Kitchen & Bath Design News

APR 2016

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Designing kitchens, bathrooms and other living spaces in a small condominium is challenging. However, the challenge is worth the efort because such new home environments can expand the designer's business base. I hope this review of ini- tial construction concerns, installation process extra costs and the creative storage ideas included will help you create a great new home for clients you are serving as they transition from a larger home to a smaller one. Ellen Cheever, CMKBD, ASID, CAPS, is a well-known author, designer, speaker and marketing specialist. A member of the NKBA Hall of Fame, Cheever gained prominence in the industry early on as the author of two design education textbooks. She manages an award-winning design frm, Ellen Cheever & Associates, and has been part of the management team of several major cabinet companies. Editor's Note: The condominium renovation highlighted in this feature was designed by Ellen Cheever, CMKBD, ASID, of Ellen Cheever & Associates in Wilmington, DE ( and Pietro Giorgi, CMKBD, Giorgi Kitchens & Designs in Wilmington, DE ( Photos: Peter Leach photography has a slat wall system that can be installed on the wall, and metal shelves that can be placed anywhere along the slat wall system. The advantage? These steel shelves are sturdy and require no corbels underneath them; there- fore, each shelf length can be used to its maximum THE KITCHEN Even owners of small condominiums want large, inviting, open kitchens that interface well with the adjacent living space. Here are a few ideas for you to consider. • When space is tight, utilizing the inside of every cabinet is critical. For an open kitchen, minimizing the counter- top clutter is also important. Make sure you suggest to your prospective clients well-thought-out cabinet interior storage systems and drawer partition oferings to help them organize their new space as efciently as possible. • When it comes to appliances, make them disap- pear. Additionally, know what special appliances are available to expand the cooking systems available to the gourmet chef who is limited to a 30" range. • In the living space, look at creating custom fur- niture for your client to hide that large TV. In this kitchen, the French drawer refrigerator is totally concealed as an integrated unit, with panels matching the cabinetry, as is the dishwasher. The 30" range has a lower drawer that does double-duty as a slow cooking oven and a warming drawer. This cooking center is augmented by a steam oven, as well as a microwave combination oven that serves as a second – a bit smaller – full oven. Photos: Courtesy of Jenn-Air,, and Plain & Fancy Custom Cabinetry, April 2016 • 45

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