March 19th, 2020

Craig Allen Designs will work with you to create a gourmet kitchen

Whenever a homeowner tells me they want a gourmet kitchen, the first thing we talk about is what a gourmet kitchen looks like to them. The word “gourmet” means different things to different people, so I want to make sure we are on the same page. The general understanding is that a gourmet kitchen is about the food enthusiast’s love of preparing, cooking and eating the finest foods, using the best appliances and equipment. I like to add that it means a kitchen personalized to the cook’s…

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February 3rd, 2020

An ideal kitchen layout will maximize the exisiting space

When we begin working together to plan the design of your new kitchen, we’ll naturally discuss the kitchen layout. We’ll optimize your kitchen space however you want, of course, but when deciding on the layout, a few factors should be considered:Do you and your family need a lot of storage space? How will you and your family use the new kitchen? What appliances will you want to fit in?And the big one…How much is in your budget?There are a number of different…

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January 20th, 2020

The door style you chose will affect the look of your new kitchen

The one thing that will affect the look of your new kitchen perhaps more than anything else is the style of your cabinet door and drawer fronts. And there are many styles available to you! Traditional 5-piece, slab, or mitered construction. Raised or flat (recessed) panels. Ogee, square, or regular beads. And more… So many choices. I’d like to take a moment to help parse out the details. We’ll look at the different types of construction, the options for material, edge, bead, and panel…

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January 16th, 2020

The mixer lift brings your stand mixer to you

I’ve been designing new kitchens for many years now, and in that time, I’ve discovered some products that can only be described as “must-haves.” They will make your new kitchen operate smoothly, keep you organized and increase your storage space.  And they are all-around cool! #1. The Toe Kick Vacuum If your home already has a central vacuum system, you’ll use the version shown at right.  If you don’t have central vac, you’ll want to install the Sweepovac shown…

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January 14th, 2020

The range hood can be the focal point of a kitchen remodel

When it comes time for planning your kitchen remodel, you must make many decisions. As your kitchen designer, I like to think of myself as your guide. It’s part of my job to make sure you get what you want. Even if you’re not sure what that is yet!   And not all your choices will be sexy. There are things that go on behind the scenes that are just as important as your countertop selection and cabinet finish. One of these is the range hood and how you vent your stove. Looks?…

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