Category: Dream kitchen

A kitchen layout is vital when it comes to remodeling your space. We cover the most common kitchen layouts below.

Common Kitchen Layouts

U Shaped Kitchen Layout Creating an Effective Work Triangle in a Transitional Farmhouse Kitchen

Design by Thomas R. Kelly of the TRK Design Company

U-Shaped Layout

A U-shaped kitchen layout is characterized by three walls that create a U shape. This design is best for large kitchens because it allows for a kitchen island to fit in the middle. Providing more seating and storage. This style layout also creates the most effective work triangle.

 

This kitchen features an L Shaped Kitchen Layout that Provides Extra Seating and Storage

Design by Dee Maher for Kountry Kraft, Inc.

L-Shaped Layout

An L-shaped layout is characterized by two adjoining counters that create an angle in a kitchen. This type of layout is one of the most popular due to its ability to work in small and large kitchens. Add a kitchen island to provide more seating and an extra space to prep food.

 

This Kitchen Features a G Shaped Kitchen Layout that Provides Extra Surface Space and Seating

Design by Aly Glavin and Dara Barber of Pure Design Works

G-Shaped Layout

A G-shaped layout is very similar to a U-shaped layout, but it includes extra counter space. This type of layout only works with large kitchens. Adding a peninsula can create a seating area that acts as a kitchen island and provide extra surface space.

 

This Small Kitchen Features a Galley Layout that Provides an Efficient Work Space

Design by Marina Rubina, Architect

Galley Layout

A galley layout is two walls or parallel countertops that oppose each other. This layout is best used for smaller kitchens that don’t have the extra space. The kitchen shown above features a galley layout that creates an efficient work space for this small area.

 

This Kitchen Features a Single Wall Kitchen Layout that Creates an Open Space for this Home

Design by Tyler Hurst of Kountry Kraft, Inc. 

Single Wall Layout

A single wall layout will open the rest of the house providing extra spacing for kitchen islands and dining areas. Characterized by a single wall of appliances and work space, this layout works best in a small kitchen to utilize space in an efficient way.

Whether you have a small or large kitchen, there is a layout that will work best for you. Kountry Kraft has the ability to create custom cabinetry and accessories to fit any size space to maximize storage to the fullest. Visit our website to see kitchens we have completed featuring all different types of layouts.

 

Sources: Types of kitchen layouts

Choosing the perfect time for a kitchen remodel can be stressful. But with a few tips you will be on your way to a brand-new kitchen in no time.

Best Time for a Kitchen Remodel

Deciding the correct time to remodel your kitchen shouldn’t be based on what worked best for others. Every process is different depending on the client. Take a look at what describes your situation.

 

Kitchen with island, range, and hard maple cabinets done for a kitchen remodel in Pittsburgh, PA

Design by April Spagnolo of Evalia Design, LLC

 

Remodeling in the Summer

It seems the summer is when our clients tend to remodel their kitchen the most. Below are the most common reasons why:

  • Able to cook elsewhere while kitchen is under construction
    • Cook on the grill/eat outside on deck or table
  • Kitchen remodel will be completed before the holidays
  • Plan a summer vacation around the remodel
    • Come home to a brand-new kitchen
  • Ability to open windows to let any dust/odors outside
  • Longer days – natural lighting
    • More time to work on the project/completed faster

Since clients remodel the most during the summer it causes the summer months to be busier. This can result in a higher cost or the chance your project will not be completed at the preferred time.

 

Walnut Wood Kitchen Cabinets for a kitchen remodel located in Princeton, New Jersey

Design by Marina Rubina, Architect

 

Remodeling in the Winter

Clients typically stay away from home remodels during the winter months due to upcoming holidays. Below are the reasons why it can be a good idea for a kitchen remodel in the winter:

  • During contractors’ slow season
  • Availability to get your remodel scheduled faster
  • Possibility of your kitchen being under construction during the holidays
    • If your traveling during the holidays you can avoid the construction
  • Get the remodel finished before the busy season where price increases take place

Deciding on whether summer or winter is the right time for you comes down to your flexibility, availability and when you would like the project completed. Though the summer may be the perfect time for others, it may not be the right time for you. Plan your kitchen remodel from start to finish to ensure a smooth and stress-free process.

Visit our website to see some kitchen inspiration or check out our Houzz page to view some recently completed designs. Still have questions on when to remodel? Contact us!

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Sources: Best Time of Year to Remodel, Reasons Summer is the Best Time to Remodel and Planning Tips

 

Choosing between custom crafted cabinets and stock cabinetry can be overwhelming. However, learning the pros and cons of both can help you make a decision about which better suits your lifestyle and design.

Custom Cabinets

  • Custom Cabinets are built to last
    • Each cabinet is handmade
  • Ability to customize cabinetry down to the core
  • Cabinets are built to fit any size, space and layout
  • Custom Cabinets are typically more expensive
  • Cabinets take longer to make due to customization and quality of design

Stock Cabinets

  • Stock cabinets are the least expensive
  • Standard shapes and sizes
    • Stock sizes for stock kitchens
  • Limited selection of styles and woods
  • Pre-manufactured cabinets
    • Quick delivery time
  • Stock cabinets cannot be customized
  • Made on an assembly line

 

Both options can create a captivating kitchen but it’s important to look at the overall quality and design. Keeping in mind the differences of custom and stock cabinets, here are a few examples of what custom cabinetry can look like in your kitchen.

 

Custom Crafted Cabinets by Kountry Kraft

This U Shaped Transitional Kitchen Features Custom Crafted Cabinets with Dovetail Boxes and Drawers  Tall Custom Crafted Cabinets Featuring Glass Doors to Showcase Drinkware in this Transitional Kitchen

Design by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs                      Photography by Chris Veith

This kitchen features our custom crafted cabinets in an Inset/No Bead cabinetry style with the TW10 Hybrid door design. The picture on the left showcases our dovetail cabinet boxes that provide strong and secure joints that can withstand heavy use. Kountry Kraft goes above and beyond to add dovetailing into our boxes and drawers to ensure long lasting craftsmanship. Dovetailing is not a feature available in stock cabinets, as it takes a skilled artisan to craft this joint style.

 

Custom Crafted Cabinets with Floating Shelves and by Pass Doors Featured in this Kitchen

Design by PK Surroundings           Photography by Rob Karosis

Kountry Kraft created glass kitchen cabinets featuring shelves that are in line with the floating shelves on the adjacent wall. The pantry cabinet showcases by-pass doors to provide easy accessibility to the contents inside. A custom crafted cabinet was decided to include a wine and beer fridge as well.

 

Custom Crafted Cabinets Featuring our Textural Cabinetry Line to Create Realistic Wood Grain Look  Custom Crafted Cabinets Featuring our Textural Cabinetry Line with Dovetail Boxes and Drawers

Design by Pam Whittemore of Drum Hill Designs, LLC

The custom cabinets featured above are unique in color, style and design. Part of our textural cabinetry line, they create a realistic wood grain surface that compliment stainless steel kitchen appliances. When choosing custom crafted cabinetry, you have to ability to choose from a wider variety of finishes and wood choices. Whereas, stock cabinets are more linear and don’t have as many choices available.

Kountry Kraft allows you to completely customize your cabinetry as well as offer a lifetime warranty on all our products. We want your kitchen cabinets to look the best and withstand the test of time. Not sure if custom cabinetry is right for you? Visit our Devon Showroom or find one of our experienced dealers near you!

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Custom cabinetry in any space isn’t complete without the perfect hardware. Selecting the right cabinet hardware can be tricky, as there are lots of other components that may affect the finish and style you choose. Here are a few tips you should know to make the selection process easier and to ensure you choose the right hardware for your space.

Choosing your Hardware Finish

Vignette Showcasing a Kountry Kraft Door Style with Cliffside Industries hardware, Flooring and Backsplash

The hardware you choose should coincide with your kitchen appliances, cabinetry color and design style. Featured above is a vignette with a Kountry Kraft door style, hardware, flooring, backsplash and more. Creating a vignette allows you to visually see the design and better understand your creation.

 

U Shaped Kitchen Featuring Custom Painted White Cabinetry with Silver Pulls as Hardware

Designed by  Thomas R. Kelly of the TRK Design Company 

Starting with hardware color, you should choose a finish that matches your appliances and cabinetry. If your kitchen features white cabinetry then go for bold hardware that will stand out. Shown above is a U-shaped kitchen featuring custom painted white cabinetry. The silver hardware brings life into the cabinetry and creates a pop of color that matches the appliances and countertops.

 

Kitchen Island Finished in Benjamin Moore Shadow Gray Featuring Silver Pulls as Hardware

Designed by  Thomas R. Kelly of the TRK Design Company 

Featured above is the same kitchen as previously shown, but the island cabinetry is finished in a different color than the perimeter. The island is finished in Benjamin Moore Shadow Gray. Because of the contrast between the island and perimeter cabinets, a focal point is created. However, the same hardware is used on the island as well as the rest of the cabinetry in this kitchen. The versatility of the hardware creates cohesiveness throughout the whole kitchen design.

 

Choosing your Hardware Style

Tall White Kitchen Cabinets Featuring Glass Cabinet Doors and Silver Knobs and Pull Hardware

Designed by Integrated Kitchens LLC

Deciding on whether to use knobs, pulls or latches is more of a preference than a general rule. You should focus on what feels more comfortable rather than what looks the best. Functionality over fashion. Featured above is Alpine White custom finish cabinetry with glass cabinet doors, tall cabinets and drawers. The glass cabinet doors feature silver knobs while the cabinets and drawers feature silver pulls. Utilizing both options in your kitchen is pleasing to the eye.

Designing your dream kitchen and having everything fall into place is the best feeling. Kountry Kraft offers hardware from Top Knobs, Cliffside Industries and many more. Explore all your options until you find the perfect combination. Whether you’re designing a kitchen from scratch or simply changing out your old hardware, explore the unlimited capabilities that Kountry Kraft has to offer.

Visit our Instagram to view some close-up shots featuring different cabinet hardware. Or check out Houzz to see our recently completed designs.

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A popular kitchen trend of 2018 is incorporating non-neutral cabinet colors into your design. Not only do colored cabinets add personality to your space, but they are also a great way to create a focal point. According to Houzz, the go-to non-neutral cabinet colors are blues and greens.

Green and Blue Non-Neutral Cabinet Colors

Houzz conducted a survey that conveyed 7 out of 10 of the most-saved kitchen photos uploaded in the past 3 months featured blue and green kitchen cabinets.

Green Kitchen Cabinet Colors is Becoming the Go to Non-Neutral Color for any Kitchen    Incorporating Green Kitchen Cabinet Colors into any Room Provides Subtle Color and Versatility

As you walk through the Kountry Kraft shop you will see a variety of green cabinetry. Featured on the right is kitchen cabinets finished with Sherwin Williams Green Hazel. This color provides subtle color to any room that is versatile and attractive.

 

This Contemporary Kitchen Features a Single Wall Layout and Green Colored Cabinets and Kitchen Island

Designed by Ann Unal Kitchens LLC

Ann Unal Kitchens LLC designed this kitchen to feature Whisper Green painted kitchen island cabinets and Tuscany painted perimeter cabinets.

 

A Multitude of Designs Run Through the Kountry Kraft Shop Featuring Custom Cabinet Colors   This Butler’s Pantry is Finished with Light Shade of Blue Cabinet Color with Glass Doors

Cabinets painted in shades of blue are also trending in today’s kitchen designs. A multitude of designs run through our facility throughout the day, such as the butler’s pantry featured on the right finished with a light shade of blue. Featured on the left are kitchen cabinets crafted with an ample amount of detail, yet so simple, and finished with the right shade of blue.

 

Kitchen Island with Seating and Hale Navy Kitchen Cabinet Color with White and Blue Backsplash

Designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs 

This all blue kitchen was crafted in a deeply saturated shade of navy blue designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs. The backsplash has hints of blue which pops against the blue cabinetry and matching floating shelves. Encompassing all the accessories together in this kitchen created a timeless classic feel with exploits at sea.

 

Shades of blue and green- and anything in between – are available at Kountry Kraft Cabinetry. Visit our website to see all the paint finishes that Kountry Kraft has to offer! Also check out our Houzz page to see our recently completed designs.

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Because of the continuous rapid growth of the use of technology, incorporating cabinets with hidden outlets into your kitchen design is a must. Cabinetry can be designed and crafted to hide electrical outlets in easily accessible places. Many designers have designed charging stations to include outlets, while other designers have designated a cabinet drawer or custom panel to hide outlets.

Designs featuring Cabinets with Hidden Outlets

Cabinets with Hidden Outlets in Extra White Kitchen Cabinets Provides an Easily Accessible Place to Charge Electronics     Cabinets with Hidden Outlets Camouflaged in a Charging Station in Extra White Kitchen Cabinets

Designed by Jessica McAllister for D&B Elite Construction Group

Designer Jessica McAllister for D&B Elite Construction Group camouflaged a charging station as part of kitchen cabinets. The charging station is easily accessible, and a counter creates the perfect resting place for devices. This station can also serve double duty as a place to plug in small appliances like a mixer or can opener.

 

Transitional Kitchen with Electrical Outlets Incorporated into the Kitchen Island Designed for Easy Accessibility for Appliances

Designed by TRK Design Company

Electrical outlets are also incorporated into kitchen cabinet designs for appliances that need to be plugged in. TRK Design Company designed a kitchen island with an outlet close to the countertop.

 

Custom Panel Crafted into Custom Cabinetry to Allow for Cabinets with Hidden Electrical Outlets

Here is an easy DIY way to hide electrical outlets on your cabinets. When closed, the panel appears as part of the island. When open, an outlet is exposed for use. Panels are the perfect solution to incorporate electrical outlets without sacrificing the appearance of your kitchen design.

 

There are endless options on how you can incorporate cabinets with hidden outlets. Whether its by creating a drawer dedicated to charging devices or a charging station. Or just by adding more electrical outlets to your kitchen island. Whatever your vision may entail, Kountry Kraft Custom Cabinetry can create it for you.

To view more of our recently completed projects visit our Houzz page or check out our Instagram for some design inspiration! Also visit our accessories page to see how you can incorporate other storage options into your kitchen.

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Each year there is always current kitchen trends on the rise. Whether it’s old styles that are becoming popular again or introducing new styles altogether. Kountry Kraft offers endless options to keep up with the current kitchen trends.

Current Kitchen Trends

Current Kitchen Trends include Effective Storage Solution Cabinetry which is Featured in this Kitchen   Current Kitchen Trends include Optimal Amount of Storage which is Featured in this Kitchen

Designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

Effective storage solution cabinetry is one kitchen trend that Kountry Kraft has crafted an abundance of times. By incorporating this design into your kitchen, it can create an organized look by keeping storage items concealed.

Current Kitchen Trends is Incorporating Single Level Multi Personal Kitchen Islands into your Kitchen

Designed by TRK Design Company 

Another kitchen trend is incorporating single level multi personal kitchen islands. By adding under counter appliances to your kitchen island you allow for more storage and space to add more cabinetry around your kitchen.

Open Shelving is Big in Current Kitchen Trends this Year for Kitchen Design   Current Kitchen Trends includes Open Shelving which Creates a Unique Aesthetic to your Kitchen

Designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs 

Open shelving is becoming a huge trend in kitchen design this year. By adding open shelves, it can be visually pleasing and creates a unique aesthetic in your kitchen.

Current Kitchen Trends include Navy Blue Color being Incorporated into Kitchen Design   Current Kitchen Trends include Navy Blue Color which Creates a Pleasing and Comforting Kitchen Environment

Designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs 

Navy blue is becoming a trending color for kitchen cabinets in 2018. By incorporating a decorative backsplash against the navy-blue cabinets, it can create a contrast that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye.

Gray is included in Current Kitchen Trends because it Creates a Warm and Welcoming Environment in your Kitchen   Warm Shades of Gray is a very Popular Color for Kitchens and is included in Current Kitchen Trends

Designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

And lastly, gray is the new go-to neutral shade. Warm shades of gray offer neutrality to a kitchen while also adding a splash of color unlike the color white. Gray is also flexible in terms of matching appliances and accessories to the color. Incorporating gray into your kitchen will portray a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Kountry Kraft is always looking out for the latest kitchen trends and using their fine craftsmanship to bring them to life. Visit Kountry Kraft’s Devon Showroom to speak to a design professional about incorporating the current kitchen trends into your kitchen.

 

The Kountry Kraft Devon Showroom is bringing high quality custom cabinetry to the Devon area. The showroom is conveniently located in the Devon Design Center making it a one-stop shop for anyone looking to remodel their home.

Kountry Kraft Devon Showroom

Kountry Kraft Offers Select Door Styles and Paint Colors to Browse Through at the Devon Showroom   Devon Showroom Offers Hardware Product Examples to Create a Better Shopping Experience for Their Clients

All our custom cabinetry options are available at the Devon Showroom. Choose from a variety of wood species with select door styles. Then browse through our paint colors and finish it off with cabinet hardware! Kountry Kraft offers a wide selection of possibilities and you have the chance to see your vision come together with the product examples located in our showroom.

Kountry Kraft Devon Showroom Located in Devon Design Center with Three Other Design Companies

Devon Design Center

Being conveniently located in the Devon Design Center, it allows clients to easily access other design companies that are in the center as well. The three other design companies offer interior design, tile, and flooring.

CoCo Interior Design is One of the Four Shops Located in the Devon Design Center

CoCo Interior Design

CoCo Interior Design is one of the four shops located in the Devon Design Center. They offer curtains, fabrics, upholstery, shades, shutters and blinds. They are willing to execute your vision no matter how big or small and will travel to help implicate their services.

Located in Devon Design Center Main Line Hardwood Offers all your Flooring Needs in One Shop

Main Line Hardwood

Main Line Hardwood offers all your flooring needs in one shop. Not only do they offer carpet, vinyl, laminate and hardwood flooring tile, they also provide speedy installation services. Refinishing services are also offered for existing floors.

Devon Tile and Design Studio Offers Unique Materials and First Rate Design Services

Devon Tile & Design Studio

Devon Tile & Design Studio was started to fill a void in the high-end tile market. They offer unique materials and first-rate design services. What makes them different is the passion and commitment they provide for their clients.

Stop by the Devon showroom to explore the extensive selection of first-class products and services and to speak to a design professional.

The Devon Showroom is open from 10AM – 5PM Monday through Friday and Saturday 10AM – 3PM. Kountry Kraft is available by appointment otherwise and may call to schedule over at the Newmanstown location.

If you decide to remodel your kitchen you must consider a design style that reflects your needs and personality. When considering your design style, you should decide which style will coincide with other parts of your home.

Types of Design Styles

These Century Vanilla Bean Cabinets with Distressed Finish Features A Traditional Design Style For This Kitchen

Designed by Jessica McAllister of Kountry Kraft, Inc.

Traditional Design

It incorporates antiques and comfort all in one. Patterns are often used with this design style paired with neutral colors. Traditional style will feature classic designs with woodwork and carved moldings.

 

This L Shaped Kitchen Featuring Gray Kitchen Cabinets Was Designed To Feature A Transitional Design Style

Designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

Transitional Design

Contemporary and traditional style combined into one. You may keep your traditional style cabinetry and incorporate the contemporary side other places. Transitional style includes neutral and soothing colors to allow the furniture to be the focal point of the room.

 

This Farmhouse Kitchen Design Style With Coventry Gray Kitchen Cabinets Features Hanging Barn Doors   Coventry Gray Kitchen Cabinets and Rift Cut White Oak Kitchen Island Features A Farmhouse Design Style

Designed by Stonington Cabinetry & Designs

Farmhouse Design

Consists of neutral colors with a vintage ambiance. This design can portray warmth and simplicity in your home. Farmhouse style can include features such as, exposed wood beams, butcher blocks, and hanging barn doors.

 

This Contemporary Kitchen Design Style Features A Multilevel Island And Red Table With Seats

Designed by Burns Century, ASID, CKD, of Burns Century Interior Design

Contemporary Design

Defined as clean and simple. Whereas modern design style is boxy lines, contemporary style features a combination of straight and curvy lines. Stainless steel is a common feature in a contemporary style kitchen followed by white cabinetry.

 

This Modern Kitchen Design Style Features Sleek And Minimalist Designs With Intricate Detail

Designed by Dee Maher in Collaboration with Kountry Kraft, Inc. 

Modern Design

Favors sleek, minimalist design over intricate detail. Modern cabinetry includes straight lines and contrast. The colors are dramatic such as white and black tones. Kitchen surfaces are reflective such as steel, chrome or glass.

No matter what design style you choose when creating or remodeling your kitchen, make sure it accommodates your lifestyle. A Kountry Kraft designer can help you create custom cabinetry to synchronize with the design style you choose.

Contact us to bring your design style to life! Visit our Houzz page to view our recently completed projects by our designers.

Custom cabinet care is simple, fast and requires no dangerous chemicals or treatments. If you practice these basic care tips you will enjoy the look of your cabinetry for years to come.

Cabinet Care Tips

Going from laminate cabinetry to solid wood will impact the difference in the way you care for your cabinets. Use these cabinet care techniques to protect the rich patina that solid wood provides.

  • Do not use products with bleach, ammonia or abrasive additives
  • Avoid draping damp cloths or dishtowels over cabinet doors – excessive moisture can cause permanent damage, dry surfaces immediately with a soft cloth
  • Never use scouring pads, steel wool or powdered cleaners
  • Avoid placing small kitchen appliances where heat is directed onto cabinet surfaces
  • Do not use all-purpose cleaners – may remove the finish and damage wood
  • Avoid using a dishcloth or sponge- it could contain remnants of grease or detergents

these custom cabinets will stay beautiful for years to come using these cabinet care tips

To ensure your cabinetry stays just as beautiful as the day you got it:

  • Wipe up spills and water spots to always keep the cabinetry dry
  • Clean your cabinets with a soft, lint free cloth
  • Use dish soap and warm water to remove grease and fingerprints
  • Vinegar can be used to remove sticky films
  • Baking soda and water can remove buildup and stubborn stains

using these cabinet care techniques such as using a soft cloth will safeguard your cabinetry

When using these cabinet care tips regularly, your cabinets will assure years of beautiful, functional use. You’ve taken the time and the resources to invest in classic, high quality cabinetry – why shorten its lifespan with neglect or misuse? If you have any more questions on cabinet care visit our Care and Cleaning page or Contact Us!

Browse through our Door Styles page to see all the custom cabinet options we offer for your home! Also visit our Houzz page to view our recently completed projects by our designers.