What’s Trending Now and What’s Expected for 2019

For the first time in many years, more homeowners are electing to stay in their existing homes and opting to improve their existing space, instead of moving. The motivation to improve existing space is to make it more beautiful and functional and to make necessary changes that allow for aging in place gracefully. Some of the trends that are expected to continue into 2019 are larger, barrier-free showers and more clearance space in bathrooms and kitchens. Some other major kitchen trends include:

  • Home technology – voice activated functionality and integration with Google Home and Amazon’s Alexa, among others – to connect and operate showers, vanities, refrigerators, lighting, thermostats and ovens.
  • Appliances are not only becoming more beautiful, they also are becoming more functional:
    • Combination refrigerators that offer safe food and wine storage.
    • Smaller, more compact dishwashers that use fan-assisted drying thereby eliminating the need for towel drying and third racks that allow for more cleaning capacity.
    • Manufacturer apps that connect dishwashers to smart devices that allow users to monitor and adjust settings and create custom wash cycles.
  • Customization capabilities for plumbing fixtures. Homeowners now can specify custom colors and materials for their kitchen sinks and faucet setting water spray volume on demand.
  • Faucet finishes in rose gold, warm brass and matte black.
  • Engineered quartz has become the most popular countertop material, especially in urban and suburban areas.
  • Blue continues to gain popularity for cabinets and color schemes in kitchens.
  • Appliance garages and shallow shelves are expected to continue to gain in popularity.
  • Mixed wood tones will also increase in demand as homeowners increasingly recognize that mixing different tones and textures allows for a unique, custom look.
  • The natural organic look paired with splashes of accent and backsplash color is a direction many designers and homeowners opt for.
  • High gloss surfaces’ popularity will continue to wane.We’d love to hear about your plans for a new kitchen in 2019!  Give us a call: 781-749-6777.

     

 

Epicenter of Entertaining

I have found that my kitchen is the epicenter of entertaining in my home and that it needs to be well organized, functional, beautiful and clutter free. Because a well-designed kitchen is an organized kitchen, we at The Cabinetry address storage requirements early in the design process.

An almost endless array of options are available to store food, cookware, utensils, countertop appliances (blenders, mixers, etc.), recycling containers and so on. We suggest our clients assess what currently exists in their kitchens and encourage them to inventory their cookware, bakeware, kitchen tools, storage containers, cutlery, knives, utensils, gadgets and countertop appliances. Then we encourage them to take the new floor plan we’ve created and label each cabinet with its intended contents.  This ensures there’s enough storage for everything in the new kitchen and it provides a handy guide for putting everything away when it’s time to move back in. 

This is also a great time to purge items that they never use. Space permitting, items that they use infrequently or even as little as once a year (the large roasting pan for Thanksgiving turkey) can be relegated to upper cabinets or to other rooms in the home to open up prime real estate for the utensils and equipment that they use most frequently.

If you’re planning a new kitchen and want one that allows you to throw the best dinner parties that you could dream of, please give us a call at 781-749-6777 or email us at info@thecabinetry.net.  Happy entertaining!

 

The Tools to Keep Your New Year’s Diet Resolutions


We know that many of our blog readers will make New Year’s resolutions to either improve their health, lose weight or both (I know we all have!). There are numerous reasons to make weight loss resolutions. Losing weight makes you healthier, gives you more energy and helps to reduce fat and build muscle. If you subscribe to a particular diet or simply elect to eat healthier, there are certain kitchen tools that can help guide the way and make dieting easier.

One of the first appliances that people turn to when starting a diet is a blender. We prefer blenders with high-torque motors that can quickly and easily convert solids into liquids to create healthy shakes, smoothies and other drinks that the entire family can enjoy.

Emersion or hand blenders enable you to mix, chop, whisk and blend, at the stove, countertop or anywhere else in the kitchen that you prepare meals. If you don’t already have a hand blender, look for one with multiple speeds.

A food processor can slice, dice and chop foods in a matter of seconds. Food processors are great for making healthier snacks and appetizers such as fresh hummus or homemade granola.

An air fryer gives you the taste and crunch of fried foods using approximately 75 percent less oil than a conventional fryer. An air fryer is a convection oven that circulates hot air around food to cook it. Air fryers come in a variety of sizes. The largest of which can cook a meal for a family of four looking to reduce fat and calories.

Another cool gadget for dieting is a spiralizer that takes vegetables such as zucchini, squash and carrots and turns them into spaghetti.

Cooking beef, duck and chicken in a rotisserie convection toaster oven will help reduce fat and calories.

A slow cooker prepares food as its name implies slowly. Slow cooking preserves nutrients in food thereby making your meals healthier, tastier and easier to digest.

A good quality kitchen scale can help with portion control. Portions are based on weight and not size. To get in the habit of eating the right portions, you need to weigh your food.

A brand new kitchen will make meal preparation easier and more enjoyable. We can help with that as well. Please call us at (insert phone number) or visit us at (insert address) to determine how a new kitchen for your home can help you live a healthier and happier lifestyle.

The Future of Cooking

 

IFA is Europe’s largest consumer electronics show held annually in Berlin. This year, several appliance manufacturers premiered new technology that has the potential to be game-changing. One was German appliance manufacturer Miele, which introduced its Wi-Fi enabled Dialog oven. The Dialog oven uses electromagnetic waves (similar to microwave, but with vastly different results), traditional radiant heat from the top and bottom of the oven and a convection fan. As opposed to a conventional microwave, the Dialog oven’s electromagnetic waves are extremely precise. The Dialog oven uses the same technology used by physicians to keep organs at specific temperatures during transplants.

At IFA, Miele used its Dialog oven to cook a piece of cod that was embedded in a block of ice. The ice did not melt, but the fish was cooked perfectly. What may be most appealing about the Dialog oven is that it will enable anyone to cook meals perfectly at the touch of a button, even those who don’t like to cook or don’t believe they have the aptitude to prepare meals. The oven comes equipped with approximately 100 chef-tested recipes that are stored within the appliance. As the cod demonstration showed, the oven can cook different types of food simultaneously. This is because of Miele’s M Chef technology, featuring two question-mark-shaped sensors in the oven that give and receive frequencies that correspond to the molecules of food. With constant feedback from sensors, the oven can intuitively apply the correct electromagnetic waves to perfectly heat a rib roast, for instance, while also simultaneously adjusting and applying the right level of energy in order to perfectly cook the vegetable accoutrements next to it. Miele touts that the oven is able to “talk” to food – hence the name Dialog oven.

The Dialog cooks food 70 percent faster than a traditional oven. The Dialog oven will be unveiled first in Germany and Austria and is expected to make its way to North America sometime in 2019.

Miele is not the only appliance manufacturer developing cool new technology. At IFA, Sharp premiered a new refrigerator that has a vacuum sealer built into the door. AEG released its Wi-Fi enabled oven that has a camera built in the door that can identify different types of food and cook them automatically, using technology similar to face recognition software. This new oven is expected to come to market in 2019.

Samsung, LG and GE all offer appliances that can communicate with a smart phone or tablet.

Will a smart appliance make your life easier? Give us a call at 781-749-6777 and tell us about your project and how we can help!

Are tubs going the way of horse & buggy?


For more than a century, almost every master and secondary bathroom in North American homes was outfitted with a tub shower. That’s not the case as we approach the third decade of the 21st century. Who wants to step over a tub to take a shower? That’s a question many hotel developers are answering by eliminating tubs altogether. Hilton’s Canopy brand has replaced the tub with a barrier-free, walk-in shower. Marriott also is foregoing tubs for walk-in showers at properties that are part of the brand’s Autograph Collection. Both hoteliers are not eliminating tubs completely, however. They are outfitting their suites with tubs to evoke a more luxurious feel and look to the space.

Do you need or want a tub? That’s a question we almost always ask our clients when they are renovating their bathrooms. When designing a bath, the overall goal is creating a room that offers the greatest amount of enjoyment in the least amount of space. Often my clients want to include a tub in their master bath because they think it’s necessary for resale.  It’s common in the older homes of New England that the master bathrooms are on the small size so having a tub sometimes means having a relatively small shower.  I always suggest to my clients that they consider skipping the tub to make room for a larger shower.  Most chose this option because they realize the tub will sit mostly unused whereas the shower is part of their daily routine.   

If there is room for a separate tub and a decent sized shower today’s free-standing tubs resemble works of sculpture that give a room a sense of luxury and good taste. Form is only one of the distinguishing features of today’s tubs. Tubs today can be equipped with spa-like jets and air systems or both that offer warm, circulating water to relax tired muscles, relieve aches and pains from overexertion, improve circulation and remove unhealthy toxins from your body. Additionally, properly designed hydro-massage systems provide a personalized 

massage that invites repetitive use that enhances your health and well-being. You can outfit your tub with light therapy and aroma therapy that helps to recharge your batteries and reduce stress.

If resale is of concern, many of our clients elect to place tubs only in secondary baths in their home. There is a large slice of the population that want to see a free-standing or system bath in the master bath as well. Consider a tub in your master or secondary bath as comparable to a dining room or fireplace. They are great to have, but are not necessarily used every day.

Designing a dream bathroom that is a spa-like oasis that offers easy-to-use functionality involves choosing materials and finishes that create a warm feel and comfort to a room. Tubs often contribute to that aura. Do you want or need a tub in your master bath? Give us a call at 781-749-6777 and we can help you answer that question and create the bathroom of your dreams.