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JUN 2018

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As such, Cavanaugh displays a variety of material choic- es, options and price points to help clients develop budgets. "We show modestly priced materials right alongside more expensive materials so we can demonstrate how good design can influence a space and make less expensive materials still look very elegant and high quality," she explains, noting her premium kitchen sits side by side with her more modestly priced display. "It also makes it easier to show people the extra details and craftsmanship that can make certain selections more expensive." Cavanaugh focuses on maintaining a 'clean' showroom that minimizes clutter. "We keep the displays pretty tidy so there aren't a lot of distractions," she says, noting that all samples are kept in a selection room. "I don't have a lot of samples hanging on walls or lying on countertops because we're trying to create spaces people can relate to as if they were their own kitchens." KITCHEN & BATH DESIGN + CONSTRUCTION West Hartford, CT With a relatively modest footprint of 1,600 square feet, Lorey Cavanaugh's showroom has been given a lot of thoughtful consideration to ensure she makes the most of each display, in- cluding three kitchens, two bathrooms, a bar and a mudroom, along with a conference room, offices and consultation spaces that feature cabinetry such as a cabinet comparison wall. "I don't have a ton of space, and I want to be sure to show the maximum number of options in terms of cabinets, countertops, sinks, faucets, lighting options, etc., all in a put together look that shows a mindful mix of materials with over- all continuity," she says. "That takes some doing." For example, her largest kitchen display features a wall of cabinetry and a large two-tier island with seating. "It looks like a completed kitchen," she says. "However, the wall cabinetry has inset doors with exposed hinges while one face of the island has inset doors with concealed hinges. On one end of the island, we feature cabinets with frameless construction and melamine in- teriors and on the other end we show frameless cabinets with a wood interior so people can see different ways to build a cabinet. "Plus, there are two countertop choices with two edge treatments and two finishes," she continues. "I have also in- cluded a beautiful custom copper hood along with downdraft ventilation. While we would never include both in a residential kitchen, people want to see options. When they first see the display, they have no idea everything that is going on. Our goal isn't just to create a visual, but to also create talking points." Additionally, with design/build capabilities, her showroom is as much about showcasing craftsmanship as it is about presenting product. "We also sell design services, so I'm trying to show a bigger picture than just materials," she notes. "People need to see spaces they feel they can live in, rather than displays that sim- ply show cabinets." The cabinet comparison wall in the Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction showroom provides an opportunity to discuss various cabinet construction techniques and details and how they impact the cost of a design. The bath vignette at the Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction showroom offers a contemporary look with sought-after fea- tures including a vessel sink, wall-mount fau- cet, frosted glass medicine cabinet, quartz countertop and mirror-mounted lights. The newest display in the Kitchen & Bath Design + Construction showroom serves double-duty as a kitchen display and conference room/classroom space. The kitchen showcases currently popular materials such as gray stained cabinetry, leathered countertops, open shelves and polished nickel hardware. Photos: Chrissy Racho 48 Kitchen & Bath Design News • June 2018 SHOWROOM PORTFOLIO Continued

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