Design Tips For a Chef-centered Kitchen

Many homeowners with a passion for cooking desire a kitchen that mirrors those of renowned chefs. To achieve this, various design elements and simple upgrades can be incorporated to create the ideal kitchen that combines ultimate functionality with sophisticated style.

Faucet makeover

Culinary enthusiasts spend a lot of time at the sink. A faucet that simplifies tasks is a necessity and the Brizo Solna Articulating Kitchen Faucet is a culinary-driven innovation offering flexibility and control in the kitchen. Boasting crisp, contemporary lines, the articulating arm can be adjusted to position the two-function spray wand at various heights and angles — extend the arm up or outward to fill large pots or lower into the sink to reduce splash during clean-up. Beyond function, its Scandinavian inspiration brings a streamlined architecture to any kitchen.

Storage space

Just as great recipes call for top-quality ingredients, great kitchens need excellent tools. Maximizing storage is key for those with an impressive collection of kitchen tools and culinary essentials. Avoid overwhelming renovations and make the most of storage options by thinking “outside the cabinet” to fully accommodate needs.

For a crisp, modernized look, arrange pots and pans in a line on the wall with a linear rack. Take organization a step further by incorporating a magnet bar for sharp utensils, ensuring tools are close at hand without getting in the way. Store culinary tools and flatware in expandable drawer dividers to ensure all cabinet space is utilized and the counter remains clutter-free.

Inside garden

Bring the outside in with a miniature herb garden for fresh flavor enhancements when you need them. Spaces in front of a kitchen window with natural light are ideal for an indoor garden.

Various herbs in 3- or 4-inch pots can be grouped together in stylish trays to keep humidity high. For an extra splash of color, add edible flowering plants to the garden, such as lavender, lemongrass and violet. These homegrown herbs can be used as garnishes, to layer flavor into a dish or even in cocktails for at-home entertaining.

Designated task stations

Commercial restaurants work well with cooking stations for seamless preparation and execution. Designate specific areas for every facet of meal preparation to aid in overall organization and evoke the look and feel of a five-star kitchen in your home.

In most top-rated kitchens, food preparation is commonly performed between the sink and refrigerator to ensure all needs are met for retrieving, rinsing and chopping. Added elements like a deep sink and wide counter space make these tasks efficient and restaurant quality.

Transforming the kitchen into a chef-centered space is simple with clean, purposeful upgrades. For additional information on the Solna Articulating Faucet or to learn about other Brizo product offerings, visit www.brizo.com. –(BPT)

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Nate Berkus with Six Common Kitchen Design Dilemmas

Nate Berkus with tips and tricks for solving 6 common kitchen design dilemmas

Kitchen design is an art form, one where function and beauty harmoniously co-exist. Achieving that balance, however, isn’t always easy. When renovating a kitchen, homeowners can find themselves facing challenging design dilemmas. And they are not alone.
“When redesigning or refreshing a kitchen, the goal is to create a space that is hardworking, yet beautiful,” says Nate Berkus, renowned designer and artistic advisor to LG Studio. “Look for items that really represent who you are and your design personality, and you’ll create an area you and your family will love both now and 10 years from now.” Berkus points to six common kitchen design dilemmas and offers suggestions on how homeowners can create a space that is functional, and also beautiful.

1. Space challenges
When you don’t have enough room for the large table your family needs, get creative. Consider building an L-shaped bench around a farm table and adding extra chairs. It’s a clever use of space and will create a cozy nook where your family can gather for meals, or kids can do homework. Plus, the bench can double as storage space so it’s extra hardworking.

2. Last year’s — or last decade’s — cabinets
Cabinets are one of the first things you notice in any kitchen, and they’re also one of the most important in terms of functionality. If your cabinets provide ample space but look dated, Berkus suggests giving them a facelift. “I always appreciate a simple, clean style, but with cabinets I tell my clients they shouldn’t be afraid to mix it up,” he says. Use varying materials and finishes, like a wood or paint color that’s different from the rest of the kitchen. “I recommend sticking with a neutral palette for cabinets, whether you’re installing brand new ones or painting your existing cabinets,” Berkus says. “White, charcoal and gray will always be elegant, and you can’t go wrong with black — it’s absolutely one of my favorites. It makes a dramatic statement and looks fantastic paired with stainless steel appliances.”

3. Small budgets, big taste
When you long for that sleek, built-in look but don’t want to break the bank, counter-depth appliances are a great design choice. They seamlessly integrate with cabinetry no matter what the material, supporting that clean look you ultimately want your kitchen to reflect.
“I’m obsessed with LG Studio’s three-door counter-depth refrigerator,” Berkus says. “The door-in-door feature is one of my favorites.” The refrigerator also features a sophisticated, pro-style, flat-door design inspired by Berkus that gives it a premium look. LG Studio’s slide-in ranges, with designs also inspired by Berkus, are another great option to help homeowners achieve a custom, built-in aesthetic.

4. Unattractive, inefficient lighting
Lighting is one of the most important design elements in any room, and it’s the one thing people often overlook when re-designing their kitchens. “Lighting can instantly change the whole feel of a space,” Berkus says. “I believe it is one of the most important decisions you can make in any room, especially the kitchen, which, let’s be honest, is usually the hardest working room in your home.” To create lighting that is both useful and beautiful, remember to light the room in layers — from above, under cabinets to illuminate work areas and all-around accent lighting to create ambiance. It’s also such an easy way to add a whole lot of personality to your kitchen. Opt for vintage sconces and brass or metallic lighting fixtures. They will instantly up the design ante and make the space feel decidedly layered and interesting.

Nate Berkus5. Counter space confusion
Figuring out how much counter space you’ll need is always tricky. Start by considering all the ways you’ll be using your counters. You’ll need food prep areas, of course, but will you also want a breakfast bar where your family can sit for meals and snacks? Will you need extra room for countertop appliances? “My rule of thumb is, to always double the amount of counter space you think you’ll need,” Berkus says. “You can never have too much, especially if you like to cook and entertain.”

6. The slate is simply too clean
A large, open-concept kitchen can seem appealing, but it can also be daunting to design and decorate. “Don’t be afraid to do something unexpected in the kitchen to break up the space,” Berkus says. “I love the idea of creating an unexpected seating area in your kitchen. Shop your weekend flea markets or online stores for a vintage sofa, coffee table and rug to set up an area for your family to relax in.” Ultimately, Berkus says, keep in mind that the kitchen truly is the heart of the home. “Kitchen design is about creating a space in your home that brings the whole family together, and is the best place to reflect your sense of personal style.”– (BPT)

Get Things Looking Up in Your Kitchen

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Space saving skylights free-up kitchen wall space for more cabinets and shelves while admitting abundant daylight and natural ventilation. Energy Star-qualified VELUX no leak solar powered fresh air skylights and blinds are operated by touchpad programmable remote control and close automatically in case of rain. The skylights, blinds, and installation costs are eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit. Details at www.whyskylights.com.

When you’re planning a full kitchen renovation, or even just a few choice upgrades, counter tops, cabinets, appliances and flooring command your attention. But do you ever look up? Unless a lightbulb burns out or you want to replace a light fixture, you probably don’t think much about the ceiling in your kitchen or other rooms.

Yet with all the cooking and living that goes on in the kitchen, a whole lot of unpleasantness can gather in the top half of the room, including heat and moisture, cooking odors and grease. All that can make the ceiling dingy, darken the room and turn the air in your kitchen stale and unpleasant. As you’re refurbishing your kitchen, here are some ways – simple to lofty – to improve the ceiling and brighten the whole room:

The simple stuff

Just as painting walls is the easiest, most cost-effective way to create a new look in a room, painting the kitchen ceiling can have a huge impact on how the room feels and functions. For example, if your kitchen is short on windows and often feels dark, painting the ceiling a high gloss white can help brighten it by reflecting light back down into the room. You can also add faux tin ceiling tiles to reflect light and to create a vintage look.

Stuck with light-colored flooring, countertops and cabinets that make the room look washed out? Adding a subtle hue to the ceiling can help bring color to the room without the aggressiveness of a heavy wall color. Even if your kitchen has no design issues you need to resolve from the top down, repainting the ceiling can impart a fresh, bright look.

Perhaps new light fixtures aren’t in your budget or you really like the ones you have. In either event, replacing incandescent or flourescent light bulbs with LEDs or CFLs can soften harsh overhead lighting and use less electricity at the same time.

Practical luxury

Kitchens cry out for light but with wall space often largely devoted to cabinets, it can be a challenge to get enough natural light into the room through windows alone. Adding a skylight is a cost-effective way to compensate for a lack of windows and to bring balanced natural light and fresh air into a kitchen.

Skylights can help vent cooking odors and moisture from the kitchen if you choose Energy Star-qualified solar-powered fresh-air skylights, like those from Velux America. A programmable touch pad remote control operates the skylights as well as accessories like blinds. Solar powered blinds, which improve the overall energy efficiency of the skylights even more, are available in colors and patterns and allow you to make a design statement while giving you full control of the light that enters the space.

In addition to kitchens, bedrooms and baths are the most popular rooms for skylights since you get the same natural light and passive ventilations benefits while maintaining privacy.

And no-leak solar powered skylights, which close automatically in case of rain, as well as solar powered blinds, can be upgrades that partially pay for themselves since both can qualify for a 30 percent federal tax credit, as do the installation costs. Visit www.whyskylights.com to learn more.

Lofty aspirations

Adding a ceiling medallion is a simple yet high-impact way to change the look of your kitchen ceiling. You can either position it around an existing light fixture or place it above a kitchen island. Installing a medallion is well within the abilities of most do-it-yourselfers and you can accomplish the project in less than a day.

Wood accents, such as paneling, crown molding or a wooden frame add luxury and depth to kitchen ceilings. These are complex installations that may require you to hire a professional but they can pay off big to create your dream kitchen.

Investing some money, thought and effort into upgrading your ceilings can help give the rooms a new look and feel while providing benefits that are both beautiful and practical.

Featured Image- Space saving skylights free-up kitchen wall space for more cabinest and shelfs while admitting abundant daylight and providing natural ventilation. Energy Star-qualified VELUX no leak solar powered fresh air skylights and blinds are operated by touchpad programmable remote control and close automatically in case of rain. The skylights, blinds, and installation costs are eligible for a 30 percent federal tax credit. Details at www.whyskylights.com.

To learn about how to get things looking up in your  kitchen, visit Cipriani Remodeling Solutions to schedule your FREE in home consultation.

Matt Slingerland Achieves Certification from National Kitchen and Bath Association

The National Kitchen & Bath Association (NKBA) is a non-profit trade association that promotes the professionalism of the kitchen and bath industry. Today, it is revered as an authority on the kitchen and bath industry by a large network of peers, distributors, retailers, remodelers, manufacturers, installers, designers, and other industry professionals. As seen on their site, “The NKBA’s certification program emphasizes continuing education and career development and includes designers and professionals in all segments of the kitchen and bath industry. The NKBA has become a valuable resource for both professionals and consumers.” To read more about the NKBA follow this link. Photos-06
Matt Slingerland achieves certification from National Kitchen and Bath Association. So why would someone pursue certifications from the NKBA? Well, a commitment to provide the highest level of client service and satisfaction. Planning and designing a living space, such as a kitchen or bath, requires knowledge of many specific details and an expertly trained eye to focus in on all the right details. Professionals with a passion for the kitchen and bath industry have a respect and loyalty in seeking the proper education to allow their clients to entrust their home to them. With the rise in popularity of television shows and stations such as HGTV and the DIY Network, homeowners are getting a peak into the exciting and enticing environment of home renovation. Problem is- it is just that, a peak and many details are not seen or know by the uneducated television viewer. As such, it is extremely important for clients planning a renovation project to hire qualified educated professionals. At Cipriani Remodeling Solutions, we are constantly learning and advancing our skills and talents. Matt Slingerland is a great example of commitment and dedication to his career, his team and most of all his clients. Matt has taken courses with the NKBA to obtain his first level of certification, Associate Kitchen and Bath Designer, AKBD.
Like most of our clients who love the television home improvement world, Matt was intrigued as well. In 2007, he began to follow his interests and chase his passion. Matt says, “Due to the popularity of HGTV, Houzz, and the DIY Network, today homeowners are only getting bits and pieces of information which can lead to a false sense of confidence for many homeowners about what is right or wrong. Many clients are completely overwhelmed with information by the time I meet them. I realized that to serve them the best I can, taking courses by the NKBA, and getting certified would make me a better designer, and more helpful to my clients.”
He continues with, “One of the things I really love about kitchen and bath design is there is a so much to learn. I love learning. I think I have 5 different books on my desk right now and another 5 or so on my night stand.” Matt loves learning the home renovation industry, he says, “One of the things that initially drew me to Cipriani Remodeling Solutions, and why I love working here, is the culture that encourages on-going education. The neat thing about the courses I was taking was that I could learn new things, and then turn around and use the new knowledge I received right away with my clients. It is extremely rewarding.”
Matt did not set out to pursue a career in kitchen and bathroom remodeling. He had gone to school for, and was pursuing a different career. He kind of stumbled into this field when a position was offered to him by someone he knew that owned a kitchen and bathroom remodeling company. That was it, he was hooked. He fell in love with designing kitchens and baths. The following quote by Matt really sums up his passion well, “It provides me with a great creative outlet. I grew up in a very creative home. My Dad is an incredibly talented musician. I think he plays about 10 different instruments really well, and is great at many different genres of music, although Jazz is his favorite. Growing up I saw how important it was to have a way to exercise your creativity, and have found remodeling to be a perfect way to do that. I find it very rewarding, and a lot of fun.” – Matt Slingerland
To have Matt design your next addition, kitchen or bath project, contact Cipriani Remodeling Solutions at info@ciprianibuilders.com or 856.853.8398

 

Remodelers Provide Five Key Elements to Home Renovation

 

Remodelers Provide Five Key Elements to Home Renovation

1. Customer Service
Knowledgeable home remodelers understand that they are providing a service, not a one-size-fits-all product. Just as every home owner is an individual, each home is also unique. A professional remodeler knows how to create customized solutions for the residents and provide continuing customer support.

2. Business Management and Integrity
Running a business well is part of the responsibilities of a professional remodeler. This includes having systems for the business, writing clear contracts, having insurance, providing warranties, and more. Better business management means better service for home owners because they can rely on the remodeler to perform with integrity.

3. Experience
Do you know what to expect when you take that wall out? A professional remodeler understands the structure of a home and is prepared for surprises behind walls. They’ve developed expertise from performing home remodels, attending trainings, and are familiar with laws and regulation pertaining to home construction.

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4. Longevity
Anyone may be able to purchase a truck and some tools, but only professional remodelers have the skills to remain in business for the long haul. By understanding the practice and business of home remodeling, these professionals can manage changes in the market and return to service your home for years to come. Use the remodelers you can trust to fix problems and keep a home in good health for the long term.

5. Creativity
Home remodeling frequently involves problem solving, such as maximizing existing space, strategically building additions, or navigating limited budgets. Professional remodelers can help home owners manage challenges and meet their needs while staying within the budget. Experience and skills help remodelers propose choices and solutions to satisfy their customers.Bring home the benefits of hiring a professional home remodeler for your renovation. Harness their skills and knowledge to create a more comfortable home.

With more than a million Americans spending approximately $116 billion annually on home improvement, the residential remodeling industry is the largest component of residential construction currently in this nation’s economy. More than ever during the year, the arrival of spring finds homeowners across the country inspired to invest in upgrading and updating their homes.

Cipriani Remodeling Solutions has been providing home renovation to Southern New Jersey residents for nearly 40 years. For more information or to schedule a free consultation, visit www.ciprianiremodelingsolutions.com.   or email us at info@ciprianibuilders.com

Throughout the month of May, the National Association of Home Builders Remodelers observes National Home Remodeling Month to focus attention on the importance of working with qualified professionals during remodels.For more tips on planning a home remodel or hiring a professional remodeler, visit nahb.org/remodel or contact www.blsj.com. The Builders League of South Jersey, 114 Haddontowne Court,Cherry Hill, NJ 08034,Phone: (856) 616-8460

 

 

 

Find Additional Space and Let it Sparkle

Cipriani Remodeling Solutions is hosting another fabulous Spring Design Clinic. The clinic is called Find additional Space and Let it Sparkle. This clinic will focus on additions to existing homes.  This clinic will be held at the showroom located at 665 N. Broad Street, Woodbury, NJ 08096. The clinic is FREE and will take place, Thursday, May 7th, 2015 from 6:30-8pm and does require advance registration. Seating is limited and refreshments will be served. We will have a special guest from Lamp and Shade Works of Sewell, NJ.

For this clinic there will be the added bonus of photo submissions for your project. You may submit 4 photos of your room by May 5th at 5pm to have Cindy give some design tips for your project. To have your existing photos reviewed at the clinic, submit one photo of each full wall within the space. Photos must be submitted by 5pm 5-5-2015. Photos must be in jpeg format of at least 300 dpi. You can upload your images below. Cindy, the presenting designer, will answer a specific design related question about your space and offer a design solution and/or tip at the clinic. Limited availability. Submissions considered in the order they are received.May 2015 Clinic Additions DRAFT

 

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The clinic will feature award winning remodeling designer Cindy Cipriani.  Cindy has won countless awards and has been featured in publications and was recently seen on the Dr. Oz show. You can read more about Cindy here.

Historical Kitchen Renovation

2014 BLSJ MAME Award Best Renovated Kitchen $100,000 or less
Wenonah, NJ
Robert Kramer, AKBD Designer
Cipriani Remodeling Solutions

This award winning historical kitchen renovation is hidden in Southern New Jersey’s quaint town of Wenonah. This historic home had a glorified closet as a kitchen, complete with its original coal chute still in place. Modernization was a priority, while maintaining the historical character a must.

Before Historical Kitchen Renovation Wenonah, New Jersey

Before Historical Kitchen Renovation Wenonah, New Jersey

The owners wanted to use the existing floor plan and not disturb existing walls. To achieve their goal, the new design widened existing doorways to connect to an underutilized adjacent pass-through area. A cleverly crafted peninsula ties these two rooms together seamlessly.

 

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Creative extension of space in this historical kitchen renovation Wenonah, New Jersey

The refrigerator and pantry were also creatively tucked into the new kitchen space. The design also incorporates tray-divider pullouts, spice organizer, a hidden trash receptacle, and full pantry. Rev-A-Shelf organizers were used in this kitchen to solve some organizational issues.

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Clever placement of refrigerator and pantry

The gray Craftsman-styled cabinet doors from Conestoga Wood  compliment the character of the home beautifully. Design features include a beverage station and a lighted open display cabinet. New wood floors were married to the old beautifully. To brighten the space, a skylight was incorporated along with under-cabinet lighting and decorative pendants.

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Beverage Station- Historical Kitchen Renovation Wenonah, New Jersey

The designer accomplished a tall order by working with the existing footprint. The homeowners are thrilled the kitchen is larger, but doesn’t feel a day newer than the original house.

 

For more information about a kitchen renovation or to work with Robert Kramer of Cipriani Remodeling Solutions, contact the office at 856.853.8398 or info@ciprianibuilders.com

 

Philadelphia Home Show 2015

The Philadelphia Home Show returns again and has been a welcomed event for home aficionados for over 30 years.  At the Philly Home Show, you will find anything and everything for your home; from gardening to home remodeling and cooking to jewelry cleaner, it’s all there.  The show is held annually at the Philadelphia Convention Center  .  It is always a busy and eventful home experience that should not be missed.

The show boosts some of the local’s best in every home category you can think of.  You can meet landscapers, home remodeling companies, faux painters, interior designers, home organizers, and even natural disaster preparedness specialists.  This is a great place to meet the experts.  You can mix and mingle with the best and brightest the industry has to offer.  Meet TV personalities and local award-winning designers.  You can sample products, gather information, see home décor trends and get your burning home remodeling questions answered.

We have been a regular exhibitor at the show for many years.  We always meet wonderful people and find the guests take away great information and useful tips and make beneficial connections.  We enjoy attending and see many of our regular clients at the show — Many of whom we met originally at a prior year’s  show.   At the Cipriani Remodeling Solutions Booth, we have a 3D CAD program running and many award-winning project photos.  We also have some goodies for potential clients.

 

While at the show, be sure to check out the “Serving Up Style” Designer Challenge and the “Ultimate Upcycle Challenge” entries. For more information, visit http://www.phillyhomeshow.com/PHS/AtTheShow/286.aspx

 

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James Young of DIY’S I Hate My Kitchen

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Host of DIY’S “I Hate My Kitchen”, James is a licensed contractor and certified electrician.  Attendees will get a fun-filled presentation on ways to remodel their kitchens, without breaking the bank.

Visit James at the show on the Main Stage, Saturday, January 17, 2015 and Sunday, January 18, 2015

Presented by XFINITY®

 

 

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Jeff Devlin, King of Prussia native proves that home renovation can be enjoyable and not intimidating.  As a licensed contractor and host of four successful television shows, his fun and down-to-earth approach takes both viewers and clients on an empowering journey, and before you know it, you’ve hung out with a really cool guy and tackled that daunting project that you’ve put off for months!

Visit Jeff at the show on the Main Stage, Saturday, January 24, 2015 & Sunday, January 25, 2015

Presented by XFINITY®

 

 

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And Visit The Fabulous Beekman Boys at the show on the Main Stage,

Friday January 23, 2015, and Saturday, January 24, 2015

Presented by XFINITY®

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2015 Dates & Hours**Please note that the 2015 show dates and hours are subject to change**
Saturday, January 17 10:00 am 9:00 pm
Sunday, January 18 10:00 am 6:00 pm
Monday, January 19 10:00 am 7:00 pm
Friday, January 23 10:00 am 9:00 pm
Saturday, January 24 10:00 am 9:00 pm
Sunday, January 25 10:00 am 6:00 pm

 

Admission PRICES

Adults $13.00
Adults (Online) $10.00
Children Ages 6 – 12 $3.00
Children Ages 5 & Under FREE

 

 

Pennsylvania Convention Center Exhibition Hall F 12th & Arch Streets Philadelphia, PA 19107 www.paconvention.com Ample parking is also available at nearby garages, and transit is just a short walk away.