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JUN 2018

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design aesthetic. Displays aren't full kitchens, but they are more than samples." This concept provides a greater opportunity to show more, thereby inspire more, she explains. "We can get more bang out of our square footage," she says. "We can show more door styles, more countertop finishes and more design solutions." The San Mateo showroom also showcases the company's relatively new design/build services. "Initially, our company was based on design and sales of product and cabinetry," she notes. "With the addition of our general contracting division, we are now able to offer clients installation, full interior design and architectural construction. It has been a great complement for clients who may not be working with a contracting firm, or who may have a contractor who doesn't want to install cabinetry. "We have become more of a one-stop-shop where we can provide an additional level of service that can help close the deal," she continues. "A design/build division is also a benefit when it comes to installing displays in our showrooms be- cause, with our own team, we can focus on the details we want to feature and show our clients." While the majority of 'new' has currently been concen- trated on San Mateo, all showroom locations receive periodic updates, including the addition of live plumbing to several of the kitchen displays that now feature water filtration and ozone systems. All four locations also showcase an overriding focus on details. "We want clients to understand the details, such as how transitions work between a countertop and cabinetry, or between cabinets of different heights," she says. "We show them solutions for undercabinet lighting, and alternatives for locating electrical outlets in an island. We also show different accessories, such as trash units, blind corners and servo-drive lift doors." She adds that each showroom features a 'Hall of Fame' as well, which illustrates cabinet construction for the product lines the company carries, and notes that this area is especially beneficial "for clients who may not understand the differences between frameless, inset, full overlay, etc." GILMANS KITCHENS + BATHS 4 locations in/around San Francisco, CA With four showrooms located throughout the San Francisco Bay area, there is always something new happening some- where for Gilmans Kitchens + Baths. Recently, it was the opening of its fourth location in San Mateo to complement the original/flagship location in San Francisco and the San Rafael and Mountain View locations, which serve clients to the north and south, respectively. Opening a new location gives the company the opportunity to showcase a fresh approach to displays. "I used to design a display that would illustrate a strong story about how someone could feel in the space, as if it was their own kitchen or bath," says Joyce van den Dungen Bille, CKD, showroom coordina- tor/designer. "Now, instead of showing a 14'x16' kitchen with a decorative hood, one door style and an island, in that same space we're featuring a number of vignettes with a variety of looks that coordinate with one another, yet give a different This kitchen display at Gilmans Kitchens + Baths' San Mateo showroom showcases the company's new approach to displays, where it shows a number of coordinat- ing looks within the same space, such as the main island with a 1.5" Caesarstone Clamshell top and waterfall edge and a 6" raised top featuring Statuario Nuvo. The sink island showcases yet another cabin- etry/countertop option in complementary colors, as does the tall blind corner cabinet and two-drawer niche. The Wood-Mode Cabinetry display in Gilmans Kitchens + Baths' San Mateo showroom features a bold navy hue with contrasting white interiors and mullion glass doors. The Artisan fireclay farm sink is highlighted with a Delta pull-down faucet in a Champagne finish and it sits amid a Vadara Statuario Venato countertop. Photos: Richard Mayer 46 Kitchen & Bath Design News • June 2018 SHOWROOM PORTFOLIO Continued

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