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Kitchen Designs Popular This year

Posted: December 2nd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: kitchen cabinets, kitchen materials, kitchen remodeling, THe Pencil Factory | Tags: , , , | No Comments »

This year has been a special year, the home improvement suffered a lot this year due to the economic conditions we were faced with, with that being said we had a very strong and powerful year. This year we were able to start and finish numerous projects including and not limited to working on the Pencil Factory, a 93 unit building in Greenpoint, a 1200 square foot home extension and interior renovation, and a full interior re-design of a small studio in Park Slope. 2009 was a great year for us here at Artistic Kitchen Designs and we are looking forward to making 2010 a better year!

With all that being said I wanted to take the time and introduce you the projects we worked on this year. The Pencil Factory is a 93 unit residential rehab, we are contracted to supply the kitchens and the bathroom vanities.  With Phase 1 of the project being installed as I write this we will take a few pictures and put it up on the blog for everyone one to see. Phase 2 of the kitchens are going to be ordered in the next few days, and its been an exciting year to work with the architects and interior designer on this project.

The 1200 square foot extension and interior home renovation took place in Long Island’s famous Five Towns area. The home needed to be retrofit with a custom steel beam to support the upper floors and we worked hand in hand with the engineers to come up with a solution that would blow your mind. It was hard to shimmy up the beam to the existing floor without jeopardizing the higher floors and risking the entire structure collapsing. The method we used was to install temporary column supports that we needed to support all the way down to the foundation, and then we proceeded to remove chinks out of the existing beams to be able to slide and reinforce the steel beam into place. But with all that behind us we achieved an open floor plan that spaced over 18 feet! On this project we also designed the kitchen to suit the rest of the house. Pictures are coming in the next few days!

Last but not least the interior redesign of a small Park Slope studio, on this project we actually had to dig down 2 feet to lower the floor and increase the height of the ceiling. This process took us nearly 4 days to dig down because each bucket of soil needed to be hand removed from the apartment. A tedious task that we tackeled, but the out come speaks for it self:

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Italian Kitchen Designs – Popular Around the World

Posted: April 3rd, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: italian kitchens, kitchen cabinets | Tags: , , | 1 Comment »

Many homeowners today still perceive European kitchen designs to be chunky and expensive. However, this is not true with Italian kitchen designs. Designs from Italy has always been in the forefront. Every year, Italian kitchen designs are showcased in International exhibitions all over the world, and they have received excellent feedback. Let’s take a look at some of the reasons why this remains to be true today.

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Kitchen Remodeling and Renovation – Popular Designs and Approaches

Posted: March 19th, 2009 | Author: | Filed under: kitchen cabinets, kitchen remodeling | No Comments »

The kitchen is one of the most important room in the home. As the homeowner, you are likely to spend a large amount of time in it, preparing meals for yourself and your family. Perhaps that is why homeowners tend to spend a larger amount of time when it comes to kitchen modeling and renovation.

In the market today, there are a wide variety of designs to choose from. Most homeowners simple choose a thematic design. For example, you can choose to have a contemporary design, an Italian design, or a traditional design. The design that you choose depends on your existing interior design, as well as your own personal tastes and preferences. If you are special tastes, you may wish to consider having a custom design.

So where do you start, and how do you choose from the wide range of designs?

The most popular choice in today’s market is the contemporary design. Within this category, there are several choices to choose from. But they share similar characteristics. For instance, contemporary designs are mostly simple and elegant looking. There is not much bells and whistles, and kitchens with such designs tend to look modern, practical and functional.

Some homeowners believe that contemporary come in largely similar designs. Therefore, the appearances of the kitchens are more or less the same. However, you may be surprised to find that contemporary designs can look very different. A skillful play with lights and colors can make all the difference in the world. It all comes down to the skills and creativity of the contractor that you hire.

Recommended approach to adopt when hiring contractors.

Besides designs, you also have to face the challenge of hiring the right contractor to complete the project for you. So what is the best approach to adopt?

Some homeowners like to request for quotations straight away. That is jumping the gun. Try not to request for quotations first. Always do some background checks on the contractors that you are hiring.

For example, ask for previous samples of projects that have been completed. Ask questions about one or two projects – i.e. how the designing process flows, and how much time it takes to complete the project, etc. From the responses, you will be able to make a quick assessment.

You can always ask for references from people you know. Those with a good reputation in the marketplace are more likely to provide quality services. In addition, keep a look out for award winning contractors. Prestigious awards usually means that a contractor has been recognized for excellent work.

Finally, never base your decisions on price alone. Many homeowners run into problems with their contractors later on because they choose the cheapest quote.

A kitchen remodeling project may appear simple, but it’s actually not. There are a few components involved – kitchen cabinets, accessories, designs, lighting, and equipment. If you hire the wrong contractor, you may end up with unsatisfactory results. So make sure you spend more time on your due diligence.

Choosing the Perfect Cabinets for Your New Kitchen

Posted: October 2nd, 2008 | Author: | Filed under: kitchen cabinets | 1 Comment »

So you have decided that you need a new kitchen. You have wanted to make a change for a while, and you are finally ready to make that commitment. Great! Our knowledgeable staff at the Artistic Kitchen Designs located in Brooklyn, NY is ready to help you with this important project. Many people who decide to remodel their kitchens feel lost and don’t know where to begin. Well the most important decision you can make is to pick your kitchen cabinets. This might seem like an easy enough proposition, but there are hundreds of styles and finishes to choose from and will require a bit of research. When making the decision consider your family needs, the climate you live in and the style you want to project.

Kitchen cabinets come in two basic types: face-frame and frameless cabinets. Face-frame cabinets have a hardwood frame on the face of the cabinet and create a very classic cabinet appearance. These are the cabinets that are typically used in the American homes. Frameless cabinets don’t have such frames and allow the builder to create a more seamless-streamlined look. This is the style most often used by the European builders. The style you should choose depends on the look you want to create for your kitchen.  A more modern look would probably require a frameless construction, but a traditional kitchen would look great with a face-framed cabinets.

The appearance of the cabinet doors is the second most important decision you can make. After all, this would be the face of your kitchen, the first thing a visitor will see when entering the room. The cabinet doors come in all designs and finishes. When making this decision, consider your budget and your kitchen needs. Keep in mind that if you are on a budget, you can choose lacquer or vinyl as two great alternatives to pricey wood or metal finishes. If you live on a beach or in a very humid environment, you should think about investing in stainless steel cabinets because these hold-up much better in such conditions. If you have young children in the house, consider investing in a finish that would allow you to take off dirt quickly and easily. Finally, don’t forget about all of the extras that make a kitchen truly unique.  You can choose among a countless number of hinges, knobs, and light fixtures to compliment your new kitchen design.