we’re not feeling physically up to the task. In fact, the prospect of having to essentially start over and to re-establish oneself in a whole new environment can be downright overwhelming.

Yet, as we age, we are often faced with physical limitations or other challenges that make staying at home difficult, without modifications. However, Aging-in-Place design offers solutions that can help people achieve their deeply felt wish to stay at home.

Below we review a new custom home we designed  for one of our clients that illustrates some of the Aging -in-Place kitchen and bathroom design features that enable people to stay in their homes but with improved accessibility, comfort, and safety.

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Kitchen located on the main level of the home. This kitchen has built-in cabinetry that can not only hide small appliances and outlets behind closed doors, but also includes lower than countertop height drawers for ease of access from a wheelchair.
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Appliances are situated within the center island and at a lower height for wheelchair access. Stovetop (not pictured) is an induction cooktop  as a fire preventative safety feature. Only the pots intended for use will activate the heat, while a pot holder, should it accidentally fall onto the burner, would not. The rooms have wider doorways and enough turning room in the hallways for wheelchair turning.
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This master bath features grab bars, variable height countertops, wheelchair accessible “roll-in” curbless shower and vanity, walk-in tub with fast fill/drain, lower electrical switches drawers and toilets, and non-slip flooring.
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This pretty rustic-modern bath features a floating countertop for wheelchair “roll-in” room.

Now is  a great time to remodel your bathroom or kitchen with Aging-In-Place features to support you comfortably now and into your future! Call us at (410) 643-4040 to make an appointment with our kitchen and bath designers and to view our showroom and consult with our experts to design the just-right features that will allow you to stay in your home indefinitely.

Back to Black

Kordan's finish and form are inspired by a cocktail shaker in a sleek matte black finish. Mix it up how you like with wires that can be adjusted during installation: in perfect linear synch, in a pattern or in random heights.
(Photo Courtesy of Kichler.)

 

There is an old adage that black is the queen of colors.  Afterall, it’s really a mix of all the colors in one, and as such, it’s the ultimate neutral, goes with everything and is known for bringing elegance and sophistication to any pairing.  Black is also an incredibly versatile color that can either be styled Classic or Contemporary. It can be grounding to quiet other colors or it can assume the center drama in a design. While it’s not that black was ever out of fashion, per say, we are seeing much more “black magic” in the home right now after a long love affair with white.  From black window frames, to ebony cabinets, smoky black sinks, to matte black cabinetry, hardware and lighting, BLACK IS BACK!

Here are some beautiful examples of new kitchen and bath trends that highlight the versatile range of how to use black in kitchens and bathrooms.

Cabinetry

Coal SuperMatte kitchen | Products by Northern Contours, Design & Styling by TC Studios
Coal SuperMatte kitchen | Products by Northern Contours, Design & Styling by TC Studios

 

Sinks

Powder Room built by Lundberg Builders. Interior Design by Laura Hodges Studio features a black smoky glass sink.
Powder Room built by Lundberg Builders. Interior Design by Laura Hodges Studio features a black smoky glass sink.  See it featured in Home & Design Magazine 
Carin Farmhouse Apron-front sink - Photo courtesy of Kohler Co.
Carin Farmhouse Apron-front sink – Photo courtesy of Kohler Co.

With soft French curves, the Cairn® kitchen sink offers transitional style to suit contemporary and traditional kitchens alike. Cairn is made of KOHLER Neoroc®, a matte-finish composite material designed for extreme durability and unmatched beauty. Richly colored to complement any countertop, Neoroc resists scratches, stains, and fading, and is highly heat- and impact-resistant. The Self-Trimming® apron design makes it easy to retrofit existing 36″ cabinetry that has a false drawer front, requiring only a simple rough cut.

Tubs

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Photo Courtesy of Signature Hardware

Signature Hardware’s Thaine Antique Black Copper Double-Slipper Pedestal Tub

Welcome high-end design into your master bathroom with the Thaine Antique Black Copper Tub. A true statement piece, this bathtub features a patina fused to the exterior to create a smooth, dark finish within the metal. The rolled rim allows the polished interior to be showcased on every curve of the double-slipper design. Bold yet functional, the Thaine has plenty of room for you to sit back and enjoy a luxurious soak.

Lighting

 

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Photo Courtesy of Kichler Co

The Natural Brass finish on Kichler’s Linara 5 light linear chandelier, is like jewelry to the Matte Black metal slatted shade. A refreshing twist on contemporary and mid century modern décor.

Hardware

 

Photo Courtesy of Signature Hardware
Photo Courtesy of Signature Hardware

Signature Hardware’s Radke Mahogany Vanity in Shoreline Gray features hardware options including Satin black shown here.

Photo Courtesy of Vigo Industries
Photo Courtesy of Vigo Industries

 

We think the black finishes on this VIGO Elan Adjustable Frameless Shower Door is a showstopper! Made with VIGO’s proprietary RollerDisk™ Technology, this door has built-in adjustability to ensure that it is a perfect fit in your shower. Flex-Sizing™ and SmartAdjust™ Technology ensure that your shower door will remain level despite inevitable shifts that occur as homes settle. This door features resilient tempered glass to prevent dangerous splinters and shards. With the option for right or left-side installation, the VIGO Elan is as versatile as it is sturdy. Stainless-steel hardware outfitted in a 7-layer plated, rust-free matte black finish completes this one-of-a-kind design.

Design Inspiration

If you want to incorporate a few touches of black but not sure how, Moen put together some great advice in their blog

And here are blogs from Signature Hardware on “How to Use the Look in Your Kitchen Design”  matte black bathroom and matte black kitchen!

Let’s face it. A bathroom or kitchen renovation or remodel can be expensive. You don’t want to make a mistake, but it’s easy to do given all the dozens of mechanical, design and selection decisions that one has to make during the process. To really feel confident about pulling off black in your kitchen or bathroom design, we encourage you to check in with our design experts who are ready and waiting to help you design your new space and to assist you in making the selections that ensure your bathroom has a good balance and is executed thoughtfully to avoid costly errors. Call us at (410) 643-4040 to make an appointment with our kitchen and bath designers and to view our showroom! 

 

 

Kitchen Innovations You’ll be Thankful For!

Hosting Thanksgiving dinner can be a huge undertaking. There is so much to consider – from making sure you have enough room to store incoming dishes to ensuring  guests are comfortable and have plenty of snacks and drinks on hand. And most importantly, getting all the food to the table simultaneously,  with hot food hot, and cold food cold. Having your kitchen equipped to handle it all can make or break your Thanksgiving meal’s success. Kitchen innovators like Miele and Wolf are cranking out futuristic Jetson-esque designs that really think outside of the traditional (oven) box. Below are three design innovations that really give us the “gimmies” and address the need for convenience, speed, beauty, and flexibility so you can prep, cook, and clean like a pro!

Miele Combi-Steam Oven

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Miele’s Combi-Steam Oven is versatile enough to be the only oven needed in your kitchen. Creating appetizers, soups, fish, meat, vegetables, side-dishes or dessert individually or as a complete meal in one cooking process is always an easy task . As a fully fledged steam oven, it cooks foods delicately without the need for added oils and butters. It is also equipped with various oven functions including Convection Bake as well as operating modes such as Surround, Intensive and Broil. It shows its skill in Combination Cooking – a combination of moisture and blower heat for perfect results, particularly when baking and roasting. In other words, your turkey will get that golden-brown and crackling skin but with tender, juicy meat on the inside! Yum.

Wolf 6″ Ceiling-Mounted Hood – Stainless Steel

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This hood can be installed over an island or against a wall for greater design flexibility, an appliance meant to blend in, instead of stand out. On Thanksgiving Day (and really every day) you want to keep your kitchen heat, smoke, steam grease, and odor free. That means you need good ventilation! This ceiling-mounted hood by Wolf has a seamless design for a flush, concealed look that’s a perfect match for modern kitchen designs where minimalism reigns. And if you have ever struggled to turn on your fan only to nearly burn yourself on the range, you’ll love the ADA compliant remote control for this one. What’s more, the two LED light bars with two brightness settings on this hood provide additional workspace lighting!

Miele ProfiLine Dishwasher

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The new ProfiLine Dishwasher from Miele is the fastest Miele dishwasher to date. It’s the perfect solution if you want to have all the convenient features of a residential Miele dishwasher, but with a much faster cycle time. The ProfiLine dishwasher is not only easy to use, but will clean your dishes in only 24 minutes! Some other features we love about this product are the 3D+ Cutlery Tray that accommodates oversized cooking utensils like ladles, carving knives,  and mixer attachments.  Flex Care ensures the gentle treatment of your fine china and crystal with glass and cup holders in lower basket.  After a long day in the kitchen on Thanksgiving, you’re going to breathe a sigh of relief and really get in the spirit of gratitude by eliminating another hour washing and drying those fragile heirlooms by hand!

314 Design Studio is proud to work with the leading kitchen and bathroom brands.  Give us a call 410-643-3444 to schedule your no-cost consultation with our designers to discuss how we can help  you bring your dream kitchen to life!