Transitional kitchen designs have become exceedingly popular in recent years because they bridge the gap between traditional and contemporary aesthetics, striking a beautiful balance that appeals to a wide range of tastes. This Malvern custom kitchen remodel near Philadelphia, PA by Jean M. Buchen, CKD of KT Highland offers the perfect case study to explore the staples of transitional kitchen design.
Neutral Color Palette
Transitional kitchens tend to feature neutral color palettes centered around various shades of white, gray, and beige. These chic and timeless colors imbue the space with elegance and sophistication while also serving as a versatile backdrop for other elements.
This Malvern custom kitchen remodel features a striking two-tone cabinet design. Lamp Room Gray paint gives the wall cabinets a fresh look while the richly stained Natural Walnut peninsula offers a subtle nod to more traditional design. Combined, the two tones create a beautiful contrast that immediately captures the eye and brings this custom kitchen to life.
Simple, Clean Lines
Transitional kitchens often showcase simple, clean lines and avoid excessive ornamentation. This minimalist approach helps create a streamlined look that’s easy on the eye. For example, this Malvern custom kitchen remodel features shaker cabinets and a white subway tile backsplash. The lines created by both of these elements—effortlessly beautiful in their simplicity—naturally encourage the eye to progress through the room, drawing you into the kitchen. They also allow you to focus on the granite countertops, a true showstopper element that would be overwhelmed by more ornate pairings.
Appliances are one area that transitional kitchens do NOT reference the past. Many opt for sleek stainless-steel appliances that are as modern in function as they are in look. That’s exactly the route that the homeowners of this Malvern custom kitchen remodel decided to go, incorporating stainless-steel appliances from both LG and Viking. Complementary nickel cabinet hardware provides the seamless link that ties the appliances into the rest of the design.
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These gray island cabinets in Pawleys Island, SC provide both contrast and cohesion in this timeless design by Prodigy Kitchens & Bath. Keep reading to learn how the design team used the gray island cabinets to tie the entire design together.
Benjamin Moore Paint Colors
The refined palette of Benjamin Moore paint colors in this Pawleys Island, SC kitchen creates an atmosphere of timeless elegance. The perimeter cabinets feature Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace OC-65, a classic white that evokes visions of fresh cotton and pure silk. In contrast, the gray island cabinets are finished with Benjamin Moore Brewster Gray HC-162, a blue-gray shade that recalls storied stone buildings. These time-honored colors paired with the beautiful wood elements combine to create one overwhelming feeling when you enter the space—home.
Gray Island Cabinets & Matching Wet Bar
When the homeowners requested a built-in wet bar across from the kitchen, Prodigy Kitchens & Baths knew it posed the perfect opportunity to tie both spaces together. The bar was constructed using the same style of custom cabinetry featured in the kitchen, complete with the same custom molding. From there, it was an obvious choice to match the paint color to the Brewster Gray island cabinets. Finally, glass doors were installed on the upper cabinets to reflect the glass display doors in the kitchen.
Not everything is as it seems in this Pawleys Island, SC kitchen. The refrigerator and door to the walk-in pantry are both disguised by custom panels, allowing them to blend seamlessly into the surrounding cabinetry. These two hidden elements create a clean look along that wall and allow the beauty of the custom cabinets to shine. (Plus, the hidden door is bringing all of my old-mansion, secret room dreams to life!)
Love this Kitchen?
If this Gray Island Cabinets in Pawleys Island, SC design has given you any ideas, don’t be shy! Contact one of our design experts today to learn how we can turn those ideas into a reality!
Farmhouse Kitchen in Bernardsville, NJ by Wydian Kitchens & Design
This country farmhouse kitchen in Bernardsville, NJ by Wydian Kitchens & Design is the perfect blend of modern convenience and old-world charm. Here are the design elements that make this kitchen so special:
Show Stopping Stove Alcove
In many centuries-old homes, the kitchen will feature a large fireplace that the family used for cooking. It’s become very popular in Europe—where it’s common to find homes of this age—to repurpose this space as an alcove for the more modern stove. Doing so not only honors the history of the home, but also makes functional an otherwise wasted space. Plus, it’s very pretty. While this farmhouse kitchen in Bernardsville, NJ may not date back to the 1700s, building this alcove for the stove—complete with the rustic lintel beam—was key to creating a sense of old-world charm. Such a focal point required something special, so a beautiful 36″ Platinum Series Range that produces restaurant-quality results was chosen as the star of the show. The classic black and white tile backsplash serves as the perfect link between the old-world alcove and modern range.
Farmhouse kitchens are known for incorporating various natural materials like wood, stone, and metal. This Bernardsville, NJ kitchen certainly stayed true to this design imperative with its white marble countertops, stone floor tiles, brass finishes, and natural island cabinetry (Kountry Kraft Penn Line/Inset No Bead Cabinets – finished in Natural 10°). And, of course, what country farmhouse kitchen is complete without a farmhouse sink?
A true farmhouse kitchen is more than just its design elements; it also considers how the space is used. Farmhouse kitchens are meant to be functional and are often designed around the cook. That means the work stations are located close together with ample counter space for food prep and cooking. Wydian Kitchens & Design remained true to this ideal when designing the layout for this Bernardsville, NJ kitchen. Notice the short and easy path between the sink and range, with the island providing more than enough prep space right behind it. The oversized island also emphasizes the old notion “the kitchen is the heart of the home” by offering ample space for congregating.
Don’t be Shy!
If the charm of this Bernardsville, NJ design is calling to you, please contact one of our design experts to discuss how we can transform your current space into the picture-perfect country farmhouse kitchen! Follow Kountry Kraft on Instagram and like our Facebook page for more kitchen design inspiration.
Cabinetry for bathrooms comes in all shapes, styles, and sizes. If you’re considering a bathroom remodel, chances are you’re looking for some inspiration to decide which design is right for you. That’s why today I’m taking a walk down memory lane and sharing some beautiful examples of cabinetry for bathrooms.
Designed by Kitchens & Baths by A Matter of Style; Photographed by Allie Fackler Photography
Wall Mounted Vanity in Bold Black
Wall mounted or “floating” bathroom vanities have seen an uptick in popularity recently, especially in smaller powder rooms. The wall mount design featured in this Farmington, Connecticut project gives a breath of fresh air to an otherwise classic design punctuated by inset cabinets and a black and white color palette. The bold finish JM-110306 25°/ Benjamin Moore #2129-20 centers the vanity as the bathroom’s focal point while the floating design and remaining lighter palette keeps the space feeling open and bright.
Designed by Thomas R. Kelly of the TRK Design Company
Matching Makeup Station with a View
Vanities aren’t the only cabinetry for bathrooms you should consider. Ladies, can I interest you in a built-in makeup station with matching cabinetry? That’s exactly what this client from Winchester, Massachusetts requested and I’m still stunned by the results! The makeup station’s matching cabinetry and countertop makes it look like a seamless extension of the double vanity. Its location directly under the window serves both to highlight the breathtaking view and allow the homeowner to gaze out over the water while seated there. The tranquil blue and white color palette further complements the lakeside view.
Designed by Jessica McAllister for D&B Elite Construction Group
Graystone Cabinets with Added Storage
Bathroom cabinets and storage go hand in hand. Sometimes, the base storage provided by the bathroom vanity cabinets just isn’t enough. That’s why additional upper cabinetry was added to this Wyomissing, Pennsylvania project. The resulting custom vanity provides more than enough storage for all of the homeowners’ needs.
Designed by Kountry Kraft, Inc.
Custom Bathroom Vanity Ideas
Sometimes homeowners come to us with utterly unique ideas that require completely custom cabinetry. When that happens, our expert designers work their magic to transform that idea into reality. That’s what we did for this special project in Chester Springs, Pennsylvania. Custom cabinetry allowed us to create the unorthodox octagonal shapes that the homeowner requested, resulting in a truly unique yet functional design. Visit our gallery for more custom bathroom vanity ideas.
Tell Us Your Ideas!
Now that you have some cabinetry for bathroom ideas swimming around in your head, we would love to hear which ones are your favorite! Contact one of our design experts today to discuss what type of cabinets are good for bathrooms. Follow us on Instagram and like our Facebook page for more bathroom remodel inspiration.
Why are custom cabinets better than stock cabinets? In short, they offer personalized design and are built with superior materials and construction techniques.
Too short? Here’s an in-depth explanation of the differences between custom and stock cabinets and why custom cabinets are better.
Custom vs Stock Cabinets
What Are Custom Cabinets?
Custom cabinets are built to your home’s exact measurements instead of a standard size. They also offer greater opportunity for personalization with more styles, shapes, and finishes to choose from. Skilled craftsmen build them to your specifications using superior techniques and materials that can’t be replicated on an assembly line.
What Are Stock Cabinets?
Stock cabinets are manufactured to standard sizes in a select number of styles and finishes that cannot be altered. They are already built at the time of order. This allows for a quick turnaround time but also means they may not fit your kitchen’s exact dimensions, creating awkward gaps or ‘dead space.’
Benefits of Custom Cabinets
So why are our cabinets better than stock cabinets? Let’s explore the three main pros of having custom cabinetry:
Personalized Style & Design
The sky’s the limit when it comes to style and design choices for Kountry Kraft cabinets. If you already have an idea in mind, a custom design allows an experienced professional to translate it from a dream into a reality. They are also incredibly useful when attempting to create a design that’s cohesive with the rest of the house. Or, maybe you’re just looking for something that’s unique to your home. Whatever your motivation, the main takeaway is that you won’t have to compromise your vision.
Custom cabinets optimize storage by using all available space and offering organization solutions. We’ve already discussed how the cabinets eliminate so-called ‘dead space.’ This isn’t just an aesthetically pleasing benefit. Custom cabinets transform that otherwise wasted space into functional storage. They also allow you to incorporate organization solutions like a pull-out spice rack, plate holders, or specialty shelving for cookbooks and knickknacks.
Kountry Kraft cabinets are built to last. Skilled craftsmen use quality construction methods, like dovetail joints, that are long-lasting and cannot be replicated on an assembly line. In contrast, stock cabinets are held together with staples, nails, or screws and are not given the same individual attention that our cabinets receive.
Our cabinets are also generally built with higher-grade materials, increasing their lifespan. With the investment of the craftsmen’s time and skill, an investment in the best material will be made as well.
Are Custom Cabinets More Expensive?
Yes, custom cabinets are more expensive than stock cabinets. The increased cost is a result of the craftsmen’s time and skill needed to build them and the upgrade in construction materials.
Are Custom Kitchen Cabinets Worth It?
Knowing custom cabinets cost more than stock cabinets, just one question remains: Are they worth it? In my opinion, the answer is a resounding YES!
As we just learned, the increased expense results from an increase of quality craftsmanship and materials. The upfront investment will save you the expense (and headache) of replacing cabinets down the road. Paired with their virtually unlimited style and design options? The verdict is clear—custom cabinets are well worth it.
Kountry Kraft Cabinetry
Kountry Kraft is a family-owned business that has specialized in cabinet manufacturing since the mid-1900s. We would love the opportunity to bring your cabinet dreams to life! Please contact one of our design experts today to get started.
Built in bathroom vanities come with the dual benefit of fitting your exact space and offering storage customized to your specific needs. So what do you need to consider when planning out a built in vanity bathroom design? Let’s take a look.
One Sink, or Two?
Almost every homeowner prefers two sinks if possible. However, the size of the bathroom usually answers this question. Some smaller bathrooms can’t accommodate a vanity wider than 60 inches, limiting them to one sink. On the other hand, some larger bathrooms need two sinks (and possibly two vanities) so the space doesn’t feel empty. Identifying how many sinks you need is crucial to the next step—determining layout.
If you only need one sink, determining the layout is as simple as deciding where the one vanity will go and how wide it should be. If you need two sinks, there are more options. Consider one wider vanity that can house two sinks if the bathroom isn’t excessively large. If it is, you’ll probably want two large vanities that house one sink each. Common layouts for two vanities are the galley—where the vanities are on opposite walls and separated by a walkway—and the L shape—where, you guessed it, the vanities form an L against two adjacent walls.
Vanities can have drawers, cabinets, or a combination of both. Everyone has different storage needs, so think about which option would work best for you. If the bathroom lacks a linen closet, cabinets with shelving for towels could be beneficial. Or, if you have lots of beauty products and styling tools, drawers might be the way to go.
Now that the big things are out of the way, you can move on to the fun part—style. If your tastes trend towards modern, you can’t go wrong with slab doors on a floating vanity (aka, wall mounted with open space underneath). If you prefer traditional, I’d recommend a stained wood finish with more detailed doors. For a transitional design, try combining your favorite elements of each style, such as the modern slab door with a more traditional wood finish.
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Crafting and installing a built in bathroom vanity is a project best left to the pros. Contact one of our design experts today to get started! Follow us on Instagram and like our Facebook page for more bathroom design inspiration.
Do you want to design the walk-in closet you dreamed about as a little girl? It can be a bit overwhelming if you’re starting with four bare walls, but never fear! Let’s take a look at the top things you should consider when creating a custom walk-in closet design.
Creating a Focal Point
You want your walk-in closet to be pretty and functional. Create a focal point on the wall opposite the entry by centering built-in drawers and flanking them with two symmetrical hanging areas. Or, if you need more drawers than hanging space, reverse the design. It’s a simple detail that might not seem like much, but I promise this layout is much more eye-pleasing than a mishmash of random storage units. And it’ll be the first thing you see when you step into the closet.
To make the most effective use of space, include a combination of mid and large-size hanging areas in your design. Mid-size areas will store items like shirts and pants while large-size areas will hold longer items like dresses, skirts, and robes. This will eliminate the dead space created by hanging mid-size items in large-size spaces.
To figure out how many mid and large-size hanging spaces you’ll need, take inventory of all the items you’ll want to hang and go from there. Bonus tip: use adjustable rods so your closet can adapt to any changes in your wardrobe.
A lot of people—myself included—have tried various shoe organizers and, despite good intentions, ended up with a pile of shoes on the floor. The trick I’ve found? Place shallow shelving near your closet door so it’s easy to grab a pair on the go and (crucially) put them back at the end of the day. The shallow unit ensures all of your shoes will be visible and easily accessible in single-depth rows and will make the entryway feel more open and spacious.
Use the Whole Wall
Don’t discount high shelving because it’s difficult to reach. Make sure everything you frequently wear, or use is easily accessible, of course. But use those top shelves for things like seasonal items, extra bedding, luggage, etc. Simply keep a step stool tucked away so you can access them when needed.
What Custom Features Do You Want?
A pull-out laundry hamper? Organization inserts for drawers? Display storage for your favorite items? Our design experts can make any closet wish come true. Contact us to get started on your custom walk-in closet design and follow us on Instagram and like our Facebook page for more design inspiration!
It’s no secret that choosing cabinetry is one of the biggest decisions to consider when making selections for a kitchen design. Many homeowners are unaware of just how many options there are available with custom cabinetry, including the cabinet door and cabinet style. In today’s blog, let’s explore kitchen designs with full overlay cabinets – what they are, the benefits of incorporating them, and the design effects they have.
A Quick Definition
Full overlay cabinets represent one of three cabinet styles when it comes to installation (the other two being inset and partial overlay). Full overlay means that the doors are made extra-large so that they sit on top of the cabinet frame, hiding it completely.
Full overlay is one of the cheaper installation options because it requires less skill, but by no means does it skimp on beauty. It also gives you the most storage space because the door sits on top of the frame instead of inside it. (I know we’re talking a matter of inches here, but sometimes they can make all the difference.)
Full overlay cabinets are the most popular style for modern kitchen designs. They achieve a smooth, clean look that you just can’t get with partial overlay cabinets. How modern you want to take that look is totally up to you. Go ultra-modern with a minimalist slab door or recall a touch of tradition with more ornamental doors. Check out our wide selection of full overlay kitchen cabinet door styles here.
Check out our gallery of kitchen designs featuring full overlay cabinets. If this piece has indeed left you feeling inspired, find a Kountry Kraft dealer near you to start the design process with one of our experts! Follow @kountrykraftcabinetry for more kitchen design inspiration.
Dee Hurst-Funk, CFO, and Elvin Jr. Hurst, CEO, of Kountry Kraft, are proactively preserving the Kountry Kraft legacy by welcoming Dave Riebe as President.
In his role as President, Dave will preserve the longevity of Kountry Kraft by running the company on a daily basis under the guidance of Dee and Elvin Jr. Dave has immersed himself in Kountry Kraft by working with every employee in every department. From delivering a kitchen in Annapolis, to assisting in finishing and order processing, he rolled up his sleeves to become familiar with every part of the company.
“We’re excited about the fresh vision Dave brings to the business. He comes with knowledge and experience in manufacturing that will enrich the legacy and longevity of Kountry Kraft.” – Dee Hurst-Funk, CFO
Dave brings a fresh vision to the business with over 25 years of experience leading organizations and developing teams in diversified manufacturing companies. He is recognized as an executive whose personal leadership style effectively balances a pragmatic management approach with strong creative and innovative abilities.
Prior to Kountry Kraft, Dave worked at Carlisle Construction Materials as Director of five different businesses, he was President of Pennex Aluminum Company, and he held various positions at Danaher Corporation (Kollmorgen) with increasing responsibility; most recently he was Vice President and General Manager, and he also served in general management, product marketing, and manufacturing roles. Mr. Riebe has also provided management consulting to senior business leaders, and he spent the first five years of his career in engineering positions at General Motors Corporation.
Dave has a Master of Business Administration degree from Northwestern University, a Master of Science in Mechanics from the University of Minnesota, and a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Michigan Technological University.
“We sell an experience… the experience of feeling at home in the kitchen. The experience of being together. That to me is what the business is about – providing that experience for families, for generations, for life.” – Dave Riebe
Would you like to transform your master bathroom into a whole new space with a brand-new aesthetic? A custom double vanity might be just the thing you’re looking for. Let’s explore some custom Bathroom Double Vanity Ideas so you can get a sense of what’s right for you.
Especially in design. Proportions need to be taken into account so that the space doesn’t feel too empty or too crowded. With our custom bathroom vanity designs, we can create a double vanity that fits perfectly in your bathroom – no matter how big or how small.
Sharing Isn’t Always Caring
While sharing is a virtue, it can also cause a lot of headaches if it’s part of you and your partner’s morning routine. Forget the careful coordinating of schedules and waiting for your turn in the bathroom. With a double vanity, you can both get ready at the same time without elbowing the other out of the way to rinse your mouth or look in the mirror.
And how does separate storage space sound? With a double vanity, you’ll not only have your own counter space but your own drawer space as well. Again, it’s not that you can’t share. It’s just that, well, sometimes it’s nice to not have to.
Make It Yours
One of the most popular custom bathroom vanity features we see is the built-in makeup station. Ladies love the comfortable seating, good lighting, and organized storage with easy access. Men love that they don’t have to navigate a countertop strewn with makeup, and some have even been known to use the station themselves for beard trimming.
Your options don’t stop there. We can personalize your storage by including built-in drawers of all shapes and sizes to help you manage clutter and stay organized.
Bathroom vanity designs are as diverse as each homeowner and their tastes. To create a relaxing oasis, consider choosing a calming paint color such as a warm cream, peaceful green, or tranquil blue. Or, if bold is more your vibe, go with a bright, vibrant color to make your vanity a focal point of the bathroom.
Tell Us Your Needs
The beauty of custom is that it’s all about you! Find a Kountry Kraft dealer near you to start designing your custom double vanity with the support of our experts. Follow @kountrykraftcabinetry for more bathroom vanity design inspiration.